#29, The Venetia
at South Sound

283 South Sound Road
Grand Cayman
Cayman Islands

Project Size: 3,400 sq.ft.
Completion Date: November, 2013
LEED Gold Certification: May, 2014


USGBC LEED Gold   LEED for Homes
GOLD Certification
Awarded
29 The Venetia, LEED Certified Home in the Cayman Islands

We are please to anounce that this LEED for Homes project
is the first Gold Certified project in the Cayman Islands or any Caribbean Country!

Please contact me for more information on how we can help you
with your plans for an energy efficient home.

At DDL Studio Ltd. with have a full compliment of Architects, Designers and Project Managers with experience in designing and building LEED Certified homes in Grand Cayman. We can also assist in finding you the parcel of land that best suits your needs and budget.

This page shows the process of one such home. The home focuses heavily on reduced energy use and features low-e hurricane rated windows, high efficiency air conditioning system, Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction, expanding foam insulation in the attic, very low flow plumbing fixtures, dual flush toilets and propane powered appliances. The home is also outfitted with 25 solar panels providing 6kw of energy. Over the course of a year, electricity costs from the utility company (CUC) are expected to be net-zero.

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L O C A T I O NM A P

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29 Venetia Plan
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Living Room with 11'-6" ceiling height with full height tile wall that continues outdoors.
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Front entry with 8' high fiberglass door with hurricane rated sidelights and multi-point locking system.
Custom wood bench from Midland Point Woodshop, Canada, made from recycled 100 year old barn boards.
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The Den features 13'-0" ceiling height, pleanty of storage shelving and silver leaf cubes as art randomly installed on the walls
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5'-0" x 11'-0" sliding decorative panel.
Designed by Philip Nadeau and manufactured by Garrison Industries using CNC machine.
Designed with 3 layers of MDF (1/2", 3/4", 1/2") to create a 1 3/4" thk. solid panel with white lacquer finish and
heavy duty stainless steel track hardware.
Design was inspired by arabic patterns.
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Kitchen millwork designed by Philip Nadeau, supplied and installed by Garrison Industries.
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Master Bedroom with wallpaper from Graham & Brown
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Master Bathroom features Kohler plumbing fixtures and matt glass tiles from Ann Sacks.
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Guest bathroom features wall decal from BLIK and Plumen compact fluorescent bulbs.
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Modular bedroom furniture manufactured and supplied by Sangiorgio Mobili, Itali
The top bunk rolls away to expose stairs against the wall.
#29, The Venetia at South Sound

LEED for Homes Gold certification awarded, May 2014.

#29 is the first LEED for Homes Gold Certified project in the Cayman Islands or any Caribbean Country!

About LEED

LEED certification provides third-party assurance that the home complies with rigorous technical requirements for energy and water efficiency, indoor air quality, non-toxic materials, and environmental performance. Homes that are certified through LEED complete a technically thorough verification process that includes a home energy (HERS) rating and onsite inspections.

About USGBC

The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations. Since UGSBC's founding in 1993, the Council has grown to more than 14,500 member companies and organizations, a comprehensive family of LEED green building rating systems, an expansive educational offering, the industry's popular Greenbuild International Conference and Expo (www.greenbuildexpo.org), and a network of 77 local chapters, affiliates, and organizing groups. For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

About LEED for Homes

How does LEED make a home better?

Health - LEED-certified homes are designed to maximize fresh air indoors and minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants.

Savings - They're designed to save costly resources - energy and water. On average, LEED-certified homes use 20 to 30% less - with some homes reporting up to 60% less energy use than a home built to code. Using fewer resources means lower utility bills each month.

Trusted - They're third party inspected, performance-tested, and certified to perform better than a conventional home.

Value - Green homes can be built for the same cost as conventional homes and they're resold for more money in less time than traditional homes.

LEED for Homes is a third-party certification system for high-performance green homes.Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in seven categories of environmental performance: Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Homeowner Awareness, and Innovation and Design. To date, more than 22,000 homes have been LEED-certified, and 82,000 have been registered and are under development. For more information, visit http://greenhomeguide.com/program/leed-for-homes.

