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The clean, simple interiors feature CFL and LED lighting, low- VOC finishes, along with low-emission flooring such as Marmoleum.


 


Also, the team committed to adding a 2.5kW PV array to every home, along with solar hot water and prewiring for an electric car charger in each garage and carport. Units with garages also feature a custom storage compartment with areas for recycling and rubbish.


Quality Standards
A lesser builder might have chosen to cut corners, given the fact that the homes have no air conditioning, and don’t need heating—foregoing or minimizing insulation, house wraps and the like. But Armstrong Builders has a lot of commercial building experience in their portfolio. They under- stand the advantages of building to a higher energy and durability standard.


So they insulated each home carefully and specified low-E dual pane windows. Be- cause of this, the home is not only quieter, it doesn’t absorb excessive heat during the day, or cool down too fast in the evening.


The level of eco-sensitive detail continues down to the finishes and flooring.


“We used all CFL light bulbs, dual-flush toilets, low-VOC finishes and Green Label carpet,” notes Keller. “These were all little things that add up. We aimed at LEED silver but in the end we’ll achieve LEED gold.”


Sandomire adds that the company’s current and future projects will borrow a lot of concepts from the Kumuhau community.


“We have about 50 or 60 homes in the pipeline right now, including two other projects set at a higher elevation,” he says. “We’ll use a lot of these features again—the whole house fan, fixed awnings. It’s been very successful.


“There’s a tremendous amount of pride of ownership in these homes,” he adds. “It’s very much a reflection of Old Hawaii, of how people have traditionally lived here.” GB


PRODUCTS
Structure — light-gauge panelized steel with Simpson hardware
Door Hardware — Schlage
Appliances — Kenmore (range) Bosch (washer/dryer)
Countertops — Sennorwell
Faucets — Delta
Siding — James Hardie, Miratec (trim)
Flooring — Tender Touch (carpet), Forbo “Marmoleum”
HVAC — Panasonic “Whispergreen” (fans)
Insulation — Knauf “EcoBatt”
Lighting — Designhouse
Paints — Benjamin Moore (no VOC)
Roof — standing seam metal
Windows — Ply Gem
Solar Hot Water — SunEarth
Solar Inverter — Enphase Microinverter
PV Panels — BP Solar 3215B


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