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Belhar Gardens

Belhar Gardens, located in Cape Town, South Africa has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Belhar Gardens


Located in Cape Town, Belhar Gardens provides 630 units to low-income residents with nearly 70% of the units allocated to households earning a monthly income of between R3,500 and R7,000. The remaining 30% are allocated to households with a combined income of less than R3,500 per month.

With unique green features such as a heat pump for hot water, water flow restrictors and water meters measuring hot and cold water, residents can monitor their water usage. By reducing energy and water usage, residents pay fewer utility bills and conserve natural resources that are increasingly scarce in Cape Town, especially in the context of the recent drought over the last few years and severe water shortages and restrictions in 2018.

Belhar Gardens was developed by the Madulammoho Housing Association, a social housing company that has partnered with the City of Cape Town, with financing from Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (NCIB)’s Affordable Housing Development Finance division and South Africa’s Green Fund. The Green Fund originated out of a public-private partnership between the Development Bank of South Africa and the government’s Department of Environmental Affairs. It offers financing to projects that help South Africa to meet its low-carbon and resource efficiency goals, leading the nation towards a more climate-resilient future. EDGE has partnered with the development arm of the Swiss government, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO), to deliver more social housing properties, such as Belhar Gardens, to the South African market. You can read more about that partnership here.

Belhar Gardens has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA).

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification



41%

Energy Savings*


30%

Water Savings


36%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions


Energy


Reduced window to wall ratio, insulated roof and external walls, heat pump for hot water, energy-saving lighting and lighting controls for common areas and outdoors.


Water


Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for kitchen sinks and dual-flush water closets.


Materials


Hollow core precast slab for flooring, micro concrete tiles on steel rafters for roof construction and solid dense concrete blocks for internal and external walls.


*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.

Location:


Carmen End, Belhar 8
Cape Town, 7493, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Final EDGE Certification

Date:


March 2018

Floor Space:


21,886 m2

Total CO2 Savings:


734 tCO2/Year

Celebration Retirement Village

Celebration Retirement Village, located in Roodepoort, South Africa, has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCSA

Celebration Retirement Village


The Celebration Retirement Village provides a comfortable and safe environment for retired South Africans who are interested in lowering their carbon footprint. More of a lifestyle center than a retirement home, the Celebration Retirement Village contains everything that residents could need including a hair salon, restaurant, library, swimming pool and more. The 774 units range from one to three-bedroom apartments and homes. The community has many green spaces and walking trails to enjoy the outdoors and is near to shopping, hospitals and golf courses.

The Celebration Retirement Village also conserves natural resources. The property reduces its energy use with lighting controls and solar hot water collectors that meet 100% of hot water demand, while water is conserved with low-flow showerheads and dual-flush water closets. Sustainable construction materials also reduce embodied energy in materials by more than half. These green features help residents not only lower their carbon footprint, but also their utility bills.

Celebration Retirement Village is the twelfth retirement estate by Central Developments Property Group. The company is passionate about meeting the need of South Africa’s high demand and limited supply of retirement homes. They pride themselves on creating comfortable, high-quality retirement homes and believe that their communities prove that all individuals can contribute to environmental sustainability, regardless of age. Celebration Retirement Village has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCSA.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification



35%

Energy Savings*


25%

Water Savings


51%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions


Energy


Reduced window to wall ratio, energy-saving lighting, lighting controls for outdoor lighting and solar hot water collectors.


Water


Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for kitchen and bathroom sinks, and dual-flush water closets.


Materials


Hollow core precast floor slabs, micro concrete tiles on timber rafters for roof construction, facing brick and solid concrete blocks for external walls and solid dense concrete blocks for internal walls.


*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.

Location:


404 Northumberland Ave, North Riding AH
Roodepoort, 2169, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Preliminary EDGE Certificate

Date:


February 2019

Floor Space:


19,046 m2

Total CO2 Savings:


1,318.4 tCO2/Year

Devland Gardens

Devland Gardens, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCSA.

