What does sustainability mean for the Hotel Juffing?
For our family-run hotel in Thiersee, responsible actions are extremely important. We profess to gentle tourism and want to adjust our economic, ecological and social matters in a way that balance is achieved. Therefore, we constantly endeavour to take sustainable decisions. Nevertheless we would like to admit that sustainability in a business is a path undergone from generation to generation and we stand only at the beginning of a positive development. It is especially expedient to think and act sustainably and particularly in the local region. The Juffing wants to be a pioneer but has to, first of all, accept political majority decisions of the local council in Thiersee.
There are regular trainings for employees regarding various sustainability aspects. It is very important to our guests that the employees who work at the hotel are content. Our guests possess a very high sensibility concerning questions of social sustainability. Meeting a familiar hotel team again means "coming home" to the guest. Therefore, we would like to invite you to take a look at our employee commitment and to share our happiness about our staff building which was newly erected in 2017 and is located in one of the most beautiful locations of Hinterthiersee. It is best if you look at it when you are here or simply under www.juffing.at/karriere.
Juffing cuisine & Green Toque
The products in our kitchen derive mainly from organic and regional production (about 80% are organic products). We are not a pure organic hotel. We attach importance to seasonal products. We are a partner of the AMA Culinary Indulgence Region. For our regional commitment, we were also awarded as the district winner of the "Bewusst-Tirol" mindfulness award for businesses in November 2011 and November 2017 in Innsbruck. We are particularly proud of our partial organic certification (AT-BIO-301), and since February 2015 we are proud owner of the Green Torque - this quality seal has been awarded since 1990 by Styria vitalis certified to organic restaurants and hotels, which offer their guests a wide range of vegetarian dishes. We support the initiative "Ich sag, wo's herkommt" (I tell you where it comes from). Our buffet does not offer products in individual packaging.
Juffing spa products
The brand partners of the spa products used by us were carefully selected: The cosmetic products at the Juffing Spa derive from the hightech natural cosmetics company TEAM DR JOSEPH which is certified organic. They combine years of experience with the use of highly effective, natural raw materials with the newest technologies in accord with nature and its resources. For men's skin care we use EBENHOLZ which uses tree extracts from controlled organic production. Furthermore, we use NATURAL SPA THERAPY products by PINO natural cosmetics and only use essential spa oils by doTERRA®. We do not use products with animal ingredients such as e.g. marmot ointments.
Regional suppliers and businesses at the environmentally friendly hotel
Wherever possible we collaborate with partners from the region - from the local electrician and carpenter to the farmers that supply us with sustainable and responsible producers with natural delicacies. So added value stays in the village and the transport routes are short. New buildings and rebuildings are done with craftsmen from the region. Our wine menu only includes Austrian wines which is also well accepted now by those who like international wines.
Environmentally friendly print documents
Our internal and external communication is paperless as far as possible. Whenever necessary, we communicate and print our premium documents exclusively on uncoated, environmentally certified and climate-neutral recycled offset paper made of 100% certified secondary fibres. We have switched our office papers to those with the eco-label ISO Type I, Austrian Ecolabel, Nordic Swan, Eu Eco Label or Blue Angel eco-labels.
Our Thiersee drinking water is unique spring water. In addition, we offer Grander revitalised water free of charge in the drinking fountains of the spa area and in the vitality room of the restaurant.
Outside and inside, materials from renewable resources characterise the appearance. The highly effective thermal insulation (all facades have insulation with full thermal protection, the 3-pane plastic windows have particularly good insulating properties, which led to a reduction of the building's heat requirement by 18 %) and the economical use of the valuable Thiersee spring water consistently carry on the ecological idea. In general, the klima:aktiv standards for hotels are taken into account in our new buildings and substantial renovations. Only paints with the Austrian Eco-label are used throughout the hotel. All hotel rooms and suites, corridors and other public areas are equipped with LED and energy-saving lamps (except for two bathroom lamps and cartel lamps in the Sissi room). We obtain 100 % of our electricity from renewable sources. To ensure the hotel's own energy consumption, a new power line was laid in autumn 2013.
Heat and hot water - green technology
Heat is produced using state-of-the-art condensing boiler technology. The boiler efficiency is 97%. With the help of a 70 m² solar system on the roof of our new building we save valuable fuel. In the case of hot water preparation, the solar coverage rate is 40%. Moreover, since 2019 we have been using two environmentally friendly 30 KW air-source heat pumps to operate the underfloor heating systems, etc. Our swimming pool of stainless steel is heated in an environmentally friendly way by recycling the thermal discharge of the entire hotel (heat recovery). We do not use heaters at the outdoor area. We work daily on the economical use of resources in the entire production, trade and service process through the use of innovative methods, products, materials and technologies. We save valuable water by installing aerators in washbasins, WC and shower fittings and use only single-lever mixers. The staff house is supplied with energy by a modern photovoltaic system and an air-heat pump.
Our own laundry
We wash our whole laundry (table linen/bed linen/terry towelling) in our own in-house laundry, saving resources and long transport distances. Carefully treated laundry also has a long service life and retains its value.
Disposal of leftovers
We process our food leftovers and organic kitchen waste separately via our own MeikoGreen input station. The biomass is temporarily stored in a 7000 l PE underground tank and collected bi-monthly for recycling in biogas plants and conversion into environmentally friendly energy.
All our rooms in our nature hotel are furnished with local maple, walnut or ash wood. All rooms and suites have wood parquet floors by Weitzer which have been awarded with the Blue Angel. Natural silicate bio-mineral colours are used for the walls. Since December 2010 we offer two rooms completely furnished with Swiss pine wood with wooden flooring. The furnishings are 100% natural Swiss pine wood, which lowers your heart rate and lets you experience recreative sleep.
Waste separation at the Juffing
We teach how to avoid and separate waste on a regular basis. In 2019, a separate, lockable waste room with a container packer and a double vertical baler for cardboard and composites was built to reduce the waste cubage and the number of disposal trips. With suppliers, we make sure to use reusable instead of disposable containers.
Green arrival bonus
On our website you will find tips and incentives for travelling by train. We will support all guests arriving by bike (please don't laugh: there are some guests from Bavaria and also from Innsbruck who arrive by bike) or by train with a Green Spa Bonus (Spa treatment voucher worth 10 cents per kilometre of train or bicycle travel, rounded up to the nearest whole number in Euros, valid per room).
E-mobility at the Juffing
The Juffing Hotel & Spa has two fix installed PCE charging stations with Type 2 plugs for electric cars, both of which are roofed (one in the underground car park, one near the supplier’s entrance). In addition, Tesla drivers can now use our Destination Charger by Tesla in the underground car park for free (Tesla Connector, up to 14 kW). For our hotel guests, there are also brand-new, excellently serviced mountain bikes (free of charge) and e-bikes (free of charge on the first day, then for a fee) for you to explore the marvellous surroundings. Since 2020 we are one of 200 EmobilHotels with charging stations in the Alps and in the Alpine foothills. A digital overview of the charging stations (including ours) can be found here!
As a hotel awarded with the Austrian Environmental Seal we are convinced that economic success is not possible without sustainable thinking. We excite our guests with an environmentally friendly, sustainable and hospitable offer and can prove this with acknowledged certificates and awards.
Moreover, we received the following awards and certificates:
"Out of love for nature" is our motto for a timeout at our Environmental Seal Hotel. We will be happy to send you an offer!