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The House village ‘ethos’ is to live in harmony with the natural surroundings and the town of Padangbai, preserving and enhancing the beauty and integrity of the local culture. The underlying aim of the House village is to improve the life of all participating individuals, the buyers, guests and villagers and life on the planet through following eco principals. The Village aims to create a co-operative environment of mutual exchange where all parties benefit. This is supported by employing local village people wherever possible and exchanging our skills e.g.

The residents and guests can provide language teaching, diving, computer skills, cooking, health techniques, accounting skills, building skills and the villagers in their turn teach us their local language, ecology, customs, craft ways, culture, religion, and smiling attitude.

We have created a flexible creative environment which enriches the lives of both the local Balinese and international guests through right development and sustainability techniques.
 
 
This play in words denotes our resolve to address environmental issues in a multifaceted way. In the Bloo Lagoon project we are very conscious of our relationship not only to the “green” land ecosystem but also the “bloo” ocean ecosystem below. Decisions that we make on land can have a big impact on the fish, turtles and living coral of the Lagoon.

In keeping with our existing practice of doing more with less and keeping our houses consistently simple and small - but functional and spacious - we continue to incorporate relevant new technologies to make our projects more sustainable.

All the lighting fixtures in our project are light emitting diodes (LED’s) that give good balanced light whilst consuming only 4 watts each. Their initial higher cost is soon offset by the saving in electricity and very long life of the lamp. As they shall not need replacing for many years we are eliminating expensive fancy light fittings and building the lamps directly into the building structure.

Our swimming pool uses ionisation for water purification and minimizes chemicals use.

To decrease pollution and noise, cars and motorbikes are parked down the hill and circulation within and to the site and town is provided by electric cars.

For excavation and grading of the site we opted for manual labor instead of heavy machinery to reduce pollution and distribute wealth more equitably.

Water is scarce in Padangbai and in order to insure a constant reserve we have constructed water catchment channels and reservoirs. We are using solar electricity to pump water and are also testing the viability of wind generated energy for water pumping.

To conserve water we channel rain and water from showers and sinks to an artificial lake and ponds which are planted with aquatic plants and fish giving us semi cleaned water for irrigation and toilet flushing.

The solid waste is disposed of in septic tanks connected to waste water gardens which use gravel and natural fibers for filtration and these gardens are planted with plant species that thrive in these nutrients thereby cleaning the water. The resulting effluent then flows into the ponds for more cleansing.

We are composting and improving the soil and planting vegetable gardens in each house and growing vegetables up the site’s stone walls.

Excavation on our very rocky site enabled us to reuse the beautiful stones that we unearthed for building walls.

Our site is designated a forestry conservation zone and is home to numerous acacias, cashews and other drought tolerant, shade providing species. We carefully situated our houses around the trees and integrated them into the layout, and we adopted landscaping with these same drought tolerant plants and plants that have proved to be well adapted to the windy and dry conditions of Padangbai. The very rich ocean below is also very rightly designated a conservation zone which is consciously protected by the local fishermen, divers and community. The locals teach us of their ways - their culture, foods, flora and fauna, and natural medicines and we in turn share with them our skills and give them little nudges as to how they might better recycle, conserve energy, materials and resources to counteract many of the negative results of industrialization.

It is our obligation to preserve this beautiful site and its surrounding ocean with pristine marine life and coral for future generations and we welcome you to join us and give of your self.
 
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