102 Rivonia Rd
The venue is located right across the road from Sandton Train Station and close to the conference hotels.
Green Star SA Certification
The EY venue is the 50th Green Star SA certified building in South Africa. Green Star SA evaluates eight credits of all buildings, with an additional category for innovation. Specific credits which make 102 Rivonia Rd a Green Building include:
This credit promotes the adoption of environmental principles from the projects inception, design and construction phases, to commissioning, tuning and operation of the building and its systems. At 102 Rivonia Rd, 70% of all waste generated during demolition and construction is being reused or recycled.
Indoor environment quality
Improving the quality of the light, ventilation and air within a new building has a positive effect on the wellbeing of the occupants. Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paint, adhesive and carpet products are used, resulting in fewer airborne toxins. An acoustic consultant has ensured that sound in the building does not exceed specified levels.
Efficiency is important for a green building. 102 Rivonia Rd will achieve at least a 50% improvement on energy-related emissions compared to the same building built to minimum compliance with South African National Standards.
102 Rivonia Rd is positioned directly opposite the Sandton Gautrain Station, providing alternatives to the number of journeys taken in a private car by EY people as well as visitors. This position scores the maximum points available for the ‘Commuting Mass Transport’ credit.
Reduced water consumption initiatives include: water efficient fittings in bathrooms and other water consuming areas, rainwater harvesting for irrigation, an air cooled (as opposed to water cooled) air-conditioning plant, and water recycling for fire systems testing.
A number of different initiatives such as transport distance and recycled content have been addressed in relation to the selection and assembly of steel, timber, PVC and other materials used in the project. Since cement production is energy intensive, its use was minimized.
Land use and ecology
This credit and the energy credit are the two conditional requirements for a building to be eligible for Green Star certification. Compliance requires construction on land with limited ecological value. By locating 102 Rivonia Rd in the heart of an existing commercial node and on a site previously occupied by a commercial building, the project does not contribute to urban sprawl.
Building’s emissions include storm water run-off. The high density of roofs and paved surfaces in urban areas results in very little water absorption, depleting sub surface moisture and resulting in flooding during peak rainfall periods. Aside from harvesting rainwater, additional water storage tanks attenuate storm water runoff by allowing it to drain into the storm water drainage system at a slow rate after heavy falls. This reduces flood damage and makes areas adjacent to watercourses safer.