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  • Tradicampo Eco Country Houses aims to provide services for temporary lodging, tourist entertainment and rural tourism. It exploits the tourist potential in Rural Areas, providing Cottages located in the Northeast municipality...


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    Tradicampo Eco Country Houses aims to provide services for temporary lodging, tourist entertainment and rural tourism. It exploits the tourist potential in Rural Areas, providing Cottages located in the Northeast municipality.


    During the development of the Tradicampo Project at its various stages, civil construction projects, reconstruction and adaptation works of buildings and the purchase of necessary equipment for the development of the activity, the legal requirements and norms inherent to the tourist activity were taken into account, as well as the mitigation of environmental impacts associated with the exploitation.


    However, in order to continuously play an active part in the preservation and rational use of natural resources in the context of a sustainable tourism, Tradicampo takes on the following commitments.


    • To assess and monitor the impacts resulting from its activities to continuously improve its environmental performance;
    • To actively cooperate with the various entities involved in the territory where it carries out its activities, namely, local government, official bodies and environmental organizations, in projects of sustainable development;
    • To sensitize its employees for environmental issues and ensure that its service providers have the necessary certifications and meet safety requirements and good practices essential to a sustainable tourism;
    • To publicize its environmental policy to its customers by inviting them to be active agents and informing them of outdoor activities available in the area;
    • To externally publicize its commitment to the environment and all the acknowledgment that this can bring, using the available means.
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  • Besides abiding by the legislation in force, Tradicampo has defined, since the beginning of this project, a number of guidelines for its environmental policy...


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    Besides abiding by the legislation in force, Tradicampo has defined, since the beginning of this project, a number of guidelines for its environmental policy:



    • Install thermal insulation materials in the houses (ceilings, walls, floor and double glasses windows) – Energy Efficiency Certificates: issued by an external entity each 5 years in according to the Portuguese legislation (Levels Casa da fonte = A, Casas do Pátio = B, Casa da Talha = A)
    • Install solar panels to heat sanitary water.
    • Acquire high efficiency (A or A+ class) household appliances and an unleaded petrol lawn mower.
    • Use only high efficiency and long-life light bulbs. (91% are LED – A+ class / and the others are low consumption light bulbs)
    • Adjust the toilets flush for a maximum of 6 litters and install water saving taps (max 9 l/min for the showers and 8 l/min for the taps)
    • Use the public sewage system to drain residual water whenever possible (“Casa da Talha”).
    • Install wood burning stoves for interior heating.
    • Not acquire devices with CFC gases.
    • Create accessibilities and install equipment that respect the concept of design for everyone.
    • Have a selective waste collection system.
    • Provide our guests with bicycles at no additional cost.
    • No needs to install Air Conditioning due to their good insulation characteristics and the natural ventilation system.
    • Install rain water recuperation cisterns for garden irrigation.

    • Register water and electricity consumption on a regular basis.
    • Unplug the fridges when justifiable.
    • Turn off every electronic device on the ON/OFF button.
    • Filter the pool water at night (a time when energy is mostly provided by geothermal plants).
    • Supplement the heating of sanitary hot water during the night (when necessary) and control / optimize the time it takes.
    • Forbid smoking inside the buildings.
    • Not use pesticides and fertilisers in the gardens.
    • Promote the composting of yard waste from gardening.
    • Provide the guests with detailed information on outdoor activities and on public transportation schedules.
    • Provide information on how the equipment works to optimise its use.
    • Change towels every four days and bed linen on a weekly basis unless the customer asks for a different frequency; towel and linen changing policy is available for the guests and as well clear instructions are provided to the housekeepers.
    • Correct use of cleaning and disinfecting products with eco-labels that contain biodegradable chemical agents.
    • Inspect the installations and equipment on a regular basis to prevent the spilling of water according to a detailed maintenance plan.
    • The food and beverage products provided in the houses come from local producers.
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  • In Tradicampo EcoCountry Houses there are three relevant environmental aspects to be considered: energy, water and waste...


