Green Ap­plause For Army Homes

MidWeek Islander (Central Oahu) - - Islander - By MELISSA MONIZ

Army Hawaii Fam­ily Hous­ing has won the 2009 Most In­no­va­tive Com­mu­nity Project of the Year for build­ing what will be one of the na­tion’s largest so­lar-pow­ered com­mu­ni­ties.

AHFH also was cited for its work with U.S. Green Build­ing Coun­cil’s Lead­er­ship in En­ergy and En­vi­ron­men­tal De­sign rat­ing sys­tem and the de­vel­op­ment of a Zero En­ergy Home pi­lot pro­gram.

The LEED for Homes Gold pi­lot at Schofield Bar­racks was launched last year and has since been of­fi­cially cer­ti­fied for meet­ing rig­or­ous stan­dards. AHFH also broke ground last July in Ft. Shafter’s Simp­son Wisser neigh­bor­hood, as part of a LEED for Neigh­bor­hood De­vel­op­ment pi­lot. The first homes should be com­pleted in 2010.

“I am pleased our team’s com­mit­ment to cre­at­ing sus­tain­able homes for our fam­i­lies is re­ceiv­ing such im­por- tant recog­ni­tion,” said AHFH project di­rec­tor Claire Johnston.

The award, pre­sented by the As­so­ci­a­tion of De­fense Com­mu­ni­ties, rec­og­nizes an ac­tive or base re­de­vel­op­ment com­mu­nity that has launched a spe­cific project or ini­tia­tive of any size that rep­re­sents a sig­nif­i­cant in­no­va­tion or ap­proach for deal­ing with an is­sue com­mon to other de­fense com­mu­ni­ties and that is a sig­nif­i­cant ad­vance­ment to cur­rent best prac­tices.

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