When an O’ahu family lost their home to an electrical fire last March, the last thing they were thinking about was going green. But when the dust settled and the smoke cleared, the family (unnamed to the press) decided to take this negative and turn it into a positive. With an undisclosed insurance payout, the family decided to rebuild to National Green Building Standards, installing cutting-edge green innovations throughout the new home. The finished product, unveiled in January, shows how Hawaii contractors are going green. And they are shouting it from the rooftops.
The builders responsible are Kailua-based Bossert Builders, Hawaii contractors dedicated to building green and keeping costs low. The new 3,600-square-foot house features a solar hot water system (mandated by the state), rainwater reclamation for lawn and garden watering, and Energy Star-rated CertainTeed Landmark Solaris reflective shingles. The solar hot water system combines the power of the sun with a strategic Hawaii roofing system to heat the home’s water without the use of a bulky, wasteful water heater. The cool roof reduces temperature by as much as 20% compared to traditional Hawaii roofing.
Of course, green home-building goes beyond the roof. With massive walls of windows, ceiling fans in every room and an open floor plan, the house is designed to take optimum advantage of the natural beauty of the island–its hot sun and soft breezes–negating the need for heating, cooling, or other HVAC equipment.
But while building a house starts with a strong foundation, powering a house with the power of green energy starts one place: the roof. A strong roof, complete with solar panel systems, green roof accents and, of course, regularly-scheduled Hawaii roof repair, you can build a beautiful home to respect a beautiful island.
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