Who would have believed that modern architectural splendour could be environmentally friendly and sustainable? Well, it can, and it is!
Leading the way in this trend is the brand-new office property at 140 West Street in Sandton, Johannesburg – a prime example of magnificent design incorporating a multitude of eco-friendly features, and well-deserving of its 4-Star Green Star SA rating.
The Green Star rating was awarded by the GBCSA (Green Building Council of South Africa) to property developers Zenprop, who planned the construction of the iconic 27 000m2 P-grade office property to incorporate green design principles as well as using building materials and coatings from certified sustainable resources with human-friendly ingredients.
A major earth-friendly design element of the building, which comprises two linked towers constructed on a landscaped podium, is daylighting and electricity conservation which allows for natural daylight throughout all office spaces. This is also a people-friendly feature, as natural light is considered more beneficial to humans for many reasons*1
To minimise electricity use, if motion sensors detect that an office is vacant, the internal LED*2 light fixtures turn off. The HVAC*3 system supplies a high rate of fresh air to occupants, while energy and water consumption are closely monitored. 140 West Street not only harvests rainwater but also excess irrigation water, which is used to flush toilets and further irrigate the property’s landscaped areas. Water is heated using air-to-water heat pumps on the roofs and in the basements.
Lifestyle, health and productivity of the occupants – this was another major design consideration for Zenprop. In addition to reducing the standard consumption of building materials, they also actively sought finishes and materials with a minimal impact on natural resources and with low environmental impact. And this is where Plascon came in.
Designed for Life
Plascon has embraced the green revolution with open arms, with all manufacturing plants boasting ISO certification for environmental sensitivity, making Plascon the natural choice as coatings partner for 140 West Street. While Plascon has been around for 128 years, the company has spent many years, investing in research and development to align their paints with earth-friendly practices.
Carol Ras, Category Manager for Plascon Professional, is proud that Plascon was selected to be part of the 140 West Street development. She outlines the company’s 360° Partnership Pledge, which honours partnerships for life. ‘’Plascon addresses the project requirements from start to finish – beginning with the assessment, then the specification, application, approval and all the way through to the guarantee of our products.”
The surfaces of 140 West Street were prepared using Plascon’s Polycell Masonry Patching Plaster, Waterproofing Compound and Multiseal. Plascon Professional Plaster Primer – PP950 (an Alkali burn-resistance primer) was specified as it has lower pH levels than other plaster primers, which may have high pH levels on new or hairline-cracked plaster.
Other Plascon products used in the 140 West Street project include:
Professional Superior Low Sheen paint for columns, walls and dry walling. Plascon Cashmere – in all general areas. Professional Marroca Sand Textured – in internal lift shafts. Water Based Velvaglo – used for doors, door frames, handrails and shuttle lift steel structure, galvanised and mild steel. Professional Contractors Matt – ceilings and soffits. Plascon Woodcare Sunproof – timber veneer. Plascon Brick and Concrete Marking Paint – used for demarcation.
Plascon’s 360° Partnership Pledge encompasses a holistic approach to each project, and is a good recipe for complete client satisfaction, says Ras. “Choosing the right colours and the right products is critical, and as part of the 360° offering we provide colour consultation at Plascon’s world-class Spaces Showroom based at the Design Quarter in Fourways, Johannesburg. Here, we can examine mood boards and discuss colour matching. We also offer advice and, for those customers outside of Gauteng, we provide on-line support featuring digital colour suggestions.”
‘‘140 West Street embodies our philosophy of ensuring we make a difference in all that we do,” adds Ras, “and Plascon is exceptionally proud to be a catalyst of change – be it in the professional space or through our sustainable and world class product offerings. Just as the immense collaboration of the team of architects, quantity surveyors, designers, environmental specialists and construction workers made 140 West Street possible, we at Plascon remain committed to our promise of improving the lives of others.”
- LED = light-emitting diode
- HVAC = heating, ventilation and air condition system