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Ecolodge units are designed to provide comfortable lodging in remote locations where conventional utilities are unavailable or not desired. Each named model is offered in three standard sizes featuring different degrees of comfort at different levels of occupancy.


Basic Models

Nihoa

Nevis







Features / Specifications
Nihoa units are designed for simple living in temperate climates where light construction and single- temperature water is sufficient and food preparation is not required. Nevis models offer accommodations similar to the Nihoa line with heavier duty construction, glazed windows, a higher level of interior finish and a hot & cold water system.
Model #

12

14

16

12

14

16

Standard Sizes - Square Feet (Square Meters)

180
(16.7)

250
(22.8)

320
(29.7)

180
(16.7)

250
(22.8)

320
(29.7)

Outside Diameter - Feet (Meters)

15.0
(4.6)

18.0
(5.5)

20.5
(29.7)

15.0
(4.6)

18.0
(5.5)

20.5
(29.7)

Number of Windows / Doors

3/1

3/1

4/1

3/1

3/1

4/1

Window Type

Unglazed, Removable Screens

Glazed, Awning-Style

Wall Construction

Single-layer, Wood Frame;
No insulation

Insulated, double-layer
Steel Frame

Roof Construction

Architectural Fabric
over Wood Frame

Architectural Fabric
over Steel Frame

Wood Components Pre-finished

Yes

Bathroom

Standard

Kitchenette

No

Clothes Rack

No

Yes

Water Storage & Distribution System

Cold

Hot / Cold

Solar-Electric System

Basic

Electric Fixture Package

Basic

Toilet Waste System

Basic

Greywater Processing System

Optional

Propane Gas Storage & Distribution System

No

Basic

Recommended Occupancy - 60% Use

2

3

3

2

3

3

Recommended Occupancy - 80% Use

2

2

2

2

2

2

Recommended Occupancy - Full Time

Not Recommended

2

2

2



Full-Featured Models

Lanai

Bonaire

NOTE: The Lanai and Bonaire models are being combined into a new line called Bonaire II. Specifications and pricing for Bonaire II will be posted in mid-Summer The Lanai group offers all the features of the Nevis model plus a kitchenette and increased utility capacity for higher occupancy levels. Bonaire models offer the highest level of comfort, convenience and occupancy available in the standard Ecolodge lineup.
Model #

14

16

20

16

20

24

Standard Sizes - Square Feet (Square Meters)

250
(22.8)

320
(29.7)

500
(46.5)

320
(29.7)

500
(46.5)

730
(67.8)

Outside Diameter - Feet (Meters)

18.0
(5.5)

20.5
(29.7)

25.5
(7.8)

20.5
(29.7)

25.5
(7.8)

30.7
(9.4)

Number of Windows / Doors

5/1

6/1

6/1

6/1

7/1

8/2

Window Type

Glazed, Awning-Style

Wall Construction

Insulated, double-layer Steel Frame

Roof Construction

Architectural Fabric over Steel Frame

Wood Components Pre-finished

Yes

Bathroom

Standard

Deluxe

Kitchenette

Standard

Deluxe

Clothes Rack

Yes

Water Storage & Distribution System

Hot / Cold

Solar-Electric System

Standard

Deluxe

Electric Fixture Package

Standard

Deluxe

Toilet Waste System

Standard

High-Capacity

Greywater Processing System

Standard

Propane Gas Storage & Distribution System

Standard

High-Capacity

Recommended Occupancy - 60% Use

3

4

4

4

5

5

Recommended Occupancy - 80% Use

3

3

4

4

4

5

Recommended Occupancy - Full Time

2

2

3

3

3

4



Description of Ecolodge Features Ecolodge System Diagram
Windows and Doors
Window openings in Nihoa models are unglazed units with awning style screens. Windows in all other models are glazed units in hopper or awning style. Half-height windows are normally used in bathroom areas. All window types are fully openable from inside the dwelling. Nihoa models have louvered doors. Nevis, Lanai and Bonaire models come with glazed, raised-panel doors. Windows and doors are available primed for painting or finished with a cedar color stain / sealer.


