The City of Cape Town’s My Clean Green Home pop-up moves back to Green Point Urban Park (GPUP), 29 May 2021. The exhibit gives visitors a chance to walk through a full size model of a net zero carbon home and experience what life could be like living in one. Residents of Cape Town are encouraged to visit the exhibit until 5 June 2021, which is also World Environment Day.
The compact home is the epitome of the City’s vision for a more climate resilient and carbon neutral future. It gives visitors a chance to walk through and experience what life could be like in a net zero carbon home. The pop up was based at Green Point Urban Park in March before moving on to Vangate Mall. It will now remain permanently in the park, which is a living example of a sustainable and inclusive space in an urban environment.
The City has recently launched a climate change response and resilience campaign, Let’s ACT. For a Stronger Cape Town. It encourages residents, communities, businesses and organisations to join us in helping to build a stronger, healthier, more equal and sustainable, future-fit Cape Town. The City has long been a leader in its climate mitigation and adaptation efforts.
Celebrated annually on 5 June, World Environment Day is the United Nations’ day for encouraging awareness and action to protect our environment around the world.
‘Let’s Act at work, at home, at school, at church, wherever we are. Small actions can have a big impact.
‘This future-fit home contains a range of ideas, strategies, technologies and behaviours that we could all benefit from as even small actions can make a difference, irrespective of our walks of life. As part of the City’s actions against climate change and to make Cape Town stronger, 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 home aims to showcase the technologies and building techniques that already exist and which are becoming increasingly within reach of the average household. The design incorporates solar power generation, passive cooling, rainwater harvesting, and an edible food garden,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti.
Carbon neutrality is a means of introducing new technologies to 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. 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.
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 government, institutions and businesses.
Virtual walk through
Residents can experience this innovative house using this link: https://www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za/mycleangreenhome
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 exhibit is open to the public from 10:00 to 16:00 from 29 May 2021 until 5 June 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. For information on where to find the home and where to park, please see this map.
For more information, see these resources:
Future Energy Festival: www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za
Save Electricity: www.savingelectricity.org.za
Smart Living Handbook: https://bit.ly/Smartliving2020