Monday, July 23, 2012

DEA Goes Green


Last week Thursday, ground was broken on what is to become the first government-owned green building and appropriately, it is to house the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The new Pretoria head office, was designed to meet the criteria outlined in the Climate Change policy and when completed, will prove energy and resource efficient as well as environmentally responsible.

During the construction phase, green building methodology with respect to operational practices is to be strictly applied; to ensure minimum impact on the environment. Solutions to reduce waste generated by future occupants are also to be implemented.

“When we occupy this building in two years, we will literary be walking the green talk,” said Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, at the sod turning ceremony in Arcadia.

The scheduled date for completion is June 1, 2014 and the DEA is hopeful of achieving a five-star Green Star, South Africa rating.

Ernest Roper 
Durban Regional Manager


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