Eco Rating Koh Jum Beach Villas
|Name of property||Koh Jum Beach Villas|
|Person completing this form||Severine Bille|
|Position||Villa owner managment|
|Address of property||Koh Jum Beach Villa
320 Moo 3 T. Koh Sriboya
Nuaklong, Krabi 81130
|Phone number including country code and area code||+66 (0) 8444 22 856|
|Web site||Koh Jum Beach Villas|
|Type of property||Beach villas|
|Number of rooms or cottages||8|
|Maximum number of guests||42|
|Eco ratings, certifications, awards||Eco Rating at Eco Tropical Resorts: 4.6 out of 5|
- Do you have a written environmental or social sustainability policy? YES
If yes, please attach.
- Do you have a written environmental management system? NO
If yes, please attach.
- Describe the property – aim, size, facilities, amount of land owned and leased (150 words max)
Koh Jum Beach Villas is located on 700 meters of beach front on the island of Koh Jum. The land totals 16 acres and is subdivided into a common area consisting of gardens, restaurant and lounge together with 13 beach front lots and 11 second row lots. Currently there are 8 completed villas. Low density beach front lots average 2000 square meters in a botanical garden setting. A growing international community of villa owners have been drawn to the project due to the low density, authentic Thai island life, superb villa construction and stunning gardens in a project that is sensitive to environmental and local community
- Describe the location, including distance to nearest town and size of town (100 words max)
Koh Jum Beach Villas is located on the island of Koh Jum, Krabi province in southern Thailand. In the high season (mid October through March) two ferries a day service Koh Jum and long tail boats provide year round boat taxi service from the village of Laem Kruat, 20 kilometers from Krabi town (population 344,000).
Koh Jum island has 1500 inhabitants located in three authentic Thai villages.
Fishing and rubber plantation make up the principal economy of the island. The
western side of the island faces the open Andaman Sea, extensive mangroves growth is found on the inland eastern side.
- Describe WHY you made the decision to develop an eco resort (100 word max)
Tsunami relief work in 2005 is what first brought the owners of Koh Jum Beach Villas to the island. As a result of strong friendships forged from the hardship of the tsunami, the owners returned in 2006 and purchased the property, they established the villa resort which today employs 35 locals. From the very beginning the idea was to develop this land using so and ecological principles. This was a continuation of the owners chosen lifestyle in the Canadian Rockies, Vancouver Island and the Pacific N.W USA. The attraction was not only the extensive tropical beach but also the authentic Thai lifestyle on the island that still invokes a timeless ambience, an interesting community of villa owners and visitors to Koh Jum. A strong commitment to the local community and preserving the local environment are values the villa owners share in common.
Introduction to the Butterfly Club’s Eco Rating
The Butterfly Club Eco Rating has five equally-weighted categories:
- Recycling and waste;
- Land and nature conservation; and
Each category has five levels, designated by one to five butterflies. Through self assessment, resort operators completing this rating will determine their own levels within each category based on their responses to items listed below.
Two categories – energy and water – have similar rating systems with Levels 1 and 2 addressing conservation of existing resources, and Levels 3, 4 and 5 addressing creation of renewable energy or capturing water.
Level five in every category also requires written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record consumption; (2) test and apply additional conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific targets. We require a copy of your policies if you achieve level 5 in any category.
Eco Rating Koh Jum Beach Villas Energy
Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:
_Y__ use natural air circulation and fans, not air conditioners (not allowed in resort)
_Y__ use natural light during the day (villa designed with max windows for light)
_Y__ minimize use of fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines and equipment (no road on resort only pathways)
_Y__ use “on demand” or solar heating for hot water
_Y__ air dry clothes/linens
_Y__ wash dishes by hand
_Y__ use energy efficient appliances and electronics
_Y__ use low wattage fluorescent light bulbs
_Y__ change linens, tablecloths, napkins upon request ( linen change every 3rd or 6th day, no tablecloths used)
_Y__ switch off lights when not used part of daily checklist
Other energy conservation activities? Please list:
Villa are built under existing trees using the principles of ecological design, (roof insulation and light weight super block walls) which make use of microclimates to keep the villas cool.
