For Immediate Release
Hawaii Development among First in Nation to Become LEED Certified Neighborhood
HONOLULU, HAWAII · May 17, 2011 - A partnership between developer Lend Lease and the U.S. Army, Island Palm Communities, received official word that its Simpson Wisser neighborhood located at Fort Shafter, Hawaii is now a LEED Certified Neighborhood as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Island Palm Communities partnership is one of 11 projects in the United States certified to date, and among only 238 developments selected nationwide to participate in the USGBC LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) pilot established to set the first national rating system for neighborhood development. Simpson Wisser is one of just a few LEED-ND projects located on a military installation. LEED Green Building Rating Systems are nationally accepted benchmarks for design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED-ND is a certification program developed in collaboration with Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council that integrates the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design.
“We’re very excited to have this opportunity to help shape a sustainable development rating system that will be used in the U.S. and around the world,” said Dick Hawes, Lend Lease executive general manager, Hawaii region. “This project pushed us to do great things in the areas of sustainable development, design, construction and occupancy to meet the rigorous green building standards required by the USGBC. We have been fortunate to be working with a great partner in the U.S. Army who has the same vision and goals as we do to create healthy communities through innovation and design.”
LEED-ND integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into neighborhood design, which encourages healthy living and reduces urban sprawl. LEED-ND evaluates not just buildings, but also their location in relation to each other and the qualities of public realm that knit them together. Ratings are divided into three categories:
1) Smart Location & Linkage – Where the project is built;
2) Neighborhood Pattern & Design – How the project is laid out;
3) Green Infrastructure & Buildings - Measures that can reduce the environmental impacts associated
with the construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.
Working closely with architectural design consultant Town and Home and civil engineering consultant KASL Consulting Engineers, Inc., Island Palm Communities received additional ratings for Innovation and Design Process, of which Simpson Wisser received the maximum number of points.
In the area of home design, Island Palm Communities’ homes showcase many sustainable elements. Some easily noticed such as dual flush toilets, photovoltaic power, solar hot water, energy-efficient appliances and lighting, and some not so obvious such as radiant barriers on roofs, ridge and eave vents, and high-efficiency windows. Additionally, of the 78 homes in Simpson Wisser, 27 are Certified LEED Gold and 51 are Certified LEED Silver. All of the homes use 30 percent less electricity than standard homes.
Military families also are benefiting from the education provided by Island Palm Communities in both direct and indirect ways. Directly, residents are learning how to live more sustainable, and indirectly they are learning about the changes as a result of privatized housing. Residents do have to adapt to the increased responsibilities that they assume in the care of their homes and participation in their communities. At the same time, a range of interactive leisure and learning opportunities facilitates the ongoing education of residents, particularly in living sustainable lifestyles. “Living in a green home has been fantastic,” said Simpson Wisser resident Connie Kadetz. “It feels like a normal house, but in the back of your mind you know you’re contributing to a cleaner environment.”
The Simpson Wisser neighborhood is an example of the sustainable development taking place across Island Palm Communities residential development. Green building practices are put into place from start to finish. Among them, more than 75 percent of waste on construction sites is re-used or recycled, sustainable design and materials go into all new homes, and an award-winning tree preservation plan has been implemented. It also will be one of the largest solar-powered communities in the world through the installation of photovoltaic system that can generate up to 6 megawatts of power, providing nearly 30 percent of Island Palm Communities’ energy needs.
Island Palm Communities LLC is a partnership between developer Lend Lease and the U.S. Army. It will develop, design and construct over 5,000 new homes and renovate more than 2,500 existing homes, as well as build several new community centers, playgrounds and community amenities. Additionally, Island Palm Communities will provide asset, property and maintenance management through 2054. Lend Lease is a leader in public/private community development focused on creating sustainable value. Lend Lease communities are unrivaled in their attention to design, technology and environmental sensitivity. New technologies, such as a 6 megawatt photovoltaic system, LEED Homes, LEED for Neighborhood Development, energy-efficient designs and materials, EnergyStar-rated appliances and more have earned Island Palm Communities national awards and recognition in the industry.
Ann M. Choo Wharton
Island Palm Communities