The SHOCK of the NEW – A Green Mobile Home - 6 Star Ambitions!
Sustainability is now at the forefront with the new Kimberley Range....
The Kimberley Eco-suite is both as tough and durable as the Australian bush,
as well as sensitive to the environment with an complete integration of
eco-friendly and sustainable features. In fact all the range will be assessed with
6 Star ambitions!
Kimberley is Eco-driven and follows a unique bottom line for business.
Combined with the (obvious) financial goals, we consider the environment as well,
along with social performance. In pursuit of this, "triple bottom line", there is a
greater goal that education on sustainability while camping will be carried back
home and to the work place. There is no better education than personally using
solar panels, reclaiming water and not being reliant on a generator!
This is a core part of our business strategy, along with listening to customers on problems and issues to improve their products.
You would expect there should be many laws and regulations to comply with. But there aren’t. Why not? Because the large RV manufacturers, the largest with roots still in America with their American founders would have to invest and deploy new initiatives that may affect their designs, material sourcing and as a result their cost base. European designs and appliances are more advanced in this field.
Now, with our earth's increasing deterioration, Kimberley want to take leadership in an unregulated marketplace and lift the bar to meet customer expectations.
As a manufacturer, we have to provide more attention to issues such as pollutants in our air, water, and land; worker safety; chemicals found in products; energy and water use (and overuse); recyclable materials and other product packaging concerns.
However, for Customers, Kimberley wants to be an industry leader setting the highest standards possible to meet Green Building Council standards for mobile accomodation. Enforcement, of course, will eventually be introduced, and so should the standards for this industry!
Kimberley has joined the Green Building Council and will contribute to an initiative with Sustainable Mobile Accomodation.
Sustainable Commitment to ALL Australians, young and old.
Kimberley designs and evaluates their business and products through these six environmental areas:
1. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Use of energy-efficient devices in design
Use of the of efficient fuel technologies like Bio-Diesel
Measurement of renewable energy source and energy used
Every Model to have renewable, clean energy as standard NOT as an option.
Every Model to have as an option Lithium Batteries as preferred eco choice.
Every model to have modified refrigeration (when standard) to improve efficiency by more than 20% with either eutectic technology, increased condenser cooling fans, added insulation and dampened sensor response.
2. WATER EFFICIENCY
Use of water from local streams and billabongs standard in every model with hot water
Separation of Water types by segregated tanks without mixing
Use of water-efficient appliances and drip proof fittings
Use of re-claimed water as an option where washing machine available
3. INDOOR AIR QUALITY
Indoor ventilation a design priority with automated battery powered extraction fans in most models.
Midge proof screening on every model at windows and doors to minimize use of “insect repellent”. This is a reduction by 60% of the mesh size of standard mosquito mesh
Air-conditioning operated from renewable sources available as standard on some models, option on most.
Non-use of harmful volatile organic compounds found in RV timber furniture materials, timber flooring “water proofing compounds”, adhesives, sealants, and insulation
4. RESOURCE EFFICIENCY
Reduction of weight to minimize energy to tow by consumer
Use of timber draw fronts and seat bases from renewable forests
Use of sustainable materials like lightweight alloys
Waste reduction during manufacturing.
Material re-use and recycling particularly of all waste metal.
5. INNOVATIVE PRACTICES
Use of materials and designs to minimize co-efficient of drag to minimize energy to tow by consumer
Use of advanced braking technology in all larger models to minimize uneven tyre wear, skidding and road damage.
Use of reprocessed timber for lamination of random pattern to minimize waste
Utilization of new practices that increase eco capability and performance
6. OPERATION, MAINTENANCE and TRAINING
Operating Manual contains abundant information to maximize proper use of the renewable energy and eco- features
Training for consumers to see consumption at meters, to develop understanding of living factors that affect consumption
Webinars for consumers on renewable technology
Website to have renewable energy sizing calculators, use calculators and education on use.
Check off this list with consumer at handover by Dealer.
Off-road Soul, Independent Spirit: A Design Guide to Sustainability with off-road caravans.
Designing for off-road travel to out-of-the-way places is more than an art...it is the structured science of getting so much functionality for so little weight and making it compact and durable.
Then add to that the importance of sustainability. Good design can yield the absolute lowest running cost that inevitably comes from sustainable technologies. It just makes good business sense!
That’s great, but the price of some of these technologies may be high. Is it worth it?
Download this eBookto answer this question! Table of contents for the 27 pages is: