Adding to the building’s thermal mass and acoustics are the double-glazed windows and oversized glass door. The green roof has been scientifically researched to ensure both superior insulation, safety and efficient rainwater collection.
Water heating and a portion of the project’s energy needs are provided by building-integrated photovoltaic panels, while a biogas digester uses human and organic waste to produce gas for cooking. Energy requirements will be low as a result of the building’s passive design and use of efficient technology – for example, only north-facing roof windows will be used to optimize solar gain, and the home will only employ LED lights.
In keeping with the cycles, EcoZa has refrained from any man-made landscaping initiatives outside. This choice keeps the soil porous and allows for natural drainage. Any excess waste water is channeled to an on-site constructed wetland.
By forging a sustainable future for South Africa, EcoZa demonstrates that it is possible to live in harmony with our wild friends.