At a prestigious celebratory event held this week at Sage VIP’s green home in Menlyn Maine, the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) honoured founding sponsors and pioneers in the green building industry for their part in contributing to the organisation’s growth over the last six years. The GBCSA is a non-profit company and leads the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way.
Menlyn Maine is one of Africa’s first green cities, designed for better living and a more dynamic, healthy lifestyle. Located in Pretoria’s eastern suburbs, Menlyn Maine offers offices, residential, shopping and entertainment facilities situated in the heart of the new business district.
“It was a privilege to host the GBCSA’s honorary event and we are proud of our association with the organisation,” says Anton van Heerden, MD of Sage VIP, a leading supplier of human resource and payroll management solutions.
“Our green office building is extremely energy efficient and environmentally friendly and was designed to be simplistic in nature, in addition, maintenance costs were limited by integrating sustainable design principles into all aspects of the structure. Our building has a four star rating according to the Green Star SA – Office v1 design rating, which recognises best practice principles that the building project demanded,” explains Van Heerden.
The GBCSA’s CEO, Brian Wilkinson said: “Our mission is to lead the transformation of the South African property industry to environmental sustainability. This would not be possible without the support of organisations such as Sage VIP, who have made significant contributions to the green building movement and are changing the perceptions in the industry.