Level 1 = four or fewer energy conservation activities
Level 2 = five or more energy conservation activities
Levels 3, 4 and 5 – renewable energy: Indicate proportion (%) of energy from each source:
_Y__ solar (10%)
___ generator ( backup only)
_Y__ public utility (90%)
Other energy sources? Please list:
Passive solar panels on the roofs of the villas provide hot water. Electricity arrived on Koh Jum during August 2009.
How were these proportions developed?
Level 3 = renewable energy is employed and is less than 1/3 of all energy
Level 4 = renewable energy constitutes 1/3 – 2/3 of all energy
Level 5 = renewable energy constitutes 2/3 or more of all energy. In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record energy consumption; (2) test and apply additional energy conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific energy targets.
Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Energy Level 5 (required).
Your Energy Level (select 1 – 5) = 3
Eco Rating Koh Jum Beach Villas Water
Levels 1 and 2 – conservation: Check all that apply:
_Y_ low flow faucets and showerheads
_Y_ low water use toilets
_Y_ change linens, towels, tablecloths, and napkins upon request ( linen change every 3rd day, no tablecloths used)
_Y__use table mats that can be wiped and not laundered
_Y_ use biodegradable laundry detergent, dish soap and hand soap ( we are using natural ingredient to prepare home made cleaning product and natural soap)
_Y_ treat swimming pool with chlorine-free processes ( ionization process called “Caribbean clear”)
Other water conservation activities? Please list.
Invested in a new low level water & energy efficient washing machine.
Level 1 = three or fewer water conservation activities
Level 2 = four or more water conservation activities
Levels 3, 4 and 5 – capture and treat fresh water and manage waste water. Capture water: Indicate proportion (%) of water from each source:
_Y__ river 1% ( lot of planting by the klong to minimise watering)
_Y__ reuse gray 28% ( sand filtered & provide water for fruit tree)
_Y__ public utility 31% ( spring water from mountain, needs to be naturally treated)
Other water sources? Please list.
40%, four shallow wells on the property provide water used for landscaping & gardening
Fresh water treatment: how is captured fresh water treated?
_Y__ naturally. Indicate method: charcoal, ultraviolet light, other? List: Carbon filter and magnesium
___ chemically. List chemicals used:
Waste water management:
_Y__ septic tanks bioactive system, do not require organic waste removal
___ other? List methods:
Level 3: Water is captured (from springs, rivers, rain or prior use) and constitutes less than 1/3 of water from all sources. Water is treated chemically. Water disposal does not minimize damage to coral reefs and rain forests
Level 4: Captured water constitutes 1/3 to 2/3 of all water. Water is treated naturally. Water disposal minimizes damage to coral reefs and rain forests
Level 5: Captured water constitutes more than 2/3 of all water. Water is treated naturally. Water disposal minimizes damage to coral reefs and rain forests. In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record water consumption; (2) test and apply additional water conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific water targets.
Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Water Level 5 (required).
Your Water Level (select 1 – 5): 5
Eco Rating Koh Jum Beach Villas Recycling and waste
Check all that apply:
_Y_ use durable service items, e.g. cups, glasses, dishes, tableware, storage items food to take away is prepare in stainless steel container to avoid plastic waste
_Y_ buy fresh and local to reduce packaging and emissions from transportation
Fresh food from local fisherman and market
_Y_ purchase in bulk to reduce packaging
_Y_ recycle paper, glass, plastic, aluminum all separated and sent to mainland for recycling, glass bottle are send back for refill
_Y_ minimize emissions from fossil-fuel powered vehicles, machines & equipment
No road on resort, only pathways
_Y_ zero waste in the kitchen organic matters are composted, the rest for chicken feed in village
__ serve local water, not bottled water we use local glass bottle which are refilled, plastic bottles are not allowed
_Y_ cleaning products are biodegradable we are using natural ingredient and preparing home made cleaning product and natural soap
_Y_ compost organic matter everything is composted, we have a non burning policy
Other methods to recycle waste? Please list.
