Can Costa Navarino keep its sustainability principles?

By: July 9, 2019

Sustainability and environment committed golf club management is not just an option, but a fundamental, mandatory principle.

Today it is not enough to achieve the Golf Environment Organization‘s OnCourse Certificate.

When you are renovating your clubhouse or building a new one, you must align your design principles and technical solutions with sustainability principles.

Costa Navarino Bay Course clubhouse at sunset

Costa Navarino – Bay Course – clubhouse sustainability

This is why Costa Navarino‘s Bay Course clubhouse (2,000m2) made up my mind. It is an earth-sheltered facility with a breathtaking view on the Robert Trent Jones Jnr-designed golf course to the historic Bay of Navarino.

The new Costa Navarino clubhouse is based on the doctrine of bioclimatic architecture it features planted roofs, which will, ultimately, include a total of 27,500 plants and trees – both around the clubhouse and on its roof – as well as materials and systems that maximize the building’s energy efficiency.

To reduce energy consumption they are using:

  • Energy-efficient window panes;
  • Low energy technology lighting;
  • Electronic lighting ballasts;
  • Central lighting control systems;
  • A high-quality, external wall insulation system that significantly reduces energy losses by wrapping the building in a thermally resistant envelope;
  • Central Building Management System (BMS).

In 2016, they were able to reduce the total energy consumption by 6.90%.

As you can see in the picture above, Costa Navarino is trying to utilize passive design by using ‘natural’ sources of

  • colling,
  • ventilation (e.g. cross-ventilation),
  • shading,
  • materials,
  • etc.
Costa Navarino Bay Course clubhouse balcony with a view on the golf course and the sea

An interesting committment of Costa Navarino is:

  • keep the building footprint of the whole Costa Navarino development below 10%.

The clubhouse’s spacious interior features restaurant and bar facilities – including, for six weeks in July and August, a pop-up, Funky Gourmet restaurant, the first time a two-Michelin-star dining experience will be available in Greece outside of Athens.

What I missed from the new clubhouse is the usage of smart home technologies (e.g. Amazon Echo, Nest learning thermostat, Philips Hue, Lifx, Sonos (multi-room audio), etc.).

You can save a lot of money, but energy as well with a smart home/clubhouse.

It can bring a new level of extremely affordable luxury and comfort.

Costa Navarino Bay Course clubhouse balcony