18
Oct
2018

Energy efficient design for social housing

Bosch Projects was appointed by Johannesburg Social Housing Company (JOSHCO) as the electrical and mechanical consulting engineers for the 133 Albert Street Social Housing Project in Johannesburg.

The focus of this project – which utilises energy efficient designs – was to create quality public social housing, that complies with all legislative requirements and provides the inner-city populous with safe housing for single people, as well as small families.

Bosch Projects is responsible for the electrical, HVAC and fire designs, as well as security and lift specifications.

The biggest challenge of this project, is that it repurposes an existing, old office building and not the construction of a newly-designed, modern structure. One major challenge encountered was the location of the Point of Utility Connection (PUC) room that would belong to the local energy supplier. New regulations now allow only ground level PUCs rather than basement level, as ground level minimises the risk of flooding and pest damage. The ground level location also simplifies access to the PUC for installation and maintenance purposes. To reposition the PUC at ground level meant reshuffling the rooms and main services connection layouts for the ground and basement levels.

This project, which promises to uplift the local community by providing a safe living environment, is expected to be commissioned and ready for occupation by the end of the year

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