Monday, November 30, 2020
Greening And Environment

Helderberg multi-purpose centre to showcase sustainable building practices


Situated in Helderberg, Cape Town is the new multipurpose centre which will be promoting sustainable building practices. This project started in June this year and aims to inspire the private sector to investigate alternative and greener building material and to implement water- and energy-wise systems that will preserve limited natural resources.

The multi-purpose centre faces the Helderberg Mountain and will be facilitating environmental education programmes and various other visitor activities. The multi-purpose centre is due to be complete by June 2021. The centre will be fitted with a solar photovoltaic system to generate its own electricity, a system to recycle water, and a water filtration scheme that will be linked to the other existing infrastructure on the site.

“This centre is designed to be carbon-neutral, and the materials that we are using were carefully selected in an effort to respect this natural environment. The design is also informed by resource efficiency – the sustainable use of water and energy – as it is imperative that we consider our natural environment as we are building a resilient Cape Town that can withstand the impact of climate change,” said the city’s mayoral committee member for spatial planning and environment, Marian Nieuwoudt.

“The tyre wall is built with recycled truck tyres that are filled with recycled G5 earth material from demolished building sites. These are compacted with sledgehammers to form a solid base. Once compacted, the next row of tyres is stacked, up and up, until the wall is high enough. Given that almost every bit of material is recycled, the wall has a very low energy footprint, and what is more, we are using tyres that would have been destined for landfill. I’m really looking forward to the completion of this project and the day when we can open the centre to visitors,” added Nieuwoudt.

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