This experience has changed my perceptions…

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Test pilot No. 6 reviews a night at Stand47…

Metallurgical Engineer by trade, Natus Viljoen is in charge of World Class Manufacturing facilitation at Donn. He recently put his technical experience to use as he spent a night at Stand 47 for the #WinterTest. He scrutinized the balance of technology and comfort, and the performance of the home over a cold front.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Natus : I was impressed by the house from the outside, but especially from inside. At first I noticed the inviting and welcoming open space, but was struck by the warmth inside the house although it was cold outside. The temperature is just right and I feel very comfortable here. It is very different from our experience in traditional brick homes.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Natus : Nice…above expectation

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Natus : At 10 PM on the eve of a cold front, it was an icy 6 degrees outside while indoors it was a toasty 23 – a massive 17 degrees difference. We tested it by going outdoors and there was a huge difference, like night and day. It feels good not to have any electrical heating on.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Natus : I slept very well and woke up next morning with the outside temperature at 0 degrees. Inside it was 13 degrees warmer. This home was nice and quiet overnight.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home? Natus : After settling down into Stand 47 it started to feel homely. The house is so quiet and relaxing, and I imagine that some background music will set the mood even more. The shape of the house from outside does not reveal the dynamic qualities of the house inside – simple yet comfortable, and spacious and warm.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Natus : I would be happy living in a home like this and would definitely be productive here. My favourite aspect of the home was its openness, clean lines and green living. Overall, this experience has changed my perception of homes built without bricks.

“Intuitively designed for living”

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Test pilot No. 5 gives his impressions of living at Stand47…

Filmmaker, photographer and Africa’s top Instagrammer Gareth Pon, summed up his stay in Stand 47 as “an Amazing experience”.

Gareth’s architectural and design background gives him a unique eye for detail, light, composition and quality – elements that we really appreciated receiving feedback on during his Winter Test.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Gareth : I was very impressed by the house – from a distance and close up. It exceeded my expectations. The open plan layout and the look and feel that it is a “normal” house specifically caught my attention. It’s also beautifully lit. When doing the comparisons of being outside vs. inside you can definitely feel the comfortable temperatures inside the house. I did not expect to have such a pleasant first impression upon arrival.

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Gareth : Nice…above expectation.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Gareth : At 12 PM, it was an icy 8 degrees outside while indoors it was a toasty 21. The indoor temperature is perfect. I made a little fire, purely for effect, but it was very pleasant walking around in jeans and a t-shirt. I felt no need for electric heating.

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Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Gareth : After a great night’s sleep, I woke up and the temperature felt just right. I had no idea a home like this could be built without using bricks.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Gareth : Besides the comfort levels, the finishes are amazing. It is open plan and very intuitively designed for living and guests. There are little elements that make the home feel luxurious without it being too forced. I’d rate my overall experience a 10 out of 10.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Gareth: Hell yes! The comfort in this home is outstanding. When I walked in I started thinking about my future home and had the impression of wanting to own a house just like this for myself. I can easily say that friends and family have already reacted positively, from the photos I’ve shared on social media. I feel this space could be a catalyst for creativity and an environment where one could find quiet – the perfect space with no distractions.

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Spacious, modern and inviting

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Test pilot No. 4 completed her overnight visit to Stand47…

South African journalist and writer for Business Times and Home Front, Lisa Dewberry, spent a weeknight at Stand 47 to provide us with her WinterTest feedback. With her experience in the business of sound residential property investment, we thought it would be good to get Stand 47 scrutinized by her. How does Stand 47 measure up and how did she feel inside it compared to a traditional brick building? If you are interested in discovering how Stand 47 feels yourself, apply to spend an all-expenses-paid night in this extraordinary Highveld home in exchange for your #WinterTest feedback.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Lisa : I was impressed by the house from the moment I first saw it, and overall it exceeded my expectations. The details in the home, like the heart-shaped stepping stone outside caught my eye. I was also impressed by the spacious and modern interior design of the home that was both inviting and cosy.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Lisa : Nice…above expectation.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Lisa : At 10 PM, there was a 10 degree difference between the indoor temperature and the chilly Winter night outside. I’m impressed that the home feels so warm. Usually I’d be wrapped in a blanket at this time, but I don’t need one at this home. It’s great! I feel so lovely and warm. The home is cosy, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing – I could easily relax and unwind in a home like this and be quite productive working in such a quiet environment away from the buzz of the city.

Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Lisa : I slept better than expected in the nice and quiet environment of Stand 47, and when I woke up the temperature was just right.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Lisa : I enjoyed the peace and quiet and spaciousness of the home… and that I always felt content, warmth wise.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Lisa : Yes. I think I could live here. It is surprisingly quieter than a traditional home and I had a high overall comfort experience. This experience has positively influenced my opinion of what it means to live in a home that is not built with bricks. This home is spacious, modern and inviting.

“It’s mind blowing!”