Construction Type
Exterior walls of all units are composed of 4' x 7' panels arranged edge-to-edge in a circle. Panels and roof in Nihoa units are framed with wood. The wood frame is left exposed on the inside and no insulation is used. Panels and roofs in all other models are framed with 13-16 gauge steel. The interior wall surface of steel-framed units is prefinished wood paneling. Polyisocyanurate insulation is installed in the wall cavities of steel-framed units. Exposed wood components of all models are finished with a cedar color stain / sealer.


Bathroom
The Standard bathroom is a fully-enclosed unit which occupies approximately 37 to 42 square feet of floor area within the dwelling. The Deluxe bath is 82 square feet. Bathroom fixtures include a shower, lavatory, toilet and appropriate plumbing.


Kitchenette
The Standard package includes a bar sink, single-burner cooktop and a propane-operated, under-counter refrigerator. The Deluxe package substitutes a full-size sink, double-burner cooktop and larger refrigerator. Kitchenette equipment is located in a counter-topped cabinet which occupies approximately 26 square feet of the floor area within the unit. A Wet Bar is optional.


Clothes Rack
A one-foot by 3 foot luggage shelf with built-in clothes hanger rod.


Water Storage & Distribution System
This module includes an automatic pump, filter, water tank(s) and associated equipment which supplies pressurized water to bathroom and/or kitchen fixtures. An 80,000 Btu tankless, propane-operated hot water heater and associated hot water plumbing is included with Nevis models. Lanai and Bonaire models have 125,000 Btu water heaters. Water storage capacity is 300 gallons for Nihoa and Nevis models, 600 gallons for Lanai and 900 gallons for Bonaire.


Solar-Electric System
All models include a photovoltaic system which supplies both 110v AC (220 volt, 50~ optional) and 12v DC power to operate the Electric Fixture Package and equipment related to other modules such as the water pump. The Basic system is rated at 110 watts (PV). The Standard and Deluxe systems are 180 and 440 watts respectively. The system includes solar panels, mounting rack, batteries and pre-wired control and safety equipment. No connection to outside electrical utilities is required. See
Tech Info and Ecolodge System Diagram for background on the design of Geo-Lite solar-electric systems.


Electric Fixture Package
The Basic package includes two light fixtures and two 110v AC* outlets. The Standard package adds a variable-speed ceiling fan, porch light and additional outlets. The Deluxe package expands the number of lights and outlets. Wall switches and associated wiring are included with each package.


Toilet Waste System
All models include a self-contained toilet system, sized to match the unit's occupancy rating, which converts toilet waste into odorless, non-toxic material. In most cases a composting-type system is utilized. Depending on climate and frequency of use composting systems may require a small leach pit to handle excess liquid. However, septic systems or connections to outside waste utilities are not required. See
Tech Info and Ecolodge System Diagram for background on the design of Geo-Lite wastewater systems.


Greywater Processing
Nevis, Lanai and Bonaire models include equipment which processes waste water from the shower and lavatory. The Standard system filters the greywater for immediate use to irrigate gardens or landscaping. An optional Stage II system adds an infiltration / transpiration process which allows the greywater to be stored and used for toilet flushing, landscape or other use. See
Tech Info and Ecolodge System Diagram for background on the design of Geo-Lite wastewater systems.


Propane Gas Storage & Distribution System
All models, except Nihoa, include a propane gas system for water heating, kitchen appliances and / or space heating. This system includes multiple tanks, regulator and automatic switchover equipment. Basic tank capacity is 60 pounds; Standard 90 pounds and High Capacity 120 pounds. See
Tech Info and Ecolodge System Diagram for background on the design of Geo-Lite propane system.


Occupancy Ratings
Occupancy recommendations are based on the following guidelines: A minimum of 80 square feet of floor area per person; 20 gallons of water per person per day with tank refills occurring not more than once per week; estimated electrical and waste processing loads are based on vacation resort use by persons with an interest in resource conservation. Full time use assumes an above-average interest in resource conservation.

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