As developers, Dart and NCB Group are both committed to sustainability. Their passion for building exceptional, sustainable projects fuels ongoing research into innovative materials and construction methods. This pursuit of excellence allows them to offer some of the highest quality, most energy-efficient and aesthetically appealing spaces available on Grand Cayman. OLEA, the joint venture between Dart and NCB Group that is Camana Bay’s first for-sale residential property, will be no exception.
All residences in OLEA will feature solar panels that should reduce the operating costs for homeowners. All common areas and amenities will also be powered by the sun, which will result in OLEA’s having the largest solar array of any residential community in Grand Cayman.
Innovation is also at the heart of the homes’ cooling process, which features a geothermal cooling system that operates more efficiently than conventional air conditioning systems, significantly reducing the energy required to cool the residences. Additionally, geothermal systems last longer than most air conditioning units because they are housed indoors and not exposed to the harsh external elements such as heat, sun, rain and salt in the air. This in turn saves on operating costs and reduces the number of air conditioning units that ultimately end up in Grand Cayman’s landfill when they need to be replaced. The GeoComfort system that is being used at OLEA is recognised by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as the most environmentally safe, cost-effective cooling system on the market.
The interiors of every OLEA residence will integrate as many energy-efficient elements as possible, including, but not limited to, LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, LPG gas cook tops, dryers and hot water heaters, and water-conserving toilets. Windows will be “low E,” which means they will reflect the sun’s energy back out to the atmosphere as opposed to absorbing the heat, thus helping to keep the residences cool. All homes are built using ICF construction, which in addition to being one of the most fortified ways to build, has a double insulating factor that keeps hot air out and cool air in.
Sustainable hardscapes will be designed and constructed to assist in water drainage. The hardscapes will be further enhanced with permeable concrete which provides a more natural and efficient drainage process, reducing the amount of pooled water after heavy rains, minimising the impact on Grand Cayman’s waste water treatment facility.
Sustainability is also at the forefront of OLEA’s landscape design, which will exceed LEED requirements in terms of the incorporation of native, as well as other, plant species that are drought tolerant, thereby reducing the amount of water required for irrigation. Cisterns will be used to capture rain water for use with the irrigation requirements of the common areas and central park.
Additional features that contribute to the overall energy efficiency and sustainability of OLEA are provisions for electric car chargers for each home and electric car charging stations for the condominium buildings. There will also be on-site collection for recyclable materials to encourage and promote recycling among residents.
Another sustainable feature of OLEA is its pedestrian connectivity to the Town Centre of Camana Bay, which will decrease a reliance on vehicles, and a network of paths in and around OLEA to foster walking, running and biking, which all enhance human sustainability.
An OLEA sales lounge will open in early 2019 in Camana Bay in the former Le Visage space on Market Street. Until the sales lounge opens, visit camanabay.com for more information about Grand Cayman’s newest development.