Green Thursday - Cecilia Square
Client: Lazercor Developments
Year completed: 2012
Cecilia Square is a new multi- tenanted office development in Paarl with an overall green strategy which includes waste, energy, water and transport to create a healthy, productive working environment. Designed by KMH architects in consultation with green consultants PJCarew Consulting, the project achieved a 4 Star Green Star SA- Office v1 Design Rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa in May 2013.
The technologically intelligent development consists of 2 separate office buildings connected by ground floor walkways, which share a single entrance.
Cecilia Square achieved a 70% reduction in water consumption and a 50% reduction in energy through innovative design features. These include:
Environmental best- practise design using first principles.
Rain water harvesting for irrigation and flushing.
The use of indigenous planting which require minimal irrigation.
Intelligent energy fittings which monitor ambient temperatures and automatically switch off lights when no movement is detected.
Monitoring of emissions, which comply with the GBCSA's guidelines.
Coffered slabs containing voids which minimise concrete usage and increase thermal properties, thereby requiring less artificial heating and cooling measures to maintain an ambient indoor temperature.
Cyclist facilities and safe walking routes across the site.
Sun path diagram and daylight modelling.
The project aimed for simple initiatives to create a green- friendly building, which resulted in the 4 Star building being completed within a conventional construction budget. The building was the first green- rated building constructed in the Drakenstein Municipality.
Artist impressions and photos: KMH Architects www.kmh.co.za
Diagrams: PJCarew Consulting