Carden Academy Goes Green!

posted on 9 Sep, 2015 | Commercial

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 As an example, three outdated window air conditioning units in the kindergarten classroom were replaced with one split A/C  unit, saving energy and reducing noise caused by the older units. The old A/C units will be replaced with brand new, insulated, heat reducing windows, to bring in natural light while reducing passive solar heating. Formaldehyde-free insulation, certified for school environments, was installed in many classrooms.  Several windows also received tinting, which will reduce heat transfer and result in improved energy efficiency. Lighting was another big focus for the summer project. Each classroom had the lighting optimized to...

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What’s New with Green Building? Interview with John Bendon

posted on 10 Dec, 2014 | General News

The following is part two of the interview with John Bendon, Founding Principal.     Read part one, about how and why John got into green building, here.  What's new with green building? What kind of trends or changes have you seen in the green building industry since you started?  There’s a lot more availability of green products than there ever was - things are easier to get, they are cheaper to get, and there’s a lot more awareness than when we first started. For example, when we were doing the Montessori project, it was really hard to find cabinets with no urea formaldehyde and now that’s the essentially the industry standard.  Its the same with paints - it used to be hard to find paints with low or NO VOCs and now most paints are available that way. There’s also been a huge burst of solar energy, when I started out there were many...

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Meet John Bendon – Part One

posted on 1 Dec, 2014 | Staff

The following is an excerpt of a two-part interview with John Bendon, Founding Principal of Green Building 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 grown up here on Maui, and I had a passion for the outdoors and for the environment. I went to school in Boulder and got my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies, but I realized that I didn’t want to be a scientist or stuck behind a microscope. But I was still interested in the ecology and the bigger picture. After college, I was working with some developers doing a senior housing community, and I saw just an incredible amount of waste. I just knew that there must be a better way of handling the construction.  I had already worked quite a bit in the construction industry on Maui when...

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Celebrating the Hyatt’s LEED Proclamation

posted on 20 Oct, 2014 | Commercial

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) 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.  It is also the first building in Maui County to receive this designation. Following the speeches and requisite photo ops, the Hyatt’s Senior Engineer, Gary Bulsom, and Marketing Manager, Jessica Kapoor, gave a brief tour of the property and one of the newly renovated guest rooms, as they highlighted some of the projects and achievements that helped earn their LEED status.  Here are...

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Building Operator Certification Course Offered at UHMC

posted on 17 Sep, 2014 | Training

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 Student: $200 (supported by generous funding from Hawaii Energy) Deadline for Application: Wednesday, October 1 For more on the program or to apply:   BOC® is specifically designed for facility managers and support staff, building operators, maintenance workers, chief/facility engineers and support staff, and mechanical and electrical contractors who support chiller plants. Applicants who are experienced or currently employed in one of these positions will be given preference. Topics include measuring and benchmarking energy performance, efficiency in HVAC and lighting systems, indoor environmental quality, and common opportunities and building scoping for operational improvement. Alex de Roode and John Bendon from Green...

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