Eco-friendly offices in uMhlanga
Category Chas Everitt Commercial Division
As concerns over climate change and global warming continue to grow, more companies and corporations are adopting environment-friendly practices in an effort to work “greener” and sustainably.
And this new awareness is translating in the commercial property market to strong demand for sustainable, eco-friendly office space, according to Chas Everitt Property Rentals commercial letting manager for uMhlanga Denis Davidson, who says: “Many companies are becoming more environmentally conscious and trying to lessen their carbon footprint, save on water, use less electricity and look after the wellbeing of their employees.
"Business owners are also starting to recognise that their companies play a role in effecting social change and that consumers care, now more than ever, about the environmental impact of the products they buy and businesses they support.
"By implementing green practices, these organisations are thus able to attract more customers at the same time as they are reducing waste, saving money and creating a healthier work environment for their staff,which has been proven to increase productivity, create innovation and help retain top performers.”
Going green in uMhlanga commercial property
When a building is in use, the main factor contributing to the impact on the environment is, undoubtedly, energy consumption. This, together with the increasing cost of electricity is one of the leading reasons that businesses choose to relocate to “green” office spaces – of which there are now many in the business hub of uMhlanga, says Davidson.
“The first ever Green-Star rated building in uMhlanga was the Lincoln on Lake development, which was launched in 2012. Since then a large number of green buildings have popped up here and are more sought-after than conventional offices, as they generally offer great locations as well as substantial savings on electricity and overall operational costs.
“This makes a big difference to the return on investment when leasing or buying a commercial property and thus to the profitability of a business. Operation savings can rather be invested in staff development or process innovation.”
A business is only as strong as its employees, so their work spaces must support their growth and performance, which green buildings do, he says. “In addition, many of these new buildings provide shower facilities, change rooms and bicycle storage to encourage staff to use ‘greener' forms of transport.”
The Boulevard, uMhlanga
The latest eco-friendly building to be developed in uMhlanga is The Boulevard, which is situated in the heart the New Town commercial node. Currently, under construction, this mixed-use project will provide AAA-grade office space complemented by a premium retail component. The Boulevard has received a 4-Star Green Design rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) thanks to the various sustainable features and initiatives that have been incorporated into the development. These include environmental management, construction and operational waste management, reduction of water usage by harvesting rainwater and indoor environment quality.
Currently on offer from Chas Everitt Property Rentals
Once completed, The Boulevard will occupy a city block and offer commercial tenants approximately 22 000sqm of A-Grade office space in total, broken up into various units. Among these is a 1 421sqm commercial unit listed at R170/sqm and available through Chas Everitt Property Rentals. This unit is the ideal address for a business looking to relocate to this area and comes with a dedicated 38sqm balcony.
Chas Everitt Property Rentals has a comprehensive portfolio of prime “green” office spaces available in uMhlanga. Contact our dedicated property team today and find your next commercial address.
Author: Chas Everitt International Property Group