Eco power zero residence

Eco power zero residence

ECO RESORT || The UK-based company Green Concept Management has unveiled plans to build Europe’s first sustainable luxury resort, right here in the Algarve. The project, named Eco Power Zero Residence, consists of building 20 standalone houses in the Portimão area, which the company says will allow its inhabitants to live a CO2-free life. With support from the Portimão council and in partnership with the University of Algarve, this project will be “the first of its kind to boast luxury housing with zero carbon emissions in Europe.”

That a resort can be energy self-sufficient from January to December, thanks to renewable energy from solar panels and micro wind turbines. In addition to an individual supply of renewable energy, sustainable construction, and energy-saving appliances, each home will have an electric car, which will allow its inhabitants to move around the region while still respecting the environment. To demonstrate the viability of the project, Green Concept Management carried out research based on an average home of four permanent residents (in the Portimão area, which occupies 300 square meters with a high level of modern comfort). The results show that this type of home produces about 42.5 tonnes of CO2 per year. However, if all its electrical energy were supplied by solar panels, it could save up to 37.5 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, reducing total emissions to just 4.5 tonnes. This means that the Eco Power Zero Residences could, in fact, provide 24-hour accommodation with only 10% of the CO2 emissions compared to normal houses. “We believe this is feasible in Portimão,” says Guy de Maillé, a spokesperson for Green Concept Management.

Project Information

The project, called Eco Power Zero Residence, involves the construction of 20 independent houses in the Portimão area, which will allow its inhabitants to live a CO2-free life.

Location: Portimão

Type of project: Luxury sustainable resort

Architect: João Nuno Laranjo

CO2 emissions savings: 90%

The Mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, agrees: in an exclusive interview with the resident, she said that “science and technology have evolved in such a way that I believe that someday zero carbon emission will be possible”. She added that “the Algarve is the ideal place for this kind of project, due its natural resources. We have a great ability to harness and store solar energy, therefore, we can take a big step towards reducing CO2 emissions”. As a member of the National Board of Environmental and Sustainable Development, the Mayor is naturally excited about this project, which she also hopes will create more quality tourism for the region. “I have no doubt that this project is of high quality and will certainly attract another type of tourist with greater purchasing power, which is also what we aim at the city. We want to shake the economy”. The new development will be built in the Mexilhoeira Grande area, which was chosen for its “sun exposure, accessibility, and proximity to key entertainment areas like beaches and golf courses“. It was also chosen for “being an area that is not yet overcrowded. For us, Portimão is the right place, taking into account the environment, the sports activities, the roads, the aerodromes and, obviously, the climate”, explains Guy de Maillé. In fact, the local mayor says that “because the project will be built in Mexilhoeira Grande, it won’t add pressure to the coastal areas which are already very populated”. It is part of why she sees this project favourably, which she believes is “different from anything we have seen before. It deserves our best and utmost attention. On top of that, it is beautifully designed. Self-sustaining projects are a valuable contribution for tourism”, she told us. “And since we have nothing like it at this point, it would be great for Portimão and the Algarve”. The luxury residences, which include five bedrooms, a pool, a garage, and other facilities, were designed by the renowned French architect Henrich Fitger, using modern construction methods, especially in terms of thermal insulation and solar protection.
The architectural design was entrusted to the Portuguese architect João Nuno Laranjo, who created these modern house designs with a touch of the traditional Algarve villas for which he is known.
This green pilot resort will also serve as a research project for the University of Algarve, which will have a special area to develop and experiment with new renewable energy technologies.
Green Concept Management, based in London, has revealed plans for what they claim to be the world’s first “sustainable” luxury real estate complex. The project, called Eco Zero Power Residence, includes 20 single-family homes located in the Portimão area, which, according to the company, will allow its inhabitants to live a CO2-free life. With the support of the Portimão City Council and in alliance with the University of Algarve, this project will be the first of its kind to offer luxury homes with zero carbon emissions in Europe.

