Menlyn Maine Green Living


Menlyn Maine prides itself on being the first Green City in South Africa. We are truly aiming at creating a world class product, where people can live, work and play in a sustainable environment. South Africa is a country with a number of stumbling blocks when it comes to sustainability. At Menlyn Maine, we have pin pointed 4 major areas that we as property developers can address in an effort to create sustainable buildings, namely Energy consumption, Water Consumption, Transportation, and Waste Management. In an effort to address these areas Menlyn Maine has embarked on a 3 tiered approach to building a truly sustainable city. Firstly, we are aiming to achieve Green star ratings for our buildings, through the Green Building Council of South Africa, secondly we aim at achieving a LEED Neighbourhood Development rating through the United States Green building Council, and thirdly we are 1 of 16 cities worldwide participating in the Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Climate Positive Development Programme. We take our responsibility towards the environment very seriously, and we are planning and developing this city accordingly.

Green Star SA

The Green Buildings Council of South Africa (GBCSA) was established in 2007 under the umbrella of the World Green Building Council. The vision of the GBCSA is to lead the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that all buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way. In order to obtain a Green Star rating, the design of the building concerned and later the completed building needs to be assessed according to the GBCSA’s rating tool. This rating tool is in place to independently assess the level of environmental and green design attributes of a specific building and is directly based on the Australian Green Star tool, together with combined aspects from similar global tools in the USA and the UK. This rating, based on the above Office Tool, assesses the building according to 8 main categories (Management, Indoor Environment Quality, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Land Use Ecology and Emissions) and 66 detailed sub categories. It requires the building design to achieve a minimum of 45 weighted points in these various categories. This assessment is an extremely intensive process that is only able to be carried out by a suitably qualified Green Star SA professional in conjunction with the collaboration of the developer and the entire professional team on the project. Currently it is envisaged that all buildings in the Menlyn Maine precinct will be at least 4-Star As-Built GreenStar SA rated.

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LEED for Neighbourhood Development (LEED-ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, New Urbanism and green building into one of the only rating systems for neighbourhood design world-wide and was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC). LEED for Neighbourhood Development recognises development projects that successfully protect and enhance the overall health, natural environment and quality of life in our communities. The rating system encourages smart growth and best practices by promoting the location and design of neighbourhoods that reduce vehicle miles travelled and creating developments where jobs and services are accessible by foot or public transport. It also promotes an array of green building and green infrastructure practices, particularly more efficient energy and water use—especially important in urban areas where infrastructure is often overtaxed.

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Menlyn Maine is one of the initial 16 projects in the Clinton Foundations Climate Positive Development Program. This is a partnership between the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It was created to support the development of large-scale urban projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions below zero in an economically viable manner. Once complete, Climate Positive Developments will reduce the emissions they create and offset the remainder by removing emissions from their adjacent communities. The creation of the new development will thus reduce overall carbon emissions in the community — a Climate Positive outcome. C40 offers the participating cities the opportunity to engage each other and relevant partners to address the dual challenge of climate change and rapid urbanization, while benefiting from enhanced access to expertise across the C40 network. The Menlyn Maine development thus serves as an urban laboratory for large-scale development projects; helping drive economic growth, meet sustainability targets, and achieve net-zero operational emissions – the pinnacle of future urban development.

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