committed to sustainability

Building

Mandala Eco-Village is committed to maintaining as much green space as possible. To keep this commitment, we have bundled the land into oversized plots with the caveat that only 20% can be built on. With this pledge, we embody our sustainability infrastructure principles in connection with six fundamental aspects: architectural design, architecture material, landscape, energy, water, and waste.

Architectural Design

Our ecological designs blend into Lombok’s tropical environment and conserve the comfort inside each villa naturally, all without the need of electricity. This is achieved through our passive cooling and heating strategies that include well-ventilated spaces, tree positioning, courtyards, glazed windows, and outdoor surfaces.Wind fans transfer a cool breeze into the interior and our solar chimney improves the ventilation - much needed in the dryness of tropical Lombok. Water ponds are also added to create a peaceful and relaxing space.

Architectural Materials

The type of materials we use in our design are integral creating a sustainable infrastructure and achieving sustainability goals. Reducing the carbon footprint in the process of developing each design is paramount. This is achieved through using local materials such as stone, wood, and bamboo.

For construction, we prioritize reclaimed wood rather than reinforced concrete. Locally sourced bamboo is our eco-friendly alternative and is used for many aspects of our villa design. Refurbished and sustainable materials are considered throughout construction.

Bamboo

Bamboo is an exceptional ‘green’ building material due to its strength and flexibitlity. It is a sustainable material that requires low maintencance, prevents soil erosion, supplies biofuel, extends wildlife refuge, and manufactures a wholesome food source for both humans and wildlife. Bamboo can address both sustainability issues and also provide a solution for developments in impoverished areas.

Limestone

Limestone is a long-lasting material that is highly durable and a popular choice for buildings. Compared to wood and brick, limestone is one fo the most eco-friendly building materials available. Also, it doesn’t require a great deal of upkeep or need replacing.

Wood

Using recycled materials is a core focus and allows us to build safely, affordably, and efficiently with maximal use of available materials. Every aspect of this village will be open source for replication, as either individual components or the entire village.

Timber

Ideal building materials for low carbon emissions, reduced carbon footprint, and potential for recycling and reuse, are natural materials like soil, stone, and timber/biomass. Low carbon impact materials benefit the ecosystems resilience, health, energy, security, and industrial competitiveness.
sustainability principles

Landscape

We are mindful of the plans we develop, and the coverage of grass allowed across each of our gardens. We manage interactions between the residential site and local flora and fauna. Our main goals are to improve the landscape soils, implement landscape strategies to mitigate flood risks, use permeable outdoor pathways, and ensure the landscape design is integrated with the architectural design.

Energy

We reduce the use of fossil fuels in the building process of our villas and focus on reducing pollution in the air, land, and, water. Efficiency in all aspects of our development allow us to allocate more resources that contribute to sustainable energy. There is no air conditioning, electrical stove, electrical hot water generation, incandescent bulbs, and no fossil fuel backup generators.

Instead, we use passive design for natural ventilation, gas stoves, heat pumps, LED bulbs, timer connected pumps, and gravity tanks for water. We also research and implement lifecycle cost analysis to inform long-term decision making for our energy consumption. Other future steps include using solar panels, customizing electricity meters, and reducing light pollution.

Water

We respect Lombok’s freshwater resources by preserving, treating, and recycling its water. We incorporate wastewater gardens, a centralized sewage water system, grey water for irrigation, black water treatment with bioseptic tanks, as well as installing metering systems to collect data and identify leaks.We use an efficient pool size with a double filtration system of sand and a diatomic filter.In our toilets we use a dual flush to consume less water. No waterfall showers are allowed.

In the drainage system, we make sure that the rainwater runs back into the soil. Our rain management plan is purposely designed to avoid water runoffs during heavy rain, as well as using surface water collection strategies during the rainy season.

Waste

We respect the land on which we build and demonstrate that by treating our waste responsibly. We make use of energy, humans, time, technology, and financial resources to achieve sustainable waste management. We start with small actions like providing a central food station for the workers during construction, so they don’t have to bring individual food packaging. In our homes, we use environmentally friendly cleaning and self-care products.

Upcycling debris is crucial, and partnering with local plastic waste depots gives value to the local economy. In addition to our sustainable infrastructure focus, we also incorporate a responsible and circular waste management plan for our customers.