German Ambassador Lindner visits green housing project
April 25 2016
The German Ambassador Walter Lindner visited the green housing project in Boksburg, Johannesburg. The Ravenswood housing complex forms part of the support of the German government for energy- efficient housing in South Africa. The German contribution of 267 million Rand will enable the nationwide construction of 5,000 green housing units for recipients of low and middle incomes in the coming months.
The green units are expected to save over 1.3 billion kg of CO2, 34 billion liters of water, and 2.1 billion Rand in utilities spending. The project is an important part of South Africa’s and Germany’s development cooperation in the focal area of “Green Economy“.
“Germany and South Africa have the common goal to reduce carbon emissions”, stated Lindner during the visit and argued that “the severe consequences of the drought in Southern Africa highlight the need for swift action to combat climate change.”
The green houses will feature an increased use of energy-efficient construction material and the reduction of energy and water by 20 percent. Water-efficient shower heads, dual flush toilets and LED-lights are only a few examples for the green-minded equipment. In addition, residents are able to monitor their water and energy consumption via a smart meter that is placed prominently in the entrance area of the apartment.
“Simple applications can make a big difference. This way we will cut CO2-emissions, we save precious water and last but not least it will save the inhabitants a lot of money”, said Lindner.
Further partners are the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the National Housing Finance Corporation (NHFC), ESKOM, US finance institution OPIC and various private investors. The first residents will move into their green homes in June 2016.
German Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa