In addition to the essential need for a reduced Carbon footprint, more and more attention is being paid to conserving our earth’s most precious resource – water. In an effort to do both, we began implementing these resource saving systems in all of our new developments. By way of these we are not only doing our part for the environment but we are making others more mindful of a greener way to work and live.
Insulation is an important component, which is used in our latest developments. This reduces thermal transfer through walls, floors and ceilings. We accomplish this by fitting insulating materials in our cavity walls, ceilings and floors. In doing so, more summer heat is kept outside the building, making for a more consistent and comfortable temperature inside. During winter, heat from inside the building is maintained. With a more consistent inside temperature, the usage of HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) systems is reduced, saving on electricity costs.
Special consideration is taken by fitting double-glazing or Low Emissivity (Low-E) glass to window frames according to office requirements. Double-glazing insulates and reduces heat transfer, while Low-E glass prevents radiation transfer. In doing so, both these components enhance the overall building’s comfort and insulation.
Louvers and Parapets
Through the carefully planned orientation of our buildings and the use of sun shading devices like louvers and parapets, the adverse effects of direct sunlight exposure are limited. This still allows for natural light to filter through, without excessive internal heat build up.
Photovoltaics (PV) is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity. Operating via this method, Photovoltaic Panels are fitted to feed this generated electricity directly into the building. These PV panels are used to supplement grid fed electricity during the daytime, which reduce the dependency on traditional power sources as well as our carbon footprint. The benefit of using this system is that it will offer a long terms saving on the cost of electricity.
Required by legislation, Solar Geysers and Heat Pumps alike, are brilliant mechanisms used to heat water by making use of natural elements like sunlight and the temperature of surrounding air. Being exposed to direct sunlight or the surrounding air, Solar Geysers heat their water storage during the day, while Heat Pumps use the ambient air temperature by way of a compressor to heat up water. One may be favoured over the other, depending on the design of the building, but they both reduce electricity consumption and one’s carbon footprint considerably.
Grey Water Plant
A Grey Water Plant is a system that collects and saves the wastewater from basins and showers in a storage tank. This water is treated and then used to irrigate surrounding gardens. A Grey Water Plant is an excellent cost saver as it reuses 80% of water needed and assists when water restrictions are implemented.
This is an outside water pond that captures and stores storm run-off water from paving and roof areas. This run-off water can be re-used to irrigate surrounding gardens and as flushing water for toilets and urinals.
Rain Water Harvesting
A Rain Water Harvesting System is simply an underground tank that captures and stores runoff roof water. This water is reused in the building as flushing water for toilets and urinals, yet another innovation that saves you on water expenditure.