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Hyatt Regency Maui attains Silver LEED Certification

posted on 15 Sep, 2014 | Commercial

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 the Hyatt’s outstanding performance in areas such as energy and water efficiency, waste diversion and recycling, sustainable purchasing, site management, and indoor environmental quality.  “The successful bid for a LEED certification by the Hyatt could not have been achieved without the support of the entire organization.  Green Building Hawaii is proud to have played a key role in their certification process and be a part of this outstanding team” said Alex de Roode, Director of Sustainability & Business Development for Green Building Hawaii. The property recently completed renovations throughout the resort, including the pool...

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Being Green at Home

posted on 10 Sep, 2014 | Residential

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 take some time to implement all of these practices, so it is recommended to start with the ones that most easily fit your lifestyle, and go from there. 1. Change your light bulbs- CFL bulbs use about 25% of the energy that incandescent bulbs use, and LED’s use about 10%. Both also last much longer than comparable incandescent lamps. For more information about these lighting technologies and how you can save money and energy, visit the following website: http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/saving-electricity/lighting 2. Recycle- Divert waste from the landfill by...

Last Chance for LEED V3 Exams

posted on 28 Mar, 2014 | Training

  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 Building Hawaii is here to help! Starting April 22nd, Green Building Hawaii will be offering its proven LEED GA exam prep and training course for LEED version 3, for the final time.  This course comes with an extremely high pass rate, and glowing testimonials from previous attendees, so you can feel confident about passing the test the first time.  The course is entirely live online and consists of four sessions of two hours each for a total of eight hours of instruction.  USGBC Hawaii Chapter members are offered a discount on the already affordably priced...

LEED Waste Audit

posted on 28 Mar, 2014 | Commercial

    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 and The Hyatt Regency Maui teamed up with Maui Disposal in order to do a full-scale waste stream audit of the Hyatt Regency Maui property.  The goal of the audit was to determine what percentage of material that is currently in the waste stream, could be diverted from the landfill via recycling, reuse, or composting.   With a team of dedicated waste auditors from Hyatt, GBH, and Maui Disposal, several thousand pounds of trash were separated and sorted in order to be weighed.  47% of the waste that was sorted was non-recyclable, non-compostable garbage.  Most of the...

Green Building Rating Systems and Traditional Housing in Hawai’i

posted on 13 Sep, 2013 | Residential

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 were used, because that was what was available. Placement and construction of houses were tailored to local environmental conditions that worked with the wind, sun, and topography of the area. Houses were generally small and communities were compact and walk-able due to the lack of cars. All of these traits that we associate with current green building practices were common place elements in Hawaiian housing until fairly recently. Even through the plantation age in Hawaii, houses could be considered fairly green by today’s standard. Single wall plantation houses used few materials; natural ventilation and raised post-and-pier...

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