Say aloha to this year’s Green Home of the Year winner, the Kumuhau subdivision in Waimanalo, Hawaii, built by James Keller. Green Builder magazine recently announced the Hawaiian neighborhood as the grand winner of its 4th Annual Green Builder Home of the Year Awards.
The judges praised the low-energy housing project’s design and layout as well as its use of energy-efficient features, including its passive design that takes advantage of the local climate. Since water conservation is also an issue on the island, the design incorporates a number of water efficiency features.
“We used all CFL light bulbs, dual-flush toilets, low VOC finishes and Green Label carpet. These were all little things that add up,” builder James Keller said in a statement. “We aimed at LEED silver but in the end we’ll achieve LEED gold.”
Additional projects recognized in the competition included a zero energy house in Bellevue, Wash., a sustainable, affordable predesigned home in Caguas, Puerto Rico, and a number of other homes scattered throughout the United States. To read about all of the award-winning homes, check out the December 2011 issue of Green Builder.