WSP worked closely with FNB Namibia Holdings to identify
opportunities for optimising the sustainability of the building. This included targeting
points under the Innovation category of the Green Star SA Office v1.1 rating
tool for the use of a Modular Flooring System. This sustainability initiative
is currently outside the scope of the targeted Green Star rating tool (Office) and
has a substantial environmental benefit in terms of integrated planning and the
afterlife of products that are installed in the building.
use of modular flooring minimises the impact of replacing flooring systems throughout
the lifecycle of the building. Says Rice, “The costs of both changing and
maintaining flooring can be exceptionally high in traditionally planned
buildings, which subsequently affects the extraction of the raw material pool in
order to constantly keep up with demand. It is therefore imperative that newly
constructed or retrofitted buildings consider this during the design stage, to
avoid constant material change cost and added strain on natural resources.
flooring is a floor placed upon a floor, creating an accessible plenum for the
distribution of building services such as power, heating and cooling services.
The type of access flooring used for this project is made from at least 30%
recyclable content and can also be recycled. This provides a fundamental
environmental benefit as it reduces the use of raw materials to produce the
product, which subsequently reduces generation of energy associated with
manufacturing the product.”
SolidFeel range of flooring is flexible and
durable, allowing for churn within organisations and the accommodation of new
tenants during the building's lifespan. The materials can be disassembled and
reused or recycled, resulting in low life cycle costs. In this way, the FNB @Parkside building will produce
minimal waste associated with flooring systems while subsequently saving costs
associated with replacing flooring systems over time.
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