Honolulu condo project achieves historic LEED certification

Symphony Honolulu has become the first new 400-foot tall high-rise residential condominium building in Hawaii to achieve certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), according to a release. 

Developed by OliverMcMillan, Symphony Honolulu includes 388 residential condominiums.

The achievement “represents the culmination of years of teamwork to make the building more efficient and sustainable," said Kris Hui, development director of OliverMcMillan. 

All new construction projects in Kaka'ako are required to meet minimum energy savings standards equivalent to the LEED-based certification level, per the Hawaii Community Development Authority's 2011 Mauka Area rules.

Symphony Honolulu, completed in 2016, uses many sustainable practices that contributed to the  certification, including water efficient fixtures and systems reducing potable water use by 35 percent, enhanced building envelope and mechanical systems allowing for annual energy cost savings of 13 percent, a 161 kW Photovoltaic energy system, and construction waste diversion practices achieving diversion of 91 percent of the on-site generated construction waste from landfills. 

Home to many local families, OliverMcMillan notes that 85 percent of their original buyers were from Oahu and that 100 Reserved Housing residences were delivered to many first-time homebuyers. To date, with the completion of Pacifica Honolulu and Symphony Honolulu, OliverMcMillan has provided 224 for-sale Reserved Housing units in Kaka'ako, representing 36 percent of the total 617 completed for-sale reserved units built since HCDA started its for-sale Reserved Housing inclusionary housing program in 1987.

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