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Working Towards a Brighter Future ! 

We thought that was funny, but . . .

"Demonstration Project" Approved!

Supported by former Mayor Bernard Carvalho (who taught us so much about what we were doing !) and many other prominent politicians, we consulted on a “Research and Demonstration Project” - which was quickly approved by the Planning Commission.  This four-unit  project is a remarkably affordable, durable and comfortable project that will be constructed quickly and inexpensively from the abundant shipping containers that end up in Hawaii (see the plans above, left)  - in North Kapaa at the NoKa shopping complex on Kuhio Hwy.  Intended as workforce housing, this concept can be used in a variety of ways to rapidly, proactively, and creatively help solve the disaster of severe lack of affordable housing on Kaua’i.  

JUST ​HOW WILL WE DO THIS ?

We are using creative and innovative and sustainable approaches to housing that reduce housing costs, protect the environment and improve the quality of life for residents of Kauai  such as:

 

  • Shared transportation (electric bicycles, scooters and cars) 

  • Solar power         

  • Advanced Wastewater Treatment Units (ATUs)   

  • Comfortable, Durable Tiny & Plantation Homes using innovative construction techniques such as shipping containers, panelized  construction and other efficient construction techniques


 Thereby providing truly affordable homes and Permanently Affordable Living for our workforce, farm workers, residents, families and neighbors who live on Kauai.   

One of our favorite tools of progress is ​​Hawaii Revised Statute (HRS) 46-15.

 

HRS 46-15 is a live saver for Kauai!

 

HRS 46-15  allows for the construction of experimental and demonstration housing projects to identify techniques to save money on housing.  We believe this law is the pathway to completing our Mission, vision and goals. Under HRS 46-15 the mayor of each county, after holding a public hearing on the matter and receiving the approval of the County Council, can designate areas of land for experimental and demonstration housing projects for the purpose to research and develop ideas that would reduce the cost of housing.  Once approved, the experimental and demonstration housing projects are exempt from planning, zoning and construction standards as long as it meets safety standards. 

Permanently Affordable Living (PAL) Communities

This Permanently Affordable Living community is a prototype designed by PAL Kaua'i's "Permaculture Consultant" - Jenny Pell - as a walk to work community and includes shared transportation, solar power, water catchment, permeable concrete, ATUs to handle wastewater, edible landscape and community gardens, a business incubator and more.  Container construction similar to the units described above are designed to be placed on site during construction to provide housing in months rather than years, or more.  PAL Kaua'i is actively engaged in negotiations for the construction of this site and continually seeking properties for similar projects.    

Think Solar !

The sun is the ultimate source of energy, and on Kaua'i it is abundant. We can all benefit by tapping into its resources and it is a key element to creating Permanently Affordable Living. Different types of solar panels can be used to heat water or create electricity.  With solar systems household gas and electric bills can be reduced to little or no cost. 

Solar photo voltaic panels generate electricity for all your households needs.  Most systems are connected to the power grid and when generating a surplus, provide a energy credit to the homeowner.  At night when the sun is not generating electricity the household energy is supplied by the electric company.  Systems that are "off the grid" use batteries to store the energy created during the day for use at night.   

 

There are two types of active solar water heating systems; direct and indirect.  Direct circulation systems circulate household water through the collectors on the roof and into the home. Indirect circulation systems circulate a non-freezing, heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and then water is made hot through a heat exchanger. 

ATUs - Hope For the Future !

ATU stands for Alternative Treatment Unit, Aerobic Treatment Unit or Advanced Treatment Unit.  These are waste treatment systems that are different from traditional septic tanks.  Generally they are more efficient and are better for the environment.  They can be scaled to meet the needs of an entire community or just one house.  Currently on Kaua'i, septic system and cesspool runoff create an environment disaster in our oceans and waterways during and after every rain.  ATU's are a way to build affordable living that respects and protects the environment.

Aerobic Treatment Units (ATUs) are similar to standard septic systems in that they use natural processes to treat wastewater. But unlike conventional systems, ATUs also use oxygen to break down organic matter, much the same as municipal wastewater treatment systems, but in a scaled-down version.

Because ATUs decompose organic solids quickly, the wastewater leaving the system is cleaner. ATUs are useful in environmentally sensitive areas or locations that are less suitable for conventional or gravity flow septic systems, such as inappropriate soil conditions where the water table is too high to allow the drainfield to operate effectively.

   

Aerobic Treatment Units (ATUs) are similar to standard septic systems in that they use natural processes to treat wastewater. But unlike conventional systems, ATUs also use oxygen to break down organic matter, much the same as municipal wastewater treatment systems, but in a scaled-down version.

Because ATUs decompose organic solids quickly, the wastewater leaving the system is cleaner. ATUs are useful in environmentally sensitive areas or locations that are less suitable for conventional or gravity flow septic systems, such as inappropriate soil conditions where the water table is too high to allow the drainfield to operate effectively.