A guide on Building Green and Retrofitting Existing Homes with Green Features

To date, very few houses in South Africa are green in as many respects as Viridior’s homes. However, this does not mean that you can’t retrofit your current home with green features which will eventually give you a similar return on investment. To follow is a quick guide on how you can retrofit your home with green features.


Choose the right suppliers

Green home development is a growing industry in South Africa at the moment. Because it’s still relatively new, there are a number of companies out there that do not know how to fit these systems competently. Be very aware of who you choose as your supplier and installer of choice.

Viridior Homes has done considerable research regarding the following green home aspects:

  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Photovoltaic solar panels, batteries and installation
  • Insulation factors for the walls, ceiling, windows and floor
  • Hydronics Radiant cooling & heating systems
  • Low maintenance green components such as aluminium, bamboo, stainless steel, etc.


Consult with experts and do your research

Having gone through the processes of planning, implementing and managing green home features, Viridior can safely say that there’s a fair amount of work involved. But fortunately we were prepared for all of it. Why? Because a whole lot of research went into ensuring that your comfort and convenience come first in our homes.

After consulting with a number of experts, researching online and trial & error, the perfect formula can be found to construct the perfect green home. If you are planning on implementing one or two features to your current home, be sure to talk to the right people first. And if you plan to build your own green home, chat to our developers and allow us to give you some guidance.


Calculate your return on investment

It’s not always worth it to implement green features to an existing home. You already know you’ll be saving in the long run, but consider the initial amount that needs to be laid out. Calculate the amount you will initially invest compared to the following factors:

  • How long do you plan on living in that particular home?
  • Will the new green components act as selling points when you eventually sell?
  • Will you get your money back when you sell?
  • How much will you save monthly on utility costs?

You may find that it’s more worth your while buying a green home in South Africa than converting your current home into one. Besides, retrofitting green features into a ready-built home is often more expensive than building a green home from scratch. For example: How would you insulate a wall that has already been built? Get the picture?


Make green home features a buying imperative

Once you go green, stay green! If you’ve fitted a solar geyser into your current home, don’t settle for anything less in your next home. There isn’t currently much of a green trend in South Africa, but that will soon change over the next few years. If you want to protect your investment, insist on homes that are fitted with green features and grow the demand for such houses.


Going green is not as hard as you may think. Do your research, plan ahead and grab your calculator. Oh, and congratulations on being one of the first green home pioneers in South Africa!