The engineers of LINSPACE are recognized leaders in the field of Architectural Acoustics in South Africa. Our role in the Architectural Acoustic field is to ensure that a proposed building will be conducive to its intended purpose from an acoustic perspective.
Recent projects of LINSPACE engineers include the new ABSA Towers West, Barclays Johannesburg, Citibank Sandton, BMW Head Office, Anglo American Johannesburg Offices, Microsoft South Africa, Google Johannesburg, Google Ghana, FNB Call Centres, Standard Bank Rosebank, MTN head offices, Vodacom head offices, Nedcor New Town Development, Dimension Data Campus, Hyundai Head Office, Rio Tinto South Africa, University of Pretoria campuses, Plazo Steyn, SASOL Head Office Sandton, DSTV new head offices, Hollard Phase II, Old Mutual new Offices Sandton, Total Johannesburg, Council of Johannesburg new Chamber, Telkom SA new offices..etc.
Green Building Acoustics
As sustainability, environmental responsibility and employee well-being gains greater relevance and importance in the development of modern buildings, more emphasis is placed on the "green design" of buildings. The Green Star Council of South Africa (GBCSA) was created to establish a common language and standard of measurement for green buildings. This is done through the Green Star rating tools.
An important element of the building design is the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) offered by a building. This relates to air quality, lighting levels and noise levels. It is accepted that internal noise levels have a significant effect on the occupants of a building, affecting their satisfaction, well-being and hence their health and productivity. The GBCSA, through the Green Star Tool aims to “recognize buildings that are designed to maintain internal noise levels at an appropriate level” by awarding up to two Green Star points to such projects.
We have been involved in several Green Star projects, preparing the documentation required to claim the points related to internal building noise levels. Notable examples include the Nedcor Phase 2 building (the first building to be officially certified under the Green Star tool) and the Vodafone Innovation Centre (the first building to achieve a 6 star Green Star rating). Recently, we have been advising on the new Green Building Council Head Office in Cape Town.