Developed by Chabuma S.A./Central Home Consortium, a local Haitian developer, Villa Flora is a residential estate located in the heart of Port-au-Prince. The development targets the needs of the city’s emerging middle class by offering 39 affordable apartments and single family housing units.
The Consortium received technical assistance from USAID’s Haiti HOME program to incorporate key elements of affordability and resource efficiency in Villa Flora’s design. Haiti HOME is led by the World Council of Credit Unions in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Affordable Housing Institute.
Villa Flora’s homes are equipped with solar panels in order to provide each household with 100 per cent of its energy needs. Each unit’s design adheres to high seismic standards to provide resilience in the event of earthquakes and other natural disasters. Because of Villa Flora’s green design, each household is expected to realize estimated utility cost savings of US$360 per year.
Villa Flora has received final EDGE certification from GBCI.
Predicted Savings of EDGE Certification
Reduced window to wall ratio, reflective paint and tiles for roof, energy-saving lighting system for internal spaces and solar photovoltaics.
Low-flow showerheads and faucets in kitchens and bathrooms and dual-flush water closets.
Medium weight hollow concrete blocks for internal and external walls and UPVC window frames.
*Part of the energy efficiency percentage may be associated with virtual energy for comfort depending on the presence of heating and cooling systems. Note that virtual energy does not contribute savings to utility bills.