SA Roofing February 2018 // Issue 97 - Page 16

PROJECTS The Hotel Verde Zanzibar design has sustainability at its core. Going green meets 5-star opulence Going green and being luxurious are two things that do not seem to match, but environmental consultants, Ecolution Consulting, are doing just that. By Ntsako Khosa | Photos by Ecolution Consulting W hen Ecolution Consulting were asked to build a green roof on top of Hotel Verde Zanzibar, it came with many challenges. The hotel is a redevelopment of an existing establishment, where the owners aimed to upgrade and integrate sustainable practices throughout the entire property. 14 FEBRUARY 2018 RESIDENTIAL // COMMERCIAL // INDUSTRIAL Located just two kilometres from Stone Town, Zanzibar, Hotel Verde Zanzibar is set to take sustainable development to new heights in East Africa and be a flagship for tourism in Zanzibar and Tanzania – while matching green elements with luxury. “We were called to design and build a sustainable roof on a hotel in Zanzibar that adheres to the green specifications of the Verde Hotels brand, as well as to drive all sustainable interventions and processes from the planning and design phase right through to construction and eventual operation,” says André Harms, founder and sustainability engineer at Ecolution Consulting. The hotel is also pursuing a