HNEI sponsored a collaborative project with the UH School of Architecture and the UH Sea Grant Program to evaluate existing Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) homes and their potential response to the newly enacted International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2015 state energy code. More information can be found in this UH News article: https://www.hawaii.edu/news/2020/08/11/energy-saving-detached-homes/.
The goal was to provide information on how current residential design could be modified to meet the newly adopted energy codes and renewable energy goals. The study compared existing homes to a simulated energy model to determine measures that will be required in order to meet the new energy code. These findings were published in the journal, Buildings, July 2020 issue and can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/buildings10070120.