SA Affordable Housing July / August 2018 // Issue: 71 - Page 30

PROJECTS features Tirong Estate homes have various value-added features which include access to fibre to the home, aluminium windows, rolled aluminium gutters, LED light fittings, Hans Grohe taps and smart meters. Derek Warren Developments (DWS) targets the Northern suburbs of Johannesburg, is an approved developer in various residential estates including Cedar Creek, Olivewood, Helderfontein, Steyn City, Monaghan farm and works extensively in Chartwell Country Estates, Bryanston and Fourways. Derek Warren Developments has also gone national with an office in KwaZulu-Natal and various projects underway on the Natal North Coast. The new business venture Tirong ext. 12 falls within this target area. International Housing Solutions (IHS) is committed to our colleagues, customers, future generations and the communities where we live and work. We encourage colleagues to engage in community outreach activities and believe in giving back to our communities through volunteer efforts and team-driven community improvement initiatives. IHS contributes to the development of economic transformation and Broad- Based Black Economic Empowerment. INSULATION The showers are fitted with flow restriction valves to save water. Insulation is a cellulose fibre insulation material which is made from recycled newspaper and DWS has put in a flame retardant, so the houses are well insulated – cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Warren says the taps and shower heads reduce water flow as they are fitted flow restrictions and the toilet is a dual flush toilet to reduce water consumption. “We are installing smart meters as well. This enables the homeowner to monitor their consumption and identify if there are any water leaks and so on,” says Warren. “These interventions have given us the required savings that we must comply with, we are sitting with an average of 30% saving, a year per unit that is equivalent to one 28 JULY - AUGUST 2018 AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING month’s bond payment, which is outstanding for this development compared to similar projects. An added value is that fibre for internet connection is to be installed and each unit is provided with a connection for free of charge so it will reduce the running costs for the actual state moving forward. “Depending on the packages the buyers choose, free voice calls within the development will be possible. Fibre is changing lifestyles for people to be able to study, use the internet and so on. It’s a massive educational tool and will impact positively on the lifestyle of the future owners of this estate,” says Warren.