Devland Gardens


Ideally located off the Golden Highway, Devland Gardens provides easy access to the center of Johannesburg and the rest of the country. The social housing community consists of 26 three-story buildings with a total of 870 one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Devland Gardens has received full accreditation from the Social Housing Regulatory Authority (SHRA) as an affordable housing provider in Johannesburg. The property was also awarded funds from the SHRA’s Consolidated Capital Grant Program, which provides subsidies to affordable housing programs that contribute to the economic and social restructuring of South African cities.

Devland Gardens is expected to significantly reduce utility bills for residents with the help of green measures that conserve natural resources, ultimately improving the cost of living for low-and-middle-income residents. Each unit is energy-efficient, using energy-saving lighting and a heat pump for hot water generation. Water is usually the most expensive utility bill for Johannesburg residents, but features like low-flow showerheads and faucets are expected to cut usage by more than one half. Construction materials such as hollow core precast floor slabs also reduce embodied energy by more than 60%. These green features were implemented at a minimal cost to the developer, who is expected to recover their investment in less than four months.

Developed by Instratin, a firm specializing in turnkey integrated property development solutions, Devland was acquired as rental stock by International Housing Solutions (IHS), an original EDGE Champion. As a South African private equity firm focused on the development of affordable green housing, IHS also manages other EDGE-certified projects such as Waterfall Park and Candlewood Crescent. Devland Gardens has received a preliminary EDGE certificate.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification



28%

Energy Savings*


51%

Water Savings


64%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions


Energy


Reduced window to wall ratio, heat pump for hot water generation, energy-saving lighting, lighting controls for corridors and staircases and smart meters.


Water


Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for kitchen and bathroom sinks and dual-flush water closets.


Materials


Hollow core precast floor slabs, steel sheets on timber rafters for roof construction, solid dense concrete blocks for internal and external walls and finished concrete 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.

Location:


Aambeeld Street, Devland ext 36
Johannesburg, Gauteng 1811, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Preliminary EDGE Certificate

Date:


February 2019

Floor Space:


36,868 m2

Total CO2 Savings:


544.5 tCO2/Year

Waterfall Park

Goedeburg, an EDGE-certified residential project in South Africa has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCSA.

Waterfall Park

Waterfall Park is an infill development located in Benoni, Ekurhuleni that consists of both rental and owner-occupied, sectional title flats. The development includes 232 EDGE-certified homes, of which 104 units have been sold to the open bonded market, and 128 units are being managed as rental stock by International Housing Solutions (IHS), a South Africa private equity firm focused on the development of affordable green housing.

The EDGE-certified properties in Waterfall Park were developed through a joint venture special purpose vehicle with SSI Group, a company that has gained a strategic position in the South African construction industry due to its supply chain relationships and in-house capabilities.

Rentals range between 5,900 to 6,300 rand per month for two-bedroom, one bath and two-bedroom, two-bath homes. Residences for sale have already sold out.

Waterfall Park has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


21%

Energy Savings*


32%

Water Savings


42%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions

Energy

Insulation of roof and solar hot water collectors.

Water

Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets in kitchens and bathrooms, and dual-flush water closets.

Materials

Hollow core precast slab, micro concrete tiles on timber rafters for roof construction, and solid dense concrete blocks for external walls.

*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.

Location:


Beryl Street
Goedeburg, Benoni
Gauteng, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Final EDGE Certification

Date:


January 2019

Floor Space:


21,361m2

Total CO2 Savings:


141.5 tCO2/Year

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Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate

Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate, located in Kuils River, South Africa, has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from GBCSA.

Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate


Located only a short drive away from Cape Town on the famous Stellenbosch Wine Route, the Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate provides a peaceful retirement home in the Western Cape’s rolling green hills. The development is named after the Zevenwacht Wine Estate, which is located adjacent to the property. Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate has a total of 96 two and three-bedroom apartments and homes in addition to a health care center and assisted living suites. Residents can enjoy the many amenities available at the complex as well as the nearby hiking trails and outdoor activities with views of False Bay and Table Mountain.

