With more and more people now expecting healthier places to live and work, companies around the globe are increasingly committing to green building.
Oficea has embraced the move to strike the balance between high-quality construction and low environmental impact and already have one LEED green certified building and ISO 50001 certified building in its portfolio.
All Oficea’s buildings are situated in Moka Smart City which is (LEED-ND) certified and all future office projects in Telfair and Vivéa will be LEED certified.
“It reflects our ambition in the property development industry and for Moka Smart City. We are determined to create environmentally-friendly workplaces,” says Didier Audibert, Senior Manager – Property Development.
He adds that being LEED compliant also affords the capacity to track and measure energy consumption and to compare them to the international LEED facts.
“This comparison will allow us to accurately and efficiently set objectives for energy reduction.”
Moka Smart City also has generous green spaces which contribute significantly to the well-being of its inhabitants as well as the workforce and tenants.
Green urban areas facilitate physical activity and relaxation, and form a refuge from the noise and hustle and bustle of cities. They also play a critical role in cooling cities and provide safe routes for walking and cycling, social interaction and recreation.
LEED Neighbourhood Development Certification (LEED-ND)
LEED ND was engineered to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighbourhoods. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities.
To qualify for certification, the development site must include at least one LEED-certified building and must be in compliance with detailed specifications laid down by the United States Green Building Council, the body responsible for the development of the Charter related to the LEED certification systems.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)
Globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership, LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world and it can be applied to virtually all building types, providing a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-effective green buildings.
Boasting 1,472 m² of office space, The Dot in Telfair is LEED certified and, as such, offers tenants and companies a multitude of benefits, including:
Economic benefits: Save money with LEED
- Gain a competitive edge – 61% of corporate leaders believe that sustainability leads to market differentiation and improved financial performance.
- Attract quality tenants – LEED-certified buildings increasingly yield the best rental returns, while lease-up rates typically range from average to 20% above average; vacancy rates for green buildings are an estimated 4% lower than non-green properties.
- Manage performance – LEED has a performance management system and it delivers a comprehensive framework for green building design, construction, operations and performance.
Health benefits: Stay healthy with LEED
- Happier employees, happier occupants – Employers in LEED-certified spaces report higher recruitment and retention rates, and increased employee productivity.
- Bringing in the good and keeping out the bad – LEED creates healthier spaces with cleaner air, access to daylight, and free from harmful chemicals found in paints and finishes.
- Indoor environmental quality – Improving indoor air quality can reduce absenteeism and work hours affected by asthma, respiratory allergies, depression and stress, and leads to and self-reported improvements in productivity.
- Reduced pollution – Energy-efficient buildings help reduce pollution and improve outdoor air quality in major industrialized areas, making LEED a critical tool in reducing smog.
ISO 50001 Certification
Published in 2011 by the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 50001 (ISO) offers organisations and enterprises around the world a clear framework for implementing an operational and sustainable energy management system.
Already implemented at ENL House where Oficea’s head office is located, ISO 50001 improves operational efficiency and cost reductions in all sectors.
And, through the compulsory use of independent party auditors, energy usage reporting is generally deemed more reliable by the market.
The Management System allows organizations to:
- Manage their energy consumption, thereby reducing energy bills and increasing company savings;
- Evaluate the organizational goals, incorporating new energy-efficient technology;
- Be at the forefront of energy technology development through continual improvement of the energy-related processes;
- Reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
- Create structured methods for identifying energy indicators to reduce the overall cost.