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Carden Academy Goes Green

During the summer break, buildings and classrooms at Carden Academy of Maui received new lighting, cooling systems, and other modifications, all designed to create optimum learning environments and healthier classrooms, while also reducing electricity costs.  The project was spearheaded by John Bendon, a Carden board member, parent, and the founding principal of Green Building Hawaii. As an example, […]

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GBH News

An Interview With John Bendon

Read about how and why John got into green building, and his take on the past and future of green building, and the challenges and advantages of building green in Hawaii. How did you get into green building? John: I always knew that I wanted to do something for the environment and for Hawaii, having […]

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Building Certifications, GBH News

Celebrating the Hyatt’s LEED Proclamation

What an amazing day!  Just as Tropical Storm Ana was set to arrive, the Green Building Hawaii team drove out to sunny and gorgeous Kaanapali to celebrate the Hyatt Regency Maui’s LEED certification and proclamation by the Mayor. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is now the first resort in Hawaii (and only the fourth in the WORLD) […]

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Training

Building Operator Certification Course Offered at UHMC

Building Operator Certification (BOC®) is a comprehensive, nationally recognized energy efficiency training and certification program in commercial building operations and maintenance, only offered on Maui once a year! Dates: Eight Class Meetings: Fri. 10/17, Sat. 10/25, Thu. 10/30, Fri. 11/7, Sat. 11/15, Fri. 11/21, Sat. 12/6, Thu. 12/11 Times: 8:00am – 4:30 pm Location: UHMC Campus Cost to […]

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Building Certifications

Hyatt Regency Maui attains Silver LEED Certification

With the help of Green Building Hawaii, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa has become the first resort or hotel in Hawaii to achieve a Silver level certification under the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.  This significant achievement recognizes […]

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Helpful Tips

Being Green at Home – Tips from Green Building Hawaii

If you are inspired by the environmentally friendly efforts of the Hyatt Regency Maui, here are some ways to implement similar practices at home. Below is a list of 10 things that you can do to be greener at home, along with some great resources to help you get started and become more informed. It can […]

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Industry News, Training

Last Chance for LEED V3 Exams

This coming June, the USGBC will be switching all of its exams to a LEED version 4 edition.  The exams are expected to be more difficult, and will contain entirely new content. If you have been debating, or procrastinating about taking the LEED Green Associate exam, now is the time.   The good news is, Green […]

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GBH News

LEED Waste Audit

Away is not a place. Every time something is thrown into the trash (or “thrown away”), it ends up somewhere.  In many cases, that means a landfill. Maui’s landfill currently receives 550 tons of waste per day and is projected to be full by 2026. With that in mind, this past November, Green Building Hawaii […]

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Helpful Tips, Industry News

Green Building Rating Systems and Traditional Housing in Hawai’i

The movement towards using green building rating systems is a relatively new phenomenon that has many roots in age-old building concepts. Housing for traditional cultures around the globe typically had a fairly low environmental impact, or in today’s terms, was “green”. This “greenness” of houses was born out of necessity rather than choice. Local materials […]

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Energy, Helpful Tips

Why Benchmark Your Building Using Portfolio Manager?

Since 1992 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE) has used the voluntary labeling program ENERGY STAR, to measure the efficiency of everything from major appliances, office equipment, lighting, and home electronics, to large scale items like new homes and commercial and industrial buildings and plants.  For the latter, […]

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Training

Green Trainings and the Growth of Green Jobs

With 110,000 Green Jobs created in 2012, and growth projected to continue, pursuing a nationally recognized green certification is more valuable than ever before. Two such credentials, offered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) are the LEED Green Associate (GA) and the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) designations.  The LEED GA exam is administered by […]

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