Aug 21, 2008:
Energy saving is the main focus at a 16-storey office development in Cape Town.
Particular attention was paid to the façade treatment. The professional team specified that a tinted heat-reflecting performance glass should be used for the seven floors encasing the office floors – and double glazing has been installed on the north facing façade.
Internally all offices and meeting areas will be equipped with infra red detectors which cause the lighting in the area to be switched off when not in use. This will further reduce energy consumption of the building.
The Convention Tower is "framed" by a light band that runs up both sides and across the top. This, said Lance Hoffman, development manager at Madison Property Fund Managers, enhances the aesthetics of the development by "tying it together" and, more importantly, hides the fire escape staircases at either end.
"It looked at one stage as if this band would have to go because it did not comply with the brief on energy saving. Then our professionals came up with the idea of using LED lighting for the band and we discovered that this would cut energy consumption by 93% in comparison with conventional lighting."
Hoffman said the possibility of using solar energy to supplement the power consumption of the building is also being investigated.
At the end of June half the tenants had already moved in.
For more information contact Lance Hoffman on 021 425 1000.