One of our core values at Ponte Winery & Vineyard Inn is sustainability. We have spent a great deal time researching ways to reduce the environmental footprint of our Inn. Here are a few of its features:
Building Orientation: The Inn was oriented to minimize sun exposure to the rooms. Deciduous trees shelter the west wing and generous overhangs protect the corridors. The lobby structure shelters the central garden from wind and sun.
Insulation: Every wall and roof surface is insulated with the best sustainable material money can buy. A “leak” study will verify the caulking was done correctly to reduce HVAC usage.
Air Conditioning: State of the art central HVAC system with room occupancy sensors, instead of the noisy, unsightly “wall bangers” commonly used in business class hotels.
Materials: Low VOC paint, use of recycled or natural materials, local sourcing and minimum waste techniques are used throughout
Water: No bathtubs, low flow high pressure showerheads, leak detectors, ultra low flow TOTO toilets, rain water irrigation, and pre-plumbing for toilets for recycled grey water.
Laundry: Our laundry service is on site. This reduces the need for transportation.
Electricity: LED bulbs throughout (90% reduction in required power), 25 KW of solar panels (built in San Diego, not China), ultra efficient HVAC.
Gas: Insta-hot water heating with low power, large pipe pumps.
Landscaping: Mediterranean or California native low water use plant palette.
Operating Supplies and Equipment: Only use sustainable suppliers and organic products. Soap recycling program through Clean the World, a non-profit charity that provides soap to impoverished people.
Pond: Wind powered aeration (with windmill). Live pond, no chemicals.