Green Applause For Army Homes

Melissa Moniz
Wednesday - September 16, 2009
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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 important 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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