The Menlyn Maine development is “Africa’s first green city in the making”. The principles of space are based on the New Urbanism Principles. There are 10 principles that include: Walkability, connectivity, mixed-use and diversity, mixed housing, quality architecture and urban design, traditional neighbourhood structure, increased density, green transportation, sustainability and quality of life.
This is a growing way of life, especially in Johannesburg, where the residents make use of all required services within a certain radius. One of the reasons for this is that in certain cities, travel can take hours between towns, so residents prefer if all their needs are provided for in close proximity.
This is an efficient process that offers benefits to all parties involved – from developers to the residents and businesses.
This mixed-use area includes shops, a hotel, medical facilities, a gym, and offices.
Italtile’s Commercial department head, Marius Maree, worked closely with architects
Boogertman & Partners to fulfil the needs of this successful city within a city that meets the principles of New Urbanism.
In line with theses principles, we see how the use of Italtile’s sustainable product lines has been made use of. The products include basins and toilet pans from Laufen, that follow only the strictest sustainable manufacturing processes to produce green products.
In addition to this, the Idral electronic taps provide for a set, controlled amount of water, which eliminates waste. The remainder of Tivoli taps has also got a limited flow rate of 6 litres per minute – comparably less than other brands.
The large, rectangular Spanish tiles used for Menlyn Maine were produced according to the strictest of European standards with regards to carbon emissions and water recycling.
Italtile is proud to work with teams that share a common purpose regarding the design of sustainable, quality projects.