• Cape Town building made of ecobricks

    Date:7 February 2020 Author: Leila Stein

    A new development in the V&A Waterfront which will house the Cape Town offices of Deloitte, has been designed with the environment in mind.

    The Ridge, which began development in 2019 claims to feature a number of sustainability “firsts” for South Africa.

    The building will include energy-efficient and passive climate control measures, the use of renewables, sustainable water handling and usage, the lowering of the carbon footprint of the building and a focus on the use of natural lighting.

    “Energy performance is fully integrated into its design, which maximises natural light, ventilation and manages water and waste resources efficiently.

    These sustainability measures could result in savings on utility bills of between R12–R18/m2 GLA per month (2019 value), equating to an equivalent value of between 5-10% of the rental,” said the V&A Waterfront

    The Ridge is being built using “bricks” made up of plastic bottles filled with discarded plastic. The idea behind the use of these bricks is that rather than recycling these plastics are “dematerialised” as it means the building uses fewer new materials.

    “The Ridge is the opposite of conventional city buildings which are dominated by concrete and glass. Its pioneering timber façade and mixed mode natural ventilation mechanical systems are firsts for South Africa,” they said.

    The building will be located in the previous parking lot which serviced the renowned UCT Graduate School of Business Campus, the Breakwater Lodge building and other existing commercial buildings in the vicinity.

    Image: V&A Waterfront

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