Hawaii Gateway Energy Center Achieves LEED Platinum
by Jessica Boehland
The 3,600 ft2 (334 m2) Hawaii Gateway Energy Center, located at the entrance to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority in Kailua-Kona, has achieved a LEED® Platinum rating. The building features a 25-kW photovoltaic array designed to produce more energy than the building consumes, and uses a deep-seawater system for passive space cooling, shallow-root condensation irrigation, and condensation collection of nonpotable freshwater for deep-rooted plant irrigation and toilet flushing. The building was designed by Ferraro Choi and Associates, Ltd., with the Rocky Mountain Institute/ENSAR Built Environment Team serving as LEED consultant.