Four-star rating design and As Built building
eMedia Holdings most recent stand-out feature is the completion of a four-star green-rated building in Cape Town. Occupied towards the end of 2015, the building is the regional head office for the Group.
The Green Building Council SA uses Green Star SA rating tools to provide an objective measurement of green buildings in South Africa. Independent assessors are used to evaluate submissions and allocate points based on the green measures that have been implemented. Certification is awarded for four-star, five-star or six-star Green Star SA ratings.
Green building incorporates design, construction and operational practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of development on the environment and people. Green buildings are energy efficient, resource efficient and environmentally responsible.
The building incorporates a number of eco-friendly features which include a recycling initiative, reduction of the use of municipal water, the use of green materials such as low volatile organic compound (“VOC”) and formaldehyde components, energy efficient lighting and electrical systems such as LED lighting, motion sensors, timers and double glazing on the windows.
Carbon footprint measurement
A greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions report is the basis for accounting emissions-related risks and opportunities for the Group. The Group continues to report in terms of GHG Protocol and CO2 e ton, the universal unit measure. e.tv and eNCA have participated in carbon reporting structures over the past four years.
Early assessments recorded varied results as a consequence of sparse information gathering. The quality of reporting has greatly improved and therefore a more accurate report was provided for the 2014/2015 fiscal. For the first time, Sasani Studios was included in the assessment.
The commitment to carbon reporting forms part of eMedia’s goal to reduce carbon emissions or reduce the consumption of resources. The Group understands that sustainability reporting plays an important role in a successful business strategy. The information gathered and reported on is critical to implementing sustainable development for the company and the communities it impacts. eMedia Holidings has continued to improve the quality of its reporting standards and address issues of environmental and social sustainability.
To view our latest Carbon Footprint Measurement Findings refer to page 35 of the Integrated Annual Report 2015