Eco-friendly abodes for the future

31 October 2016

South Africans are becoming increasingly aware of the need to lead environmentally friendly lifestyles. Karin van Niekerk, an estate agent for Knight Frank Residential South Africa operating in Tokai and Kirstenhof, notes that this is extending to their choice of home too.

New developments are required by law to adhere to energy efficiency building regulations, making it that much easier for homebuyers to have greener abodes from the get go. The laws stipulate that these buildings should be equipped with solar water heaters, heat pumps or similar technologies. Furthermore, ceilings, walls and windows must be insulated to minimise heating in winter and cooling in summer.

One of the eco-friendly properties currently on van Niekerk’s books is a 300m² three-bedroom home situated within the Nieuwe Steenberg security estate in the Constantia Valley. The unit has been built in line with the National Building Regulations and Building Standards Act with features such as a heat pump, shutters on all windows, as well as LED and energy-efficient lighting throughout. Water-wise landscaping has also been employed. In addition, the waterways which wind through the estate as well as the wetland adjacent to the development have been rehabilitated with alien vegetation being removed and replaced with indigenous plants. This will ideally encourage bird and wild life to flock to the property.

Not only is this centrally located property state-of-the-art in terms of its eco-friendliness; it also has art at its heart with its own art gallery and sculpture park.

“Purchasing an environmentally-friendly property is not only an investment in one’s own future, but also that of the earth. In years to come, the benefits will only multiply” concludes van Niekerk.   

 For more information, visit

Written by Monique Horwitz         

Copyedited by Clarissa du Plessis