After 150 years of its execution and in the 21st century, the idea of Casa Baranku' is to continue being a refuge as it once was, promoting self-consumption and the maximum use of natural resources. Rainwater, sun and wind are fundamental elements in the bioclimatic architecture that is so needed today to minimize our impact on the planet. These elements have always defined the architecture of this construction in the past and after its recent recovery they will continue to do so in the present and future. Simply with architecture the necessary comfort is achieved with the minimum consumption.
Thanks to the thick stone walls, in winter the heat that a wood stove can generate inside is retained for longer and, on the other hand, in summer it is cooler, without the need for air conditioning. This temperature difference, known as thermal inertia, is the main characteristic for this type of construction.
Cross ventilation, through openings of different formats on opposite façades, is also a resource that has been used in this building to generate air currents in summer and prevent condensation or accumulation of humidity inside the house. To improve these thermal conditions or thermal comfort both in summer and winter, the original organic materials and finishes have been applied, such as white lime or sand, being contrasted natural temperature regulators.
With a wood stove (in winter) and a ceiling fan (in summer) a state of optimal comfort is achieved, in case of extreme temperatures, being additional measures.
And another resource is rainwater, which is also used for self-consumption, channeling it from the roof to an old existing cistern, under the house. With this water, part of the farm is irrigated and the entire sanitary chamber works.
All these mechanisms are an update of what was already Casa Baranku' in 1870, only now another stage begins, with new itinerant occupants and new stories that give this passive construction a long life.
LESS IS MORE
We are concerned about the climate change, and in order to contribute we use energy saving lights and timers to control and optimize the use of it. In addition, our finca is built towards the south meaning that up to 14 hours of sunlight are guaranteed, and the houses are equipped with huge windows.
In our fincas we collect rainwater which is used through the sprinkler irrigation that we connect early in the morning to prevent the evaporation to water the plants. In addition, we use aerators and flow reducers in showers, faucets and urinals.
FROM FARM TO TABLE
We sow fruits, vegetables and aromatic plants. Directly from the huerto to the table.
You are more than welcome to grab a tomato for your salad or add a little peppermint leaf to your mojito. Creativity depends on the Chef.
The single-use plastics have been eliminated.
We reuse the firewood from the pruning of our trees and offer reusable home made bags.
Furthermore, we use the remains of organic matter to make compost and thus strengthen the fruit trees.
Our soaps are made (and free from chemicals) with autochthonous plants that surround us like almond trees.
Local producer: Tot Herba
We use materials that are respectful with the environment. All of our cleaning products are eco-friendly.
We have a deep appreciation for the environment and a strong determination to help solve the ecological crisis. We try to cause the least possible impact and we strive every day to make good use of the resources that nature offers us. We firmly believe that we can become a society, whose activities do not impact our planet in a negatively way.
As Yvon Chouinard notes in his book "Let my people go surfing", the current rate of consumption, based on an infinite use and disposal, is destroying the planet.
Our mission is to make you feel comfortable, relaxed and disconnected while at the same time serving as inspiration and showing that we can all help minimize our environmental footprint.
Staying at Casa Baranku' is being committed to improve environmental practices. It is wanting to reduce the ecological impact.