4* Green Star SA for YAP office


Young Africa Publishing, owner of earthworks magazine, is proud to announce that its office has achieved a 4-Star Green Star SA Interior pilot rating from the Green Building Council SA. The extensive refurbishment of the space at the Woodstock Exchange in Cape Town was generously supported by industry sponsors in the form of products and services.

The project was ably designed, managed and executed by Collaboration and Collaboration Site at the end of 2014.

“I was reluctant to do this project for various reasons, but am grateful that I was nudged into it because I can see the positive effect that our new office is having on staff welfare,” says Young Africa Publishing managing director Eugene Hugo. “Doing this project has made me aware of the challenges that a project team face on a daily basis, but it’s easy to do a monstrous project when you have a great team behind you.”

Thanks to the persistence and diligence displayed by registered Green Star SA Accredited Professional Colin Myers from Collaboration, all 47 points targeted were achieved. Myers, for whom this project was a first as AP, explains that he learnt the need for requesting documented proof of supplier claims before final selections are made and construction work commences. “Also, design projects that are sensible and follow due diligence should achieve a 4-Star Green Star SA rating,” he adds. “In the same breath, achieving 4 Stars really is something to be proud of – it’s a credible achievement.”

Sponsors on the project include:

Avance Carpets

Bidvest Execuflora

CO Design







Handles Inc.

The Write Company




Panda Bamboo

PG Bison

Prominent Paints



Sutherland Engineers

Master Crafter