Energy efficient designer home sets new standards

Energy efficient designer home sets new standards

Archie Galant technical adviser at Magnastruct, Neil Hewitt of Surrey Holmes, and Dave Lindup managing director of Magnastruct outside the new home being built in L’Afrique Verte, an eco estate in Franschhoek.

At L’Afrique Verte, an eco estate in Franschhoek, a new home has been built which is close to being off the grid.

Using a light steel frame the walls are made of MagnaBoards, the increasingly popular green building material manufactured from magnesium oxide.

“In addition to being environmentally friendly, these boards tick all the boxes for acoustics, are mould and mildew resistant, impervious to water and have an excellent fire retardant rating,” says Neil Hewitt of Surrey Holmes, developer of L’Afrique Verte.

Hewitt is passionate and knowledgeable about sustainable building. His experience is reflected in all the energy saving aspects of the home, such as solar power, double glazed windows, a grey water system, low energy lighting and gas heating – all the requirements for providing a green home while still enjoying a sophisticated lifestyle.

The exteriors of the modern house are painted in subtle shades of white and charcoal. The spacious entertainment patio has a built in braai and a designer plunge pool that requires no chemicals – Hewitt has designed a pathway of plants that continuously clean the water as it flows into the pool.

Dave Lindup managing director of Magnastruct, says.“ We were impressed with the level of detail the developer applied throughout the project and it shows in the quality of the finished product. We are sure this eco estate is destined to become the benchmark for any new builds in the area.”

Call Dave Lindup on 021 531 2145.