The Massmart Distribution Centre is a 54.000 square meter logistics hub located in Durban North, a suburban part of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The project has a mixed purpose, consisting mostly of warehouse space with a section to be used as office space for Massmart, a South African retail company and subsidiary of the American Walmart chain. Massmart Distribution Centre was developed by JT Ross Property Group, a local property developer with a focus on developing large-scale commercial and logistics projects for national and international corporate clients.
To meet international standards for resource efficiency, energy and water-saving technologies were incorporated into the design, construction and internal processes of the building. Reflective paint, low-E coated glass, LED lighting and a solar photovoltaics system covering 34% of projected electricity consumption reduce the distribution centre’s energy use, while water-efficient plumbing fixtures reduce its water use. Altogether these savings will not just help lowering operational expenses but also yield a more sustainable project overall with a significant reduction in its carbon footprint.
Massmart Distribution Centre has received a Preliminary EDGE Advanced Certificate from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint/tiles and insulation for the roof, insulation of external walls, low-E coated glass, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) cooling system, energy-saving lighting in sales, corridors, common and external areas, and solar photovoltaics covering 34% of total electricity consumption.
Aerators/auto shut-off faucets, water-efficient faucets for kitchen sinks, water-efficient urinals and dual flush for water closets.
In-situ reinforced concrete slab for floor construction, steel sheets on steel rafters for the roof, steel profile cladding and precast concrete panels for external walls, common brick with plaster on both sides for internal walls, finished concrete floors and aluminum window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.