The much talked about five star, Green Star rated Standard Bank building in Rosebank, Johannesburg continues the trend of companies establishing environmentally friendly and energy efficient buildings and joins nine other developments currently rated five stars with the Green Building Council of South Africa.

The 65 000 m2 Standard Bank building has some 4, 500 luminaires connected to a central computer thereby eliminating any re-wiring should the luminaires require re-configuring; 60% of the building’s steel has more than 90% post-consumer recycled content reducing the embodied energy; 50% of timber has been sourced from Forest Stewardship Council certified suppliers; daylight glare is reduced for 80% of standard working hours and the air-conditioning uses a mix of air cooled chillers reducing the dependency on water.

Ralph van der Merwe, WBHO’s Senior General Foreman said “With a project as large as this, it was essential that core supplies such as bricks were delivered on time. We chose Oconbrick based on their reputation for reliable service. Oconbrick supplied five million clay stock bricks for this contract which was completed in July 2013. It was not without its challenges for both concerns. At site we encountered storage issues and having the pallets ready for off-loading when the bricks arrived. Unfortunately during the off-loading process some bricks were damaged, but Ocon replaced these immediately at no cost to us. We would definitely source from Oconbrick for future projects”.

Kobus Prinsloo, WBHO’s Site Agent on the Standard Bank project commented that Oconbrick offered the most competitive pricing, and that, coupled with Ocon’s reliability is what sealed the contract. “Basically we wanted to find the best price for the best quality clay stock brick – Oconbrick gave us that”.

Oconbrick clay stock bricks are environmentally friendly due to being manufactured from natural soil as opposed to chemically compressed materials; they have high performance characteristics and are produced to last, offering greater durability and strength. The clay stock bricks are environmentally friendly offering a low carbon footprint which falls in line with the Standard Bank energy efficiency savings philosophy for their Rosebank building. The bricks have excellent acoustics with low water absorption and are naturally fire resistant.

Oconbrick has supplied bricks to two other five star, Green Star rated buildings, namely ABSA Towers West, Johannesburg and Nedbank Menlyn Maine Falcon Building also in Johannesburg.

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