Dart’s Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa and The Residences at Seafire have achieved LEED Silver certification.
LEED – ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’ – focusses on encouraging a more sustainable approach to the way buildings are designed, constructed and operated, according to the US Green Building Council, which maintains the initiative.
The Seafire resort opened its doors on 15 Nov. 2016 and The Residences at Seafire opened a year later.
Cameron Graham, Dart’s president of development delivery, said in a press release that the property is the first hospitality project in the Cayman Islands to achieve LEED certification and one of fewer than 200 resort-residential properties worldwide to earn this level of green-building rating.
“LEED certification provides a thorough framework to create environmentally responsible, resource-efficient and cost-saving green buildings,” he said.
According to the release, Seafire conserves natural resources through the use of geothermal air conditioning, sustainable LED lighting, a 170 kilowatt solar array, rainwater harvesting and extensive native landscaping.
Graham said the Seafire project features several examples of recycled materials. “Concrete from the demolition of the former Courtyard Marriott hotel was recycled into fill material for the new site, and the community bike and walking trail uses pavers made with recycled glass produced at Dart’s glass-crushing facility,” he said in the release.
Graham added that the more than 32,000 plants featured in the landscaping at Seafire were sourced from Dart’s nursery and include a number of indigenous and native species.