There is a growing awareness that the modern industial lifestyle is not sustainable. If the whole population of the planet consumed at the rate of the United States, we would require four planets equal to Earth to meet the demand. In fact, we are racing towards the cliff edge, and we appear to be unable to regain control.
Farming and building are two areas where change is not only necessary, but it is also possible. Our forebearers built homes with natural, local materials. The knowledge still exists, and if we combine ancestral tradition with new innovation, like the use of cork for insulation, or photovoltaic panels to generate energy, we can create comfortable, affordable, sustainable homes.
In Vale das Lobas, the local natural materials include granite, earth, wood and cork. Our restaurant construction incorporates Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB) and the Hobbit Houses in the Camping Park are built with our own earth bag recipe using jute sacks. The eco-homes, with CEB walls, will be elegant, durable, cool in the summer, and cosy in the winter.
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Compressed Earth Blocks
High thermal mass – cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
Straw Bale Construction
Straw acts as a natural vapour permeable insulation that allows the building to breathe.
Biological Swimming Pool
A planted zone next to the swimming area provides biological filtration,
circular bath house
Beautiful stone masonry, recycling granite stones to give them a new purpose.