Sustainability has never been far from our thoughts during the construction of the accommodation at Sound of Harris.
Sustainability, in our view, extends beyond environmental concerns, to encompass the long-term economic viability of the local communities and region. Our construction work was undertaken using local trades based in south Harris and the Uists and we continue to work in partnership with local attractions and artists.
We strongly encourage guests to support “An Clachan”, the local co-operative in Leverburgh, when shopping for groceries.
The accommodation has solar thermal hot water and we have made the most of our south facing aspect, by investing in a 4 kWp photovoltaic array. The entire development is super-insulated and makes use of the latest technology in energy efficient ventilation and space heating. Windows are triple glazed to reduce thermal emissivity as much as possible. Our office/studio accommodation benefits from a biomass boiler.
We ask guests, respectfully, to consider minimising their use of electricity and water and make the most of the renewable energy provided in the daylight hours.
In autumn 2016, we installed a second 4 kWp solar PV array and are currently researching the suitability of battery storage technology.