The Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood’s Philosophy and Principles

“The closer we get to a virtuous circle, in which our work, our home life, our ethics and our spirituality are mutually reinforcing, the closer we will be to achieving genuine sustainability” James Wilsdon 

The members of the Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood are committed to the principles of sustainability. For us, sustainability is achieved through an integrated, holistic approach, which is outlined in the Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana. Tri Hita Karana describes how we develop based on three direct relationships: our relationship with the environment, our relationship with other beings, and our relationship with God or Universal Energy.

Overview of principles of sustainable development

In designing and developing the Taman Petanu Eco Neighborhood’s plans the following internationally recognized principles for sustainable development are being used to the maximum degree possible:

Ecological Principles
  • Materials should be from renewable or non-depletable resources, recyclable and durable
  • Design should consider efficient energy use and the use of renewable and self-generated energy
  • Efficient water use and environmentally friendly and self-sufficient (gray and black) waste water disposal
  • The landscape design is based on principles of regeneration and sustainability

Biological Principles
  • Materials should be as much as possible of natural origin and durable
  • Materials need to be of low toxicity and not output any harmful chemicals
  • Environments should not promote, accumulate or circulate harmful vapors, bacteria, viruses and / or fungi
  • Building design should include natural ventilation and minimize or avoid use of air conditioning
  • Buildings should be adequately insulated against unwanted noise, and use natural lighting

Social and Community Principles
  • The design of the neighborhood will foster healthy family and community relationships
  • Housing is planned to be away from traffic routes and centers of activity
  • Community outreach activities that benefit the surrounding village and farmers