Bryanston's new green homes

07 May 2012

The suburb of Bryanston in the north of Johannesburg has unveiled the area’s first green power saving residential property developments.

The development is equipped with its own borehole water supply and custom engineered electricity scheme, according to developers, MDD.

The development is equipped with its own borehole water supply and custom engineered electricity scheme, according to developers, MDD.  

According to Anthony Manas, chief executive officer of MDD, the development was inspired by the need to improve power usage – made more important after 2007’s massive power outages and the ever increasing cost of electricity.

MDD has developed a “green power” system, potent enough to muscle over seven homes in the project.

The new innovation combines a power source previously capable of electrifying only two homes, says Manas.

Based on the notion that Bryanston as an area cannot receive more power than it does presently, MDD conteptualised a system that would take the new residential project “off the grid” while still creating beautifully designed, contemporary homes typical of MDD’s signature style.

“We wanted to design homes that are environmentally friendly, stand out as stylish, practical and bespoke without being impersonal,” says Manas.

Personally designed by Manas, the new homes measure between 300 to 600 square metres.  

Each house within the new development will draw on only 60 amps of single phase power (most houses use approximately 80 – 100 amps) and utilise all water for irrigation from either contained springs or the common borehole that forms part of the development.

All timber used in the construction is either renewable or already recycled, he says.

“Considering the latest trend in sustainable design, designers have started to embrace natural, sustainable materials such as solid timber that are either grown for use or that have been stripped and recycled.”

MDD’s Bryanston development is also one of the only new developments of its kind to be completed during the recession that has plagued South Africa’s property market (accordingly many developments in the area have been in a state of pause), notes Manas.

According to Manas, the fragile upturn of the market has delayed developers, with most of them only now beginning to commence on their projects again while MDD’s Bryanston development is already coming on stream for occupation.

Meanwhile, Fine & Country International Realty SA reports that soon-to-be-built cluster homes located on Mount Street in Bryanston are worth buying into.

Linda Erasmus, chief executive officer of Fine & Country International Realty SA, explains that as the first high-end residential properties in the Bryanston area, these three units incorporate Fully Resourced Off-Grid (FROG) technology providing an entirely self-contained energy system, completely independent of the electrical grid.

The homes blend uncompromised living style, contemporary design and the latest green energy technology as well as the ultimate in security with lock-up-and-go convenience for discerning urban dwellers.

Linda Erasmus, chief executive officer of Fine & Country International Realty SA, explains that as the first high-end residential properties in the Bryanston area, these three units incorporate Fully Resourced Off-Grid (FROG) technology providing an entirely self-contained energy system, completely independent of the electrical grid.

Expect to pay R6 975 million (plus VAT - no transfer duty).

She says owners of these luxury homes will not have to deal with power failures, instead they will contribute to reducing the carbon footprint.

The homes measure 488 square metres under roof plus 78 square metres of balcony and covered patios.

The FROG energy system provides an unprecedented green living style bringing together the latest technologies in photo-voltaic solar power plus an in-line LPG gas fired water heating system and direct LPG gas powered heating and cooking facilities.

“The quality of an investment relates to the timing and the time is right to embark on the ultimate in eco-friendly living, for obvious reasons.”

She adds that the concept of no electricity accounts without compromising lifestyle clearly has increasing appeal. – Denise Mhlanga

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