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The aim of the CROWDFUNDING campaign

“Leaf-Boa Go Green Lisboa”

is to raise awareness among travellers as to the choice of lodgings with green credentials and help tourist accommodation owners to improve their ecological and environmental performance


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Our focus in this campaign will be on reaching 6,100 lodgings in Lisbon



to provide hotel and lodging owners with a practical guide on the main areas of interest for a hotel that is environmentally friendly


air conditioning

electrical equipment

water consumption

air quality inside the building

products and services relating to personal hygiene

waste management

training of staff 


interaction with stakeholders and

ecological supplies and acquisition

At an average of 30 contacts per team member/per day with 4 people making 2,400 contacts over 3 months, this gives us

7,200 contacts

This figure is more than enough for one contact per hotel or other lodging, and means that there is flexibility in the workload taken on by members of the team.

Once we reach 6,100€ through crowd funding (the equivalent of 1€ = 1 lodging) we can start on the initiative.

That’s all you have to do:


1€ = 1 lodging



thank you


visit our site at www.fiveleafsystem.com




Green Deal

Green DealThe new UK government policy for upgrading poor quality housing

Finance has been available since January 2013 in the UK for 45 energy saving measures for improving your property.

Loans are repaid through energy bills and are transferred with the property to new users – a novel concept in this country.

Homeowners repay the Green Deal charge on their monthly bill, even if the promised savings on their energy bills do not materialize, but the intention is that savings on energy bills will outweigh the cost of repayments.

This has been the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s policy since October 2012 and although interest rates are higher than average household loans, the aspiration is that the general public will join and help upgrade the quality of the country’s housing stock.

In terms of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, measures range from installation of equipment (boilers, gas recovery devices, ground and air source heat pumps) to complete systems (heat recovery, heating controls, mechanical ventilation and under-floor heating).

With building fabric, insulation and draught proofing are paramount (cavity walls, flat roofs, external and internal walling, floors and lofts) with the emphasis also on heating systems (cylinders and pipework).

With lighting, fittings and controls are considered; with water heating, innovative hot water systems and water efficient taps and showers are contemplated; with fenestration, energy efficient glazing and doors have been included.

Further measures have been confirmed to include roof lights, lamps and luminaires, radiant heating, solar blinds, shutters and shading devices as well as solar collectors, chillers, fans and pumps.

By Silvia Pelham

Image source: Which? - www.which.co.uk

Finally architects do not have to contend with unsightly sliding/folding fire doors to protect public spaces in hotels.

No more rails, grooves or hanging rollers! What a relief……

The first world’s fire protection closure has been designed without side guides and won the AIT Innovation Award for Architecture 2011.

Check out this simple, elegant method of creating full fire protection by letting hanging fire curtains wrap around either side of the opening, heavily resting on the floor thus not allowing any smoke or flame through from adjacent spaces.

When not in use, the lower section of the structure serves as a closing seamless plate, tight-fitting and flat against the false ceiling.

We’ve got videos showing the door in action in English, Spanish and French. Click on the respective country’s flags to watch!


Article written by Silvia Pelham – Architect

Our environmental policy is influenced by an awareness that our hotel and its business can only be sustainable if we consider the added value brought by the wealth of nature that surrounds us and an understanding of the natural resources that we use.
We believe that it is essential, and extremely beneficial for our business, if we can play our part (at our level) in raising awareness for the environment among our stakeholders.
We recognize that we are just taking the first steps, but our aim is simple: to do our best!
Nuno Ferreira, Director of the São Félix Hotel

The São Félix Hotel was awarded a three-leaf classification, and is the perfect example of the kind of hotel management approach that we would like to welcome into the Five-Leaf System from hotels in any part of the country.
Five-Leaf is a dynamic system, allowing hotels to grow in sustainable fashion at their own pace over the years until they reach the Five-Leaf standard.
Silvia Paula Pelham, Director, Five-Leaf System

The Hotel Jardim Atlântico was the first hotel to come into the Five-Leaf System with a section of its site totally dedicated to environmental issues.
It has been concerned with the environment for almost 20 years, and a decade ago became the first hotel in Madeira – and the second in Portugal – to be awarded the Certificate NE EN ISSO 14001 (the international certificate for environmental management in the sector of lodging and restaurant services).
It also holds a number of other awards and distinctions, among them that of “Best Ecological Hotel” amaong 600 hotels in Europe (2008/2009); in 2008 it was nominated for the “Ecothrophea” prize awarded by DRV-Deutscher ReiseVerband, and in 2008 was the winner in 2009; it won second prize in the award by Thomas Cook (2008/2009); in an unbroken stretch from 1997 through to 2009 it was awarded the “Umweltchampion” prize by TUI, the world’s leading tour operator; from 2002 to 2007 it won the “Environmental Hotel Award” of the Swiss operator HotelPlan; it was awarded the distinction of “Amigo do Ambiente – Excelência” by the Madeira DRTT in 2006; for three years running (’97 to ‘99) it was recognized by the GREEN GLOBE 21 (WTTC) with Distinction and Commendation Awards and the Achievement Certificate and by the International Hotel Association together with The International Hotels Environment Initiative it was awarded the distinction of “Green Hotelier”.
In 2011, it was the first hotel in Madeira to be awarded the five-leaf classification in the Five-Leaf System.

The Convento do Espinheiro is not only interested in the well-being of its guests and their exigencies, it is also concerned about the sustainability of the environment of which it is a part. The hotel would like to leave a really long-lasting legacy behind it.
When the Hieronymite monks lived here in the 15th century, the monastery was totally self-sufficient.
The Convento do Espinheiro is a Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, and one of its concerns now is to make the monastery vegetable and fruit garden productive again. The plants and herbs that have been sown conform to the demands of biological agriculture, and this means that no chemicals have been used.
These are the herbs that give such a flavour to the delicious meals served in our restaurant, Divinus. All organic waste from the kitchen, along with fallen leaves and grass cuttings are put in compost tanks to be used later as fertilizer for our gardens.
Following the renovation of the old aquaduct, it has been possible to start using water from the well to irrigate the gardens and they are now self sufficient in water. This in itself is a real blessing, in a region where the average annual rainfall is around 700 mm.
This policy has also been applied in our garden, where we have replaced some of the plants with Mediterranean flora requiring less water.
The Convento do Espinheiro has adopted other policies too with the environment in mind. Among these are the use of eco-friendly lighting, solar panels for heating water and regular dissemination of information to stakeholders regarding our environmental practices.