LEED Strategies Used at #29 The Venetia

As a LEED certified home, #29, The Venetia serves as a model of greener living for the Cayman Islands. The home is at the forefront of quality; and its example can help us all to live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting our utility bills, and coming home to a healthier place to live.

#29 The Venetia is within walking distance of public transportation and the Caribbean Sea. The home also focuses heavily on reducing energy use. This three bedroom home features low-e hurricane rated windows, high efficiency air conditioning system, Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) construction, expanding foam insulation in the attic, very low flow plumbing fixtures, dual flush toilets and propane powered appliances. Other energy efficiency upgrades include instant hot water heaters, as well as programmable thermostats. The home is also outfitted with 25 solar panels providing 6kw of energy. Over the course of a year, electricity costs from the utility company (CUC) are expected to be net-zero.

As a result of incorporating energy saving products and technologies, #29 The Venetia has achieved a XXX Home Energy Rating System score. (Homes must achieve a minimum score of 86 on a 100 point scale to be deemed "ENERGY STAR" qualified).

Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints adhesives and sealants, quartz counters with recycled content, continuous mechanical ventilation, and an ongoing cleaning program using only products that meet Green Seal™ Standard GS-37 which has protective limits on VOC's and human & environmental toxicity have been used throughout the house creating superior indoor air quality.

Details of LEED points achieved

Innovative Design:
  • An ongoing cleaning program using only products that meet Green Seal™ Standard GS-37 which has protective limits on VOC's and human & environmental toxicity have been used throughout the house creating superior indoor air quality.

Sustainable Sites:
  • Silt fence installed during construction to minimize soil erosion.
  • Significant area of the landscaping is gravel with the remainder planted with drought tolerant vegetation.
  • Shingles and all paving areas are light in colour reducing the heat island effect. " All landscape surfaces are permeable reducing rain water run-off.
  • Run-off from eaves troughs is managed with a French drain installed along the edges of the site.
  • All landscaping is installed 24" away from the house as a pest control measure.
AE1.3d, Sign promoting general public awareness ID2, Termite protection spray before floor slab pour SS1.1b, Silt fence installed as runoff control
AE1.3d, Sign promoting public awareness ID2, Termite protection before slab pour SS1.1b, Silt fence installed as runoff control

Water Efficiency:
  • High efficiency landscaping irrigation system designed and installed.
  • Very low flow plumbing fixtures including 1.75 gallons per minute (gpm) shower heads and sink taps meeting US EPA WaterSense specifications.
  • All toilets have a dual flush feature.

Energy & Atmosphere:
  • Energy Star certified with a HERS rating of XX/100.
  • Insulated concrete form (ICF) construction. 2" foam each side of 6" reinforced poured concrete creates a highly insulated and tight building envelope.
  • All windows are hurricane rated and have a low-e coating resulting in low solar heat gains.
  • 25 solar panels installed providing 6kw of energy. Over the course of a year, electricity costs from the utility company (CUC) are expected to be net-zero.
  • All hot water pipes are insulated.
  • AC System designed and installed with non-HCFC refrigerants. (hydrochlorofluorocarbon is destructive to the atmosphere)
  • AC system is a 4-zone, high-SEER and variable refrigerant flow system resulting in overall comfort and high efficiency.
  • Attic is not ventilated to the outdoors like conventional attic design. 3" of closed-cell expanding foam insulation has been sprayed under the roof structure creating an encapsulated attic. This not only results in an R19 insulation barrier but also creates a strong and tight seal from the outdoors eliminating moist hot air infiltration.
MR1.1, Multiple orders of materials EA2.2a, Enhanced Insulation with insulated conc. forms MR1.4, Framing efficiencies with roof trusses at 24" o.c.
MR1.1, Multiple orders of materials EA2.2a, Enhanced Insulation, ICF const. MR1.4, Framing efficiencies, trusses @ 24"

Materials & Recourses
  • All flooring is hard durable porcelain tiles.
  • All paints and coatings comply with the standards for Environmentally Preferable Paints and Coatings.
  • All caulks and adhesives comply with the standards for low emissions for Adhesives and Sealants.
EA2.2a, Enhanced Insulation with expanding foam insulation EA10, Renewable energy system (6kw solar panels) EA6.3, Very high efficiency AC system
EA2.2a, Enhanced Insulation, expanding foam EA10, Renewable energy system, 6kw solar EA6.3, Very high efficiency AC system

Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Designed, installed and third party tested whole building ventilation system that complies with ASHRAE 62.2, 2007.
  • Energy Star labeled bathroom exhaust fans installed. Controlled using an occupancy sensor.
  • Third-party test completed of each exhaust air flow rate for compliance with requirements of section 5 of ASHRAE 62.2-2007.
  • Installed AC system air filters with a MERV 8 rating.
  • The entire home was flushed for 48 hours with fresh air after all phases of construction were completed.
SS3b, Reduced Heat Island Effects by using light coloured materials EA7.3, Efficient Water Heating (tankless) SS2, Landscaping (Design, Limit Turf, Drought Tolerant)
SS3b, Reduced Heat Island Effects
by using light coloured materials
EA7.3, Efficient Water Heating (tankless) SS2, Landscaping Design
Limit Turf, Drought Tolerant




Project Team:

Owner / Designer / Construction Manager: Philip Nadeau
philipnadeau@hotmail.com, philip.nadeau@ddlstudio.com
DDL Studio Ltd.
P.O. Box 12052, Grand Cayman, KY1-1010, Cayman Islands
(345) 526-3030

Electrical & Plumbing Engineer: Corporate Design,
Attn.: David Johnson, dave.johnston@corporate-electric.ky
P.O. Box 1047, Grand Cayman, KY1-1102, Cayman Islands
(345) 946-2277 x3, 525-8051

Structural Engineer: AMR Consulting Engineers
(formally Arch Engineering)
P.O. Box 10962 4th Floor, Alissta Towers, 85 North Sound Road
Grand Cayman KY1-1107, Cayman Islands
(345) 946-2277

Mechanical Designer & Contractor: Cayman Climate Controls
Attn.: Serge Beaudet, sbeaudet@caymanclimatecontrols.com
5 Spinnaker Square, P.O. Box 10135 APO, Cayman Islands
(345) 945-2500

Electrical Contractor: Tall Electrical,
Attn.: Geoffrey Dixon tallgd@yahoo.com
P.O. Box 31, Grand Cayman, KY1-1601, Cayman Islands
(345) 546-1472

Photo Voltaic Designer & Contractor: Precision Solar
Attn.: Dale Nickason, dnickason@gmail.com
P.O. Box 11310, Grand Cayman, KY1-1008, Cayman Islands
(345) 546-6686

Landscape Designer & Contractor: Vigoro Nursery, Ltd.
Attn.: Tom Balon, tom.balon@vigoro.ky
324 Walkers Road, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
(345) 949-4270


Millwork Supplier & Installer: Garrison Industries,
Attn.: Perry Garrison, perry.gi@candw.ky
67 Sleepy Hollow Drive
P.O. Box 31629, Grand Cayman, KY1-1207, Cayman Islands
(345) 945-6014

Lighting Supplier: Luminart Lighting,
Attn.: Sam Ruscica, sam@luminartlighting.com
81B Ronald Avenue, Toronto, Canada
(416) 780-9775

Sliding Door Harware Supplier: K. N. Crowder Mfg. Inc.,
1220 Burloak Drive, Burlington, Canada
1-866-999-1562

Architectural Consultant: Environmental Dynamics, Inc.
Attn.: David Kindel, david@edi-arch.com
142 Truman St. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108, USA
(505) 242-2851 / (505) 720-3680

LEED Provider: Green Insight
Attn.: Cody Gatland, cgatland@thegreeninsight.com
142 Truman St. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108, USA
(505) 205-0799

LEED Green Rater: Environmental Dynamics, Inc.
Attn.: Stace McGee Stace@edi-arch.com
142 Truman St. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87108, USA
(505) 242-2851 / (505) 720-3680

LEED Energy Rater: GreenTech (Cayman) Limited,
Attn.: Lionel Menzies, lmenzies@greentech.ky
P.O. Box 763, Grand Cayman, KY1-1303, Cayman Islands
(345) 949 8324










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