Camp Glenorchy is a tourist facility in the South Island of New Zealand seeking Net Zero Energy certification through the Living Building Challenge. The project has taken a holistic view of sustainability throughout design, construction and operation that is aligned with the seven petals of the Living Building Challenge.
As well as delivering amazing buildings for guests to stay in, Camp Glenorchy will be providing educational opportunities for people both onsite and online. In doing so, Camp Glenorchy aims to inspire and empower people to instigate or champion change in their own communities once they return home - spreading the lessons from the project all over the world.
Camp Glenorchy is our most significant project to-date and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to play a part in this exemplar of sustainability. It has enabled us to weave all the different services and solutions we offer into one cohesive project:
- Smart Home systems. We're supplying the central system that controls most other systems within buildings and around the site. Achieving Net Zero Energy requires high levels of energy efficiency and intelligent use of solar-generated energy. Our Smart Home system - one in each building - is focused on these outcomes, while ensuring guests are comfortable and the technology doesn't get in the way of their stay.
- Monitoring. We've developed a new monitoring tool at Evident that allows aggregation of data from buildings into the cloud, for display on different user interfaces. At Camp Glenorchy, this will allow us to remotely commission and fine-tune systems, and present real-time or historic data to people anywhere in the world.
- Sustainability communications. Camp Glenorchy is tackling sustainability in a variety of ways. More than 20 articles are planned that will show people how the buildings and systems at Camp Glenorchy work, and how they could be applied to their own homes, schools, offices or communities. We've completed the first half-dozen articles, and the remainder will be written and released leading up opening and then over the first year of operation.
- Onsite educational displays. Low-key, discoverable educational elements are being considered for the site. We're currently prototyping mechanical dials that illustrate energy use and generation in real-time, and have helped create seven information panels in the 'Project Discovery Centre' that allow visitors to learn about Camp Glenorchy's alignment with the Living Building Challenge.
- Apps. One of the ways people can learn about sustainability at Camp Glenorchy will be via a custom app displayed on screens in their cabins. This will weave together messages explaining the automation of their cabins as it happens, performance data from buildings and systems, and relevant articles from the sustainability communications campaign. Guests will also be able to see in real-time how their actions impact Camp Glenorchy's ability to achieve Net Zero Energy.
Or if you'd like to find out more about the project visit the website here.