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The future has arrived with City’s My Clean Green Home pop-up<p>Team Mahali, a group of recent graduates and young African professionals from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria, designed the sustainable home as part of the City’s Cape Town Future Energy Festival. The design was awarded first prize in the ultimate ‘clean green home’ design competition, which was hosted by the City in partnership with the Green building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The brief for the competition was to design a net zero carbon home for display and exhibition purposes. Mayor Plato met with the winning team to hand over their award in December 2020.<br> <br>The compact home is the epitome of the City’s vision for its energy future. The home gives visitors a chance to walk through and experience what life could be like in a net zero carbon home.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p>‘It is an honour to be one of the first to visit this special future fit home. It contains ideas and a vision that we could all benefit from, even small actions can make a difference, irrespective of our walks of life. As part of the City’s actions against climate change, we are aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050. The City has committed that all new buildings in Cape Town will be net zero carbon by 2030. While net zero carbon homes are seemingly challenging to create, the aim of the competition is to showcase the technologies and building techniques that already exist and which are becoming increasingly within reach of the average household. Team Mahali’s winning design incorporates solar power generation, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting, and an edible food garden,’ said Mayor Plato.</p></span><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:949px;" /> </figure><p><strong>​​Carbon neutrality – what is it?</strong><br>Carbon neutrality means introducing new technologies to completely clean up the fuels and activities that currently cause greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming, while enhancing our social, economic and environmental goals. In support of the growing global momentum to tackle climate change, Cape Town, along with other cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050 to keep global warming to 1,5˚C. One of the main contributors to global warming is greenhouse gas emissions from manmade sources, including buildings and transport, so reducing emissions by changing the way we live, work and exist together is vital for all of us.</p></span><p>‘The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the devastating economic impacts that global crises can have and has shown that planning for climate resilience and reducing emissions is increasingly important for all arms of government, institutions and businesses.</p><span> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:898px;" /> </figure><p>​​‘This is thus another exciting opportunity for our residents to see for themselves what is required to tackle our future climate challenges and opportunities. It is one thing to hear and read about climate change and the need for cities to be carbon neutral, and another to be able to walk around inside a net zero carbon home. This shows that not only do we need greater design solutions and innovation to ensure that we all become more sustainable and resilient, but that it is already possible and that households can take even small actions to increase their energy, water and waste efficiency among others,' said Councillor Maxiti. </p></span><p><strong>Virtual walk through tool – a first for a South African city </strong><br>The My Clean Green Home virtual experience of this net zero carbon home design was launched on 29 January 2021. The digital walk through provides residents with the opportunity to learn about sustainable living and better understand their electricity consumption especially. This interactive, immersive educational tool which allows the user to experience a net zero carbon home is a first for a South African city and provides a wealth of information which users can use in their own homes.</p><p><strong>Residents can experience this innovative house using this link: </strong><a href=""></a></p><p>The City’s Cape Town Future Energy Festival comprised a series of virtual events, which are taking place to educate adults and children on how they could use energy efficiently and make sustainable choices at home through engaging activities, tips to help households save money and information about what our energy future may look like. It aimed to create conversations inspired by climate change, energy efficiency, solar and wind power, water saving, waste reduction, smart transport and sustainable living.</p><p><strong>The exhibit is open to the public from 10:00 to 16:00 until 14 March 2021 at Green Point Urban Park. Strict access control and Covid-19 protocols will be in place to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. As required by law, all participants are requested to wear a mask at all times.</strong></p><p><strong>For more information, see these resources:</strong><br><strong>Future Energy Festival: </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><br><strong>Save Electricity: </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><strong>  </strong><br><strong>Smart Living Handbook: </strong><a href=""><strong></strong></a><br> </p>2021-02-28T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#e461c33b-5a6b-427b-aab7-ae593fa11e6d;L0|#0e461c33b-5a6b-427b-aab7-ae593fa11e6d|awards;GP0|#64cbcded-2450-464f-b1ec-c0f303bcd4a4;L0|#064cbcded-2450-464f-b1ec-c0f303bcd4a4|Climate change10

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