The Couran Cove Eco Resort in Queensland, Australia, is an award-winning environmental success story for Flovac and for our client. The Couran Cove Eco Resort, located in Gold Coast, is a sustainable resort that operates in an eco-friendly way and respects the surrounding natural environment. From the design of the dwellings using sustainable materials, to on-site sewer treatment, and collection of drinking water from natural springs, the resort employs various initiatives to minimize its ecological footprint and encourage the local habitats’ biodiversity to thrive.
EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency of Queensland, demanded that vacuum technology was used at the resort to preserve the natural environment and cause minimal impact on the landscape. The vacuum sewerage system that was installed in Couran Cove Eco Resort was designed to comply with the best environmental practices, which included refunds to staying guests if they used less than average electricity and water during their stay. A vacuum collection system was a natural choice, chosen for its ease of installation and environmental credentials. Because of this, Flovac’s installation won the Commerce by Design award in the annual Gold Coast Urban Design Awards.
The vacuum sewerage system that was installed in Couran Cove Eco Resort consists of the following elements:
The developer showed a strong preference for a vacuum sewerage system as they saw it offering significant benefits in this development over each of the alternatives. These benefits were identified as:
The vacuum valve and collection sumps were located under the walkways in stainless steel vessels. Also, it was important that the system was quiet so as not to disturb guests at night. It was also mandatory that there was no chance of sewage spilling into the water areas. The system also had to be able to handle seasonal flows from different areas within the resort, as the remote beach restaurant is 3 km from the main resort.
The Couran Cove Eco Resort project is an example of an environmental success story for both Flovac and the resort developer. If you would like more information about this project or would like a free concept and budget for your next project, please contact us here.