``Wood, sun and salt``
We have always tried to live in full balance with the surrounding environment, and in this place we found the optimal conditions to implement a project for a fully ecological hamlet, in order to share the experience of a sustainable stay with our friends and guests.
This is a place where the presence of nature is felt to a surprisingly large extent, as it is surrounded by the woods of the Bandite di Scarlino park, just a stone’s throw away from the sea of Follonica and Punta Ala.
Wood, Sun and Salt played a fundamental role in this project, and their correct use enabled us to reach our goal of a harmonious relationship with the environment.
- The villas are entirely made of wood, with load-bearing walls and slabs built with the X-LAM system, and roofs composed of wooden beams and rafters surmounted by planking. A thermal insulation bundle of wooden fibres was applied to the perimetral external walls. This choice, together with that of using high quality wooden fixtures, led to outstanding performances of energy efficiency.
- The sun provides the energy necessary to the functioning of the whole hamlet. A 20 KW photovoltaic system turns sunrays into electrical energy, which is used for the energy plants of both the villas and the swimming pool. The heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems are composed of a heat pump which is paired with solar panels, so that solar energy is used to create hot water which is then collected in a tank to later be distributed to fan coil units and water taps.
- The big infinity edge pool, which resembles a terrace overlooking the valley in the direction of the town of Massa Marittima, uses kitchen salt instead of chemical products for water purification purposes.
We also gave much attention to the quality of finishing materials such as wall paints, which have no chemical solvents, being citrus fruit-based instead, so that all rooms are emission free. On top of that, all roofs are covered with earthenware shingles, which were recovered from an old construction.
Lawns, gardens and plants adorning the hamlet are looked after and treated with biological techniques, without using any chemicals, and they are irrigated with water coming from the well that was dug within the hamlet. Some of this water, once it has been used for watering and it has gone through the soil, goes back into the well thus generating a virtuous circle.