Green Court and Stepney Green is a mixed-use development with 357 affordable housing units and a small retail space in Cape Town. The development’s residents will enjoy the ideal location, which is close to public transportation and other amenities.
The development’s one and two-bedroom units were designed to conserve natural resources. External shading devices, solar hot water collectors, LED lighting, and low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed to reduce the residences’ energy and water usage. Smart Meters were also installed to help the residents track their resource consumption, helping them save each month with utility bills.
International Housing Solutions (IHS), a South African private equity investor focused on the development of affordable green housing, developed Green Court and Stepney Green with Dalmar Construction serving as the contractor. 88 of the units have been sold, while 269 of the units will be retained as rental stock to serve the affordable housing market in the Parklands community of Cape Town.
IHS invests in green affordable housing projects located close to job opportunities, transport corridors, and other amenities such as schools, in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. IHS has also certified Devland Gardens, Waterfall Park, Candlewood Crescent, Village (Clubview), and The Residence, with EDGE.
Green Court and Stepney Green has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window-to-wall ratio, external shading devices, solar hot water collectors, smart meters, energy-saving lighting in internal and external spaces, and lighting controls for corridors and staircases.
Dual-flush water closets and low-flow showerheads and faucets for kitchen sinks and washbasins.
Hollow core precast slab for the floor and roof, steel sheets on timber rafters for the roof, solid dense concrete blocks for internal and external walls, and ceramic tile flooring.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.