Energy efficient housing to benefit South African households

Energy efficient housing to benefit South African households
Authors (non HEDON members)
Wim Klunne
Poor households in South Africa spent a large proportion of their income on energy services, for lighting, cooking and heating their houses. In particular, space heating is mostly done using fuels like coal and wood, which cause indoor air pollution.

By designing houses with energy efficiency in mind, the amount of energy needed to keep the house comfortable can be reduced dramatically. Typically, the low cost housing provided for those on small incomes in South Africa are of poor quality, with inferior thermal performance characteristics. Relatively simple interventions like orientation for new houses (the direction which the property faces), or providing ceilings in existing houses, can bring huge benefits to the inhabitants. These benefits are not only in the form of reduced expenditure on space heating fuels, but also on improved indoor air quality, as well as global benefits accrued by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases, such as CO2.
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Efficacité énergétique des maisons et leur apport aux ménages en Afrique du Sud
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Les ménages pauvres en Afrique du Sud consacrent une grande partie de leur revenu pour satisfaire les besoins d’éclairage, cuisson, et chauffage. Le charbon et le bois, sources d’énergie particulièrement polluantes, sont utilisés pour les besoins de chauffage. Une architecture prenant en considération l’efficacité énergétique permettrait de réduire substantiellement la consommation d’énergie domestique tout en maintenant la même qualité de service. Des mesures relativement simples comme l’orientation des maisons, toitures et planchers adaptés peuvent apporter des avantages conséquents aux ménages. Ces mesures permettraient de diminuer les dépenses de chauffage tout en contribuant à améliorer la qualité de l’air à l’intérieur des maisons et à réduire les émissions des gaz à effet de serre.

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