SOME QUESTIONS WE HAVE BEEN ASKED

Are green homes only for the rich?

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Will my house insurance cover the photo-voltaic solar panels on the roof of the home?

Many house insurance policies will gladly cover your phto-voltaic solar panels in the event of hail damage. It must be noted however that only very large hailstones can cause damage to your panels. They have been designed to withstand a severe beating from hail. Photo-voltaic solar panel hail damage is actually quite rare. 

What is the backup service on green features?

It’s important to note that the green features installed in Home 3362 have been done so locally. That means that the components of these systems can also be sourced locally without delay. 

What is the after-sales guarantee on the green features of the home?

When you purchase Home 3362, all of the green feature guarantees will be passed onto you. Components such as the rainwater harvesting system and the photo-volraic solar panels will be regularly checked, tested and updated free of charge for the warrantee period after installation. After this period is over, you have the option to extend this maintenance service at an extra fee. 

How much water can be stored in the rainwater tanks?

A total of 9 600 litres can be stored in the tanks before an overflow occurs. If the tanks do overflow, the yard has been designed to guide this surplus water through a regular draining process where it will not cause flooding for the home owner. 

Is green energy readily available in Home 3362?

The green energy that can be generated in Home 3362 is derived from photo-voltaic solar. However, this method of generating energy is not readily installed in the home. As the buyer, you have the choice to add this feature to the house at the extra cost. If you do opt for the system planned for this home, all the infrastructure thereof has been prepared and pre-installed and will not cause you any extra hassles. Everything is ready—we just need the thumbs-up from you to install and connect the photo-voltaic panels.

What insulation is used in the ceiling?

The material used to insulate the ceiling of Home 3362 is called Isotherm. It has been placed within the ceiling in a carpet-like form. The material is made from recycled bottles, making this a super eco-friendly product that’s highly effective at retaining your home’s temperature.

What is the total height of the ceilings in Home 3362?

The ceiling heights vary in this home, some are 3.0, others are 3.5 and in the double volume area the ceiling is 6.0 meters.

Are all the walls in Home 3362 insulated?

No. Only the exterior walls of the home are insulated because that’s where the outside temperature can affect the inside of the home. Interior adjoining walls are built normally and do not need to be insulated to maintain the home’s comfortable temperature.

How does the heat pump work and why is it better than a geyser?

The heat pump produces hot and cold water. And easily produces 500 liters of hot water cost effecively. In addition, the hot water system feeds a linked-loop system so hot water is almost instantly accessible when the hot water tap is turned on. The water does not get a chance to cool down easily, the pipes are insulated. The linked-loop system is an ingenious way to ensure that hot water takes only a few seconds to come out.

How is rainwater distributed to the toilets of Home 3362 and what happens when the rainwater supply runs out?

When the rainwater tank is above its lower threshold, water will automatically be distributed to the toilets and to the garden irrigation. When the supply has run out because of limited rainfall, municipal water will automatically switch over and cater to these two areas. Once rainfall does occur again, an automatic switchover again takes place to distribute the free supply of rainwater to your toilets and garden. 

What age group do you expect to sell this home to?

Although the home is large enough for a family of four or five people, we imagine that a couple in the age region of 45 or older will likely purchase Home 3362. This is not mainly because of the price, but because people of that age will appreciate the comforts and conveniences this home offers. 

Are the temperature sensors in the home linked or individually set?

Measuring sensors can be found throughout the home. They are small inconspicuous boxes attached to the wall under the light switches or plug points. These sensors measure the temperature of an individual zone/room and regulate the Hydronics Radiant heating & cooling. It’s important to note that the entire house is not dependant on one set temperature. Each zone/room can be adjusted as desired since there is a total of nine temperature zones throughout the home. 

How long did it take to build Home 3362?

It took a total of 35 months to build this home. Since much of the building process was unchartered territory, a number of unexpected challenges did arise. It’s estimated that our next home will take less than 24 months to build since we now know what to expect and have established a team of vendors we can rely on.

