LEED stands for "leadership and energy in environmental design," a concept created by the U.S. Green Building Council, and Hawaii has been recently named in the U.S. Green Building Council's top 10 States for LEED.
The concept of LEED has been particularly important for Howard Hughes as the developer designs Ward Village, with both Anaha and Waiea being LEED-certified. The entire neighborhood development achieving LEED Platinum-level certification, which is the highest standard.
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Hawaii has been named to the U.S. Green Building Council’s top 10 States for LEED for the first time since 2014, with 16 projects, including the Moana Surfrider hotel in Waikiki, achieving certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design in 2017.
As of last year, Hawaii had 4.5 million LEED-certified gross square footage, or 3.32 gross square feet per capita, ranking the state No. 4 behind No.1 Massachusetts, No. 2 New York and No. 3 Illinois.
Hawaii was ranked sixth in 2014, the last time it appeared on the top 10 list, and was ninth in 2013, according to the U.S. Green Building Council.
While Hawaii’s gross square footage per capita was the fourth-highest, the state had the fewest number of projects and the smallest amount of certified gross square footage of the 10 states on the list. California, which was ranked eighth, had the greatest number of projects at 475, followed by New York with 192. No. 6 Minnesota had the second-smallest number of projects at 47.
In addition to the Moana Surfrider, some of the other Hawaii projects that achieve LEED certification last year include:
Hookele Elementary School in Kapolei, a design-build project that achieved LEED silver;
Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children’s new neoonatal intensive care building, which also achieved LEED silver;
Sheraton Waikiki and The Royal Hawaiian, certified Gold, was the largest project in 2017 to certify and;
Symphony Honolulu, OliverMcMillan’s mixed-used condominium tower in Kakaako, which was LEED certified.
"With aggressive state policy goals, a leading tourism sector and a vibrant community of practitioners, Hawaii continues to show a deep respect for the aina through sustainable high performance buildings,” Brenden McEneaney, regional director of the USGBC, said in a statement. “LEED project teams across the state work hard to make green buildings accessible to everyone.
“The fact that Hawaii is in the 2017 Top 10 States for LEED proves that the efforts of our members, partners, and community leaders are paying off,” he said. “LEED is a proven tool for economic development and it supports state and local strategies to mitigate climate change.”