SA Affordable Housing November / December 2017 // Issue: 67 - Page 23

FEATURES Going green and being sustainable Being environmentally friendly is highlighted in many industries and affordable housing has hopped on the bandwagon. By Ntsako Khosa Enhancing natural lighting to come into the home in the design stage can help reduce energy consumption. W ith the birth of Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (Edge), a green rating tool that is specifically for the residential market, going green affordably is possible. Miles Kritzinger from International Housing Solutions (IHS) says that it is a market that is leading the way. The sector has seen a few projects that have been awarded green certification, projects such as Candlewood in Boksburg and Fourleaf Estate in Port Elizabeth. The IHS is a real estate investment manager focused on the development and management of residential projects being affordable to the fast-growing middle-income market. It states that it has a growing number of units that meet the Edge criteria and it has set a target of 5 060 green homes. They have a total of over 6 500 units approved ‘to be greened’ investments. The Design Indaba 10x10 Low-Cost Housing Project, The Butterfly Housing Project and the Cato Manor Green Street retrofit are other examples of affordable housing projects implementing green initiatives. “These demonstrate how re-thinking our approach to the design of affordable housing projects really can work in our country,” he says. GOING GREEN ON A SMALL SCALE Going green can be done in a small or large capacity. For the affordable housing market your approach to going green may be a little different to conventional methods as they can be a little bit pricy. Eloshan Naicker, green star accredited professional (new building) and Edge-accredited professional and expert from Creative Axis Architects, says that this approach is two-fold. “Green initiatives can be approached in two ways on affordable housing projects to make them homes and in the greater sense, communities. On a micro scale, simple design and construction methods are easily achievable,” he says. Things such as appropriate orientation on site to promote natural daylight warms up homes significantly in winter and reduces the risk of flooding. AFFORDABLE SA HOUSING NOVEMBER - DECEMBER 2017 21