If you’re thinking about building a green home in Hawaii — or would just like to tour one — you should check out the “New Hawaiian Home,” which is open to the public for two more Sundays this month. Newly constructed on a lot in the Kaimuki district of Honolulu, this 4-bedroom 2-bathroom house was built by the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii and more than 80 contractors as a prototype green home to showcase a variety of energy-efficient features, including:
- Solar water heater
- Solar photovoltaic system (4.7 kilowatts)
- Techshield radiant barrier on roof
- Icynene foam insulation
- Ecobatt fiberglass insulation
- Whole-house fan
- Low-e, tinted, double-pane windows strategically located to take advantage of tradewinds and natural light
- Open floor plan with outdoor dining area
- Recycled-concrete kitchen countertop
- EnergyStar appliances
- Low-flow water fixtures and toilets
- FSC-certified wood cabinets
- Aquaponics system and compost bin in the backyard
- Outlet in the garage for charging an electric car
The cost of building the house was $600,000 ($333/square foot), including landscaping. More info on the construction process can be found on BIA’s “New Hawaiian Home” blog.
The “New Hawaiian Home” will be open to the public Sunday, July 10 and Sunday, July 17 from 10am-4pm. The address is 747 22nd Avenue, Honolulu Hawaii 96816.
If you’re interested in building or remodeling a home in Hawaii using green technologies like those used in the “New Hawaiian Home,” be sure to attend BIA’s annual “Remodel It Right, Remodel It Green Expo” August 26-28 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
Update: You might also be interested in this other “green home” open house held July 30, 2011 in Kaneohe on Oahu.