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Make your building smarter<h2 class="sectHeading">Download the Resource Efficiency Criteria for Development in Cape Town</h2><p>Our <a href="" target="_blank">Resource Efficiency Criteria for Development</a> in Cape Town is a one-stop reference guide to policy and legal directives and guidelines that form part of the City’s overall sustainability framework related to the built environment. Collectively these are criteria for development in a broad sense. Some are still voluntary and others require mandatory compliance. </p><p>It aims to facilitate greener development amongst land owners, developers and their professional teams for ‘new build’, as well as for those who want to improve their existing buildings, extensions/additions, landscapes and infrastructure (often called a ‘retrofit’). </p><h2 class="sectHeading">Why build green?</h2><p> With a smarter building, you can expect:</p><ul><li>lower operating costs;</li><li>less exposure to utility price increases;</li><li>less use of non-renewable resources; and</li><li>lower vulnerability to environmental regulations. </li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">Energy efficiency regulations for building and development</h2><p>All new buildings, and extensions to existing buildings, need to comply with the energy efficiency regulations, as set out in SANS 10400 XA. </p><p>You can consult the SANS 10400 XA documents for further details and guidance. You can also find more information about compliance, regulations and building applications in our latest <a href="" target="_blank">Resource Efficiency Criteria for Development publication</a>. </p><h2 class="sectHeading">Tips for creating energy-efficient buildings</h2><p> The <a href="" target="_blank"> Smart Living Handbook</a> will teach you some of the most basic ways to ensure you build and go green.</p><h4> Lighting</h4><ul><li>Select energy-efficient lighting options, including task lighting (putting light where you need it most), efficient technology (e.g. LEDs) and systems like motion detectors and daylight harvesting.</li><li>North facing buildings receive the most natural light.</li><li>A skylight in the roof lets in natural light.</li></ul><h4> Natural insulation</h4><ul><li>Local, natural materials such as stone, timber, thatch and clay help to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter.</li><li>Brick or concrete floors also help maintain comfortable temperatures – they absorb heat during the day and release it slowly at night.</li><li>Tin roofs lose heat in winter and get very hot in summer – insulate your roof or paint it white.</li></ul><h4> Heating and electricity</h4><ul><li>Installing a solar water heater for the canteen or bathroom may have an upfront capital cost, but you’ll save substantially on your electricity bill over time.</li><li>Solar photovoltaic panels on the roof can generate electricity to power appliances</li></ul><h4> Be water wise</h4><ul><li>Consider using alternative water sources such as grey water.</li><li>Retrofitting toilets with dual flush functionality is an effective way to reduce water usage.</li><li>If you love potted plants in the office, remember that indigenous plants are hardy and less thirsty than non-indigenous plants – i.e. they need less water to be happy! </li></ul><h2 class="sectHeading">Help and more resources</h2><p>To learn more about green buildings, the following sites and resources are useful:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA), Green Star SA set of tools and the EDGE tool<i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li> <li> <a href="" target="_blank">Requirements for safe and legal instal​lations of ro​oftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Cape Town​​</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Eco-specifier South Africa<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Ecostandard<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Eco Exhibit at The Building Center in Northgate Estate, Ysterplaat Permanent exhibition of building-related products<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> (open 7 days a week) </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Installation of Alternative Water Systems Guidelines</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Guideline Summary</a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">Project 90 by 2030 <i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">The Green Building, Westlake, Cape Town <i class="icon link-external"></i></a></li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">The Sustainability Institute’s Lyndoch Eco-Village<i class="icon link-external"></i></a> </li><li> <a href="" target="_blank">GreenCape</a></li></ul>GP0|#e615bca6-a0a4-40d6-817f-cc143416457d;L0|#0e615bca6-a0a4-40d6-817f-cc143416457d|Make your building smarter;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#ccd25ffb-04bd-465f-b4e4-e0a88d1cac35;GPP|#d6c1debf-2fe6-4caf-8748-a5126af00c53;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24The benefits of greening our new buildings, plus top tips for making our new buildings more energy efficient.0



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