Tartaruga Bay is an environmentally friendly coastal estate,
designed for ecological protection and resource-efficiency.
buildings are designed to protect occupant health; improve employee
productivity; use energy, water, and other resources more
efficiently; and reducing the overall impact to the environment.
Sites have been placed to protect and retain existing
landscaping and natural features.
Indigenous plants have low water and pesticide needs and
generate minimum plant trimmings.
Compost and mulches will be used to save water and time.
Passive design strategies can dramatically affect building
energy performance. These measures include building shape and
orientation, passive solar design, and the use of natural
Develop strategies to provide natural lighting. Studies have
shown that it has a positive impact on productivity and
Installation of high-efficiency lighting systems with advanced
lighting controls. Include motion sensors tied to dimmable
lighting controls. Task lighting reduces general overhead light
Use of a properly sized and energy-efficient heat/cooling system
in conjunction with a thermally efficient building shell.
Use of light colors for wall finish materials; install high
R-value wall and ceiling insulation.
Minimize the electric loads from lighting, equipment, and
The use of alternative energy sources such as photovoltaics and
fuel cells in certain areas.
Bay will use construction products that have been evaluated for
reused and recycled content, zero or low harmful air emissions,
zero or low toxicity, sustainably harvested materials, high
recyclability, durability, longevity, and local production.
ZincAlume thin metal frame construction has a 300-year+ lifetime
The use of engineered hardwood
walkways and decks instead of indigenous hardwoods will:
a) conserve Mozambique’s
b) minimize maintenance
c) drastically extend the
replacement cycle and
d) make use of recycled
Dimensional planning and other material efficiency strategies
were employed. These strategies reduce the amount of building
materials needed and cut construction costs.
Reuse and recycling of construction and demolition materials.
Inert demolition materials, will be used as a base course for a
parking lot to keep materials out of landfills.
use of concrete has been minimized to reduce waste and
construction site damage
Design incorporates adequate space to facilitate recycling
collection and incorporate a solid waste management program that
prevents waste generation.
All fittings have been chosen for maximum rust resistance and
minimum maintenance to ensure a long repair and replacement
Use of or a gray water system that recovers rainwater or other
nonpotable water for site irrigation.
Minimisation of wastewater by using ultra low-flush toilets,
low-flow shower heads, and other water conserving fixtures.
Use of recirculating systems for centralized hot water
The installation of point-of-use hot water heating systems where
Landscaping will be kept to a bare minimum to avoid irrigation
and excessive water use.
Health and Safety
Construction materials and interior finish products with zero or
low emissions were chosen to improve indoor air quality
Cooling systems will ensure adequate ventilation and proper
filtration to have a dramatic and positive impact on indoor air
Indoor microbial contamination will be prevented through
selection of materials resistant to microbial growth, provide
effective drainage from the roof and surrounding landscape,
install adequate ventilation in bathrooms, allow proper drainage
of air-conditioning coils, and design other building systems to
Building Operation and Maintenance
Commissioning will include testing and adjusting of mechanical,
electrical, and plumbing systems to ensure that all equipment
meets design criteria.
Staff will be trained on the operation and maintenance of
Building performance will be assured through measurement,
adjustment, and upgrading.
Proper maintenance will ensure that buildings continue to
perform as designed and commissioned.
Minimum damage of dune flora will be done through the use of
raised decks and walkways
To prevent erosion of the fragile dune flora no internal roads
will be constructed except for a boat launching avenue that
guests will not be allowed to use.
Because the Tartaruga Bay beach is a Green Turtle nesting site,
a Conservation Committee has been established to:
Tunnel farming of fresh herbs and vegetables will provide for guest
and restaurant requirements.
produce from these tunnel will be grown:
green resort costs more during the construction phase saves through
lower operating costs by applying a project life cycle cost
integrated systems approach ensures that the building is designed as
one system rather than a collection of stand-alone systems.