The energy and water savings offered up by its Cobratron range of taps and mixers combined with its efficient electronic urinal flush valves made Cobra the natural choice when it came to selecting a supplier for the City of Cape Town’s new ‘green’ Manenberg Housing Contact Centre.
The R30-million centre, Western Cape’s first government project to achieve a 4-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of SA, was designed around environmentally sustainable, economically and socially responsible principles.
These included using approved ‘ecological’ building materials; incorporating water-saving measures into the design that ensure 100% of rainwater is captured and 100% of waste water recycled for ablutions and irrigation; and implementing solar and wind electricity generation systems. The indoor office spaces also makes maximum use of natural light and fresh air circulation.
It was against this backdrop that the City of Cape Town’s Department of Human Settlements specified a number of Cobra products for the project, specifically its Cobratron pillar taps, electronic urinal flushvalves, chrome-plated showerheads and various items from its sanitary ware range.
Cobratron is a range of electronic taps and mixers that relies on highly accurate sensors to deliver water only when activated. This reduces water wastage, ensures hygienic operations and offers clients increased flexibility, as the sensors can be preset to intuitively deliver just enough water for a required function. The taps are also vandal-resistant which made them ideal for the high-traffic, public contact centre.
Similarly, Cobra’s electronic urinal flush valvesallow for adjustable water delivery that ensures only the exact amount of water needed to clean the urinal is dispensed, and no more.
Meanwhile its water-saving showerheads are designed with an ingenious yet simple and robust pressure compensating flow restrictor that limits water flow to an economical 9 litres per minute without impacting the water pressure in the system or the showerhead’s spray pattern.
“These environmentally friendly features were among the top reasons we specified Cobra fixtures for the project. That, together with the durability, low maintenance and quality of their products along with the professional service, project specific advice and excellent after sales backup they offer. We were very proud to have Cobra involved in this project,” says Ashley Hemraj, senior architect: development services in the City of Cape Town’s Department of Human Settlements.
“For us it was an absolute pleasure to work with a team of architects who supported the use of local products and who were prepared to test conventional models with new and innovative ways to save energy and water,” explains Robert Van Coller, a Specifier Representative at Cobra.
The new contact centre offers residents a one-stop-shop where they’re able to make enquiries and pay municipal accounts, including housing rentals and loans, rates, water, electricity and traffic fines.