Low Energy Hostels
Hostelling International is the global charity of Youth Hostel Associations. Apart from working towards the same amazing HI mission, all our hostels have something else in common: their buildings. From castles, to renovated farms, old prisons, turf houses and pharmacies… All HI hostels carry a story through their buildings, the places that accommodate millions of travelers every year. And what buildings have in common is that they release CO2 when warming up, cooling down, heating water etc.
The Association in Switzerland is taking reducing their Carbon emission very seriously, which is why they are committed to build low Energy Hostels.
Minergie is a quality label for new and renovated buildings. Those awarded the certification demonstrate significantly lower use of energy than conventional constructions. The approach was adopted by the Swiss Youth Hostels for new buildings and major conversions. A first milestone was the opening of the Minergie Youth Hostel in Zermatt in January 2004. In 2006 and 2007, the comprehensively refurbished Valbella Youth Hostel and the newly built Scuol Youth Hostel also joined the group of businesses meeting the Minergie Eco standard. May 2012 saw the opening of the new Interlaken Youth Hostel, the first accommodation establishment in Switzerland to be built to the highestecological standard (Minergie P Eco). The Saas-Fee Youth Hostel (Minergie Eco) and the Gstaad Saanenland Youth Hostel (Minergie P Eco) followed in summer 2014.