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Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon Building - Pretoria, South Africa

The Nedbank Falcon building is the regional campus for Nedbank in Tshwane. The building is located within the Menlyn Maine precinct, Africa’s first Green City. Nedbank Falcon is approximately 16 500 m2 and houses over 1000 staff.

 

Overview

The Menlyn Maine precinct is a truly mixed use development, including retail, residential buildings and office developments.

Challenges

All buildings in the precinct are required to target Green Star SA certification. This is one of the first Green Star certification projects.

Our Approach / Services

WSP was appointed as the Structural Engineers and Sustainable Building Consultants for the project.

The building has been designed to perform in a holistic environmental manner. Sustainable initiatives in the building are centred around water, energy and materials.

The buildings demand for water has been reduced through the design of low flow taps, showerheads,  low flow dual flush toilets as well as waterless urinals.

Rainwater is stored in the basement and will be used for flushing and irrigation. Water for flushing is sent through a filtration / treatment plan.

The office areas, store rooms and basement are all equipped with motion sensors. Motion sensors in the office area are linked to the HVAC system which allows the temperature to drift a few degrees closer to ambient temperature when the space is not occupied. The HVAC system consists of four pipe fan coil units for heating and cooling with thermal ice storage achieving 45% energy improvement over the SANS204 Notional Building.

Nedbank was keen to assess the impact that a green building has on their staff. They employed a work place assessment of staff prior to moving to the new building, again at time of move and repeated for a third time after 12 months. The research is a valuable input for assessing the benefits of Green Buildings in relation to the people who use them.  The research revealed the positive impact Green Buildings have on the building users.

Outcomes

The building has achieved a 4 Star Green Star Design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), a 5 Star Rating was awarded for the As Built Rating.

Facts and Figures

Client: Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings  
Project Date: Completed 2012

 

Contact:

Alison Groves
Alison Groves Regional Director