Growthpoint commits to using more renewable energy in efficient, certified green buildings for COP21 in Paris
Growthpoint Properties has made an ambitious commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and green building, to coincide with Buildings Day at COP21 in Paris 2015. Measurable environmental sustainability commitments are a vital part of what Growthpoint does in its office portfolio.
A total of 25 Green Building Councils from around the world unveiled national commitments to transform the sustainability of their buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ensure the building and construction industry plays its part in limiting global warming to 2 degrees. Growthpoint’s commitment supports this commitment.
Sustainability is at the core of our business imperatives at Growthpoint. This includes environmental, social and economic sustainability. Green buildings form a major part of our strategy, and resource efficiency is a priority for all our property assets. In this way we create places where businesses, communities and our world can thrive. As part of Growthpoint’s commitment to increasing the percentage of renewable energy its buildings consume, it is dedicated to growing its solar energy generation.
While it has been Growthpoint’s goal to only develop office buildings that will achieve at least a 4-Star Green Star SA rating from the GBCSA for some time now, the company is also focused on the green performance of it significant portfolio of standing office buildings.
Growthpoint has committed that, by 2020, all its office investments will be above the Energy and Water Performance Rating Tool benchmark, and all its long-term office investments will achieve at least a 4-Star Green Star SA GBCSA Existing Building Performance certification.
Buildings currently account for around one third of global emissions. But green building is one of the most cost-effective solutions to climate change, which generates significant environmental, economic and societal benefits.