We are at that stage of construction for our new wedding venue and wellness retreat, where the detailed design decisions and product selections made many months ago begin to take shape. While we are building a “green” venue (i.e. with solar panels and rainwater collection), this point in our construction journey illustrates the importance of planning and confirmation of design decisions in the development of a sustainable venue.
Preparation for rainwater harvesting system on great hall
It is an important value for us to embed environmental sustainability into as many aspects as we can here at The Cedars Ranch. Being committed to environmental best practice among important environmental areas such as energy, water and waste, means that we can’t just rest on our laurels because our venue will utilize renewable energy, collect rainwater, and recycle waste. What about reducing our energy and water use, and minimizing our production of waste in the first place?
Here’s a new graphic that is part of our overall “Sustainability Policy” at The Cedars Ranch, to illustrate our approach to being green. The best use of our precious natural resources is to concentrate on prevention, conservation and reduction strategies first. Our focus in being “green” begins with planning areas of resource efficiency. And this planning guides both the design but presents itself in opportunities of action throughout our process!
Energy & Water Efficiency
According to a recent article from Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, “One often overlooked factor [in the discussion on climate change] is efficiency. A study in Nature Energy found energy efficiency improvements could limit global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels — the aspirational Paris Agreement target.” - Source "Energy efficiency technology squeeze the carbon bubble"
In the quest to address energy as well as water efficiency, we have bolstered design decisions on conservation strategies with final selections of fixtures and appliances for our great hall and event bar. Here are some strategies we are employing:
- Energy efficient lighting systems. These reduce the amount of energy consumed, and occupancy sensors reduce lighting needs in restrooms and unoccupied spaces.
- “Right sized” and energy efficient mechanical equipment reduces usage and unnecessary loading of systems to increase longevity and aid in occupant comfort.
- Energy Star appliances for our caterers kitchen in the great hall apply standards of efficiency to energy consumption.
- While our great hall will not be air-conditioned, the environmentally conscious design and siting of our hall captures natural breezes allowing for the free flow air through the building. Large ceiling fans will aid the passive cooling of the space and create a comfortable internal environment.
Large ceiling fan - Picture sourced from product website
- Water in Texas and conservation strategies are critical. Selections of low flow, efficient faucets and toilets in our great hall and event bar aid our goal to reduce and minimize water use.
- Additionally, sensor operated faucets further aid our water conservation strategies. For example, faucets will automatically turn off if not in use, strengthening water efficiency.
Sensor operated faucet - Picture sourced from product website
We look forward to sharing more with you in future about our evolving sustainability approach here at The Cedars Ranch.
Until next week,
Marilyn & Bill
The Cedars Ranch: Green Wedding Venue & Wellness Retreat, Wimberley TX
Looking for the perfect venue for your wedding, event or corporate / wellness retreat? The Cedars Ranch is twenty acres of stellar ranch land, soon to be a uniquely modern, eco-conscious and architecturally inspiring wedding venue and wellness retreat, in the heart of Texas Hill Country. We're booking now for 2019. Reach Out today!
Yurt Stay Special: In celebration of Texas Wine Month, we are offering a special reduced rate for a stay at our Luxury Eco Yurt at The Cedars Ranch. Our 12% reduced rate lasts for the entire month of October! You can Book Here through Airbnb.
Posted on Mon, October 22, 2018
by Marilyn Orr filed under