We recognise the potential of environmentally friendly technologies.
We believe that we are all impacted by the potential environmental consequences of global climate change, and we realise that going green means more than energy efficiency or reducing our carbon footprint.
To respect the environment, we must be both cautious and practical in selecting building technologies and materials. The chosen materials must be as natural as possible and harmless to our environment. By rediscovering ancient technologies, environmentally-friendly buildings can be erected that not only provide a relatively low-priced home, but at the same time dramatically conserve natural resources and reduce energy demand.
Mud–house construction uses only simple, recyclable materials:
Soil is mixed with water. Paddy, hay or any dried fibre — even recycled garbage — is added for strength. The bricks that are cast with this mixture are left to dry in the sun. No kiln is involved. To extend the life of the mud bricks, the completed buildings are coated with stucco. Metal and wood are used sparingly, glass bottles are recycled to supply a sophisticated lighting system.
A mud house is comfortable all year round and uses minimal energy. The walls absorb the heat of the day and maintain a constant temperature, the thatched rooves supply added insulation against heat and cold. A passive air–conditioning system supplies cool air to the house through these massive mud walls and vented rooves.
To further protect the environment, the rooves of our main house are so constructed that during the rainy season, water can be collected and used, for instance, to replenish the pool or for washing and showering.
Instead of using single Guest-Soaps that are used once or twice and then thrown away, we use replenishable bottles with liquid soap, both for the hand basins and the showers.
We request our guests to assist us in reducing energy consumption, by conserving electricity and by using water thoughtfully.
Please recycle your drinking water bottles let us refill them — free of charge for guests and with just a nominal fee for visitors.