The Manenberg Human Settlements Contact Centre was recently awarded a 4 Star Green Rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa.
The Manenberg Human Settlements Contact Centre has officially been awarded a Four Green Star Design Rating by the Green Building Council of South Africa.
The announcement, made on 13 August, makes the Centre the second municipal building in the country, and the first fully constructed building by the City, to achieve Green Star status.
Central to the success of the project was the integrated design of energy systems for maximum efficiency. Emergent Energy carried out a comprehensive analysis of the building, by simulating its hourly performance for a full year of measured weather conditions.
The use of innovative sandbag walls, optimal solar orientation, highly insulating materials and renewable energy systems allowed the building to achieve 16 points out of a possible 20 for its overall energy performance.
This represents an 84% improvement over a comparative, notional building that complies with the SANS 204 national energy regulations for buildings.
Emergent Energy offers a range of integrative building design services aimed at producing more comfortable buildings that use less energy and water, and better materials.
The Emergent Energy team has extensive local and international experience in the renewable energy and broader energy sectors, offering expertise in large renewable energy projects, off-grid renewable energy systems, sustainable building design, industrial and commercial energy efficiency, and international and energy policy.
The company is 50% owned by Saratoga Private Equity, with a further 25% owned by Sekunjalo TSG (a wholly owned subsidiary of Sekunjalo Investments, a listed, black-empowered, diversified industrial company).
The remaining 25% of the company is owned by management. Emergent Energy is a Level-4 BEE Contributor.
Emergent Energy is founded on the belief that its energy systems should be healthier, cleaner, more efficient and more reliable. It aims to contribute to the achievement of such a system by consistently offering sustainable energy solutions that equal or better the performance of incumbent technologies.