Amenities at the Blyde include a state of the art lifestyle centre which includes a restaurant, gym, spa, concierge, laundromat, multi-purpose sports fields as well as two swimming pools within the lagoon.
According to Matthew Whalley, the Green Innovation Manager for Balwin, considerable thought and planning was given to ensuring that this stunning residential development would achieve the highest possible level of green building accolade. In this regard, the developer applied for and received EDGE certification via the Green Building Council of SA.
Supporting this certification were a number of sustainability applications, which included:
1. Lower energy use in the residences via PV solar harvesting to reduce reliance on grid electricity, low energy lighting, installation of energy efficient appliances and construction using passive design elements to help with climate control of the apartments.
2. Lower water consumption facilitated by low flow water fittings. In addition, the lifestyle swimming lagoon is a renown low water user, In line with the Crystal Lagoons approach of having far less impact in terms of water usage than that of a park or golf course.
3. Lower embodied energy in the design via the careful selection of building materials having a lower embodied energy usage during their manufacturing process.
4. Designed for non-motorised transport. Integrated lifestyle amenities mean that the car can be left at home. The local community lifestyle centre in the development allows residents access to amenities without having to drive to external locations, assisting sustainable lifestyle of that community as well as a reduction in the usage of motorised transport and its associated carbon emissions – virtually the “15-minute city”.