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Green Tourism Week

27 October 2013 / Business / Guests / Sustainability

To celebrate Green Tourism Week (4th-10th November), Independent Hostels UK (IHUK) have teamed up with the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) to highlight businesses with the Green Tourism award on the Independent Hostel Guide website and in the 2014 guide and to encourage businesses with an Eco outlook to consider applying for GTBS grading.

Read more here from IHUK

Electric Car Charging

Some responses to questions from us here at Thorney How:

What motivated you to go down the “eco” route?

This has always been something that we have been keen to do. Having spent a lot of time in the natural environment it seems a straightforward step to want to care for it in whatever way we can too. We’ve always sought to choose eco options, in our domestic and working lives from growing our own food where we can, to always using green energy solutions and providers.

What has been the biggest change you have made to your accommodation?

Thorney How is a grade 2 listed building, we have spent much of the last two years since we took Thorney How over from the YHA consulting with professionals, attending courses and generally researching the eco options that are available to us. As an older building some of these options do not make much sense, and we are limited with our grade 2 listing from many structural alterations, including replacing the single glazed windows and installing solar panels.

Some form of heat replacement was the only real sensible option. The building does get cold and is draughty (high winds outside) in winter and our current night storage heaters are both expensive to run and woefully poor at delivering the right heat at the right time.

Our first task was a new drainage system at the front of the property in 2012. Then after a 4 month build programme we commissioned our new Biomass Boiler in April 2013. The new boiler uses sustainable wood pellets in a very efficient system that generates hot water for both showers and central heating. We have had to completely reinvent the wet system for the building, this is itself a big and messy job. Currently this is now working for the newly refurbished bunkhouse and will be extended to the main house this winter.

What do your customers think of your green credentials?

Many of our guests have commented on our use of electric bikes, the car charging points, the LED lighting and recycling points as these are the more visible interventions around the building. Several have been on mini tours around the new wood pellet boiler. But in the main sustainability does not feature highly in travellers choices at the moment.

This does surprise me still, all too often guests do not display behaviours that are consistent with nurturing the environment that they are here to enjoy.

We actively encourage guests to adopt sustainable choices when they visit us, to consider their use of energy in the building, in recycling their waste and in considering their travel options. We can only hope to encourage more people to build eco awareness into their travel lifestyles.


UPDATE ON BUILD PROGRESS MAR 17

17 March 2013 / Project Thorney / Sustainability / Build Works

This is the week that the boiler finally arrived. What an exciting day with all hands on deck. Our initial worries about getting it installed were put to rest.

The new boiler is a Guntamatic Wood Pellet biomass fueled boiler using sustainable wood produce from Cumbria. We’re now looking forwards to firing it up for the first time and the heating coming on stream in time for reopening the Bunkhouse.

The arrival of the new boiler is a major event.

picking up the boiler

It’s ready to be unwrapped. Is it Christmas?

Is that our new boiler?

Blimey that looks a bit scary. The access is a little narrow, but this Telehandler driver seems to know what he is doing.

yikes!

Like I said it’s a tight squeeze.

its a tight fit

It’s finally there. Phew!

boiler in new place

Next is the 2000 litre hot water storage tank.

water storage next

Just pop it down there will you please?

water storage delivered

Setting up the boiler and water storage tanks. This may take a few days.

new boiler set up

Our hot water will be delivered to the main building via some highly insulated underground pipework through this trench.

heating pipework trench

This is what the pipework looks like.

underground pipe work

Our new entrance to the Bunkhouse. Preparing the ground.

preparing the new entrance

Ready to pour concrete to make the base for the entrance porch.

ready for concrete

Some more concrete delivered.

concrete delivered

The new foundations are laid.

foundations laid

This is the first layout of the 3 new shower stalls in our unisex shower room.

the shower stalls are formed

Further progress with the shower room.

shower room build

Our new underfloor heating for the shower room. Yay!

under floor heating


Green Service

6 July 2011 / Technical / Website

We’re very happy that our new hosting service is supplied by Green WebHost.

They say:

Sustainability is key:
(Not only being “Carbon Neutral”)
We were the UK’s first ISP to take this issue seriously.

If you’ve had any difficulties in contacting us via e-mail in the last few days we apologise. This should all now be fully resolved.