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FUCHS head office certified as net zero carbon

August 2023 News

FUCHS Lubricants South Africa has clinched an accolade from the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) Leadership Awards for its net zero submission. In addition, the new FUCHS Isando head office has been certified as being net zero carbon, reports sustainability director, Esther Seabi. Not only has the head office been designed to be as energy efficient as possible, it generates renewable energy in excess of its requirements. This translates into net zero carbon emissions from energy usage.

The process started at building design phase, where the focus was on alignment with natural climatic elements to minimise the need for artificial illumination, heating and cooling required for a comfortable indoor environment, for example the use of shading and glazing. The next phase was the use of energy efficient equipment and systems such as automated LED lighting and energy-efficient appliances and HVAC system. Lastly, the solar PV system generates renewable energy equal to or exceeding the energy requirements of the building.

The current certification is based on design and is valid for three years. To maintain the rating following this, FUCHS has to submit data on actual usage to demonstrate whether or not it is net zero. “We have online metering for the various energy consumers. This also helps us with management as for instance we can see if aircons are left on when the building is unoccupied. We have also had instances where we were alerted when the PV system tripped,” explains Seabi.

For more information contact Kayla Van Vught, Fuchs Lubricants South Africa, +27 11 565 9738, [email protected], www.fuchs.com/za




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