The Mvule Gardens by 14 Trees development is one of the first EDGE certified, 3D-printed residential development in Africa. It is the first part of a larger master plan, rethinking the Garden City concept of the early 20th century, with the goal to combine the best aspects of urban living with the countryside. The project developer 14 Trees believes in providing homes designed in collaboration with future homeowners with the ability to grow with the new occupants.
The building materials, layout, and land use planning were all based on sustainable designs with the goal of providing a development with significant GHG reductions. 14 Trees is also aiming for financial inclusion where the cost of development is structured around an affordable model for housing, providing cost-effective spaces with various methods of financing.
Mvule Gardens by 14 Trees has received a Preliminary EDGE Advanced Certificate from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint for roof and external walls, roof and wall insulation, and energy-saving lighting for internal and external spaces.
Low-flow faucets for wash basins, showerheads, and kitchen sinks, dual flush options for water closets.
In-situ concrete floor slab for floor, steel sheets on timber rafters for roof, timber weatherboard on timber studs and in-situ reinforced wall for external walls, plasterboards on timber studs and in-situ reinforced wall for internal walls, finished concrete and ceramic tiles for flooring, and steel window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.