In its effort to become one of the most ‘environmentally-caring’ hotels in Africa, The Oyster Box has implemented a number of green initiatives.
When the legendary property was rebuilt, an immense amount of time, energy and investment was put into ensuring that there was a sense of harmony between the hotel’s history and its present. The aim was to build a building at one with its natural environment, where leading practices in eco-tourism would be incorporated into creating a truly environmentally-respectful hotel.
The utilisation of heat (normally expelled and wasted from the hotel’s air-conditioning system) is used to warm the water of the 14 pools (swimming and decorative) on the property. Solar heating has been installed to assist with the heating of water in the Spa. ‘Grey’ water, is harvested from showers, baths and wash hand basins, filtered and pumped to holding tanks for flushing toilets and rainwater is directed off the roofs via an extensive underground pipe network to a large storage tank for use in the gardens.
State-of-the-art performance glazing has been used in windows and doors to assist in maintaining constant interior temperatures and reduce noise. Energy efficient lights and lamps have been installed where possible and sensors on bedroom sliding-doors switch off the air-conditioning immediately when guests open up access to the balconies or terraces. A sophisticated building management system controls the major service installations throughout the property to ensure maximum energy efficiency and control at all times.
The paint used on ceilings throughout the property enhances natural reflection and as a result saves on artificial light. The innovative use of Moso bamboo, a sustainable resource that replenishes itself naturally after it has been harvested, has been used for some floors and all wardrobes. All other timbers used in floors, doors and joinery, are FSC-certified (Forestry Stewardship Council). All waste from the hotel is separated and sent for recycling.