Part of what made 2014 great, was being able to share our journey with you. Throughout the construction process we put up posts about the materials, processes and technology behind them. In April, we launched a Virtual Tour – knowing that many of our readers would not be able to visit the house in person, we devised a way to bring the house to them in a way that would also share what made it unique to any other house.
During September, we launched a summary of our case study in designing a better SA home using considered design and state-of-the-art building materials. There was a huge response to both the Tour and the Summary, and from that has flowed a lot of interest from various media, who have recognized that Stand 47 forms a part of a new larger era in housing in South Africa. We hope to continue to demonstrate to our audience that Stand 47 does perform better during 2015.
A new rating tool linked to green building is now monitoring the aspects that contribute to better building in the USA. Quite a few of these aspects have been applied in Stand 47 through Saint-Gobain’s Multicomfort principles…that’s why we’re able to say its cooler, warmer, quieter, safer, healthier and it it can make you wealthier!
WELL measures attributes of buildings that impact occupant health by looking at seven factors which WELL refers to as “Concepts:”
Air Implement design, technology, and treatment strategies to achieve optimal indoor air quality. Remove airborne contaminants with strategies that include prevention and purification.
Water Implement design, technology, and treatment strategies to achieve optimal water quality as required for each particular use. Remove contaminants through filtration and treatment.
Nourishment Implement design, technology, and knowledge building strategies to encourage healthy eating habits. Provides occupants with design features, behavioral cues, healthy options, and knowledge to enable healthier food choices.
Light Designing task specific illumination levels and quality that enhance the occupant’s daily schedule and visual acuity. Improve sleep, energy, mood, and productivity through window performance and design, light output, lighting controls, and appropriate light therapy.
Fitness Utilize design technologies and knowledge based strategies to encourage physical activity. Ensure access to numerous opportunities for aerobic, strength, and flexibility training so that occupants can accommodate fitness regimens within their daily schedule.
Comfort Create an indoor environment that is distraction-free, productive, and soothing. Solutions include design standards and recommendations, thermal and acoustic controllability, and policy implementation covering acoustic and thermal parameters that are known sources of discomfort.
Mind Implement design and technology strategies and office policies that support mental and emotional health. Provide the occupant with regular feedback and knowledge about their personal and occupational environment; passively through design elements, relaxation spaces, and state-of-the-art technology.
We’ve done a complete costing analysis to compare the costs between a brick building solution for Stand 47, versus our Light Steel Frame with Saint-Gobain drywalls. We’ve also explored how drywalls outperform brick walls in terms of construction time, material wastage and resource efficiency, as well as running costs and acoustic insulation. The marginal difference in total building cost did not justify using brick since we would not be able to create the benefits of a ‘better’ future home.
Check out the episodes on the home channel on the following days:
Episode 1 – showing this week (9/12/14)
Tue 20:51 | Wed 09:52 | Thurs 13:52 | Fri 12:52 & 22:52 | Sat 09:52 & 19:51
Episode 2 – showing next week (15/12/14)
Mon 16:51 | Tue 20:50 | Wed 09:52 | Thurs 13:52 | Fri 13:52 | Sat 12:52 & 22:52 | Sun 09:52 & 19:52
The property market is placing more and more emphasis on properties that can firstly, demonstrate the value-added benefits provided over a long period of time (for example, green technologies for self-sufficiency, high energy efficiency performance and better comfort, flexibility, health and environmental safety); and secondly, that hold characteristics that make that house stand out in a housing market that is flooded with cookie cutter architecture. For first time buyers, investing in a home that is rooted and responsive to its location, uses the best in contemporary technology and pushes design excellence, is not only an investment in a better living experience, but also a sound investment for the future.