Qwetu Parklands is a new residential community for students in Nairobi. The community will be home to more than 500 students from various colleges and universities, including the University of Nairobi, Mount Kenya University, Bridge College, Evelyn College of Design, Graffins College, Kenya Institute of Management, and Kenya Methodist University. Students will benefit from the community’s central location, within ten minutes of Nairobi’s central business district.
The residential community will utilize resource-efficient design features and technologies to conserve natural resources, including LED lighting and low-flow plumbing fixtures. The resource-efficient design will also lower the community’s carbon footprint.
The developer of the project, Acorn Holdings Limited (AHL), is committed to developing and managing high quality, affordable, and purpose-built rental accommodation for students. Since 2015, Acorn Holdings Limited (AHL) has worked with Helios Investment Partners, a leading Africa-focused private equity firm, to address the housing-gap in Kenya. The company is committed to certifying its portfolio with EDGE and has also achieved an EDGE certificate for its Qwetu WilsonView project.
Qwetu Parklands has received final EDGE certification from Sintali-SGS.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Less Embodied Energy in Materials
A reduced window-to-wall ratio and energy-saving lighting in internal, external, and back-of-house spaces.
Water-efficient single-flush water closets and faucets for kitchen sinks and low-flow showerheads and faucets for guest rooms.
In-situ reinforced concrete for the floor and roof, 3-D wire panel with ‘shot-crete’ on both sides for internal walls, and solid dense concrete blocks for external walls.
*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.