2014

Green Future of False Bay College

A decision was taken several years ago to incrementally make False Bay College a green and sustainable institution.

This led to a direct reduction in waste, electricity and water consumption following Eskom’s calls for 10% electricity reduction targets coupled with requests from the Cape Metropolitan Council to help reduce solid waste by 20%.

The indirect benefits for the campuses have led to cost reductions and more eco-friendly business practices.

New Buildings and Refurbishing of buildings

The College has implemented sustainable and cost saving solutions in all its new and refurbished buildings.

Electricity

We began with the most cost-effective step of switching to energy-saving lights thus replacing all halogen lights with energy saving LED lights.

We introduced a program to upgrade and refurbish older buildings and incorporate changes such as the rewiring of buildings, replacing energy-intensive lights and machinery e.g. inverter air conditioners and welders with inverters.

Our new Muizenberg Central Office and Campus buildings were installed with energy saving and LED lights, air conditioners with inverters, hydro boils and automatic light switches. We are in the process of installing a green evaporative cooling system for our classrooms.

In another move to reduce reliance on artificial lighting, we have installed new windows to allow for more light into classrooms. Blinds and solar film have been placed on all windows to reduce the glare and heat. Greening of the areas around classrooms and the construction of verandas at our Westlake campus have helped reduce the heat and improve ventilation.

Another important measure has focused on the replacement of geysers with heat exchangers; where possible, geysers are replaced with induction heaters for small users.

We are also in the process of upgrading our hostel with energy-saving elements (for internal heating /cooling and saving in electricity and water).

The College has had various audits and investigations done to assist in measuring and directing the move to sustainability and cost saving. We have had an electrical energy audit to help us improve our savings further.

Extraction and ventilation

We are initiating an investigation into improving our extraction and ventilation at Muizenberg campus and Central Office. This will improve our system and reduce our energy costs.

Recycling

The College has had various recycling programs where paper, scrap materials and used building materials. We have been able to reuse building materials in some of our building programs.

Water saving

We are busy with water saving at present. Timed sprinkler systems that run at night that stop excessive evaporation. We are looking at using both roof catchment and water tanks, together with using underground water irrigation projects to save water. Water is also a high cost so it also brings a cost saving to the College.

In the planning for the overall development of the Westlake Campus we aim to direct storm water and to disperse this on to open land to filter and saturate the ground rather than dumping it into the storm water system of the city.

We have installed more water stop-off valves. These have been fitted per section to stop water waste where there is need to close a section building for water related repairs.

Fuel saving

The College has replaced motor vehicles with those that are more fuel-efficient. A vehicle tracking and management system has been installed in each vehicle to control and measure costs better.

Greening

The False Bay College has been working toward greening the campuses. The soccer fields were upgraded and more garden areas are being established.

At Westlake we have worked on slowly removing all asbestos and dangerous products from polluting the Westlake campus environment.

There has also been a drive to create an interest in the surrounding trees, with regularly pruning and the removal of exotics as well as an initiative to label the trees.

Informing staff and students

Regular information is sent to the campuses to remind staff of greening and save costs by encouraging staff to switch off lights, air conditioners and geysers. Workshop personnel have also been instructed to turn geysers off after hours.