Africa’s first green village now eyes 6 Star Green Star rating
Blue Rock Village, Africa’s first green village, has announced that it will be targeting a 6 Star Green Star SA – Communities Rating from the Green Building Council South Africa(GBCSA), as part of GBCSA’s pilot project programme.
The 6-star will position Blue Rock Village Africa’s first green village as a world-class development that is credibly green and internationally recognised.
Swisatec, the developer of Blue Rock Village says the development will encourage business opportunities and showcase the company’s diversity and innovation.
The Green Star SA-Communities Rating tool, originally from Australia, is the first of its kind in South Africa and is being locally adapted to the South African context. The tool evaluates the sustainability attributes of the planning, design and construction of the development project, on a precinct, neighbourhood, or community scale.
Terramanzi Group, a sustainability consulting firm involved in the project, said that projects are rigorously assessed against a holistic set of design, planning, social, environmental and economic categories and one innovation category and that this achievement will set a very high yet achievable standard for the industry. Built on 40 hectares in Somerset West, Western Cape, Blue Rock Village luxury apartments are built according to European standards, and are equipped with eco-friendly and cost-saving features and technology innovations.
Future additions include a 5-star Blue Rock hotel and conferencing centre, a Lifestyle Centre, a professional office space for banks, consultants,l awyers and financial advisors, a sports and wellness centre, a spa and beauty centre, academies (hotel school, I.T school, graphic designing and language centre), and outdoor activities.
Construction of phase one of Blue Rock Village, Giovanni Luxury Terraced apartments, is expected to begin in September 2016.