The Vangate Mall exhibition comes after a very successful 30-day run at the Green Point Urban Park. The inaugural exhibition drew thousands of visitors who were intrigued to learn how sustainable living and design can be brought into their homes.
The building is a net-zero carbon building. It is highly energy-efficient, with the remaining energy needs are powered by on or off-site renewable energy sources.
MayCo member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti said, “This life-size model home gives visitors a chance to experience what it could be like to live in such a home. Importantly, it gives us all ideas of what we could do in our own dwellings, big or small, to live a more climate and budget-friendly home life.
“We thank Vangate Mall for hosting our exhibition and for their commitment to walking the journey of climate action with the City. We also laud the design team, Team Mahali, for this future-fit concept that the City has been able to build and make a tangible example for Cape Town’s households, and across the country. The City anticipates many visitors at this new location and look forward to welcoming residents from the surrounding areas especially.”
The My Clean Green Home design competition was hosted by The City in partnership with the Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA). The competition brief was to design a net-zero carbon home for display and exhibition purposes. The City committed to building the winning design which came from Team Mahali.
The competition and exhibition form part of the City’s Future Energy Festival. The Festival is a series of virtual events which aims to educate adults and children on how they could use energy efficiently and make sustainable choices at home through engaging activities, tips to help households save money and information about what our energy future may look like.
Let’s ACT. For a Stronger Cape Town
‘The City has just launched its climate action response and resilience campaign, Let’s Act. For a stronger Cape Town. Importantly, this exhibition shows how we can make our homes more efficient and act to make sure our families, neighbourhoods and our city can become more sustainable, and stronger.
‘As part of the City’s actions against climate change, it is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2050. The City has committed that all new buildings in Cape Town will be net-zero carbon by 2030. While net-zero carbon homes are seemingly challenging to create, the exhibition aims to showcase the technologies and building techniques that already exist and which are becoming increasingly within reach of the average household,’ said Councillor Maxiti.
Cape Town, along with other cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050 to reduce global warming.
This life-size model home will allow visitors the chance to experience what it could be like to live in such a home. Cape Town residents can experience the Mahali Hub, a one-of-a-kind home at the exhibition starting this weekend.