Each unit at Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate has resource-efficient features like solar hot water collectors and low-flow showerheads and faucets to help residents live a more sustainable lifestyle with reduced utility bills. The materials used to build Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate include micro concrete tiling on the roof and cored brick walls, both of which help reduce embodied energy in materials. Building green added very little additional cost to Multi Spectrum Property (MSP), the developer of the property, and they are expected to recover the costs from their investment in a little over one year.

MSP is one of the largest housing developers in the Western Cape and since its creation in 2002, they have remained committed to building uniquely designed homes that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. MSP builds homes, industrial, commercial and retail buildings across South Africa.

Zevenwacht Lifestyle Estate has received a preliminary EDGE certificate from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification



26%

Energy Savings*


32%

Water Savings


45%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions


Energy


Reduced window to wall ratio, insulated roof, energy-saving lighting and solar hot water collectors.


Water


Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets and dual flush water closets.


Materials


Micro concrete tiles on timber rafters and cored bricks with internal and external plaster for internal and external walls.


*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.

Location:


150D Langverwacht Road
Zevenwacht, Kuils River, 7580, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Preliminary EDGE Certificate

Date:


July 2018

Floor Space:


17,297 m2

Total CO2 Savings:


105.24 tCO2/Year

The Village (Clubview)

Kale Developments has built 288 one and two-bedroom sectional title units in Centurion, Tshwane. The Village (Clubview) has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

The Village (Clubview)

Kale Developments has built 288 one and two-bedroom sectional title units in Centurion, Tshwane. International Housing Solutions (IHS), a South African private equity firm focused on the development of low-cost housing, acquired the units as rental stock. Demand for the units has been strong due to their location, high quality and affordability, as the properties range between 5,500 and 6,850 rand per month.

The Village (Clubview) is expected to realize an estimated total savings of almost 310,000 rand per unit each year due to resource-efficiency measures, which cost approximately 14,000 rand per home. Water savings have been achieved through energy-efficient heat pump hot water systems, smart meters allowing tenants to monitor their consumption, and low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual-flush water closets. The design decision to reduce the window to wall ratio and provide natural ventilation has optimized energy efficiency and contributed to electricity savings, which are further positively impacted through the insulation of roofs and walls, and the installation of LED lighting for internal and external spaces.

The Village (Clubview) has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


25%

Energy Savings*


24%

Water Savings


54%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions

Energy

Reduced window to wall ratio, natural ventilation, energy-efficient heat pump for hot water, energy-saving lighting systems, lighting controls for common areas and outdoors and smart meters.

Water

Low-flow plumbing fixtures and dual-flush water closets.

Materials

Solid dense concrete blocks for internal and external walls.

*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.

Location:


Von Willich Avenue, Clubview
Centurion
Pretoria, Gauteng 0110
South Africa
 

More Information:


Stage:


Final EDGE Certification

Date:


October 2017

Floor Space:


17,300m2

Total CO2 Savings:


130 tCO2/Year

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Candlewood Crescent

RPP Developments built 188 two-bedroom green homes for the local affordable housing market in Johannesburg with its new Candlewood Crescent Development. Candlewood Crescent has received a final EDGE certification from Green Building Council South Africa.

Candlewood Crescent

RPP Developments built 188 two-bedroom green homes for the local affordable housing market in Johannesburg with its new Candlewood Crescent Development. International Housing Solutions (IHS), a South African private equity firm focused on the development of affordable housing, will acquire the units as rental stock from RPP Developments.

Candlewood Crescent is expected to realize savings of almost R600,000 a year by applying EDGE-certified efficiencies. Water and energy savings will be achieved by use of solar hot water collectors, smart meters and low-flow plumbing fixtures. Smaller windows and roofs constructed with corrugated zinc sheets will ensure optimal energy efficiency contributing to electricity savings. The certification of Ravenswood marks a significant milestone, not only for IHS and the Green Building Council South Africa (the certifier for the project) but also for the South Africa residential property sector and its journey towards becoming more sustainable.

Candlewood Crescent has received a final EDGE certification from Green Building Council South Africa.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


30%

Energy Savings*


28%

Water Savings


36%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions

Energy

Roof insulation, reduced window to wall ratio, solar hot water collectors and smart meters.

