Site Sustainability Assessment Service

 

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A very popular service is our One Day Site Visit. Here we undertake a Design Assessment and provide a detailed report, basic design map and link you to relevant resources, services, courses and networks to help you establish a sustainable ecological land use pattern on your land. We will highlight challenges and opportunities inherent in the site and give you a good indication of the viability and scale of permaculture development possible on the site.

This service involves a basic observation of key components of the landscape…

– Water

– Soils & Geology

– Topography (shape of the land)

– Vegetation types and their health

– Local Climate Patterns and their effect on the site

– Infrastructure Assessment (roads, dams, buildings, technology)

– Challenges and opportunities

– Animal impact and conservation status

– Laws and regulations surrounding and relative to your land-use plan

– Communications possibilities (how to set up off-grip Internet wireless systems, etc)

– The range of inherent disaster potentials and how to cope with them

– A basic permaculture Zone based design

– A baic water infrastructure plan

– An energy transition plan to off-grid living

– A list of relevant strategies and technologies towards establishing a sustainable land use model

– Possible economic approaches to take based upon the inherent characteristics of the land and your vision and objectives

Costs:

R350 per hour for site visit

R350 per hour for writing up site visit report

Travel

R3.50 per kilometer (depending on fuel price)

Pre-Purchase Property assessment

When searching for a property to develop a sustainable lifestyle on there are certain criteria to establish beforehand that are applied to sites that you are having a look at. Many folk make common mistakes when buying land that have long-term negative impacts on the future viability of the plot as a sustainable entity. We will spend a day assessing the site for potential problematic situations and determine how easily they can be overcome and at what cost in terms of finance, energy and time. We apply a set of ecological viability criteria to the land the easily determines how suitable land is for long-term well-being and efficient sustainable development.

Some aspects that are assessed

– Water rights

– Water source points, availability and quality (this may require testing)

– Basic health of the ecosystem

– Access rights and servitudes (road access) and maintenance challenges

– Other servitude present in the title of the land that may negatively impact on quality of life

– Topographic orientation (shape of the land and lay of the land)

– Farm boundaries relative to shape of the land (some boundaries are really awkward)

– Previous land-use patterns

– Quality and viability of existing infrastructure

– Spatial arrangement of existing infrastructure relative to permaculture principles

– Neighbouring land-use activities

– Previous land use activities and their impact on future health and development of the land

– Communications potentials (access to high-speed internet/wireless) if site is rural

– Possibilities for future permaculture design

We compile a report highlighting our finding and recommendations.

Costs:

R300 per hour for site visit

R300 per hour for composing site visit report

Travel

R3.20 per kilometer (depending on fuel price)

 

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