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Check out Kaimuki's first Green Home Open House by BIA Hawaii. BIA Hawaii in conjunction with a variety of building industry partners has built the first sustainable, energy efficient green home in the Kaimuki area.
Where: 747 22nd Ave., Kaimuki (view map)

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About this Project
The concept is to use a real life project to demonstrate and showcase how the six major areas of true sustainable buildings are implemented into a home for a real family. The six areas are:

1. Lot design, preparation and development
2. Resource Efficiency
3. Energy Efficiency
4. Water Efficiency
5. Indoor Environmental Quality
6. Operations, maintenance and building owner education

Designing green -- green building approach, green materials, etc.
Building green -- green construction methods and techniques
Living green -- life styles that complement and support green home operation
View Floor/Landscape Plans

The New Hawaiian Home
CertainTeed Saint-Gobain supplied their Fiber Cement Siding in two patterns with trims. The siding was installed by American Traditional Homes Ltd. Jade Painting Inc did the exterior painting.

MI Windows and Doors supplied double glazed vinyl awning and sliding windows and sliding doors through Honsador Lumber LLC.

HPM Building Supply Custom Metal Roofing manufactured the roof which was installed by Protech Roofing LLC.

Photovoltaic panels on roof facing southwest.

RevoluSun LLC furnished and installed high efficiency photovoltaic panels sized to fit this section of the roof. These panels will generate all of the electricity that is used by this family of four. The New Hawaiian Home; 4 bedrooms 2.5 baths is a "net zero" home which means that no electricity will be used from the HECO grid if the air conditioners are not used. BIA will monitor electricity use for one year and report our findings on this blog quarterly and also at the BIA home shows in January 2012 and August 2012.

Icynene foam insulation

Exterior walls and the attic were sprayed with Icynene foam insulation applied by
JDH Construction Limited to seal the exterior walls and roof to create a controllable interior environment.

Ecobat Fiberglass Insulation

Ecobat insulation below roof trusses and floor joist supplied by Knauf Insulation was installed by Sinclaire Drywall Inc. All vents were covered during construction to prevent dust and debris from getting into all ducts.

Engineered wood floor joists.

Engineered wood floor joists were supplied by HWT and installed by Oceanview Builders Inc, who also did the framing.

Techshield radiant barrier roof sheeting

Techshield radiant barrier roof sheeting, supplied by RSI Roofing Supply deflects the rays of the sun keeping the attic space cooler. Techshirld was installed by Sunrise Construction Inc.

Engineered Wood Trusses

Hunt Building Company Ltd supplied engineered wood trusses which were
installed by Sunrise Construction Inc.

NHH Second Floor Plan

NHH First Floor Plan

NHH Landscape Plan

NHH Blessing

From left to right: Robert Armstrong, Armstrong Builders LLC, Council Member Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo, Council Member Stanley Chang, Lori Ann Ambrosewicz, Owner Daniel Ambrosewicz, Owner Senator Mike Gabbard. Michael Brant, Gentry Homes Ltd., Senator Pohai Ryan, Kahu Kelekona Bishaw.

It is not often that leaders from what most would initially think represent different interests come together for a unified cause, setting aside those things that would traditionally divide them and focusing on initiatives that unite them. Three key entities and their respective leaders -- The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA), the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) and the Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), have joined together to take sustainable living to a higher level. Their focus is to take their relentless passion and expertise and to help Hawaii lead in sustainable building and sustainable living. They will take their collective lessons learned to the national platform to reform policies and guidelines that have hindered progress toward this cause.

Currently, there is a glass ceiling for contractors trying to get into sustainable, green building. This is especially true for smaller contractors, which is the primary target for the BIA. There is a perception that sustainable, green building is inefficient, cost prohibitive and too difficult. The New Hawaiian Home will serve as a learning tool for BIA contractors and prospective contractors to better understand green building concepts. An education curriculum will be developed over the course of the construction project and will be used in future educational opportunities the BIA engages in. In partnership with other building trade organizations, construction trade unions and major supply dealerships, the BIA will share best practices to lead the industry in sustainable, green building.

Most people don't realize the easiest and most effective way to wean Hawaii off of its dependency on fossil fuel starts with the end user . . . the everyday citizen. If Hawaii reduces its energy use by 12%, the almost $1BILLION savings could be reinvested into our economy -- just from simple lifestyle changes we COULD make as average citizens. HECO, has taken a leadership role to educate communities at-large that our journey off of fossil fuel starts in the mirror. The New Hawaiian Home is more than just a sustainable, green home; it transcends to a sustainable, green and still modern lifestyle. In addition to LEED Platinum and ANSI Silver National Green Building Standards, the New Hawaiian Home will incorporate acquaponics and composting systems, edible or usable landscaping, solar dryers (Hawaiian clothes line) and most importantly, developed in a way that assures that the years ahead result in the reduced carbon emission footprints that LEED and ANSI Standards expect.
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