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LEED BD+C: Homes v3 - LEED 2008

Kolopua Buildings 1-11

5-4344 Kuhio Highway - Building 2
Princeville, HI 96722
United States

LEED Platinum 2016

Kolopua is a 44 unit multi‐family, workforce housing development located in Princeville, Kauai, HI. It was developed by Vitus Hawaii with architectural firm hiarchy llp sustainability consultants verde, LLC, and project management from GLI Advisors.

Kolopua was designed to meet the Princeville community’s needs for healthy, environmentally friendly, and economical homes for its residents by utilizing a mild‐climate pathway in the LEED for Homes program. Through this innovative and pilot program, the team achieved Platinum Certification while utilizing a natural ventilation strategy with local island breezes to passively cool the units, therefore not requiring mechanical heating or cooling.

Kolopua provides much needed housing for a region that has long been underserved with regards to workforce housing. Situated within a half mile of 14 basic community resources and within reasonable distance of public transit options, Kolopua’s location discourages dependency on personal automobiles and their associated impacts. Kolopua was thoughtfully designed to meet High Density requirements; utilizing compact development patterns to conserve land, promote community livability, transportation efficiency, and walkability. An onsite community center serves as a gathering place for the entire community and provides after‐school programs for youth of all ages.

Features of Kolopua include high‐efficiency water fixtures for planned reduction of indoor water use, efficient water heating, and overall energy efficiency supplemented with solar power. Access to the outdoors was a priority in Kolopua’s site planning. Residents can appreciate Kauai’s natural beauty through multiple opportunities to access to open space around the site. A high efficiency irrigation system and native plant palate was also utilized to reduce landscape water use.

“Everyone deserves to live in a truly affordable home. An unhealthy home with high operating costs due to inefficiency in energy and water consumption is not affordable. A home that is not durable and constantly requires material replacement is not affordable to maintain either,” says Makani Maeva, a director with the Vitus Group and now with AHE.

The intent of this Pilot for homes in mild climates is to provide opportunities for buildings in such areas to use alternative methods from a typical heating or cooling system that still allow a prescriptive pathway through LEED for Homes. Projects like this help push forward new and inventive ways to achieve Certification in the LEED for Homes program.

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Project details
2,800 sf
4 Mar 2016
Data Reporting
Energy Update
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