Eco-friendly

Le Bonheur has been designed and built to be as eco-friendly as possible:

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  • Eco-architecture: Buildings have all been designed correctly orientated for sun and wind conditions;
  • Well insulated buildings – polystyrene sheets in all the wall cavities and under the screeded floor;
  • Well insulated roofs – iso-board plus alu-bubble sheets have been used in all the roofs with the vital spaces between each layer, ensuring cool interiors in summer by blocking out the heat and trapping in the warmth in winter;
  • Shutters are used on all doors and windows to allow the free flow of air, while keeping the rays of sun out;
  • Hot-water under-floor heating system under all the floors. Water is heated by environmentally friendly heat-pumps;
  • High quality fans in the bedrooms which efficiently circulate the air with as little noise pollution as possible. This keeps the rooms extra cool and helps with the control of mosquitoes reducing the need for insect-repellants;
  • Sustainable Energy Acumen: Solar-view glass has been installed in some of the west-facing windows to block out the harsh afternoon sunlight;
  • Induction geysers are used to heat the bath and shower water. These use very little electricity to heat the water, and are on a controlled heating system so costs have been reduced;
  • A gas burner is used to heat the dish-washing water;
  • Energy saving light bulbs are used though-out the house and motion-sensors and light-sensor devices are also fitted to outside lights to reduce electricity usage;
  • Water-wise practices: Only the water from the toilets, sink and dishwasher goes into the conservation tank, all other water is channeled to irrigate the garden areas;

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  • Land Rehabilitation and Conservation: Borehole water is used for irrigating the garden as necessary but a water-wise garden has been designed using 90% indigenous plants which do not need water;
  • Loose stones have been used in the pathways instead of paved or solid concrete areas;
  • Environmentally friendly compost is used and natural products to keep control of weeds, unwanted insects etc;
  • Recycling: All household waste is recycled i.e paper, tins, plastic, glass bottles etc and other organic items are added to the compost-making system. Vegetable peels and lawn cuttings are donated to a worm-farmer and he gives us worm-tea in exchange;
  • Green cleaning: Environmentally-friendly biodegradable cleaning products and washing powders are used;
  • Responsible body products: Home-made, natural soaps are provided in the guest bathrooms;
  • Local and organic produce: this is sourced from the local market, local community and suppliers and predominantly organic ingredients are used in the breakfast that we serve our guests. We also accommodate specific dietary requests from our guests (vegetarian, banting etc) to avoid food waste;
  • Fair trade practices are followed – we use ‘local’ service providers as much as possible and compensate fairly and treat the workers well – where possible we try to use manual labour more than machinery to create as many jobs as possible. This has a ripple effect economically for our local community;
  • Community Upliftment Projects: Training is given to local contractors and labourers i.e. eco-friendly and economical building methods; alternative building methods; donation of household items, building materials; paint; food etc to assist local community projects, charities and individuals.

 

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