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Nedbank opens green headquarters in South Africa’s first green city

South African financial organization Nedbank Group opened its first green regional headquarters in the Menlyn Maine, the region's first green city.

Located at Pretoria, the R350 million ($42.95 million) headquarters achieved a 4-star green building rating from the Green Building Council of South Africa, a non-profit agency that measures buildings' environmental sustainability in South Africa.

The building features intelligent lighting that adjusts according to the brightness of external light, an automatic air quality monitoring that purifies the air without the need for mechanical air conditioning and a thermal storage system for reduced energy heating as well as a variety of water collection and distribution systems

The building was also was constructed from used bricks and other recycled materials. It promotes a sustainable lifestyle by providing a bicycle parking area, dedicated parking bays for hybrid vehicles and a recycling center.

"Our stated objective to be an African leader in environmental sustainability includes a commitment to become recognized as South Africa's green and caring bank," said Nedbank chief executive Mike Brown noted.

The 16,400 square meters campus will consolidate the banking group's 16 regional offices which will significantly reduce the group's carbon emissions. The move to the new headquarters will be completed by mid-July.

While the cost of the construction of its new building was higher than the cost of conventional buildings, the company expected more cost-efficient maintenance and operations in the long run, said Nedbank head of workspace planning Deon Minnie during the launch of the building.

The group has been keen on supporting sustainable development in the country through its green building efforts. The Menlyn Maine campus is the third of its buildings that earned a green 4-star rating from the G.B.C.S.A. – EcoSeed Staff

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