Heat Exchange System
Timbers Kauai uses a heat exchange system to cool and filter the air that is pushed into the residences and to heat the pool. This energy efficient ventilation system continuously supplies fresh clean air into the residences to keep guests healthy, remove indoor pollutants and odors, and to lower humidity. It also reduces the need for and cost of electricity, making it extremely energy efficient. It reduces condensation, which causes dampness, rot and mold in addition to wasting water, which is such a precious commodity on Kauai. “The heat exchange system kills two birds with one stone by both cooling the residences and heating the pool,” Cucchi says. “Better yet, it causes less condensation than a water tower and uses less potable water, and we have a much smaller demand on electricity and are using less energy, which is ultimately our goal.
Green waste is turned into compost on site and used as mulch and fertilizer throughout the property for landscaping as well as the farm. “Almost all the compost we use on this property is generated by this property,” Cucchi says. “Everything we can use gets put into green waste and turned into compost and turned into fertilizer. We use it for planting throughout the property.”
Protecting Endangered Species
Five endangered bird species thrive on the property including Nene, Hawaiian Stilt, Hawaiian Duck, Hawaiian Moorhen and Hawaiian Coot. A department dedicated to carrying out the requirements of the Hokuala Habitat Conservation Permit both monitors and protects the birds, as well as educating owners and guests about the endangered birds on property.