Living up to our name
Taking care of nature
It’s important to us that we live up to our name (Nature's Pearl). For that reason we work hard taking care of our natural environment and hence, our rooms and apartments are “green” in many ways.
Solar heating, rain water harvesting and geothermal heating are some of the steps we have taken to ensure minimal impact on the ecosystem surrounding us. Naturperlen is the first Danish business estate build with Styro Stone, which combines a robust construction with a high level of thermal insulation for a healthy and comfortable climate. This means that our heating expenses are limited. The little heating that is actually used is reused in an advanced ventilation system.
In addition, we have also implemented a series of smaller sustainable changes that jointly have a positive influence on the environment:
- Both employees and guests are encouraged to sort waste and today approx. 70% of waste we produce is recycled
- We focus on minimizing food waste
- Heating is automatically lowered during the night
- We use environmentally friendly and organic products wherever possible, and so do our suppliers
- We donate used inventory for recycling and to NGOs
Our top 3 sustainability ressources are described below.
Hot water production
At Naturperlen, we use solar energy to power many of our electric utilities. Our solar heating system also provides our guests with hot water for showering and heating. Our solar panels produce enough hot water for all our rooms and apartments during the summer.
Our solar heating system not only minimizes CO2 emissions, it utilizes an important permanent and sustainable resource: The sun. On a sunny day, the sun shines with an effect of 1000 watts pr. m2. In only 3 hours, the surface of Earth is radiated by the sun to such an extent that it equals the world's total energy usage for one year. This means that there is an abundance of sunlight to convert into energy – also in Denmark.
Our primary heating source
Outdoor temperatures fluctuate with the changing seasons, but underground temperatures don’t change as dramatically, thanks to the insulating properties of the earth. Below ground, temperatures remain relatively constant all year-round.
At Naturperlen, we have therefore chosen geothermal heating is our main heating source, which means that stored and passive solar energy in the top layers of the earth is utilized. Our geothermal plant consists of a long tube and a heating pump. The tube is buried underground, and the longer the tube, the more heat and energy is extracted from the ground. A total of 1.3K geothermal tubes are placed underground at Naturperlen.
Although a small amount of electric power is used to run our geothermal plant, the heating system is environmentally friendly, as our system does not burn any fossil fuels to generate heat; it simply transfers heat to and from the ground.
Rain water harvesting
For Flushing toilets and washing towels
At Naturperlen, all rainwater that hits the roof surfaces of the building is led to an underground rainwater tank. From here, the water is filtered, pumped up and used for toilet flushing, laundry and garden watering. This saves significant amounts of clean drinking water, which benefits both our descendants and the operating economy at Perlen.
In the long run, we have a great desire that wastewater from our bathrooms (but not toilets) and kitchens is also recycled after treatment in our very own treatment system.