NIMMO BAY WILDERNESS RESORT
When the Murray family embarked on building Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort nearly 40 years ago, the most available source of power was the waterfalls that thundered noisily from the top of Mount Stephens into the bay nearby, carrying rainfall and snow melt. Furnishing the labor themselves, the family installed a Pelton water wheel, which still provides the lodge with 85% of its energy needs.
Constructed from reclaimed 200-year-old timber harvested after the great fire in Yellowstone National Park, the inn is an Audubon Society-certified wildlife-friendly lodge. Bentwood is a founding member of 1% For The Tetons, established to engage local businesses to commit 1% of revenue toward sustaining the natural and cultural heritage of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, by providing grants to nonprofit organizations.
This tented lodge in Australia’s outback was designed so that it can be entirely dismantled and removed if necessary. The tents are built on stilts, and native vegetation provides the landscaping. Energy-efficient design enhances thermal and acoustic insulation, and solar panels provide energy to heat water. The main lodge area, the Dune House, was built into the side of a sand dune to maximize natural insulation, further reducing energy needs.
Recycling waste is an important part of Capella Lodge’s daily environmental management, including the separation of compost materials, cardboard and paper, glass, plastic, aluminum and rubbish. Plastic bottles have been completely eliminated from the property and replaced with reusable Nalgene water bottles for guests.
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