Mark Turnquest, CIPM
ICF-THE BAHAMAS & CARIBBEAN Part 3
Perhaps the most visible ICF Projects in the Caribbean is Valencia Heights. Built in George Town, the Capital of The Cayman Islands. It was one of the first ICF Projects to attract International attention and was awarded an International Gold Medal in 2008 by the Insulating Concrete Forms Association (ICFA). The development consists of several three-story vacation condos, along with a clubhouse and other related facilities.
Construction in the Caymans- like elsewhere in the Caribbean-is driven by two high priority needs; Safety and Energy Efficiency. Hurricane Ivan destroyed much of the Island in 2004, and the Owner wanted the development to be Hurricane Proof. The temperature hovers between 80-95 F degrees year round. Electricity is diesel generated and very expensive.