The affordable housing sector is now sporting a green hue. Kaupuni Village, a Hawaiian development constructed by Hunt Companies Inc., has been billed as the nation's first net-zero affordable housing project and has achieved a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification.
Kaupuni Village was planned and developed by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) as a model for the department's future developments. Located on the Wai"anae coast of Oahu, Kaupuni Village is an affordable community consisting of 19 single-family homes that were designed with energy-efficient features such as solar water heating, photovoltaic panels to generate electricity, renewable materials, natural daylight, an energy-monitoring dashboard, and energy-efficient lighting and appliances.
‘Hunt is excited to have played a part in such a cutting-edge project,’ says Bud Waters, executive vice president of the Hawaii building division of Hunt Companies. ‘Hunt is committed to building sustainable communities and affordable housing. It was an honor to work with the DHHL staff and their consultants on achieving both with this one community.’
Last year, Kaupuni Village won the U.S. Green Building Council Hawaii Chapter's Outstanding Green Project Team Award for incorporating green building practices and principles into a LEED project.
(Photo courtesy of Hunt Companies)