Green home, gold standard

Luxury home designed to meet LEED gold certification

Construction is under way on one of the first “glamorously green” homes in the Cayman Islands, developers said. 

Dart Realty and GreenTech started construction this month on the Salt Creek property Bella Verde, a house designed to become one of the first LEED gold-certified properties in the Caribbean. 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods.  

Points are allocated based on six categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design. 

Each building can receive up to 100 points and is rated across four levels as certified, silver, gold or platinum. 

The developers say Bella Verde will generate energy savings of 70 percent compared to similar sized conventional homes through the use of solar panels to provide power to the 6,920-square-foot home. It features five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms across two levels. 

James Whittaker, founder and managing director of GreenTech Group, said the companies paired up to show that elegant Caribbean design and advanced energy efficiency need not be mutually exclusive. 

Dart Realty’s chief operating officer Jackie Doak said Bella Verde epitomizes a commitment to innovation. 

“The home’s ecologically sensitive architecture and design incorporates the latest technologies while assuring its residents of a healthy environment and enhanced quality of life,” Ms. Doak said. 

The home will be landscaped with native and endemic plants and trees from the Dart Realty nursery.  

Once completed, the property will be listed for sale.  

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Illustration of Bella Verde, now under construction at Salt Creek.

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