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The WinterTest’s third set of heat seekers completed their overnight visit to Stand 47 this weekend…

Designers Kalika and Gerhard Painter, were invited to spent a night at Stand 47 to take part in the Winter Test for a very specific reason. They are planning to build their own home soon and they want to build the best home possible to maximize their investment. So naturally, we wanted them to test how well Stand 47 performs and feels compared to a traditional brick building, given that Stand 47 is all about building better. If you are planning a new build or renovation, you too could spend an all-expenses-paid night in this extraordinary Highveld home in exchange for your #WinterTest feedback.

Stand 47 : What was your first impression of the house and did anything specific catch your attention?

Gerhard : When I saw that house from outside I was impressed, but I became really impressed the moment I walked through the front door. The first thing that caught my attention was all the natural light filtering into and through the living space and the feeling of comfort. Compared to the photos I have seen of the home, my first impression was that it exceeded my expectations. It felt relaxed, comfortable and stylish.

Stand 47 : How does the real thing compare with your expectations?

Gerhard : Nice…above expectation.

Stand 47 : Tell us about a night at Stand 47. Give us details!

Gerhard : Around 9pm on Saturday, the thermometer read 10 degrees outside and 21 degrees inside. It’s mind blowing! We were walking around barefoot and in our T-shirts – in July – in Joburg?! We didn’t feel the need to put on any electrical heating and felt so cosy and comfortable in this house all evening.

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Stand 47 : What is your opinion of the home next morning?

Gerhard : Next morning we slept well, surprised by how quiet the house is… quieter than a tradition home both during the day and at night.

Stand 47: Could you describe your favourite aspect of the home?

Gerhard : We really enjoyed the comfortable ambient temperature, as well as the layout and size of rooms. Out of 10, we would give the home a 9 for overall comfort.

Stand 47: And finally, we have to know, would you live here?

Gerhard : We have real admiration for this house and what it has achieved. As designers, we can appreciate how the careful consideration of every material used in its construction created this space that seems to hold you in a snug embrace. It’s just RIGHT – a tough act to beat. Without a doubt, we could so live here!

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#WinterTest – because feeling is believing

wintertest-reading-horizontalStand 47 was built over a year ago to show the integration, versatility, quality and efficiency of state-of-the-art Saint-Gobain products in a high-end home, and create awareness of building methodologies that are efficient and cost effective.

One of the objectives of the home is to meet the needs and functions of its owner over time, thereby maximizing its life time value. By engaging with the idea of a changeable and ‘enduring’ home, this project is built with the capacity to adapt to new needs and functions, so that it can flexibly serve one family for decades.

While adaptability is important when building or renovating a home, the bigger question becomes, what benefits does a home built using Saint-Gobain materials hold? The answer is easy – a high performance and sustainable home. Saint-Gobain products are designed to create homes that engage our senses and are healthy environments in which to raise a family. Couple this with the current energy crisis and increasing energy costs, and Stand 47 stands out from the rest of the housing market.  Combining Saint-Gobain systems (including Gyproc; Isover; Weber; PAM) with solar PV power, a heat pump and rainwater harvesting, further empowers the home owner. Simply put, building in the Stand 47 way is better. Better in terms of how it makes you feel, in how it performs and its long-term economic reward.

But ‘feeling’ is believing. Stand 47 is open to the public allowing them to test Saint-Gobain’s claims and share their experience by taking part in the WinterTest. Will they feel cold or uncomfortable in this home in the middle of Winter? Probably not. Stand 47 was built as proof of Saint-Gobain’s conviction about the home’s comfort and efficiency. What is more believable than a cold hard case study… communicated in real time by real people?

The WinterTest is documented live on the Stand 47 website – temperature (inside and outside) as well as PV power tracking are available on the website, while WinterTest reports are made available on the Visual Diary. A range of guests such as editors, journalists, celebrities and selected people who demonstrate an interest in sustainable (and better) building, are due to stay in the home over the remainder of Winter. The only catch – there is no electrical heating and their feedback will be tweeted live.

So far, the WinterTest has seen its first few ‘test-pilots’ share their experiences. Michelle Snaddon of Real Estate magazine was the first ‘heat-seeker’ to spent a night in the home noting with surprise that she “never lived in a house that has such a vast living space without curtains or blinds, but Stand 47 shows that it can be done without compromising on comfort.” While outside temperatures neared the zero degree mark, inside the home remained warm, prompting live feedback such as “I feel so relaxed because I’m not uncomfortably cold or walking around in layers to keep warm. The entire house feels cocooned”. When asked whether she would live in a house built like Stand 47 she said, “The experience is altogether more comfortable and relaxing than living in a brick house – it’s chalk and cheese, literally.” Mila Crewe-Brown assistant editor of House and Leisure magazine was next in line. The house exceeded her expectations by marrying slick design to hi-tech building materials without compromising on comfort, so much so that she added, “following the best night of sleep I have had in a long time, I’m feeling extremely comfortable in this home. Given its incredible sound and temperature insulation, it is an uplifting space to exist in”.

If you would like to test the house and experience its extraordinary building technology first hand, apply to become part of the ‘test-pilot’ process on www.stand47.co.za.