Our Commitment

Camp Glenorchy offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience a holiday in harmony with nature.

Nestled among some of New Zealand’s most spectacular scenery, it reflects and celebrate our natural and cultural environment through buildings designed with non-toxic construction materials, native plantings, and creative touches from New Zealand artists and craftspeople.

The buildings provide guests with a comfortable, rustic aesthetic experience while using both simple and state-of-the-art technology to help reduce water and energy use. Displays in each room help guests learn about and control their own energy and water use during their stay and see how it compares with others on site, and with previous guests who have stayed in that room.


We are committed to: 

  • A healthy relationship with the natural environment, during both construction and operation.
  • Creating a place where people feel comfortable, healthy and inspired.
  • Net Zero Energy, which means we will generate as much energy as we use.
  • Using 50% less energy than similar facilities.
  • Using 50% less water than similar facilities.
  • Generating minimal waste during construction and operation.


We hope Camp Glenorchy serves as an example of sustainability in everything we do, inspiring visitors to bring some of these ideas back to their own homes and communities.

The Living Building Challenge™

Camp Glenorchy is being designed, built and operated in line with the philosophy and principles of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), recognised as the most stringent environmental building design certification in the world. We are registered under the Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Certification™ pathway.

The LBC uses the metaphor of a flower to reflect a healthy living entity. Like a flower, a building is rooted in place. A flower must generate its own fuel, collect its own water, support its local ecosystem and community (via pollination), and become food for the local ecosystem at the end of its life. And ultimately, of course, a flower is beautiful.

The LBC is made up of the seven categories or ‘Petals’ shown above. Click through each to read about the choices we’re making for each as Camp Glenorchy comes to life. Once Camp Glenorchy is open for business, we will also share on these pages the sustainability data we’re measuring for each, including how we’re performing against our Net Zero Energy target.

We look forward to sharing our journey towards a more sustainable future with you.


Embracing Innovation

Camp Glenorchy has been designed to inspire its visitors to see and learn about what's possible with today’s technologies. Guests and visitors can review all aspects of the sustainability choices and decide what makes commercial or economic sense to them. 

“We recognise some of these systems will produce a positive return on investment (like solar) in 7-10 years. Other systems won’t produce a positive return for a variety of reasons, including lack of market demand, cost to import and commission or government policies,” says Paul Brainerd, founder and visionary behind Camp Glenorchy.

“It will be a living laboratory to measure the performance of these systems and determine their long-term operating costs. We will be sharing our building performance data over the next 3-5 years to determine what works and what isn’t working as expected. This data will allow us to continuously fine tune the buildings to achieve higher performance levels over time,” he adds.

While it’s not possible in the early stages of the project to say whether the investments made are ready for commercial deployment - some are and some are not – Paul and his team have committed to testing a wide-range of systems that were picked to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge in Glenorchy.

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