chapter  6
Financing climate change experiments across Cape Town’s housing infrastructure
Bywith Jonathan Silver
Pages 19

Mamre is a peripheral neighbourhood in the northern boundaries of Cape Town that has provided a critical site to address issues of vulnerability and energy security together with climate change. With investment from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), the City of Cape Town undertook a retrofitting project to install insulated ceilings in low-income houses in Mamre. The project aimed to combat problems of cold, condensation and ill-health experienced by those living in existing government-funded housing. This project has demonstrated the possibilities of international climate capital, while at the same time it has provided the municipality with space to experiment with new material configurations that are improving the quality of publicly-financed housing.