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What are the benefits of greening low-income housing? An interesting example in South Africa #energy

Welcome to Green Street South Africa 03 December 2011 | News story Just fifteen minutes away from the UN Climate Summit in Durban you can see what a real difference putting policy in to action can actually make. In a first for South Africa, 30 low-income houses in a street in Cato Manor Township have been given a green upgrade. The Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) has been at work with partners that include IUCN member the Botanical Society of South Africa and the local city council. Sarah Rushmore of the GBCSA explains what they've been up to. The 30 houses in this retrofit project are along a little cul-de-sac in Cato Manor - South Africa’s first ‘Green Street’ retrofit. Deliwe Nobekwa is a long time local resident. In the three weeks since she's had her home "retrofitted" to green technologies she has seen her electricity bill more than halve. She tells us...

Full article: http://www.iucn.org/unfccc/events/2011_durban/news/?8733/...

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