Kigamboni Housing Estate
First Green-Mark Certified Affordable Housing in Kigamboni Estate
Building a resilient community for 190 sustainable and affordable homes in Dar Es Salaam for African cities to model after.
Affordable housing in Tanzania
Working with the National Housing Corporation (NHC) of Tanzania, GreenA Consultants worked on this project which might possibly be the first green certified affordable housing estate in Africa. This affordable sustainable housing project in Dar es Salaam consists of 190 units.
Green homes are built with people in mind. They maximize the use of natural energy and decrease the consumption of non-renewable energy, thus, reducing carbon footprint.
This passive design for the houses were designed for the people in mind, without the need for expensive cooling technologies. Passive features reduces its dependency on energy without compromising comfort and performance.
- 187 Landed Houses (80 sq. or 130 sq)
- Clinic (316 sq)
- Nursery School (1500 m2)
Affordable housing in Tanzania
“Sustainability is not limited to those who have the money nor does it require elaborate technology.
It does however, need a level of education and expertise to facilitate the energy efficiency efforts."
- Farizan d'Avezac de Moran
Training Locals in Energy Efficiency & Green Building Techniques
All the works of the houses are done by locals therefore spreading knowledge and skills throughout. There is a local training centre to train workers on trades including carpentry, plumbing as well as construction of walls using hydraform.
Other than improving skills for future employment opportunities, this project is also developed to be socially inclusive. The development aims to redefine the vision for affordable housing. With an emphasis on the flexibility and liveability of a space.
- 152 tCO2
Some of the passive design strategies used.
- Minimize West and East facing façade to lessen sun exposure.
- Openings facing prevailing wind direction.
- Daylighting Fenestration
- Pitch roof design with air gap and perforation in the roof cavity provides and inexpensive method of direct solar radiation protection.
- Orientation of the houses are designed in such a way that the inter-blocking of winds are reduced.
- Natural ventilated with fan points and with good cross ventilation. Apparent shading is only at the front porch of the house.
- Feature homes with outdoor kitchen to promote natural ventilation in wet areas of the home. By placing the kitchen outdoors, ambient temperatures and indoor air quality are maintained.
- A spacious garden at the back of houses can also enhance the extraction of hot air.
- A CFD Analysis was conducted in the pre-design to enhance the opening configuration and to verify the appropriate air renovation rates.
Sustainability Analysis for Affordable Housing Masterplan in Tanzania
- Recommendations for best practices that will support sustainable performance in design and construction.
- Lead sustainability focused meetings with key and active stakeholders, to help develop and articulate the overall sustainability strategies.
- Review project plans and specifications, providing recommendations to optimize the design for sustainability related goals.
- Advising the client and project teams on considerations related to green strategies, materials and products.
- Provide presentation and discussion of findings and implications.
- Evaluation of efficiency opportunities, climate and site considerations.
- Identify opportunities for passive and active design.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics Simulation for passive design verification.
- Communications and knowledge sharing
- Green Building Certification Consultancy ( Green Mark)
Through Project Kigamboni, GreenA has been longlisted for the 2016 Ashden Awards as one of the 49 green energy organisations from all over the world recognised for their efforts.
Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are a globally recognised measure for excellence in the field of green energy. Orgazanizations in the International category will be awarded based on their work in the developing world.
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