The Hawaiʻi Community College's Model Home is a partnership between several of the college's Applied Technical Education ATE programs and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, with the goal of producing a residential dwelling annually. (49 to this date)
The Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technology (AEC), and the Carpentry programs use this Model Home as their capstone project. The AEC program designs and produces the working drawings, and the Carpentry program builds the home. Other ATE programs involved are Agriculture (landscaping) and Machine, Welding & Industrial Mechanics Technologies (metal railings, crane operation).
Model Home Project Embraces Kauhale Concept
Throughout the past 44 years the annual Model Home Project has embraced the current concept of Kauhale which traditionally means “the Hawaiian village”. Kauhale is an ‘ohana of administrators, faculty, staff, students, their families, the Hawai‘i Island community and beyond. The Model Home Project, in the spirit of the Kauhale model enables all participating members to extend outside the classroom, across multiple disciplines and recognize and celebrate their own individual skills, knowledge, and those of others, uniting all components into an “academic village without walls”.
- CTE students train on a "live" project.
- DHHL receives an affordable, quality built, custom, residential dwelling.
- A qualified family is provided an opportunity to own a home.
The Model Home has evolved to cope with the increasing awareness of energy efficient and "green" building methods. Such technologies included in the 2011 home are:
- FSC certified dimensioned lumber and plywood.
- Energy Star rated DuraCoat metal roofing.
- Energy Star rated TechShield Radiant Barrier sheathing.
- Green seal and Green Guard certified, low VOC paints.
- Energy Star rated appliances, lamps and bulbs.
- Solar water heater.
- 4 kw photo voltaic electrical energy system.