Dive Saint Lucia has achieved a Platinum level Green Building Certification award, the highest rating available, from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) under its Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program.
The ocean surrounding Saint Lucia is home to a complex and fragile ecosystem. Minimizing the impact to the environment was of paramount importance to the owners of Dive Saint Lucia when deciding to build their new facility on the island. The United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program has long been established as the benchmark for environmentally sustainable buildings. By achieving Platinum level certification for the building, which is the highest possible LEED rating, the owners of Dive Saint Lucia have made a statement demonstrating their commitment to sustainability.
Dive Saint Lucia achieved credits under all the LEED sections of Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources and Indoor Environmental Quality along with additional credits in the Innovation & Design Process section to achieve prestigious Platinum level certification for the property. The owner engaged the design team early and made it clear in the Design Brief that sustainable materials, the highest efficiency HVAC equipment and low flow (reduced consumption) water fixtures be used throughout the project.
The architecture incorporates local features and is designed to be high quality and long lasting. The facility is well connected to the local area with access to public transportation and within the vicinity of many nearby services and local businesses.
The Dive School is approximately 15,000 square feet in area and consists of three buildings. It is a 5-Star IDC (Instructor Development Center) with the following facilities:
• 1 classroom for 10 – 15 trainees
• 1 classroom for 5 – 10 trainees
• 1 storage room to hold 50 – 70 sets of dive equipment
• 1 compressor room with a compressor unit which is able to fill 40 dive cylinders simultaneously
• Locker, shower and toilet facilities (male and female)
• Retail facilities (approximately 2,000 square feet)
• Owners residence
• A dive equipment rental store
• A dive pool 15m x 3m (50 ft x 10 ft) with a depth of 3.5m (12 ft)
Accredited Energy Consulting Services were the LEED consultants for the project and performed the energy modeling under EA Credit 1 in the Energy & Atmosphere section.