CAPRICORN CORNER BECOMES 1ST OPERATIONAL BUILDING IN NAMIBIA TO RECEIVE IFC’S EDGE ADVANCED GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION

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On 28 March 2024, The Capricorn Corner building, Capricorn Group’s state-of-the-art office facilities in Klein Windhoek, earned EDGE Advanced green building certification, the green building certification from the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. The certification, presented by EDGE certification partner – Green Business Building Certification Inc. (GBCI), marks the first internationally recognised operational building to be EDGE-certified in Namibia. This achievement also preludes this year’s World Earth Day, highlighting the Group’s progress in environmental stewardship.

An innovation of IFC, EDGE is an online platform, a green building standard and a certification system for more than 170 countries. EDGE was created in response to the need for a measurable solution to prove the financial case for building green and help jumpstart the mainstreaming of green buildings. EDGE empowers building professionals to quickly and easily determine the most cost-effective ways to build green based on occupant behaviour, building type and the local climate.

The Capricorn Corner office building was designed according to world-class standards to be future-proof, environmentally friendly and safe to meet the current needs of employees and the future workforce. Windhoek Consulting Engineers were contracted to assist with the green building certification process. At the same time, Solid Green Consulting handled the auditing process. As a result, the Capricorn Corner’s design choices achieved a post-construction EDGE Advanced Certification with 100% Energy savings, 36% water savings and 46% savings in embodied carbon in materials. Janus van der Merwe, the Director of Mechanical, Fire & Green Buildings at Windhoek Consulting Engineers, stated that “this certification meets an exceptional level of environmental performance and solidifies the Capricorn Group’s commitment to supporting Green Building developments, which will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the larger community. This milestone is significant because it marks Namibia’s first EDGE Advanced Certification”.

“Capricorn Group, with their signature Capricorn Corner building, has set the bar for demonstrating how major business projects can be designed, built, and certified as resource-efficient in Namibia,” said Lenore Cairncross, – Green Building Lead for IFC in Africa. “With this important project, Capricorn Group has the potential to increase local employment opportunities and bring value to customers while keeping operational carbon impacts to a minimum.”

Capricorn Corner, located at the intersection of Nelson Mandela Avenue and Hofmeyer Street in Klein Windhoek, was opened in November 2021 amidst the economic impact of COVID-19. Despite the ongoing crisis, Capricorn Group’s board understood the positive impact this project could have on the economy by creating jobs. While other companies were cutting capital expenditure and postponing investments, Capricorn Group boldly decided to invest in this project. The investment in Capricorn Corner helped secure 250 jobs for 16 months and injected N$110 million into the economy.

“Building green allows us to reduce our consumption of natural resources and reduces the environmental impact of our buildings. Commercially, ensuring a lower carbon footprint reduces Capricorn Corner’s operational costs and leads to a better return for our shareholders. This ultimately makes the Capricorn Corner a sound business location for us and customers, leading to increased asset values and a defensible investment,” said Johan Maass, Capricorn Group’s Chief Financial Officer.

Commenting on the achievement, Ruan Bestbier, Capricorn Group Head of Sustainability, said: “Sustainability is central to our purpose and the Group’s strategic imperatives, and achieving the EDGE Advanced certification supports our commitment to integrating sustainable practices and investing with responsibility. The Capricorn Corner building excels in energy efficiency and reducing our environmental footprint. It has also significantly enriched the surrounding communities since its inception by generating employment opportunities, driving sustainable growth, and nurturing a culture oriented towards sustainability. As responsible corporate citizens, we are dedicated to promoting sustainable development in Namibia, ensuring that our projects incorporate eco-friendly features and deliver social and economic benefits to the communities where we invest and operate.”

About Capricorn Corner

The construction of Capricorn Corner started on 10 June 2020, and the building was completed at the end of October 2021 despite the supply chain delays in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions in Africa and Europe. Capricorn Corner was named after Capricorn Group, the Group’s mother brand, derived from the Tropic of Capricorn, symbolising abundance and creating positive change for the country’s people. The roots of Capricorn Group have run deep in Namibia for more than 40 years. The Group supported many local businesses and secured jobs by providing work and income-earning opportunities during a challenging period, especially for the construction industry. Capricorn Corner is proudly a Namibian building – designed, constructed, equipped, furnished, and decorated by Namibians. For more information, visit: www.capricorn.com.na

About EDGE An innovation of IFC

EDGE helps property developers to build and brand green in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by free software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and the energy used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. The program has been generously supported by the following donors: Austria, Canada, Denmark, ESMAP, EU, Finland, GEF, Hungary, Japan, Switzerland and the UK. For more information, visit: www.edgebuildings.com

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Issued by: Capricorn Group Limited

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