Affordable Housing in Boksburg

Transforming the Landscape: Stiebel Eltron Powers Adaptive Reuse in Boksburg

Witness the transformative power of adaptive reuse as Stiebel Eltron collaborates on a groundbreaking project to repurpose a shopping center on the edge of the Boksburg CBD into affordable housing. With strategic spatial planning, Stiebel Eltron worked to optimize the internal layout, breaking down larger spaces into modular units while ensuring adequate light and ventilation. Key to the transformation was the integration of Stiebel Eltron's innovative compact instantaneous water heater, the DHC 8 EL (ZA). Stiebel Eltron's expertise in maximizing space utilization was evident with the insertion of loft areas, further densifying the existing four apartments and house. Through this pioneering project, Stiebel Eltron continues to redefine sustainable living, demonstrating how adaptive reuse can breathe new life into communities while promoting affordability and environmental responsibility.

The case for a conversion

Embarking on the journey of urban regeneration, property entrepreneur Leroy Slava, in collaboration with TUHF, is spearheading the transformation of a retail mall into a vibrant residential village in Boksburg CBD. Having welcomed its first occupants in early 2023, Slava Village is poised to redefine community living with its focus on security, affordability, and family-friendliness.

The conversion project is not just about repurposing spaces; it's about creating homes that prioritize sustainability and comfort. Among the innovative solutions incorporated is the compact instantaneous water heater, the DHC 8 EL (ZA) by Stiebel Eltron. This fully electronic water heater ensures a continuous supply of hot water at the exact temperature set by the user, thanks to temperature sensors and microcontroller technology. With three-step temperature selection (40, 50, 60 °C) and sufficient hot water for multiple draw-off points, residents can enjoy maximum shower comfort while saving on energy costs.


The technology used

The DHC 8 EL (ZA) compact instantaneous water heater is the epitome of convenience and reliability, making it the perfect addition to affordable housing options like the Slava Village conversion project. Its small, lightweight, and sleek design allows for easy installation either mounted on the wall or placed into a deep cavity wall, ensuring optimal water flow for maximum efficiency. 

Available in a stylish white and black design, this water heater seamlessly blends into any space while providing exceptional performance. With its precise electronic output temperature control and three-step temperature selection, residents can enjoy maximum shower comfort without worrying about temperature fluctuations, even during peak usage times. The corrosion-resistant copper heating element and tank ensure durability and longevity, while the optional concealed water connection adds to the unit's versatility. Moreover, features like the manually adjustable flow limiter and anti-scalding and overheating protection prioritize safety and energy savings, aligning perfectly with the values of affordability and sustainability upheld by the Slava Village project. 

As a family business, Stiebel Eltron understands the importance of providing products that homeowners can depend on for years to come, enhancing the overall comfort and convenience of everyday living.

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The brand choice

Tendai, the manager at Slava Village, expressed his profound satisfaction with Stiebel Eltron's instantaneous water heaters, emphasizing their transformative impact on the residents' lives. He attested, "As the manager here at Slava Village, I've had the opportunity to witness firsthand the impact of Stiebel Eltron's instantaneous water heaters on our residents' lives, and I must say, it's been nothing short of amazing." His praise extended to the brand's unique balance of affordability and quality, stating, "This brand offers affordability without compromising quality, and our residents couldn't be happier with the results." Tendai highlighted the significance of instant hot water, not only enhancing comfort but also facilitating utility cost savings, thereby making dignified and happy living more accessible in the affordable housing community.

In discussing future purchases, Tendai expressed openness to exploring other products from Stiebel Eltron, recognizing their ability to enhance services and contribute to the revenue stream, creating a mutually beneficial partnership. He remarked, "In terms of future purchases, we're definitely open to exploring other products from Stiebel Eltron. Not only do they enhance our services, but they also contribute to our revenue stream, creating a win-win situation for both us and the company." Tendai emphasized the widespread adoption of Stiebel Eltron's DHC 8 EL (ZA) water heaters in all 50 units at Slava Village, highlighting their reliability and efficiency in benefiting every resident. 

Reflecting on his personal experience, Tendai shared, "Personally, I first came across this brand about 3 to 4 years ago on a construction site, and since then, it has become a staple in our projects." His endorsement of Stiebel Eltron was unequivocal, as he wholeheartedly recommended the brand to anyone seeking high-quality, cost-effective solutions for their water heating needs. With a writer's voice, Tendai's words echoed the sentiment of trust and reliability that Stiebel Eltron has instilled in him and the community of Slava Village, emphasizing the brand's pivotal role in providing essential comforts and contributing to a better quality of life.

Product information


  • Maximum shower comfort with precise electronic output temperature control
  • 3-step temperature selection (40, 50, 60 °C)
  • Ideal for affordable housing
  • Sufficient hot water for multiple draw-off points
  • Corrosion-resistant copper heating element and tank
  • Optional concealed water connection through the back panel
  • Manually adjustable flow limiter in the cold water inlet for greater energy savings
  • Flame-retardant electronic circuit board with protective cover for extra safety
  • Anti-scalding and overheating protection with thermal cut-out
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Data, facts and figures

Boksburg Central District Affordable Housing


  • Boksburg, South Africa


  • Constructed in 2022/23
  • Retail to Residential Conversion| Affordable Housing

Installed technology

  • Compact Instantaneous Water Heater: DHC 8 EL (ZA)
  • Operating mode: Heating
  • Weight: 2 kg
  • Electrical fuse protection: ELCB
  • Rated output: 8.0 kW
  • Type: Closed outlet