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The Halawa View Apartments is a 121-unit affordable housing property located near the entrance of Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. With the help of Gilleran Energy Management, this 1970s-era high-rise apartment became the first rehabilitated affordable housing project to receive a USGBC LEED Gold certification in Hawaii.
GEM was contacted for the project late in the design phase because the project team had difficulty finding a local green building and energy efficiency consultant to support the project. Although the owner and design team were on board with the program goals, this was the first time they had worked on a LEED project; this inexperience meant the project’s team LEED program development needed a deep level of support from GEM’s team of experts.
To help them meet their project goals, GEM provided the following consulting services:
Working closely with the project’s design and construction team, GEM’s LEED Green Raters, Energy Modelers, and HERS Raters followed best practices to identify a cost-effect program that fully supported the affordable housing multifamily rehabilitation project.
The program’s successful implementation was achieved by engaging the design and construction team as a group via a series of design charrettes; the program goals were outlined and individual team members were assigned LEED credits. GEM then worked with each individual on the team to ensure they had the support materials needed to implement the necessary specifications successfully into the plans.
In addition, GEM met with the entire construction team at the start of the building process to review what the successful implementation of each LEED credit would look like onsite, as well as through the submittal approval process.
Our assistance allowed the California-based developer’s team to successfully navigate the LEED certification process under Hawaii’s tax credit program. Additionally, the project’s success received recognition from the Governor of Hawaii.
As experienced energy efficiency and green building consultants, GEM is committed to sustainable, efficient, and healthy affordable housing for all. Our clients can depend on us to guide them through the entire process, from initial concepts and fully developed plans through the successful completion of the project’s construction. Regardless of where they are in the project, our goal is to be the team our clients can reliably turn to for clear answers to any questions or concerns they have.
For more information on how we can help you meet your project goals, contact Gilleran Energy Management today at (707) 528-7318.
The 2022 Energy Code now classifies the following as single-family residential buildings: single-family dwellings, duplexes, townhomes of any size, and accessory dwelling units. Low-rise and high-rise multifamily buildings have also been reorganized into one building type and multifamily building requirements have been moved to their own subchapters.