5-Star Certified Call Centre
For the FNB Contact Centre in Ferndale, PentaFloor supplied 9,438sqm of access flooring and carpeting that contributed significantly to the project’s score under the Green Star Indoor Environmental Quality Category.
As a supplier of quality flooring products that adhere to stringent sustainability criteria, PentaFloor was delighted when the Contact Centre was awarded a 5-Star Green Star Office v1.1 Design rating in July 2017.
“PentaFloor is proud to be associated with this project, which demonstrates the client’s commitment to green building principles,” commented Larry Shakinovsky of PentaFloor. “We have worked hard to build up a range of products that meets the rigorous demands of specifiers who work in the sustainability sector in Africa.”
Access Flooring for Open Plan
Located on a brownfield site in Randburg, the building is a post tension structure with most of the internal space being open plan. Graeme Palmer of ICM Architectural Studio explains that the layout needed to be fully flexible and that a saturated grid was required to cater to the required density of population (over 1,000 staff in total) with a raised floor.
Jacques Wessels of GladAfrica adds that access flooring was used to accommodate cables and white noise generators throughout the building except for the kitchen, canteen, ground floor reception areas and service core. The flooring also acted as a plenum in the UPS room of the Energy Centre, which houses equipment such as the electrical substation, transformers and generators, through which cold air is forced by the computer room air-conditioning (CRAC) units.
However, flexibility of layout was not the only consideration, and the product itself had to meet certain requirements as laid out in the Green Star certification process. Daniel Randal Grewan of LDM, green building consultants on the project, explains that the Green Star Indoor Environmental Quality Category carries significant weight, not only for flooring but for a holistic approach to the use of materials in a project. He says, “I was very impressed with PentaFloor’s access flooring because the product is made in such a way that it has to be used in conjunction with a VOC-compliant adhesive on the pedestals. This factor automatically pushes the specification of low-VOC adhesives. In addition, PentaFloor had all the necessary documentation to hand to prove that their products complied with Green Star standards, which was a great help during the certification process.”
As the only licensed distributor of Shaw Contract Group products in South Africa, PentaFloor was able to supply both Shaw Contract Tru Colours and Space Worx Basic carpet tiles for installation in the building.
“Shaw is committed to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, which looks at a product through five quality categories — namely, material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness,” Shakinovsky says. “With over 300 products Cradle to Cradle Silver certified, all Shaw’s carpets have the same backing that is infinitely recyclable. During recycling, the top cloth is shaved off the backing, which is then turned back into a liquid and spun into yarn that can be dyed into any colour.”
In addition, Shaw’s commitment to transparency and material health complement the philosophy of the WELL Building Standard, which is gaining traction worldwide in terms of prioritising occupant health and wellbeing. Shaw products contribute to the following WELL standard requirements, among others: VOC Reduction, Fundamental Material Safety, Toxic Material Reduction, Cleanable Environment, Beauty + Design, and Material Transparency.
The annual Shaw Industries corporate sustainability report is compliant with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) standards, addressing Shaw responsible sourcing practices and meeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) requirements for full contribution to this credit. The GRI Standards are the first global standards for sustainability reporting, and represent global best practice for reporting on a range of economic, environmental and social impacts.
Both Shaw products used in the installation contain high quantities of Pre-Consumer Recycled Content – 42% in the Tru Colours tile, and 46% in the Space Worx Basic tile. In addition, both products are NSF140 Gold certified under the life-cycle based, multi-attribute NSF International sustainability benchmarks for building products and furnishings.
Finally, both the Tru Colours tile and the Space Worx Basic tile are CRI Green Label Plus certified. Green Label Plus is an independent testing programme that identifies carpet, adhesives, and cushion with very low VOC emissions to help improve indoor air quality.
An Africa-wide footprint
PentaFloor™ is ISO 9001:2008 certified, which enables us to identify, measure, control and improve the core business processes that ultimately lead to our improved business performance. Strategic placement of our manufacturing division on the African continent together with our strategic alliances guarantee that we can deliver cost-effective, superior solutions with quality products that instil confidence in our clients, from South Africa to Dubai.
PentaFloor’s access flooring and carpeting products have been specified in projects throughout Southern and West Africa, including MTN data centres in Ghana, the Oracle fit out in Mauritius, and Microsoft offices in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. With its commitment to making green building products and flooring systems readily available, PentaFloor is dedicated to furthering sustainable development in Africa.