The real estate industry is one of the most emissions-intensive businesses. From the construction of new properties to the maintenance and performance of existing ones, there are high levels of energy consumption and a strong dependence on fossil fuels. That’s why more developments include sustainable initiatives in the foundation of their communities. According to JLL,” 63% of leading investors strongly agree that green strategies can drive higher occupancy and overall higher value.” Energy efficiency has become the market standard in luxury developments, but few developments are going above and beyond in their ESG efforts.
From Tesla charging stations, Fabien Cousteau Conservation Centers, to solar-powered homes and dark sky communities, take a look at the top sustainable initiatives from residential communities around the world.
Panther National (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA)
Panther National is an exclusive enclave of 218 custom estates that combines environmental-modern elegance with visionary engineering. The first modern golf and lifestyle community is partnering with Tesla Energy to install both solar power and Tesla Powerwalls in every home. Both Panther National and Tesla are aligned in their commitment to clean energy. The estates at Panther National will utilize ecologically sensitive construction products, LEED-certified materials, and green building practices.
Kukui’ula (Kauai, Hawaii, USA)
Kukuiʻula on the South Shore of Kauaʻi is an ideal destination for discerning families who seek to balance luxury with the laid-back lifestyle and awe-inspiring beauty. The retreat features an Upcountry Farm, a 50-acre community farm (and lake) where residents and guests can harvest seasonal fruits and vegetables like red ginger, papaya, mango and more. Sustainable home features include double insulated windows with screen doors, situated to take advantage of trade winds which help with natural cooling, and zoned and controlled HVAC and solar panels.
Tributary (Driggs, Idaho, USA)
Tributary is the 1,500-acre luxury residential community within which lies 500 acres of fen-designated wetlands, operated and managed by the Teton Regional Land Trust. The Woods Creek Fen is the most floristically unique wetland in Teton County. The fen is managed to protect the on-site wildlife and rare plans, and in addition to the existing wetlands, several ponds have been constructed on the property to provide habitat for nesting trumpeter swans, nesting and staging long-billed curlews, waterfowl and shorebirds.
Montage Cay (Abaco Islands, Bahamas)
Montage Cay is a 48-acre private-island resort and residential community in The Abacos, Bahamas. Owners of the private island take the responsibility to maintain and also improve the environment surrounding them with sustainable initiatives such as electric golf carts and natural walking paths as maintaining low lighting at night to ensure no light pollution is let into the area.
The Strand (Turks and Caicos)
Located on an undeveloped, unspoiled stretch of coastline on the protected south side of Providenciales, The Strand is a luxury residential resort community with ocean-front properties and one-of-a-kind residences. The team paid special attention to the nature that surrounds The Strand. Every unit has the invitation to take part in the solar package with 60-80% of the power generated by solar power as well as multiple Tesla charging stations that will also serve as generators.
Caye Chapel (Belize)
Caye Chapel is a sustainably-focused, luxury private island community situated on the edge of the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The island will be powered by solar energy. Features include recycling and water management, and sustainable golf cart, bike, and foot transportation for guests. Caye Chapel has a partnership with world-renowned environmentalist Fabien Cousteau, who will open a Fabien Cousteau Nature & Conservation Center on the island.
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