One of South Africa’s unique off-the-grid homes has been hailed at a global conference in the UK where a paper on its development has been named as the best piece of research.
African Energy-Plus construction: A case study of House Rhino received the Chair’s Award at the recent Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) international conference in September, held at Leeds Beckett University in the UK.
The study of the unique off-the-grid eco-home, House Rhino at Crossways Farm Village outside Port Elizabeth, was compiled by two Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University academics, Chris Allen and Katharina Crafford and reinforces the growing call for housing developments worldwide to incorporate sustainable, “energy-plus” homes.
House Rhino is one of about 50 homes globally to incorporate unique water and energy-centric eco-building solutions, making it an energy-plus home. “Due to the energy crisis that South Africa has faced over the past seven years, challenging preconceived ideas by creating attractive, affordable, energy efficient buildings has become critical to offsetting massive cost increases for electricity while providing a proof of concept project that professionals can reference,” reads the research report.