Greening your Hostel (Pen y Pass). YHA continue with the Eco Hostels development. Coffee, Biomass, Views and Good Company…perfect

A warm welcome. A sustainable warn welcome!

A warm welcome. A sustainable warm welcome!

As a fellow Fit for the Future member the YHA strives like we all do be that little bit better in terms of sustainability. I was invited for a chat and ‘look see’ of their latest refurbished hostel. Andy Rimmer from YHA was my host and guide. I share the same valley as the Pen y Pass Youth Hostel and have passed it thousands of times on the way over Llanberis pass  to Nantgwynant. From lighting to heating, water and waste the hostel has had a full services overhaul. Being right on the top of the pass (1000ft) means it gets a tad chilly there. The new roof insulation combined with a zoned wood pellet boiler has really transformed the building. But then we get to the “grand designs” part. Cafe, Bar and swish bedrooms. Each bed with somewhere to charge the mobile (sign of the times). LED and CFL through out. Perfect? Tackle the windows and a draft lobby and yes it would be. Overall – as a coffee and biomass addict I have now just added a new stop onto my Keith’s Cafs list.

YHA Green Spirit Plan

60kw, 7 tonne hopper, 3000 litre Buffer vessel and a nice trend zoned building control system...nice!

60 kw, 7 tonne hopper, 3000 litre buffer vessel and a nice trend zoned building control system…nice!

One of my daily mile-stones on the way to an from home. Pen y Pass YHA

One of my daily milestones on the way to and from home. Pen y Pass YHA

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