Making homes and urban spaces off-grid.
The value of design
Your water, waste, garden, energy, neighbours, buildings, swimming pool. They are all related and need to be designed accordingly. A borehole contractor, landscaper and architect are all doing isolated jobs, who is tying these all together?
Andy Jamieson - Owner, Leaf & stone
The market value
“My gut feeling is that most people today probably would be prepared to pay a premium for a green home. Certainly, these homes are becoming far more in demand and are indeed more ‘sellable’ over the traditional home.”
General Manager, Pam Golding Properties
Green Building Council South Africa
Kalk Bay, Cape Town, South Africa
Disconnected from council water & sewerage since 2017.
Warm mediterranean climate with mild, moderately wet winters and dry, warm summers. 520mm rainfall p/year.
160sqm food forest with 21 fruit trees including oranges, apples, papaya, avocado, mango, nectarines & pomegranite.
All sewerage from the house is diverted into an underground bio-digestor which creates cooking gas for the kitchen.
OTHER GREEN FEATURES
Rain Water & Groundwater harvest and filtration
Cape Town has very hot and dry summers, meaning that 35 000l of water was required per month to irrigate the 160sqm food forest. A borehole was the chosen solution. To ensure that it was sustainable it was shared with 2 neighbours and a comprehensive groundwater recharge strategy was put in place with all storm water run-off channeled into the soil.
Water Saved p/year
CO2-e Saved p/year
Rainwater Captured p/year