Green Architecture
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PPS Architects is committed to meeting the challenges of the future through sustainable design. The firm has in recent projects incorporated sustainable design strategies to promote efficiency and savings. In 2011, PPS Architects received the U.S. Green Building Council Accreditation for the first LEED Gold building in Africa, the Administration Building for the Valpre Bottling Plant in Heidelberg, South Africa. Subsequently the Valpre Bottling Plant was awarded a LEED Silver accreditation and is considered the greenest factory in Africa.

In addition to our work on projects that pursue South African Green Building or LEED Certification, we will work with clients who wish to implement sustainable design elements without pursuing formal certification. Whatever the project, we work with our clients to identify the sustainable design opportunities most appropriate for each project and to maximize sustainability, while keeping within budget and achieving all project objectives.

solar_study_smallIn an economy of spiralling energy prices, energy costs are increasingly a concern for property owners as life-cycle costs are set to soar for facilities that do not adopt energy efficient building practices. Current trends of sustainability are having a dramatic impact on buildings; the shift is towards energy efficient buildings that incorporate renewable energy systems, both for conservation as well as energy generation. Clients are also increasingly equally demanding in the quality of services that they receive. PPS Architects strives to increase the quality of their services and to provide clients with more efficient products and processes.

PPS Architects make use of cutting edge information technology software for the development and implementation of high efficiency technologies in our buildings, we use BIM (Building Information Management) systems that promote integrated building design and energy modelling. BIM is an Integrated Information Technology system that facilitates and encourages systems engineering principles and is essential for successful implementation of complex Building projects. The use of BIM technology enables us to provide products that meet the demands of clients, and the needs of the environment. BIM systems combined with energy modelling provides efficient use of resources and a reduction of waste, better interdisciplinary co-ordination, shorter project times, better quality control and product delivery, and more efficient facilities management.

Sustainable or green architecture systems generally have a higher initial implementation cost when compared with traditional building technologies, and as such cannot compete economically with traditional construction technologies, if based on construction cost alone. Architects and clients need to recognize that the initial construction cost should include the impact on the environment and the total building life-cycle cost. Clients that choose to invest upfront on the implementation of a green building will however see long term financial benefit through a reduction in life-cycle cost and general improvements to the final product quality.

The need for sustainability is a major trend in today’s world and the Architecture industry cannot escape this phenomenon that unless tackled will have dramatic consequences for humanity and the planets ecosystem. This trend dictates that all industries must rationalise their operations to minimise waste and increase value from existing dwindling resources. The Architecture industry is one of the largest contributors to Global Warming and must realign its services to comply with these new emerging demands. Sustainable construction is therefore becoming more and more prevalent throughout the World. Sustainable designed buildings (green buildings) seek to reduce their impact on our environment through energy and resource efficiency. In response to these emerging challenges PPS Architects is driven to produce buildings that reflect the new needs of a changing world.