Power Barn

Sustainabiity Consulting

The Power Barn is a multipurpose agricultural barn built on a smallholding in Noordhoek, Cape Town. Completed in early 2017, the barn caters for various farm-related activities including olive pressing; fynbos propagation; preparing of honey (from the farm’s three bee hives) and preserves.

Ecolution Consulting provided sustainability best practice consulting and site verification/guidance for the barn, as well as an audit and sustainability improvement suggestions for the existing home onsite. 

Project Details

  • 7.3 kW Solar PV installation
  • LED lighting
  • Flexible layout due to steel framework
  • Reclaimed timber
  • Rainwater storage
  • Black/greywater recycling via biodigester for energy and irrigation water
  • Well insulated
  • Double glazing
  • No paint and minimal finishes/fixtures and fittings
  • Skylights and natural light maximisation
  • Natural ventilation
  • Composting
  • Local vegetation landscaping and propagation on site
  • Emphasis on manual solutions and using local labour and materials