Here Are The Top Green Certified Commercial Office Developments In Nairobi

Linah Amondi . 1 year ago

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Here Are The Top Green Certified Commercial Office Developments In Nairobi

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As part of our ongoing series on identifying top buildings in Kenya, this article focuses on the top green certified office projects in Nairobi, Kenya. You can view our other previous articles dubbed ‘Top Buildings Occupied By The Big 4 Companies in Kenya’ here, and ‘Top Five Commercial Office Buildings Occupied By Multinational Tech Companies…


As part of our ongoing series on identifying top buildings in Kenya, this article focuses on the top green certified office projects in Nairobi, Kenya. You can view our other previous articles dubbed ‘Top Buildings Occupied By The Big 4 Companies in Kenyahere, and ‘Top Five Commercial Office Buildings Occupied By Multinational Tech Companies In Kenya’ here. According to the Kenya Green Building Society (KGBS), there are 89 green certified buildings in the country. Below are the top green office buildings in Nairobi, Kenya:

  • Britam Tower

Britam Tower is a Grade A commercial office building located along Hospital Road, in Upperhill, Nairobi. It was the first EDGE Certified Building in Kenya. The certification was awarded to Britam in June 2018 for making 39% energy savings, 50% water savings, and using 38% less embodied material energy. Key sustainability measures include but are not limited to: 

  • External shading devices
  • Insulation of roof 
  • Low-e coated glass, 
  • Dual flush for water closets in bathrooms 
  • Water-efficient urinals in all bathrooms

Owned by Britam Group, the construction of this skyscraper began in 2013, and  was completed in 2017. It currently stands as the tallest building in Kenya, at 201 meters high. The construction project team consisted of:

Developer: Britam Group

Executive Architect: Triad Architects 

Main Contractor: Laxmanbhai Construction

Quantity Surveyor: Barker & Barton Kenya

MEP Engineer: Maiteri and Associates

Project features include: 

Gross Leasable Area: 31,500 M2

No. Of Floors: 31

No. Of Parking Bays: 1,002

No. Of Lifts: 4

Security: CCTv surveillance 

Britam Tower, Upperhill, Nairobi

  • Vienna Court

Vienna Court is a low rise Grade A commercial office building located in Kilimani, Nairobi. It was the first LEED Gold Certified development in Kenya. The pre certificate was awarded to the Vienna Court in 2016, having achieved a 62% reduction in energy consumption, 40% reduction in water consumption, and a 79% environmentally sustainable site. Key sustainability measures include but are not limited to: 

  • Solar control glass 
  • Balconies with solar shading 
  • Provisions for rainwater harvesting 
  • Onsight renewable energy 
  • Certified wood

The construction project team for this development consisted of: 

Developer: PDM Holdings

Architect: Kujenga Group

Project Manager: PDM Holdings

Civil and Structural Engineer: Webb Yates Engineers

Property Manager: Olympia Gold Real Estate

Project features include: 

Gross Leasable Area: 11,557 M2

No. Of Floors: 5

No. Of Parking Bays: 409

Security: CCTv surveillance

Vienna Court, Nairobi

  • Riverside Cube

Riverside Cube is a Grade A commercial office building located in Riverside area, Westlands, Nairobi. The development achieved an Advanced EDGE Certification in August 2021, with a 41% reduction in energy consumption, 50% reduction in water consumption and 21% reduction in energy embodied in materials. Key sustainability measures include but are not limited to: 

  • High thermal performance glazing 
  • LED efficient lighting 
  • Lighting control systems 
  • Solar PV systems 
  • Flow fixtures

The construction project team for this development consisted of: 

Developer: London Town Group of Companies

Architect: BAA Architects

Main Contractor: Mahesh and Tirth Construction Ltd

Quantity Surveyor: Mace YMR

MEP Engineer: Design Matic Ltd 

Project features include: 

Gross Leasable Area: 7,235 M2

No. Of Floors: 6

No. Of Parking Bays: 250

No. Of Lifts: 3

Security: CCTv surveillance

Riverside Cube, Westlands, Nairobi

  • Purple Tower

Purple Tower is a Grade A mixed use commercial project located in Nairobi’s South B neighbourhood, along Mombasa Road. The development achieved Preliminary EDGE Certification in November 2021, with a 27% energy savings, 41% water savings, and 33% reduction in energy embodied in materials. Key sustainability measures include but are not limited to: 

  • Higher thermal performance glass, 
  • Energy-saving bulbs for internal and external spaces, 
  • Occupancy sensors in offices, 
  • Low-flow faucets in bathrooms
  • Water-efficient faucets and urinals

Construction of the project is expected to be completed by Q4:2024, with a team consisting of:

Developer: Purple Dot International

Executive Architects & Interior Designers: Design Partnership Ltd.

Main Contractor: Purple Dot International

Quantity Surveyor: Cost Studio Ltd.

MEP Engineer: Bosch East Africa Ltd. 

Project features include:

Gross Leasable Area: 18,376 M2

No. Of Floors: 13

No. Of Parking Bays: 580

No. Of Lifts: 4

Security: CCTv surveillance

Purple Tower, Nairobi

  • Eaton Place

Eaton Place is a Grade A commercial office project located in Gigiri, Nairobi. The project achieved an LEED Certificate in September 2015, with a 28% improvement on baseline building performance, 50% reduction in wastewater generation, and 75% daylighting. Key sustainability measures include but are not limited to: 

  • Rainwater harvesting 
  • Onsite wastewater treatment plant with installed recyclability  
  • 20% regionally extracted materials

The construction this project was concluded in 2013, with a project team consisting of:

Developer: Imaran Group

Main Contractor: Laxmanbhai Construction Ltd

Architect: Beglin Woods Architects Limited

Quantity Surveyor: Barker & Barton Kenya

Property Manager: Knight Frank Kenya

Project features include: 

Gross Leasable Area: 8,001 M2

No. Of Floors: 6

No. Of Parking Bays: 348

No. Of Lifts: 4

Security: CCTv surveillance

Eaton Place, Gigiri, Nairobi

  • The Promenade

The Promenade is a Grade A commercial office building located on Westland’s General Mathenge road, Nairobi. The project achieved an EDGE Certificate in November 2020, with a 27% energy savings, 52% water savings, and 22% reduction in energy embodied in materials. Key sustainability measures include but are not limited to: 

  • High thermal performance glass 
  • Low-flow faucets in bathrooms 
  • single-flush water closets and urinals 
  • lighting controls for corridors and staircases 
  • Occupancy sensors in bathrooms
  • Hollow core precast slab for the floors 
  • In-situ waffle concrete for the roof 
  • In-situ reinforced internal walls

The construction this project was concluded in 2020, with a project team consisting of:

Developer: Symbion Kenya Limited

Main Contractor: Parbat Siyani Construction Limited

Architect: Symbion Kenya Limited

Property Manager: Knight Frank Kenya

Project features include: 

Gross Leasable Area: 19,138 M2

No. Of Floors: 6

No. Of Parking Bays: 520

No. Of Lifts: 7

Security: CCTv surveillance

The Promenade, Westlands, Nairobi

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