Mi Vida Homes’ mid-market housing project at Garden City has been awarded the EDGE certification by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) on account of the project’s energy and water-saving design.
The IFC EDGE certification is an internationally recognized green building certification system that certifies resource-efficient and Zero Carbon buildings.
Mi Vida’s project at Garden City was IFC Edge Certified due to its intelligent design, from conception, construction, and operation, that is set to save power use by up to 39 percent and water use by up to 44 percent.
Mi Vida Homes CEO Samuel Kariuki said that the green design is a response to the growing shift by users to buildings that optimize and minimize the use of water, energy, and other scarce resources.
“Homeowners are increasingly seeking out green homes since efficient design results in real cost savings, for example in electricity and water bills. ESG is also now a key component of investor due diligence as developers fundraise” said Mr. Kariuki.
The development along Thika Road implemented the IFC’s EDGE recommendations such as lighting controls and installing motion sensors and daylight sensors, which are significantly expected to reduce monthly power bills for homeowners.
The mixed-use development also uses water-saving equipment such as aerators and auto shut-off faucets.
Aerators mix water with air to cause turbulence in the flow and this in turn gives an increased sense of pressure without increasing the flow rate.
The developer is expected to implement similar energy and water-saving designs in the next phase of the project and for its upcoming project in the Riruta area of Nairobi County.
Mi Vida Homes recently completed the construction of its flagship project that consists of 221 apartments located in the larger Garden City ecosystem that encompasses retail and commercial spaces within the confines of a single location.