Innovation & Technology meets sustainability
We have been absolutely delighted with the interest shown in our House Rhino, that we proudly launched on site at Crossways Farm Village yesterday afternoon. We truly appreciated the terrific response.
Should it ever be of interest, we very regularly have conducted tours out at the house and remain happy to oblige. Further, if there are any other queries that we could assist, please do not ever hesitate to revert.
Call Rochelle at Rhino Energy – Tel: 041 451 3197
Welcome to House Rhino
After being initially conceptualised in 2011, the launch of the completed House Rhino is the culmination of vision, passion, dedication & great innovation, to deliver what is believed to be a first on the African continent – a pioneering green house, off-grid from energy, water & effluent perspectives, utilising the very latest in technologies, materials and capabilities.
Built on an 1100m2 stand, this 450m2 home designed by CMAI Architects, has met with great acclaim from both local and international experts, thanks to the comprehensiveness of all that has been installed, covering both active and passive features.
As such, House Rhino is a showcase for the carefully selected & diverse range of solutions offered by The Rhino Group of Companies. Whilst an architectural gem, it demonstrates options for all building types.
Let’s take a brief wander through this extraordinary residence….and discover the future of green living…
The house is powered by roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels, with a bank of zero-maintenance batteries charged by two inverters, giving the house autonomy. Further panels power the pool pump during daylight hours.
Active & passive energy saving achieved through LED lighting; energy-saving taps & shower heads; flat-plate solar water heating & heat pumps; double glazed windows; polycarb sheeting for light harvesting, including through skylights; underfloor heating through solar heated & stored water, along with water heating from the fireplace; gas cooking from recycled organic waste; Envirotuff roofing insulation, etc.
Cooling of the house achieved through a thermal tower that extracts warm air via the highest point, passively, as well as through piped underfloor water cooling. The wine cooler benefits similarly.
Water sustainability achieved through significant rainwater harvesting, storage and recycling. 30,000l of storage tanks. Harvested & waste water treated using ozone and filters. Aquagardens, that form part of a complete loop along with reed bed systems, serve to naturally purify waste water. Such a loop includes the swimming pool.
The driveway is made from the porous concrete product Hydromedia – all rainwater drains immediately and is collected underneath before flowing into the water recycling process.
The house was built with Aruba blocks, which offer not only vastly accelerated construction time, but also a threefold improvement in insulation value versus traditional brick, due to its’ own insulation properties and reduced need for heating/cooling in the house.
Recycled materials have been used extensively, including the decking, natural rock features and with cupboards & counters made from shutterboard. Even the roof-garden veggie boxes are made from recycled plastic. Baths, basins, flooring and counter-tops are from concrete.
The Rhino Group of Companies
Rhino Energy Solutions
A dominant provider of solar photovoltaic solutions, including design, engineering, procurement, commissioning & consulting services. Has executed some of SA’s largest projects, including the ABSA Head Office in Johannesburg.
Provides water harvesting, treatment & storage solutions. Largest project to-date was at new Durban international airport, for rainwater harvesting and all waste water treatment and storage, including damlinings and covers.
Along with architectural support, assists developers, architects, builders and home- & property owners with regards to greenbuilding solutions.
Importer & distributor of energy saving LED solutions.
Distributor of biological nutrients to South Africa’s commercial crop growers.
One of SA’s largest independently owned recyclers of waste plastics
Manufacturer of plastic film and pipe, primarily from recycled waste plastic
For any further information, please contact either:
Brian van Niekerk
Tel: 041 451 3197
Tel: 041 451 3197