Conceptual design

Conceptual design

The foundations for this project are standing on conclusions that today’s way of living is not sustainable. Ecovillages are a model for sustainable living.

Common elements of all ecovillages around the world are: natural building, recycling and reducing polution, ecological farming and use of renewable energy sources. Common elements are also different alternative social and ecoonomic models and artistic expressions.

Living in ecovillage is designed and organized in a way that also future generations can maintain it. This sort of arrangements focus on minimal ecological footprint of an individual. Reduce of ecological footprint is achieved in particular by local supplying of needs for food, energy and materials.********?????? Materials used in construction and everyday living are mainly natural and local materials for which transport distance and production energy usage are as low as possible.  Conceptual design of ecovillage Mokri Potok is made in accordance with these principles.

Kočevska region offers perfect conditions for creating the first ecovillage in Slovenia.

Almost half a century deserted villages and areas which Gottschee Germans left behind are now empty along with old fruit trees and nature is slowly taking back what belongs to her. Empty villages are ideal for eco villages, which will also benefit whole Kočevska region.

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Ecovillage benefits:

  • demographic enrichment of suburbs
  • maintaining cultural landscape (stop reforestation of agricultural lands)
  • new offer (tourism, crafts and services)
  • encouraging local economy
  • preserving old fruit varieties, seed bank
  • preservation of cultural heritage
  • preservation and active transmission of traditional crafts

Eco-village project also works on the development on many innovative areas such as:

  • Renewable energy sources (biomass, cogeneration, wind, sun, enery efficiently)
  • Passive and low-energy buildings (new natural building technologies)
  • Water saving, recycling and wastewater cleaning
  • Ecological and sustainable farming approach
  • Different social projects (education, workshops,…)
  • Cooperation with local woodprocessing industry