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Bloemhof Electrical Head Office

A Green Star SA Project


The Green Building Council SA developed the Green Star SA rating tools to provide an objective measurement for green buildings in South Africa and to recognise and reward environmental leadership in the property industry. Read more at www.gbcsa.org.za/green-star-sa-rating-system.

Being a Green Star project, stringent demands were required of the landscaper. Bloemhof Electrical Head Office met with the following Green Star SA requirements:

  • The conservation of certain trees
  • Topsoil conservation as the site's topsoil was recycled and re-used
  • Only 10% of the site irrigation was permissible, using fixed irrigation systems
  • Water wise soil conditioning technology and a compost mulch were used to improve the soil's water retention capacity
  • The use of indigenous and endemic planting from the South Western Cape, that are able to withstand the natural weather conditions without irrigation

Most of the planting beds have a mix of plant species which include Metalasia muricata, Salvia chamelaeagnea, Thamnochortus spicigerus and Elytropappus rhinocerotis. A formal avenue of Phoenix canariensis lines the driveway. This is the only exotic species used on site.

All plants for this project were contract grown at our sister company within the Group; New Horizen Farm-nursery whose horticulturalists sourced and propagated the plant material. Mother plants were collected from the West Coast and Cape Flats area, and plants were grown from seed, not vegetative reproduction.

Work completed includes:

  • Planting of a roof garden
  • Installation of compost blankets and 100% biodegradable jute blankets to prevent erosion on the berms
  • Contract growing of indigenous and endemic plants
  • Pathways

Client: City of Cape Town Electricity Department