One of the latest waves in the construction world is green building, otherwise known as sustainable building. Green building uses sustainable building materials and techniques which ensure that the building lasts for longer and doesn’t give off any hazards or threats. Now, green building is gaining ground in Botswana.
Prime Plaza, a real estate project that took place in Botswana has won the “Green Star Africa” label/award for the quality of its green construction. The Prime Plaza consists of four existing commercial buildings (Prime Plaza I), each named after an indigenous tree species. Motswere is the first of four commercial buildings that will make up Prime Plaza II. The project is expected to be developed in several phases.
Also, the property project is being developed by PrimeTime Property Holdings. The Gaborone-based company decided to name the first commercial building ‘Motswere’, after the chigomier tree, a long-lived indigenous tree whose main characteristic is its adaptation to subtropical dry lands.
Additionally, the 2,780m² Motswere building, designed by Paul Munnik Architects, comprises three levels of office space and ancillary facilities. The building also has two levels of basement parking, open-air parking and landscaped water gardens. For PrimeTime Property, the five-star Green Star Africa rating signifies national excellence and demands an innovative green design standard that goes beyond basic green building practices.
The Green Star Africa, Office Design v1.1 award for the Prime Plaza building project has been awarded by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA). The label is designed to distinguish green buildings in Africa, based on a number of criteria. This criteria includes effective waste management during the construction phase and the implementation of a recycling system on the construction site. As water is a major issue in a sub-Saharan African country like Botswana, which is known for its arid climate, the Green Star Africa label also takes into account the use of low-flow sanitary appliances and the use of non-potable water in the irrigation system.