360º Kransberg Highlands International Green Estate is South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

March 4, 2011 / No Comments

360º Kransberg Highlands International Green Estate, expected  to become South Africa’s first carbon neutral green estate, is under its first phase of construction. This first of its kind estate concept, an exemplary of sustainable development has got many remarkable features as well.

gate house 360º Kransberg Highlands International Green Estate is South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

Well, let us tell you about the name of the project as well as its highlights. The name 360º primarily indicates the Zen surroundings and also those of the ever-ending cycles of nature such as the seasons, the planetary movements and their trajectory within the universe, and our cyclical relationship with the earth.

The project is an exotic example of human occupancy and the materials used for construction are mostly locally-sourced. The timber used is FSC certified, re-used, or taken from cut down invasive species.

The walls are constructed from dry-packed, compressed soil bricks. These are reinforced with double cavity walls to enhance insulation. Some of the walls are even constructed with rammed earth.

The other elements of green and uniqueness one could see are as follows: The double-glazed windows and oversized glass door of the building adds to its thermal mass and acoustics. It also features green roof, which ensures superior insulation, safety and efficient rainwater collection.

Integrated photovoltaic panels as well as a biogas digester have been built to meet the energy needs of the project. There are also facilities incorporated within the project to reduce energy conception. These include north-facing roof windows meant for optimum exploitation of solar energy and the usage of LED lights.

(via Inhabitat)