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Growthpoint’s head office development for Exxaro receives Africa’s first WELL certification

Growthpoint Properties has developed the first building on the African continent to achieve the WELL certification, further differentiating its workspaces and taking its portfolio of office properties to the next level.

Growthpoint-developed Exxaro headquarters

The Growthpoint-developed Exxaro headquarters in Pretoria, an 18,500sqm office building opposite the Centurion Gautrain Station, is the very first building in Africa to be awarded the WELL certification. It received a Silver Level WELL Core and Shell Certification by the US-based International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).

The close collaboration between Growthpoint, Exxaro, and the development’s entire professional team crafted this innovative, green, aesthetically compelling, high-performance building.

Because people spend 90% of their time indoors, there is no doubt that our built environment has a big impact on our health, well-being, and productivity.

WELL Certification Standard

The WELL Building Standard is the first global rating system to focus exclusively on how buildings, and everything in them, can enhance our health and wellness. WELL was developed by integrating scientific and medical research with leading property expertise.

The global WELL portfolio includes more than 4,000 projects in 61 countries. With Growthpoint’s ground-breaking WELL certification, South Africa has become part of the leading community of nations with buildings that put the well-being of people first. Pretoria is now the home of one of only 300 WELL certified buildings worldwide.

With Growthpoint’s commitment to innovative and sustainable property solutions that provide space to thrive, it identified the opportunity to push the boundaries of building design in South Africa yet again by aiming for a WELL Certification. Exxaro’s head office development provided the ideal starting point for Growthpoint to create a model of sustainability and well-being for its occupants.

In line with both Exxaro’s and Growthpoint’s high environmental standards, the design for the leading-edge HQ development initially targeted a 5 Green Star rating from the Green Building Council South Africa.

Working with IWBI and with input from the entire professional team – including Aurecon, AECOM, and AMA Architects – Growthpoint navigated the complexity of aligning the building’s design with the requirements of both the Green Star rating system and the WELL Building Standard.

The WELL certification scheme is performance-based with targeted criteria in the categories of air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. The development had to meet 26 preconditions for WELL Certification, and because it was designed for a high Green Star rating, many of these were already in place.

While occupied by Exxaro, the signature building is owned by Growthpoint.

Source: Growthpoint Properties Limited

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