design, build, operate
At naked Home, instead of falling into conventional technologies of building, we were guided by a different approach and way of thinking. Low tech strategies such as day-lighting, natural ventilation, passive solar heating and thermal mass are simple and effective. Adaptive reuse of old structures, conservation of water resources, taking advantage of solar power and use of local materials are other measures we take to lower our carbon footprint.
Heating and Cooling
In the winter, we opt for efficient wood fire ovens that use no electricity. Radiators are connected by pipes to these wood fire oven so when these ovens are in use, heat is transferred within a closed circuit to the radiators, which then distribute radiant heat into the bedrooms.
SolarHot Water Heating
We use solar hot water heaters to avoid the harmful greenhouse gas emissions associated with electricity production. Even in the winter months, when the sun is not as strong, the solar heater can bring up the temperature from 0 degree Celsius up to 15 degrees Celsius before it is heated in a conventional hot water heater.
At naked Home Village we only use compact florescent energy saving light bulbs, which reduce energy usage by up to 75% and last 10 times longer than incandescent lights. Natural day lighting is used whenever possible, as we believe the quality and ambiance of natural lighting is unsurpassed.
At naked Home Village, uncontaminated groundwater from the depths of the mountain provides clean and safe water for drinking, cooking and bathing.In order to reduce the consumption of precious fresh water, we have built grey water reclamation and plumbing systems. Grey water is composed of wash water from the kitchens, bathroom sinks, showers and laundry sinks. The water recycling process uses this grey water in activities that do not require potable water, such as toilets, gardening and landscaping.
Additional water management strategies include:
The effect a building has on the environment can be substantially minimized with the efficient use and disposal of building materials. At naked Home Village:
• We preserve old farmhouses and reuse most existing walls, floors, and roof structures.
The most energy used in a building occurs during the lifetime – from heating to lighting – rather than in construction. Hence we operate and maintain naked Home Village with the same rigor as the design and construction, applying the same sustainable concepts.
• Provide employment opportunity to the local village community (maintenance, cleaning and cooking staff).
Promote a sense of awareness and responsibility among our guests
• Encourage guests to use public transportation or carpool to the retreat.
Materials and indoor quality
• Buy second hand and old furniture from antique markets and junkyards.
Protection of the natural environment
• Post anti-littering signs and provide hand made garbage bins around the grounds
• Reduce, reuse, recycle.