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ISSUE 65(FREE READ)

The Race to 2030…

Come night time, all the sun you have bathed in by the pool side is converted into solar energy (SDG 7). The sun’s rays are absorbed by solar panels.

 The United Nations in September 2015 launched 17 Sustainable Development Goals. You have probably come across the terms sustainable and green in various contexts. Well, in this review here is how you can make your home “the future” by 2030. In simpler terms producing enough for yourself today without compromising for future generations in a responsible and climate friendly environment.

To assist you, we have stated and explained how you can attain these 5 goals for your household.

Consuming more for less.

Smart technology has grown in the market with the use of Motion Sensors. They detect movement and trigger the lights on, in the case of no movement they switch off in the event that you forget to turn off the switch manually or you are no longer in the room. In direct Green energy, that which comes from natural sources such has the sun; has become the new trend stating various techniques including the use of Skylights which allows sunlight to come through the top of buildings, reducing use of lighting during the day. translation this targets SDG

Responsible Consumption & Production. In other words, having the ability to consume responsibly. The energy through an inverter are stored into batteries that can be dually charged by solar energy and electricity which can be used to power lights, appliances and all other purposes within the bounds of the solar capacity installed. Wall insulations. They trap the escaping heat allowing the inside space to stay warm. This an effffective way to support SDG 12, which states responsible consumption.

Every drop counts.

Water is a scarce natural resource and as we see in Zimbabwe, residential suburbs have been struggling with water tables running low. As a result, there has been an increase in homeowners drilling for borehole water in search for constant water supply. Borehole drilling companies have come up with equipment and technology to effectively site and drill boreholes. Many of which are powered fully by solar power making them energy efficient. Doing your market research on Companies that use new energy conscious technologies in siting and drilling contributes to achieving SDG 6 (clean water and sanitation) and SDG 7 affordable and clean energy) through the use of low flow flush systems (SDG

12). As a rule of thumb, if you have not changed your toilet system in the last 5 years, you might want to visit your local hardware store to replace your current systems. The newer flush systems will be smaller and that can give the same effective flush that is provided by a larger storage water tank.

Water leak prevention system (SDG 12) has a sensor in front of the cistern and by the toilet seat that allows water flow into the water tank only when the user is present. As soon as you leave the sensor locks the tap and stops flow into the tank. No water flow equates to no leaks.

Pipe leak detection system (SDG 12), has a sensor that communicates to a remote mobile device. The built in application will alert as a notifification on an assigned mobile device if there is a leak down the pipe and if it needs to be attended to. These are the mechanisms that are part of smart property technology.

Toilet and bathroom plumbing is another area with the most water usage. Water management can be best achieved

Sustainable Development Goals are a holistic approach that includes companies and households employing to the tee the abovementioned technology and equipment within the Zimbabwean residential and commercial industry. Diligent efffforts will result in the real estate industry leap frogging into the UN 2030 vision effffectively attaining SDG 9 and 11. They state Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure and Sustainable Cities and Communities respectively. In essence SDG 9 and 11 are the combined results after successfully implementing prior stated facets namely Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, lastly Responsible Consumption and Production


 

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