Glenorchy, New Zealand
Net Zero Energy Guest Accommodation
The Glenorchy eco-retreat was designed and constructed to meet the world’s most advanced environmental building design certification, the Living Building Challenge.
The retreat opened in 2018 and features four sustainably designed shared bunk cabins, eight powered RV sites and seven 3-bedroom eco-cabins. The beautifully appointed central gathering space at Camp Glenorchy houses a community kitchen, dining room, amenities and a covered shelter with a huge campfire and guest BBQs. It also has a well-established organic garden and native nursery that allow for native seedlings and plants to be grown on-site.
Glenorchy eco-retreat has won multiple awards both for its building innovation and unique visitor experiences. Some of these awards include:
Built over three years using sustainable building practices and methodologies, the construction included installing more than 1,600 sensors across the site. The sensors connect to a Building Management System that enables the buildings to be monitored and adjusted for optimal energy use and guest comfort. Some of the key systems on the site include heating, lighting, air quality, solar panels, a ground source heating plant and wastewater discharge. A custom app in each guest room shows how the systems are responding to the guests’ usage and they can change the settings to suit their requirements.
“Staying at Glenorchy eco-retreat was just magical. The buildings are designed to be at one with the landscape and the environment, and they just work. The rooms are so comfortable to stay in and they just work as they should – you don’t need to think about it.”
– Guest at Glenorchy Eco-retreat