The UK’s first zero carbon holiday accommodation
Former oil industry man, Tim Kemp and his wife Brigitte, had a dream to build a zero carbon luxury holiday retreat in Cornwall – and this dream came true when as “eco warriors” they opened The Emerald for business.
This is luxury accommodation close to Falmouth, Truro, and The Eden Project and has an indoor swimming pool as well as hot tubs for the adults’ accommodation, and private grounds to relax in. The suites are self-catering with sliding patio doors opening on to private balconies and patios. The buildings are timber clad, with the interiors offering the ultimate in finishes and facilities.
NorDan supplied the low u-value high performance timber windows from their Ntech 0.7 range, through their distributor CG Facades Ltd, in Exeter. The windows helped the buildings to achieve Code 6 in the Code for Sustainable Homes. The patio doors have a u value of 0.9 w/m2k, and have the accreditation - Secured by Design.
Tim was contractor on his own project, working with an architect and project manager. His development company The Emerald Project won a Bronze Award in April as a Considerate Contractor, an achievement he is understandably proud of, given the size of his business.
Says Tim: “We generate our own electricity, produce our own water, and have very high levels of insulation achieved through choice of building materials including our NorDan windows and patio and French doors. We used recycled materials, we recycle waste, have planted over 100 native trees, all reducing the energy consumption of the Emerald by over 90%.”