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We are voted no. 1
2012-01-16    Author:Yhachina    Source of information:Camellia YH    Page views:10713

 Kunming Camellia was voted the most sustainable development Youth Hostel in China recently. Right from the scratch, Camellia YH renovation was based on following principles:

  1. Minimize construction waste;
  2. Use of recycled building materials;
  3. Apply energy saving system wherever possible.
Reduction of Construction Waste
Bath tubs were renewed by way of applying epoxy coating instead of taking down the tub and replacing it with a new one.
Furniture and fitting are repainted or renewed instead of purchasing new one. One of the typical examples is that we took down the metal control panel on bedside stool, replace it with plywood board and repaint it with coat of paint, make it a very attractive, colourful and practical bedside table. Loud speakers inside the stool are reused for public broadcast system in the common area. 
Instead of taking down wall tile, we apply alternative approach by means of pasting magazine picture on wall to create a modern design.  
Use of Recycled Building Materials
The timber floor and pavilions in the sitting out area are all made of used rail sleepers. These sleepers can even be reused in future when circumstances require. The roof of pavilions is partially built with glass sky light so that artificial lighting is needed at minimal level.
The false ceiling of ground floor and 1st floor are made up with wardrobe/cupboard doors (taken down from some old wardrobes) various sizes and colour.
New partition walls on ground floor ablution facilities are built with old bricks taken down from the new opening on walls in a number of places during the course of construction.
Some of the purpose-built furniture is made by used hard wood plunk which was originally for concrete formwork.
Some of the display boards and table tops are made of used wardrobe doors and timber doors.
Energy Saving Application  
Solar hearting provides about 60% of the hot water supply. Linens are sun-dried whenever weather permits. As a result, it reduces a considerable tonnage of carbon emission.
Use of natural light in corridors, bath rooms, bed room and common area go for the same purpose. 
98% lights are either energy saving bulbs or LED
In terms of operation, we believe every small drop courts. For instance, we adopt following practices in our daily operation:
  • Reusable signage,  coreless toilet rolls 
  • Communication with customers - conservation signage
  • Reduction for use of paper and printed matters 
  • Recycling for bottles, tins, cans, papers, batteries, plastic bag, bottle tops, eggshells and washing water
  • No disposable items such as slippers, tooth brushes, toothpaste, shower gel etc
  • Provide drinking fountain to reduce plastic bottles
  • Use of vacuum cooker to save energy
  • Use kitchen waste oil to make soap 
  • Use natural cleansing produce to replace detergent
  • No smoking except designated area 
  • Provide bucket in bath rooms and encourage hostellers to keep bathing water for toilet flushing; 
  • Work together with organizations sharing the same interest.
Our experience suggests that “Personal commitment is vitally important, which is the key to success”!
Members of staff’s understanding, support and commitment in this particular issue will enable hostellers to share experiences, learn from each other and be involved in action, in respect of conservation.


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