Passive design makes University residence enviroFicient
University of Pretoria’s (Tuks) Faculty of Veterinary Science in Onderstepoort, is the second oldest veterinary faculty in Africa and still the only faculty of its kind in South Africa. Due to the increase in intake of new undergraduate students every year, facilities were added on an ad hoc basis. In 2009 the need became so great that, following the success of the ‘Tuks’ Village Residence’s cluster development model, a similar residence development with the addition of a Postgraduate Centre, locker room facilities for the sports fields and the upgrading of some of the existing facilities were put into development.
With the University of Pretoria’s policy on being environmentally responsible, the design and finishing of the residence blocks were to be maintenance-free to a large degree as well as environmentally sensitive to its context and geographic position. ‘Holms and Friends’ developed an energy strategy which included the building passive design.
- Water heating consumes the most significant proportion of domestic energy.
- Solar water heating makes sense on a variety of levels.
- Cost of ownership can be optimised by engaging proper designers who are aware of the most suitable energy strategy.
Era of record-breaking solar systems in South Africa has begun
By H Holms and T Holms, Holms and Friends
Electricity+Control, November 2012 (pages 56 – 59)