EcoZa Launches South Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Green Estate

by , 03/03/11
filed under: Architecture

recycling, constructed wetland, passive design, rammed earth, carbon neutral, solar energy, building integrated photovoltaic, LED lights, South Africa, Biosphere, Conservation, North Facing Windows

The name 360º refers not only to the zen surroundings, but also to nature’s never-ending cycles: the seasons, the planetary movements and their trajectory within the universe, and our cyclical relationship with the earth. The estate is the first of its kind in South Africa, and it helps residents step back into the loop by maintaining low human occupancy, reintroducing native fauna and flora, and using mostly locally-sourced materials.

Almost all of the timber used for flooring, doors, window frames, and even the interior cupboards is FSC certified, re-used, or taken from cut down invasive species. The walls are constructed from dry-packed, compressed soil bricks and reinforced with double cavity walls to enhance insulation. Some of the walls are even constructed with rammed earth.

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