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    In Tradicampo EcoCountry Houses there are three relevant environmental aspects to be considered: energy, water and waste.


    The electric energy consumption was optimized form the beginning thanks to the installation of solar panels for the water heating process, thanks to the utilization of LED lighting, to the purchase of class A or A + household appliances, and to the installation of firewood heaters. The use of the firewood system instead of electric heaters is specially encouraged during the check-in process.


    The consumption is controlled and recorded monthly. Some measures are being adopted to allow its sustainable reduction, mainly in the operating hours for additional heating of hot water and pool pump. Its operation occurs at night time, when the power supplied by the network comes in almost all of geothermal power plants.


    To reduce the hours of the circulation pump pool water operation and the use of chemicals for the water maintenance, a wintering technique is used (from December to March)


    Additionally, guests are invited to work through various suggestions left in the Handbook of each House.


    As a result of these actions, it has been registered a decline (globally for the three houses) of the medium energy consumption per guest and per night:



    The consumed water is used almost exclusively for the bathroom, the kitchen and for houses cleaning. Thanks to good levels of rainfall, the need of watering the gardens is practically nonexistent in Nordeste area. The only exception is for the swimming pool (Casas do Pátio) where water from the public network is used. Registration and a monthly monitoring of water consumption is performed.


    All taps of sanitary facilities are equipped with flow reducers (max 9 l/min for the showers and 8 l/min for the taps) and the maximum volume used per flush in toilets is set for 6 liters.


    According to the Preparation Plan of facilities are carried out regular inspections of all taps and flush toilets in order to prevent any leak or spill.


    It can be verified a clear trend towards the stabilization of consumption per guest and per night:



    The waste is recycled and divided in plastics, glass, paper, organic waste and undifferentiated wastes. The organic wastes are dumped in compositing bins that were installed outside the houses. The rest is picked up by the public services to be as well recycled. Other wastes, like cells and lamps for example, are left separately in the closest garbage Eco point.


    Tradicampo offers its guests daily hygiene products in sanitary facilities, packaged in individual doses. With the exception of plastic packaging (shampoo and bath gel), the rest are in recycled material and shampoo, shower gel and soaps are biodegradable. Given its dimensions (30 ml for liquid and 20 grams for soap), the products provided are sufficient to various usages and its use has proven to be very small, so its quantization does not appear relevant.

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    • To continue the environmental awareness actions among schools and the community;
    • To not exceed for water consumption the value of 0,12 m3 per guest, per night;
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    • To continue the environmental awareness actions among schools and the community;
    • To not exceed for water consumption the value of 0,12 m3 per guest, per night;
    • To not exceed for electricity consumption the value of 5,3 Kw.h per guest, per night;
    • Start the experimental installation of a photovoltaic system for production and self-consumption of electric energy in one of the Houses.
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GREEN KEY (http://www.green-key.org) is an environmental award, independent, non-governmental, non-profit organization that integrates tourism organizations which value environmental management in their enterprises and promote Environmental Education for Sustainability. It was born in 1994 in Denmark and is present today in 52 countries, from all continents, distinguishing about 2400 units. It is considered the most important environmental award in the field of hotel facilities.


The Five-Leaf System (http://www.fiveleafsystem.com) is a system that evaluates the ecological performance of the tourism sector and classifies its members in five levels (leaves).

This system allows customers to evaluate the environmental quality of the lodging units in which they wish to stay and encourages its management for a more sustainable performance.

Thus, it evaluates all types of tourist accommodation, tour operators, travel agencies, tourist guides and consultants, and suppliers of material, equipment and services. .

The Five-Leaf System has currently more than 1000 members spread across more than 80 countries.

Tradicampo Eco-Country Houses has been awarded Five Leaves.


The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Programme showcases a variety of eco-friendly hotels and B&Bs, from budget to luxury – and they’re all committed to green practices like recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations.