The business-friendly island nation Mauritius, is celebrating their first Green Star rating at the Mon Tresor Business Gateway.
The Mon Tresor Smart City is one of several schemes aimed at consolidating the convenience of Mauritian international business and financial services through helping residents’ work-life balance.
Based on sustainable values, quality of life and inclusivity, the Smart City’s office park and nearby residential development is designed to enhance the local and cosmopolitan flavour of Mauritian life.
“The Mon Trésor Business Gateway will guide other developers and practitioners as it not only raises awareness of the various aspects of green building but also formalises what a green building means,” said Enerxis Managing Director, Ashley Boodhoo.
This sustainable ethic was set by the Green Building Council South Africa, in collaboration with the Green Building Council Mauritius, awarding a 4-star Green Star Office v1.1 Rating to the Mon Tresor Business Gateway-Office Park, developed by Omnicane and Eris.
“This recognition of the formal Green Star rating will, in turn, encourage new markets for environmentally-sustainable products and materials, in line with the broad approach to design and construction of Green Star certification,” said Boodhoo.
Characteristics of the building
The building ensures people work productively inside it, and through its construction and management, tread lightly on the environment. Read more: The WELL Building Standard – another green building rating tool for South Africa?
Efficient use of energy and water is a characteristic throughout the building made up of three office blocks sharing a basement and podium level.
The cooled-air HVAC, refreshing the air at a rate of 12.5 litres per second per person, uses very little water and is assisted by fixed external shading and internal blinds.
Actuators and fixtures ensure that direct water use is reduced and what is flushed away is used for irrigation after flowing through a sewage treatment plant.
Other characteristics include an integrated building management system, connected to a sub-meter on each floor, which can record and display energy usage in real time, a recyclable component in more than 90% of all structural steel and parking spaces for fuel efficient and two-wheeled vehicles.
Green Star certification
Green Star certification provides a green building standard for built environment professionals in Mauritius to design and develop buildings that benefit both the owners and users by offering accelerated property value, reduced operational costs, and tenants who are able to provide a more comfortable, healthier and more productive space for their staff.
Demand for green buildings which reflects an awareness of environmental concerns and benefits is increasing in Mauritius where governmental efforts to encourage the understanding of their commercial benefits is expected to see more Green Star-rated developments rise across the Mauritian skyline.
Globally, the number of green buildings doubles approximately every three years.