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The Good Home




Goals of Innovation: To build one home using sustainable techniques and materials in order to apply lessons learned to larger scale development.

Description: Towne Island Homes built The Good Home as a research project with an eye towards larger scale implementation of its design. An integrated team approach was used to engage all of the specialty trades up front in the design process. During the project, subcontractors were informed and trained in the use of materials and techniques that would help this home project to reach its sustainable goals. Local materials were researched and developed. New techniques like advanced framing were refined.

Obstacles: Finding all local products is particularly tricky in Hawaii. Towne Island Homes worked hard to incorporate all those that they could before sourcing products from elsewhere.

Cost Information: This particular project incorporated an all-around approach and took some additional design time to develop so the costs were higher than subsequent production homes will be.

Additional Benefits/Drawbacks: Learning how to incorporate sustainable ideas into home production is a big step for the company. Towne Island Homes now wants to expand and share the building concepts for all of Hawaii's benefit.

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