Greenstyle at the rocksresort
Greenstyle Fields of Action
Our guidelines for the energy transition
- Minergie standard
The rocksresort buildings are built according to the Minergie standard and are equipped with a monitored air circulation system.
- LED lighting
Today, 99% of the old lighting has already been converted to LED. In 2018, for example, all the lighting in the rocksresort underground car park was converted to efficient and semi-autonomous LED lights, saving around 90% energy. This is equivalent to the energy needs of about 75 households of a family of 4.
- Continuous system optimisation
Since the construction of the first buildings, the technical installations have been continuously made more efficient or optimised. Among other things, a low-temperature network was added, which recovers waste heat, e.g. from the engine room of the gondola in Laax and its ventilation systems.
We reduce CO2 emissions by using low-carbon energy sources and regional, climate-friendly building materials.
- Local, durable building materials such as stone and wood
Minimal distance, maximum quality: The facade of the rocksresort buildings is made of regional Valser stone. The indoor materials consist largely of solid oak wood and Valser stone. In the interior design, great importance was attached to durability and timelessness.
- Heat generation according to demand
The rocksresort hotel is mainly heated with wood pellets. In the intermediate and summer seasons, the hotel is sometimes also heated with an oil heating system. This can be switched on and off more quickly and also serves as a back-up in case of complications with the pellet heating system. A more efficient and 100% fossil oil-free heat supply will be realised in the near future. System highlight: the rocksresort has a low-temperature network with feedback from ventilation systems and other heat sources (see „Maximum energy efficiency, system optimisation“).
The sun provides much more energy than humanity consumes. Solar power is therefore also considered the key technology of the energy transition – also in Laax.
- Photovoltaic systems
New houses will be equipped with photovoltaic systems according to the law. Older rocksresort houses will be upgraded with PV systems in 2024.
Since 2010, the entire electricity supply has been covered by 100% with renewable energy.
Renewable energy does not always flow when it is needed. That’s why it must be possible to store electricity. For example, for the night or as a winter electricity reserve. There are already numerous innovative ways to store energy efficiently, and more are being added continuously.
- Storage lakes
One way to store energy is through storage lakes. Our current project is the multifunctional storage lake in Nagens, which is still in the development phase.
These are our environmentally friendly means of transport:
Electric vehicles from Polestar for our delivery service as well as guest transport (LAAX E-Shuttle: the climate-friendly call taxi, bookable via the INSIDE LAAX app).
Stylish e-bikes from TREK for our guests.
Our car-sharing model. This provides a climate-friendly car-sharing service. Bookable via the app „Sponti-Car“.
30 e-charging stations are available to our guests in the parking garages.
- SBB Luggage Service
For a pleasant and attractive use of public transport, SBB will transport your luggage from your front door to us at the rocksresort (SBB luggage special).
How we save Water
Water is replaced by a dry substance that has a purifying effect. In addition, approx. 350 g of CO2 are saved per cubic metre of water.
The resort’s waste water is treated at the Sagogn waste water treatment plant before being recirculated back into nature.
Free drinking water is available to guests in numerous catering establishments and allows them to enjoy fresh, regional mountain water and avoid PET bottles.
In winter, environmentally friendly salt and de-icing agents are used to secure slippery areas.
Waste separation & recycling
- Recycling concept
By using a comprehensive recycling concept (separation of PET, paper, glass, plastic, etc.), we enable conscious waste recycling for everyone. The concept is implemented across all instances, including our guests. We provide recycling bags in each flat, in which our guests should collect their waste separately and dispose of it accordingly in our container room at the end of their stay.
Measures Food & Beverage / Non Food
On request we fill your fridge in your rocksresort flat. There are three sizes to choose from with different products. But they all have one thing in common – the fillings consist exclusively of local and seasonal products.
When using products such as meat/fish, coffee, tea, etc., strict purchasing guidelines must be followed. We strictly adhere to those of „ibex fairstay“ and also go a step further with some products:
Organic & Fairtrade Coffee Blend – Gourmet Roastery RAST
Home-grown tea (see below „rocksresort tea“ and organic Sirocco tea selection)
100% Swiss meat, local whenever possible, organic label on sausages
100% MSC fish, local fish/fish farms whenever possible
- Bakery Products
LAAX bakery as main supplier of bread products
Preferred purchase from local food producers and consideration of the trade
Preference for the use of seasonal and local products
On the roof of rocksresort building I, native herbs are planted in spring together with non-invasive medicinal plants in collaboration with the botanist Lenn Verjans from Flims and tended over the summer. The herbs are harvested before the winter season. The result is a soothing recreational and refreshing drink made from local herbs that will be available at the rocksresort as well as in other cafés.
Between houses I, J and K there are raised beds with various herbs for our guests. With their equipment, the flats invite many of our guests to cook for themselves during their holidays. If you would like to refine your dishes with fresh herbs, you are welcome to help yourself in our herb garden free of charge.
Food waste is analysed in the restaurants using special cameras and the recording software www.kitro.ch. This helps the chefs to optimise portioning and product types and thus minimise food waste.
All cleaning is carried out using environmentally friendly cleaning agents and thus avoiding the use of artificially produced chemicals and substances as much as possible.
Quality service also includes quality clothing, and in the most environmentally friendly form possible. Our workwear is certified. 100% First Layer garments are Bluesign certified. Cotton is 100% organic where available.
With the wild bee paradise (natural meadow/wildflower meadow incl. bee hotel) we create an ecosystem for regional bees and support biodiversity.
The planted roofs not only bring colour to the resort area, but also create space for various creatures and reduce CO2 emissions.
Well protected from wildlife, not only leaves and flowers for our new rockstea grow and flourish during the summer thanks to ideal conditions, a habitat for insects and pollinators has also been created.
The plants and flowers are regularly harvested during the summer, then dried and skillfully and lovingly handcrafted into a fine and unique tea blend of 21 herbs.
Reto Gurtner, President and Chairman
At the rockresort in Laax, Reto Gurtner presides over the 224 km of ski and freestyle slopes as well as the resort itself, whose Valser quartzite cubes are heated entirely with renewable energy.
„Sustainability can be simplified with good design“.
In the early days of the ecological movement, in the 1970s, Reto Gurtner’s eyes were opened. When you have to make decisions that affect the whole region, such ideas cannot be emphasized enough.