The Emerald Cornwall – 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 retreat in Cornwall – and this dream came true just a few weeks ago when as “eco warriors” they opened The Emerald for business.

Believed to be the first ever Zero Carbon holiday accommodation in the UK, The Emerald provides a peaceful haven for families and for couples. 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 the Scandinavian window and door manufacturer supplied the low u-value high performance timber windows through their distributor CG Facades Ltd, in Exeter.

Says Tim Kemp, owner and developer of The Emerald:

“Craig Greenwood’s distribution company, CG Facades, in conjunction with NorDan the manufacturers, was extremely helpful in calculating the u-values for the windows and patio doors we needed to achieve Code 6 in the Code for Sustainable Homes. Craig came to our site many times as we formulated the plans for the buildings. The product we have is amazing – so beautifully designed, and technically it ticked all the boxes – achieving Secured by Design and providing the audit trail for sourcing sustainable raw materials in the timber that’s used in the manufacture.”

Tim was contractor on his own project, working with an architect and project manager. Craig Greenwood of CG Facades Ltd, who was the distributor who supplied the NorDan products said:

“Tim came to us for NorDan windows and doors, as his project manager had used NorDan on an earlier project – albeit a massive project in comparison – the refurbishment of Cornwall College and he knew from experience that the high performance attributes of NorDan windows and patio doors would deliver what his client needed to achieve the highest levels of sustainability and equally offer a very low maintenance solution with a long life cycle.”

Tim Kemp’s development company The Emerald Project won a Bronze Award in April this year as a Considerate Contractor, an achievement he is understandably proud of, given the size of his business.

Continues Tim: “We wanted to show that you can be environmentally friendly and still have the finest quality of everything. You can enjoy a hidden part of Cornwall and we have created a real retreat for people to spend time relaxing and a place to fall in love all over again – that was always our dream. In line with this we wanted to ensure we had all of the facilities required to achieve this. We have created somewhere you can be calm or have fun. Somewhere you can choose to be active or to switch off completely.”

To score the highest rating possible for environmental consideration, the project has to gain points consistently across key categories and earn 90% to be considered ‘Zero Carbon’. The Emerald currently stands at 92%. Continues 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%.”

The products which met the requirements from NorDan are timber windows factory finished inside and out, from the Ntech 0.7 range and patio doors at 0.9 w/m2K.