Green house unveiled in Kaimuki

HONOULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A green sustainable home made its debut in Kaimuki Friday morning.

A collaborative project between Hawaiian Electric Company, The Building Industry Association and the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, took 84 days to complete.

Project Manager, Michael Brant said that him and bunch of others got together a year ago at the Annual Builders show in Las Vegas that showcased new and state of the art construction material. Brant and the others thought that it would be a great idea to showcase how to live green in Hawaii.

Daniel and Lori Ann Ambrosewicz were looking to renovate their home when their contractor at the time told them about the BIA-Hawaii event. The couple placed the winning bid on the home's blueprint.

The home was built with the help of 194 firms from the Building Industry Association. The two-story, four-bedroom home was built at a cost of $600,000.

"Living green is very attainable. It is not something that is out of anybody's price range. That is what we learned as an average family. Anybody can just do small things, change the windows or change the whole house doesn't have to be every aspect of our house," said Ann Ambrosewicz.

The home has features such as a PV system, a solar water heating system, whole house fan, a rain catchment system, and energy efficient windows, lighting and appliances. The home is also equipped with a aquaponics system with golden tilapia fish, a composting bin, as well as garden full of native plants and shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and vegetables.

The family says that with the money that the home will be saving them, will be put towards their childrens college fund as well as their retirement fund.

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