Tshedimosetso: first green building in Africa with solar facades
The new Tshedimosetso Green Building in South Africa to Boast Energy Conservation
Tshedimosetso, the new South African Government Communications and Information Systems (GCIS) building in Hatfield, Pretoria, boasts the continent’s first-ever integrated solar façade. The building is also used to research the use of such technology around Africa.
The building incorporates two different types of power-generating glass never tested before in Africa: E-Glass windows that have blue crystalline PV wafers within the glass and clear Tropiglas using nanotechnology polymer between two layers of glass.
Research into the Tshedimosetso green building project is headed by Prof. Jan-Harm from the University of Johannesburg, with connections to Edith Cowan University in Australia. Research entails monitoring the building remotely, reporting on the performance of the two types of BIPV used.
How different sides of building perform is also monitored and the first results are expected in November 2014.
This building proves the South African Government’s commitment to move towards vision 2030 and to GCIS’ role in energy and water conservation.