01 Nov 2012
The legislation came into effect towards the end of last year and requires all new buildings and refurbishments to comply with energy usage reduction provisions. These are set out in the South African National Standards SANS 10400, part XA and include provision for water heating, insulation, building orientation and glazing among others.
The Strand Gardens development has 31 modern architectural homes, priced between R549 000 and R799 000 inclusive of all costs. Buyers can choose from seven plot-and-plan options that offer two to three bedrooms and a choice of finishes.
Agent Jaco Smit says the development has been approved by the banks and they have already sold six units and are working on a few more. Building will commence in the next four weeks.
The developers, Plan Trust Development, are at the forefront of incorporating new technologies into their projects and Axion Architects was tasked with ensuring that the homes are fully compliant. Smit says the greening technologies will reduce energy usage greatly and result in substantial cost savings for owners and residents.
Heinrich Mostert, director of Axion Architects, says the homes are north facing with window glazing that conforms to the latest codes. This limits heat gain and loss, minimising the need for heating and cooling and results in reduced electricity usage.
The roof space will be insulated by reflective foil under-tile membrane and a cellulose fibre layer over high insulation board ceilings. These ceilings are not only attractive, but contribute to the insulation of the house. The combination of these three elements provides thermal insulation that surpasses the requirements of the XA Regulations and sets the benchmark in green credentials, he says.
The homes will have a pumped circulation geyser and solar panel to avoid unsightly geysers on the roof. Solar water heating can reduce reliance on electrical resistance water heating by as much as 60 percent and provides the home owner with a significant long-term cost benefit, he says.
Energy saving light fittings will also be fitted into the homes while water usage will be addressed by fitting all sanitary fittings with flow reducers while dual-flush cisterns at the toilets will further reduce water use.
Incorporating these technologies provides homes that not only comply with green design principles, but are more comfortable to live in and much cheaper to run, Mostert says.
The development is located on the last piece of land in Strand's sought after Onverwacht neighbourhood, 5 minutes from the sea with Gordon's Bay, shops and other amenities close by. It provides quick access to Somerset West, Stellenbosh, the Winelands and Cape Town for commuters.
It is an unprecedented opportunity for buyers and investors to own an affordably priced architectural home with significantly reduced running costs, Smit says. The development would appeal to first-time buyers and retirees, but also to investors who could get over R4 000 per month in rental income, given the demand for affordable homes in the area, he says.
For more information, visit www.strandgardens.co.za
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