Large organic matter such as coconut and branches from trees and beach clean up are mulched and composted to use in our botanical garden. We are removing rubbish from nearby resort to avoid burning. Beer and soft drinks are only sold in cans, so can easely be recycled.
Level 1 = four or fewer recycling activities
Level 2 = five recycling activities
Level 3 = six recycling activities
Level 4 = seven recycling activities
Level 5 = eight or more recycling activities. In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record recycling and waste; (2) test and apply additional recycling and waste conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific recycling and waste targets.
Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Recycling and Waste Level 5 (required).
Your Recycling and Waste Level (select 1 – 5): 5
Eco Rating Koh Jum Beach Villas Land and nature conservation
Check all that apply:
_Y_ minimize tree removal when building if needed tree are moved and re-planted
_Y_ use only botanical (plant-based) herbicides & pesticides in garden & grounds
_Y_ maintain organic gardens as food source for resort Fruits & herb garden
_Y_ use biodegradable cleaning products we are using natural ingredient to prepare home made cleaning product and natural soap
_Y_ minimize external illumination very low voltage to avoid light pollution
_Y_ take additional specific actions to preserve the local habitat. Please list actions and projects:
Landscape with native trees and plants, to attract native wildlife such as birds, monitor lizard,… We have an extensive botanical garden with plant labels. Most importantly we have a no burning policy.
Level 1: one or two land and nature conservation activities
Level 2: three land and nature conservation activities
Level 3: four land and nature conservation activities
Level 4: five land and nature conservation activities
Level 5: six or more land and nature conservation activities. In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record land and nature conservation activities; (2) test and apply additional land and nature conservation methods; and (3) work towards specific land and nature conservation targets.
Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Land and Nature Conservation Level 5 (required).
Your Land and Nature Conservation Level (select 1 – 5): 5
Eco Rating Koh Jum Beach Villas Community
This category addresses policies and activities regarding staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the community.
Check all activities that apply:
_Y_ hire staff residing near the resort _96__% local nationals
_Y_ use local suppliers _75_% purchased goods produced locally
_Y_ re-invest resort income locally _100_% income re-invested locally
_Y_ pay above local prevailing wage and employ all year round
_Y_ pay into local social security
_Y_ provide health insurance or coverage
_Y__ use regular staff meetings to educate staff about sustainable processes throughout the resort, in the garden, with waste disposal, etc
_Y_ provide educational awareness programs for staff, guests, suppliers and other members of the local community
_Y_ provide sustainable transport to work for staff also provide accomodation
_Y_ take additional specific actions to support the local community. Please list actions and projects.
Community service, swimming lesson, English class. Development of sustainable business for locals on the property ( restaurant, boat tour, masseuse,…) Micro-loans.
___ Have enrolled your staff in any personal green training/certification schemes such as ecohelpline.com green leaf certification.
Level 1: one or two community activities
Level 2: three to five community activities
Level 3: six to seven community activities
Level 4: eight to nine community activities
Level 5: ten or more community activities. In addition, there are written sustainability policies or environmental management systems to: (1) monitor and record community activities; (2) test and apply additional methods to support the community; and (3) work towards specific community targets.
Attach a copy of your policies if you achieve Community Level 5 (required).
Your Community Level (select 1 – 5): 5
YOUR OVERALL ECO SCORE (add your level for each category and divide by 5and enter the result with the decimal point, e.g. 3.6): 4.6
We have three final questions which are not part of the eco rating:
- Please describe your single most important eco achievement:
Koh Jum Beach Villas implemented a no burn policy where all leaves, coconuts and organic material is composted. A tree shredder was purchased to turn coconut leaves and nuts into mulch. The locals have never composted and after one year when we turned the compost heap and demonstrated the top soil produced from composted leaves the local residents were convinced.
- Indicate additional sustainable practices that you plan to institute within the next 6 months.
We are currently investigating biodegradable soaps for the resort. On demand electrical water heating is being considered as an option to passive solar in some villa units where shade trees prevent their use.
We are planning
- Is there anything else you would like to add to this eco rating?
We have gotten very positive feedback from visitors to our villa resort on the low density concept, quality of villa construction, botanical gardens with labelled plant and tree names. These design elements will be preserved and carried forward in the future.