Gorgeous Green House

The Renovation Journey of a 1940’s ‘Traditional’ to 2015 ‘Contemporary, Green & Gorgeous’


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Solar Geysers vs Heat Pumps: cheap can be expensive!

Eskom (South Africa’s national energy provider) has recently conducted a study comparing solar geysers to heat pumps The conclusions drawn from the study were: Heat pumps achieve at least 80% of the savings possible with a comparable solar water heating … Continue reading


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Photo Update (part 2)

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The Idiot’s Guide to SANS 10400. (Applicable to all new builds, not just green ones!)

Until very recently our building standards mainly focused on strength, stability, safety and the like.  Your windows could be as large (or small) as you liked, as long as you could show they wouldn’t kill people (too easily). You could put in as much … Continue reading


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SOLAR ENERGY: WHAT DOES IT COST? HOW TO EXPLORE FEASABILITY

So What’s the Problem With Eskom Power? We’ve all been grumbling in recent years at Eskom’s unreliable provision of electricity and are aghast at recent tariff increases.  Brace yourselves; Eskom is targeting an average annual increases of around 15% for … Continue reading


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Environmentally friendly garden practices: creating resiliance. (Article written for Plant Fair Handbook)

 When presented with the concept of resilience in relation to garden practices words like sustainable, hard-wearing (as in strong) and healthy came to mind.  All of these words describe any vibrant eco-system.  The opportunity for the gardener is then to … Continue reading