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Moving day for Marines

Col. Robert Rice Col. Robert Rice
Jon Wallenstrom Jon Wallenstrom

By Howard Dashefsky - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - They risk their lives to ensure our freedom, now the brave men and women based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe will have new, eco-friendly houses to call home.

More than one hundred new homes were dedicated Wednesday.          

"The house we are standing in today a family will be moving into tomorrow," said commanding officer Col. Robert Rice.

The three, four and five bedrooms homes represent the first phase of a public - private partnership between the Department of the Navy, and military home builder, and manager Forest City.

A company committed to "going green."

"We've done well above the minimum requirement for building a home and a lot of that is because we want them to operate well," said Forest City executive Jon Wallenstrom.

"If we can spend less money on energy we can spend more money building our homes, serving our residents and doing more things like that."

All the new homes are built to comply with the state's star home certification criteria, which includes energy efficient air conditioning and lighting systems, solar hot water heaters, and energy saving appliances.

And to ensure the commitment to conserve energy on base continues, residents in the new housing area are being enlisted as partners in the process. And they stand to pocket some green for going green.

"We'll set a baseline for what to charge the residents," said Col. Rice.  "So there will an incentive for our residents to get money back from Forest City if they use less electricity than we believe the house should be using."

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