Using Western Cape Government property efficiently
The Department of Transport and Public Works published the 6th edition of its Property Efficiency Report (PER) in November for the 2016/17 financial year. It describes the innovative ways we are reducing our carbon footprint, saving money, and using our office space efficiently.
In 2016/17, we installed 51 remote electricity meters in key Western Cape Government (WCG)-owned buildings to track and identify faults and spikes in usage in real time.
The Green Lease
We continue to discuss green leases with our leased buildings’ landlords in the Cape Town central business district:
- 11 Leeuwen Street,
- Atterbury House,
- Grand Central, and
- Protea Assurance
The green lease is an initiative of the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) which helps to ensure that buildings are designed, built and operated in a sustainable way with minimal environmental impact. Landlords and tenants both have responsibilities, and both can draw benefit from a green approach to leasing.
- Read more on GBSCA's website
The Department is planning and modernising WCG office accommodation to optimise the use of space and reduce the cost per m² of office space used. We currently stand at 26,6 m² space per desk according to the 2016/17 PER, and are aiming to further improve this figure to 15 m².
Through modernisation we aim to create an efficient, modern working environment by:
- Reducing the amount of leased space,
- Improving workplace efficiency, and
- Implementing versatile space, furniture and fitting.
Using less water
We are heading up the WCG’s water business continuity plan (BCP) team in a bid to save water and help ensure that there is enough water for the delivery of essential services to continue even if supplies of municipal water become constrained. The Department installed remote water meters in 7 buildings by the end of Phase One of the Remote Energy and Water Monitoring System.
Level 6B water restrictions started on 1 February 2018 and those living in Cape Town must now limit their personal water use to 50 litres per person per day. This includes the water you use at the office.
We are keeping WCG staff members informed every week about key achievements in our striving to reduce the water consumptions of WCG buildings in Cape Town.
- Read more about our water and energy saving efforts
Watch: Karl Bremer Office Accommodation