Hawaii is one of the most expensive places in the United States to buy a home—but a new community on Oahu’s West Shore offers homes that are both affordable and green.
Planned and developed by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) and Group 70 International, Kaupuni Village was built by Hunt Companies, which calls the development the first net-zero affordable housing project in the nation. The community has received a number of awards, including the highest green building designation, LEED Platinum certification.
While the median price of a home in Oahu is around $600,000, the homes in Kaupuni Village will sell for between $212,000 and $260,000, thanks to subsidies from the federal Native American Housing Assistance Self Determination Act. The community was constructed specifically for residents that make below 80 percent of the area’s median income level.
Homes within the community come in three and four-bedroom models and are design with a myriad of energy-saving features. SolarWorld solar panels generate electricity and provide heat for water. Energy monitoring devices have been installed in each of the homes, monitoring energy efficient lighting and appliances.
All of the features combined allow the homes to produce more energy than they consume, making them net-zero energy homes. The energy efficiency features in the homes also mean a reduction in energy consumption of more than 50 percent when compared to standard-built baseline home.