The goal is to show the rest of Portugal, and Europe, that a complete urbanization can be energy self-sufficient from January to December, thanks to renewable energy produced by solar panels and micro-turbines. In addition to an individual supply of renewable energy, sustainable construction, and economical appliances, each home will include an electric car, from the Renault Zoe range, which will allow its inhabitants to move around the region respecting the environment. In order to validate the project’s feasibility, Green Concept Management conducted a study based on the average consumption of a family of four permanent residents (in the Portimão region, occupying 300m² with a high level of modern comfort). The results show that this type of structure consumes about 70,000 KWh per year (see graph), that is, a production of approximately 42.5 tons of CO2 per year. However, if 100% of their electrical energy were provided by solar panels, they could save up to 37.5 tons of CO2 per year, reducing total annual emissions to 4.5 tons of CO2.

This means that an Eco Power Zero Residence could, in fact, provide 24 hours of housing with only 10% of CO2 emissions compared to a normal lifestyle. “We believe it is possible in Portimão,” said Guy de Maillé, president of Green Concept Management. The mayor of Portimão, Isilda Gomes, agrees. In an exclusive interview she said that “science and technology have evolved in such a way that I think carbon offsetting will be possible someday.” She added that “The Algarve is the ideal place for this type of projects thanks to its natural resources. We have the ability to harness and store solar energy, we can take a big step towards reducing CO2 emissions.” As a member of the “National Commission for the Environment and Sustainable Development,” the mayor is naturally excited about this project, that she hopes will also bring more quality tourism to the region. “I have no doubts about the excellence of the quality of this project which will undoubtedly attract a different kind of tourism, with more purchasing power, that we also want for our city. We want to shake the economy.” The new complex will be built in the Mexilhoeira-Grande region, location chosen for its excellent solar exposure, accessibility, proximity to key entertainment areas such as beaches and golf courses, but above all because it is not yet overcrowded. “For us, Portimão is the right place, considering the environment, sports activities, the roads, the airport, and of course the climate,” explains Guy de Maillé. According to the mayor, “since the project will be built in Mexilhoeira-Grande, it won’t add pressure to the coastal areas that are already densely populated.” She supports this project, which she considers innovative, “It’s unlike anything we’ve seen so far, and it deserves our utmost attention. Besides, it’s very well designed.” In her view, self-sustaining projects make a valuable contribution to tourism, “And since we have nothing like it at this point, a project like this will be excellent for Portimão and the Algarve,” she added. The energy project for luxury residences, which includes 5 bedrooms, swimming pool, garage, and other facilities, was designed by renowned French architect Henrich Fitger, using modern construction methods, notably in terms of thermal insulation and solar protection materials. The architectural design was entrusted to Portuguese architect João Nuno Laranjo, who, for this project, designed contemporary homes while preserving the charm of traditional Algarve villas, which gained him notoriety. Regarding the price, Guy de Maillé tells us that “a villa with approximately 300m² of living space, with a 2,500m² garden, will be no more than 600,000 Euros.” This pilot station will also serve as a research project for the University of Algarve, which will be responsible for development, as well as a special area dedicated to the development and testing of new renewable energy technologies. Miguel José Oliveira, Director of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University, highlights that this is “a pioneering project, with a very important innovative component,” and since the University of Algarve has the necessary “know-how,” their team hopes to help develop the project and ensure that it is carried out.

  • 16,400 kw/h Heater 23,6% 23,6%
  • 29.600 kw/h Refrigeration 42,5% 42,5%
  • 1,300 Kw/h Hot water production 1,9% 1,9%
  • 6,600 kw/h Household and kitchen consumption 9,5% 9,5%
  • 5.500 KW/H Communication and Informatics 7,2% 7,2%
  • 3.600 KW/H Ilumination 5,2% 5,2%
  • 7.100 KW/H Total Comfort and Leisure 10,1% 10,1%
  • 69.600 KW/H Total Consumption 100% 100%