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A Growing Breathing Home: A Responsive Design to Single-family Homes in Hawaii

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Title:A Growing Breathing Home: A Responsive Design to Single-family Homes in Hawaii
Authors:Mactagone, Masen K.
Contributors:Despang, Martin (advisor)
Architecture (department)
Basalt Concrete
Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:Hawaii ranks number one for the highest real estate costs in the United States.
This fact alone forces my generation into a dilemma when thinking about our first steps
into home ownership. Investigations will be conducted as to what is causing this
constant rise starting with the history of home making in Hawaii, from the hale pili and
utilitarianism but to its current status as of 2018, looking specifically at materiality and
construction methods. Hawaii’s limited local resources result in the islands dependence
on importing building materials ranging from lumber to steel and everything in
To combat the massive carbon footprint brought on by the import of building
materials I will investigate what local options can be utilized as a primary material for
single family home construction, looking at its structural and thermal qualities but
most importantly its availability. This research will result in the conclusion that the
best local building material, that will also boost the local economy, is locally sourced
basalt concrete.
Based on a school of thought created by precedential research, a basic design
that is responsive to Hawaii’s unique climate and encourages growth over time will be
developed. The basic design will be proposed to the local basalt concrete
manufacturers and together we will devise a real-life structural approach to its
construction that will utilize the qualities of the material while being cost efficient.
In order to ground the project into reality, I will research and propose
improvements to an existing Department of Hawaiian Home Lands development plan
that reinforce the design goals of the new single-family home design.
This dissertation will result in the design of new single-family home that will be
constructed using local materials developed by local companies. A breathing home will
support and encourage growth for my generation and the generations to follow.
Description:Arch.D. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:114 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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