By Ann Wharton, Army Hawaii Family HousingJuly 22, 2008
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Olympic hopefuls are not the only ones going for the gold this summer. Army Hawaii Family Housing (AHFH) will deliver the military's first homes to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Homes Gold Certification. The four units located at Schofield Barracks are also the first homes on Oahu to receive this prestigious certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. A LEED-certified home is energy and water efficient and uses efficient landscaping and materials. Constructed by developer Actus Lend Lease, AHFH homes include many LEED and Energy Star features; however, these homes are the first to receive certification that requires rigorous standards be met. Criteria go beyond just photovoltaic panels and solar hot water systems. Among the innovative design and new technologies featured in the homes are the uses of specific materials to construct them as well as permeable concrete pavement. An open house will be held July 22-23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 5368 Handrich Loop, in Schofield's Kaena Neighborhood. Attendees must R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org and give their name and on what day they plan to attend.