Innovative pupils design eco-smart RDP houses

The Star newspaper on 7 July 2015 reports on the work of two pupils from Lycée Jules Verne in Johannesburg on how to make RDP (Reconstruction and Development Programme) houses more environmentally friendly and energy efficient.


Maylis Pillet and Josephine Hazard, Grade 12 students at the Lycée Jules Verne in Johannesburg, implemented a project on sustainable architecture for social housing in South Africa.

The students specifically focused on RDP houses. With the help of different professionals and as a result of several site visits, they were able to familiarize themselves with the different concepts of the RDP houses today.

For the purpose of the project, Maylis and Josephine tried to assess how these buildings could be made more environmentally friendly whilst keeping the price of the individual houses as low as possible. They looked into innovative local solutions such as insulation made from recycled plastic bottles.

Maylis and Josephine found that the concept of an “Eco2 ”(ecologically and economically sound) house would be viable.

Considering that the standard RDP house is budgeted at about 110 000 ZAR per unit, the construction of an “Eco2 House” would cost approximately 12% more. However, the concept would allow saving 25% of the electricity consumption and 45% of the water consumption on the long term.

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publie le 07/07/2015

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