Is the pantry a walk-in?

The pantry is quite large and can be stood inside of, however it is not considered large enough to be called a walk-in pantry.

How do I get a return on investment with a green home?

If green homes didn’t provide you with a significant return on investment, there would be no point in building or buying them; would there? So how exactly does a green home give you a return on investment? Let’s take a look at three main ways.

 

1. The amount of money you save on your living costs.

The first, most obvious way you will save money in your new green home is through the drastic reduction in electricity and water usage. Since several points in your home will make use of rainwater, your water bill can be reduced by as much as 60%.

Add to that the low amounts of grid electricity needed when photo-voltaic solar power is being optionally generated, and your bill is decreased even further.

But the home has also been designed in such a way that minimal water & electricity is needed anyway. This is done through five separate insulation strategies, an under floor Hydronics radiant system, and a water-wise garden.

 

2. The reduction in maintenance for these homes.

Another way you get a return on investment on a green home is by NOT paying for silly little maintenance issues. Faded or cracked roof tiles, rusty banisters, damaged countertops, dirt & grime, and lawn maintenance can cost a lot of time, effort and money to sort out.

But none of these problems will plague your mind nearly as much in a home like ours. That’s because every measure has been taken to ensure low maintenance wherever possible. Now you can enjoy your home without worrying about keeping it up all the time.

 

3. The eventual profit you get when you sell your home.

The biggest return on your investment will come when you eventually sell your home. A regular property will appreciate in value over time. But a green home is likely to appreciate even more in value because of the rising demand for green homes in South Africa.

So if you lived in one of our homes for approximately ten years or less, you will have already made all your money back through the means mentioned in point one & two. You will then get that money back double (plus interest) when you sell it. Now that’s good investing!

 

Do I really save with the exorbitant costs of a green home?

Why do green homes cost more than conventional ones? It’s no secret that green homes require a large amount of capital to purchase. So is it worth it or should you rather invest in a regular home?

There are a lot of people in South Africa who don’t mind paying more for something if they feel they are getting value for their money. The same is true when it comes to luxury homes for sale in South Africa. People will pay more for something that offers them more.  But buying a green home is about so much more than luxury. It’s also about saving money in the long run.

So will you really save enough money to make up for your initial investment? Yes! The savings on electricity, water, maintenance, security features and general living costs have been calculated and analysed. Your initial investment will not only be retrieved within ten years or less, but the property value will appreciate over time and allow you to make a huge profit if and when you decide to sell.

If this was not the case, you can be sure that there would be no future for green homes in South Africa. But the fact is, there is. And we’d love for you to be a part of it by investing in one of these awesome properties.

Am I not over-capitalising with the exorbitant costs of a green home

Buying a green home can cost up to double the price of a normal home. Many will wonder whether this is a worthwhile investment—both in the short and the long run.

The answer to this question lies in the value of the property you’re buying. A green home offers two types of value to the people living in it.

  • First, value is experienced in the way of life this home offers. Comfort, convenience and health are all part of the residents’ experience.
  • Second, value is derived in the fact that all this comfort comes at a drastically reduced living cost. This means that the home owner does not have to pay much to live in luxury.

These two important aspects act as strong selling points when you eventually sell your green home. In the first place you and your family get to experience this value when you purchase and live in such a home. In the second place you get to pass on this value to a future buyer who perceives the same value you do.

So not only have you lived at a high level of luxury at a reduced price, but you’ve received a return on your investment by eventually selling it to someone else.

Also remember that South African green home living will soon catch on in the years to come. This will make your green home an easy sell because of its demand and uniqueness. So the answer is ‘No”, you will not be over-capitalising when purchasing a green home. It’s actually an incredibly sound investment. 

Will the Hydronics pipes leak?

No. The pipes have been engineered and tested to last indefinitely. In the highly unlikely event that they do leak, this will become evident shortly after installation - giving us time to remedy the problem early.