HAWAII ECO-HOME DESIGN APPROACHES
Hawaii's unique environment means you should take into account the following factors when buying our renovating your home. Home sustainability - the Hawaii way.
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS : HAWAII'S HOT HUMID CLIMATE
“A hot-humid climate is generally defined as a region that receives more than 20 in. (50 cm.) of annual precipitation and where one or both of the following occur: A 67°F (19.5°C) or higher wet bulb temperature for 3,000 or more hours during the warmest 6 consecutive months of the year; or a 73°F (23°C) or higher wet bulb temperature for 1,500 or more hours during the warmest 6 consecutive months of the year.”
(Source: Building America Best Practices Series, Volume 7.3. Guide to Determining Climate Regions by County – August 2015)
KEY ECO-FRIENDLY STRATEGIES FOR HAWAII
Homes located in Hot-Humid climates require substantial air conditioning in our to maintain a comfortable living environment. Therefore a key strategy to reduce the environmental impact of these homes focus on improving the enclosure and efficiency of HVAC systems.
- Improve the insulation of walls and attics
- Upgrade the HVAC system to a more efficient model
- Install ceiling fans and ventilation systems
REBATES FOR HOME SUSTAINABILITY PROJECTS IN TEMPLATE
- TEMPLATE has tax credits that can be applied to home improvements that make your home more eco-friendly and sustainable. These incentives can be found here.