Cato Manor Affordable Green Homes Tour – part of World Green Building Council event series at Durban climate negotiations

December 2, 2011 at 12:29 am | Posted in Events, General, Green Building Projects, Legislative Outreach | Leave a comment
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This year, during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 17) that started this week in Durban, World GBC is representing the green building community with a series of side events (check the list here). Among them, the Cato Manor Affordable Green Home tour, will exemplify very clearly how greenbuilding retrofit has a significant impact  not only in cutting carbon emissions but also in improving people lives.

The project, led by Green Building Council South Africa in partnership with World Green Building Council, is a green retrofit of 30 low income houses and involves fitting each home with a solar water heater, insulated ceiling, efficient lighting and heat-insulation cooker. It includes additional “greening” elements such as rain water harvesting – that allows for better water and food security – and planting of indigenous trees . The local community was involved in the process and second hand, recycled materials from the surrounding areas were used for the retrofit. The cost for each home retrofit is estimated at 2800EUR.  More information on the specific  solutions that were used for the retrofit can be found here.

RoGBC sent invitations to the side events to our country  delegation to Durban. We were pleased to receive confirmation of participation to World GBC  COP 17 side events from the representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. 


Anca Bieru

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