Midrand, South Africa, December 2011: After years of wishing and hoping and praying...and lots of hard work, the New Jerusalem Children’s Home is gearing up to officially open its doors as South Africa’s uniquely green orphanage.
The New Jerusalem Children’s Home has set a new standard for budgeted eco-friendly design. Practically every aspect of the orphanage layout and construction takes the environment into account. From the indigenous plants used in the landscaping, to wood plastic composite Eva-tech decking sponsored by Eva-Last, the home’s commitment to living green is evident.
Dr. Adrienne Feldner-Busztin of the New Jerusalem Children’s Home explained, “We have developed a holistic, environmentally friendly, cost effective and integrated plan for the Home.”
“This is a groundbreaking project,” commented Eva-Last director, Nathan Chapman. “It proves that going green can have social and environmental benefits.”
The orphanage exemplifies that eco-friendly building can be affordable and aesthetically pleasing. Although many materials were sponsored by independent companies, the New Jerusalem Children’s Home had to work within their strict budget. Many of the green products chosen, like Eva-tech wood plastic composite, are considered long-term investments. Eva-tech can last up to forty years as decking and outdoor furniture, even without the maintenance needed for traditional timber decking.
Eighty young children are scheduled to move in to the New Jerusalem Children’s Home this week. Friday marks an open day for sponsors to see the final project. The official grand opening is scheduled for February, 2012.
“We are truly happy to be a part of this amazing orphanage,” explained Eva-Last director, Marc Minne. “It will be so special to see the children in their new home.”