One Very Carbon Neutral Hawaiian Home

A “fully loaded” house with a recording and media studio, offices and facilities for gatherings and guests–with zero carbon footprint? That’s the goal for Hi’ilani, an eco house currently under construction on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The home’s designer, Robert Mechielson, designed the home for efficiency and durability, utilizing a holistic approach that takes into account the surrounding environment. (The Hi`ilani EcoHouse sits on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific near the Waipi’o Valley.)

Hi'ilani Ecohouse

image via Hi'ilani Ecohouse

The home’s signature “butterfly” roof harvests sun for electricity and rain for household/irrigation use.  The flow of air over the roof generates negative air pressure, providing energy for an innovative, energy efficient non-refrigerant-based air conditioning system.

The home will encompass 4,000 square feet and accommodate two families, who plan to reduce the carbon footprint and increase the quality of life of their members by combining resources, land and community.  Designers are building the home to function off the grid and will apply for for LEED Platinum certification.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

1 Comment

  • Reply May 11, 2011


    Excellent concept. n

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