SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - All homes in the Simpson Wisser neighborhood at Fort Shafter have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certification.

Twenty-seven homes earned LEED Gold status; 51 homes earned LEED Silver.

Building projects can earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED points for adhering to specific green-building criteria. Points can be earned for sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.

To earn Platinum status at least 80 points are needed; for Gold, 60-79 points; for Silver, 50-59 points; and for Certified, 40-49 points.

The certification brings Simpson Wisser one step closer to earning LEED certification for Neighborhood Development, or ND. Island Palm Communities' design/build team continues to work with green-building raters to submit final documentation.

A LEED neighborhood requires that a rigorous set of design and building standards are followed and integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green-building into its design.

Simpson Wisser is among 238 projects registered in the worldwide ND pilot program and seeks to establish the first national green-rating system for neighborhood development. Simpson Wisser is in stage three of the certification process, which is the final stage of the LEED ND pilot requirements.

Simpson Wisser residents attend a specially-developed orientation upon move-in to teach them about their home's and neighborhood's energy-efficient features. In the near future, current and future residents will get a DVD containing more information about LEED.

Besides working on the Simpson Wisser ND project, Island Palm Communities will deliver the last of 99 new units in Aliamanu Military Reservation's Skyview neighborhood by the end February. Also, construction is underway at Fort Shafter's Hauoli Heights and Funston Flats. Fifty-four and 62 new units, respectively, are expected to be completed in August.

Other activities taking place in south communities include construction at Fort Shafter's Radar Hill and Aliamanu's Rim Loop, and site work in Aliamanu's Valley View neighborhood. Families will begin moving into new homes at Radar Hill and Rim Loop during the spring and summer months. The first new units in Valley View will be complete in November.

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