Water

Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets and dual-flush water closets.

Materials

Hollow core precast floor slabs, steel sheets on timber rafters, facing brick and solid concrete blocks for external walls, and solid dense concrete blocks for internal walls.

*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.

Location:


Candlewood Crescent
Trichardts Road, Boksburg
Ekurhuleni, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Final EDGE Certification

Date:


October 2017

Floor Space:


10,124m2

Total CO2 Savings:


207 tCO2/Year

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Tygerberg 3 Student Residence

The 25 units of Tygerberg 3 Student Residence at Stellenbosch University, which achieve thermal comfort without the need for air conditioning or space heating, are powered in part by solar photovoltaics, which provide one-third of total electricity use. The project has received an EDGE preliminary certificate from Green Building Council of South Africa.

Tygerberg 3 Student Residence

A pioneer of green construction in student accommodation for the past three decades, STAG African has developed a method of lightweight steel construction which is an alternative to bricks and mortar. Nearly 90 percent of the steel structure is recycled, and no water is required for the construction process, which is carbon neutral. Typically, construction time for the student residences is reduced by 40 percent, building costs are cut by up to 13 percent, and construction waste is lowered from between 25 percent to less than 0.1 percent of building bulk.

In addition to green construction, STAG African implements such sustainability features as LED lighting, shower timers and student food gardens. The 25 units of Tygerberg 3 Student Residence at Stellenbosch University, which achieve thermal comfort without the need for air conditioning or space heating, are powered in part by solar photovoltaics, which provide one-third of total electricity use. The project has received an EDGE preliminary certificate from Green Building Council of South Africa.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


33%

Energy Savings*


27%

Water Savings


45%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions

Energy

Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint for tiles and roof, insulation of roof and walls, energy-saving light bulbs for internal and external spaces and common areas, and solar photovoltaics.

Water

Low-flow showerheads, low-flow faucets for kitchen sinks and washbasins, and dual-flush water closets.

Materials

Timber floor construction, steel sheets on steel rafters for roof construction, cement fiber boards on metal studs for internal and external walls, and cork and ceramic tile for 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.

Location:


Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Campus
Francie van Zijl Drive, Tygerberg
Cape Town, South Africa 7505

More Information:


Stage:


Preliminary EDGE Certificate

Date:


September 2017

Floor Space:


3,120m2

Total CO2 Savings:


40 tCO2/Year

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Fourleaf Estate

The Fourleaf Estate residential project is funded by the Housing Impact Fund of South Africa (HIFSA) and financially managed by Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI). Fourleaf Estate has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Fourleaf Estate

Fourleaf Estate is a residential development in Port Elizabeth offering 323 affordable housing units to low and middle-income families. Developed by award-winning EDGE certification pioneer Similan Properties, Fourleaf Estate redefines the concept of green housing at an affordable price in South Africa. Its sustainable design and practices, such as the community’s mandatory recycling requirements, demonstrate Similan Properties’ commitment to conservation within community-oriented developments.

Fourleaf Estate’s homeowners will enjoy its close location to schools, recreational facilities and medical centers. Residents live within short walking distance of public transportation, while enjoying convenient access to Port Elizabeth International Airport, only a 30-minute drive away.

The Fourleaf Estate project is funded by the Housing Impact Fund of South Africa (HIFSA) and financially managed by Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI). Fourleaf Estate has received final EDGE certification from the Green Building Council of South Africa.

Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification


32%

Energy Savings*


25%

Water Savings


35%

Less Embodied Energy in Materials

Technical Solutions

Energy

Reduced window to wall ratio, roof insulation and heat pump for hot water.

Water

Low-flow faucets in bathrooms and dual-flush water closets.

Materials

Clay roofing tiles on timber rafters for roof construction, cored bricks with plaster on both sides for internal and external walls, and cellulose roof insulation.

*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.

Location:


Agnes Ave
Parsons vlei, Port Elizabeth
6025, South Africa

More Information:


Stage:


Final EDGE Certification

Date:


August 2017

Floor Space:


4,080m2

Total CO2 Savings:


126 tCO2/Year

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