Consider for a moment, a normal hotel’s: air-conditioning; incandescent lighting; poor insulation; excessive water wastage; detergents and the disposable plastic products that are used.
In one of PeR’s rooms it’s a completely different story: let us explain why.
In this area we have many beautiful days even years, which is fortunate for you, but as farmers for centuries have known many fine days means overcoming the problem of drought.
Today, when it rains we take great care to conserve this precious resource for your comfort, please conserve water, especially in the dry season.
The tap water here is filtered rainwater, which is perfectly safe to drink, wash and brush your teeth with. However, we advise against drinking the tap water as it’s poor in salts.
We supply mineral water for you to drink. Our drinking water is bottled in glass and comes from a spring nearby.
To be hygienic it’s not necessary to waste 10 liters of clear water with every flush of the toilet. Sewage and waste water from the toilet is treated naturally and then sent underground where it becomes a fertilizer for the oak trees in the woods. Our grey water is also recaptured and recycled.
All our energy, electricity, is produced by the sun, wind and biomasses.
In the places that aren’t exposed to much natural light, we have installed a series of tubes, mirrors and lenses that redirect sunlight.
All our light bulbs are low consumption and around half are LED.
Our hairdryers optimize consumption. Try them; you’ll find that it takes about 10 seconds longer to dry your hair and you’re halving your energy consumption (and they wear out less often).
The main idea at PeR is to produce the least amount of refuse as possible and recycle the refuse which is created. As you’re aware a lot of consumables, purchased in the city, are packaged in plastic. If you have children we recommend, for educational purposes, that you collect your rubbish and take it back to the city with you. If not, you can leave it in our bins and we’ll work out what to do with it.
The heating system is in the floor, and even in the severest winter, the water used in the heating system only has to be heated to 30° degrees Celsius, to keep you comfortable (normal heating systems have to be above 60°). Heat is also generated from solar panels, and, when there is not much sunlight, from biomass energy.
In summer, any areas that are exposed to the south are refreshed naturally by simply capturing the air from the north, which travels through the woods, and channeling it through a system of tubes into the underground part of the building.
The solar panels, convert the sun’s rays into energy which in a normal house would be absorbed through the walls.
The walls are well insulated (have good thermal inertia), which is discreet and creates a “wine-cellar effect” even in the upper levels of the buildings.