This section details some of the environmental and Building Biology principles that have been implemented at Ecolibria. Transport, water, air quality, paper, wireless technology, power, ventilation, cleaning and personal care products are discussed.
Due to the amount of site visits and gear that is required to be carried, it is not viable for us to utilise public transport. The vehicle chosen by Ecolibria is the Peugeot 307 HDI Touring (1.6 manual) diesel. This vehicle runs on 4.9 litres of fuel per 100 km and has a particulate filter incorporated into the exhaust system to ensure that emissions are far cleaner than conventional diesel emissions.
All professionally printed matter is done through a printer that meets the Australian Ecolabel program under standard AFLA 20. Waterless printing on 100% locally sourced and produced recycled paper is utilised. Invoicing and reports are done electronically and all incoming mail and paper is used as notepads or recycled through the local council. If printed reports are required they are printed using both sides of the page and only locally sourced recycled paper stock is utilised.
No wireless technology is utilised at Ecolibria. All phones are corded and wireless internet connectivity will never be implemented.
A Grander water purification unit has been fitted to the water mains. This ensures that all water to the property is revitalised, purified and energised. When visiting sites, Grander water is always taken in glass or stainless steel bottles and no bottled water is purchased. A water tank provides water for the garden which includes fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.
All products utilised are sourced from the Abode range which ensures that products are ethically sourced, environmentally sound and locally produced.
Air quality and ventilation
At Ecolibria the only form of air conditioning is the natural sea breezes that are utilised to cool the building whenever required. This is done regularly to ensure good fresh air exchange and naturally ionised air. The indoor air temperature is never above 21 Degrees Celsius in winter and relative humidity is naturally controlled and maintained between 45 -55%. An Ecovent is utilised to ensure fresh air exchange takes place in cooler months and to maintain low carbon dioxide levels internally. Indoor plants provide natural air filtration, relative humidity equalisation and positive psychological and aesthetic benefits. Thermal mass is used to capture the warmth of the sunlight and release it into the indoor environment when needed. The vacuum cleaner is fitted with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air Filter) filter and general surface cleaning is done with damp microfibre cloths and water. No shoes are allowed indoors and this helps to prevent many pollutants from entering the indoor environment as well as minimising electrostatic.
Power usage is minimised through various means and 100% of all the electricity utilised by Ecolibria operations is produced by Solar panels fitted to the roof . More power is produced by the solar panels than is consumed by Ecolibria operations and the excess is fed back into the grid.
Out of office hours a master switch is turned off and all power running from the power board to the building is cut off via a contactor. This means that no power is delivered to any of the power points or light switches which saves even more power than switching each individual plug off at the wall.
Demand switches have also been installed which cuts power to circuits (light and power) during the day unless the circuit is being used. In other words power is only provided to circuits when that circuit is required (light or power).
All lights are LED
Vegetables and fruit trees are grown on the premises and meals consumed are supplemented from the produce grown on site. Scraps are composted on site too utilising compost bins as well as a worm farm.