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Posted on Thursday, 20th Aug 2015

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Hotel Verde was awarded the highest accolade of a 6-Star Green Star SA rating, obtaining 82 points using the Existing Building Performance tool. A first for a hotel in South Africa, the rating is valid for a period of 3 years in order to ensure the building is continually operated on stringent efficiency and sustainability targets. Brian Wilkinson, CEO of the GBCSA, comments, “We’re thrilled to award a 6-Star Green Star SA Existing Building Performance rating, to such a deserving development. An added achievement is being the very first hotel to achieve such a rating, making green building history in South Africa.” “The EBP rating tool enables the effective measurement of a building’s environmental performance in relation to its operation and management. It provides indicators to ensure that the building’s environmental performance is efficiently maintained or improved upon over time and offers the hotel industry an effective way to benchmark their green credentials.” “We want many more hotel owners and operators to follow the example set by Hotel Verde. The hotel management have shown that green innovations and implementations are not only possible in the tourism industry but add an additional dimension to their service offering,” he adds. The GBCSA’s objective is to promote sustainable development and the transition of the property industry towards sustainability, by promoting green building programs, technologies and design practices. The Existing Building Performance rating tool enables the effective measurement of a building’s environmental performance in relation to its operation and management. It provides indicators to ensure that the building’s environmental performance is efficiently maintained or improved upon over time. The new EBP rating tool is significantly differentiated by the fact that buildings can get a 1-6 star certification with this tool and the rating is renewed every three years, in order to ensure continued efficient operation and management of the building. Before this tool was launched, the GBCSA’s rating tools focused largely on the design and construction of new buildings and major refurbishments, all with design and construction elements. There was very little focus, therefore on ongoing building operations and management. The EBP tool now addresses a far wider scope of buildings to undergo certification. “This is a great achievement and another step in the right direction. I am so proud of Team Verde, headed by General Manager, Samantha Annandale, and André Harms with his team from EcolutionConsulting. Thanks to all, I think this really highlights the great sustainability work that is being implemented at the hotel by all involved; what an achievement and honour. And to the Green Building Council also a great thank you. Your activity has contributed a lot to a growing number of green buildings and the change in our society to embrace sustainable construction, as part of our way of building responsibly spaces, for the future!.” stated a very proud owner of Hotel Verde, Mario Delicio.

In conclusion André Harms from Ecolution said “What the 6-Star Green Star rating in essence means is that Hotel Verde has been recognised for world leadership in sustainable development. Something we have been working very hard at over the past few years. And to prove to the Tourism industry at large, that it can be done, sustainability and viably, without compromising the guest experience.”

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