Cayman Islands home design is durable throughout
Silverman Residence celebrates traditional Caymanian architecture with a modern twist and a focus on sustainability. Plus, the owners’ passion for fishing, cooking and entertaining is embodied throughout their home.
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After a great day of fishing, the boat is moored and the day’s catch is dressed at the cleaning station on the quay. On the other hand, dinner is prepared in the elegant indoor kitchen while fish is grilled outside. Open doors to the central living space allow friends and family to mingle inside and out. They can also enjoy the view of the canal over the continuous line of an infinity pool.
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In addition, practical durability is fundamental to the design of this house. The goal: to create a simple and economical building envelope. Therefore, resources could be invested in interior finishes, durability and entertainment features. The infrastructure for future improvements, including PV and atmospheric water collection, has been planned and implemented. This stylish and durable custom home can also be cost effective and epitomize the Caymanian lifestyle.
Through these efforts, Silverman Residence has qualified for LEED for Homes Gold certification. In addition, he worked to provide LEED qualification training to the owner, contractor and subcontractors from the start of the project. In addition, the house consumes on average 58% less energy than a standard house. It relies on a cistern of over 19,000 gallons to supply all the water needed for landscaping and flushing. It also provides an emergency water supply during a hurricane.
The materials are all low VOC. This means that it contributes to good indoor air quality. The HVAC system uses MERV 13 filters (the highest rating typically used in residential construction). In addition, the project summary reports a reduction in carbon dioxide – 6.7 tons/year, a reduction in sulfur dioxide – 24.7 pounds/year and a reduction in nitrogen oxides – 11.5 pounds/year. .
Passive design elements such as south side overhangs provide shaded outdoor space and block summer sun, helping to reduce cooling requirements. The house relies on LED lighting throughout and there are plans for a future 7.8kW photovoltaic generator which will allow the house to run on zero electricity.
Images via Patrick Coulie Photography