Estrella Franco

Rating Field Inspector (RFI)

Estrella is the newest Rating Field Inspector (RFI) for Green Building Hawaii (GBH), a division of EnergyLogic. She is ENERGY STAR® Certified and currently working on her Energy Rater certification.

Estrella is local to Hawaii, born and raised in Kaneohe. She is a recent Air Force veteran, serving six years between Texas and Maryland as a Building Manager and Safety Specialist. She is an alumnus of American Military University, receiving her Bachelors in Environmental Science in 2020 and her MBA in 2021.

Estrella recently moved back to her hometown on Oahu and is assisting Zoe with energy inspections and learning the ins and outs of working in the Energy Rating field. Learn more about Estrella here.

John Bendon

Founder, Green Building Hawaii, and Senior Business Development Manager, EnergyLogic

John Bendon is a leader in Hawaii in the fields of green building and energy efficiency. Growing up on Maui, John has a passion for the people and environment of Hawaii and is proud to work in a field that provides a positive impact every day.

John and Green Building Hawaii have successfully accomplished a number of notable firsts including LEED consulting for Hawaii’s first LEED EBOM Resort (Hyatt Regency Maui), Maui’s first LEED NC building, and Hawaii’s first LEED Homes project. John is proud to be able to transfer his knowledge and expertise to the classroom and has taught green building classes to a wide range of audiences across Hawaii, the U.S. mainland, and internationally.

John holds a Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver and holds designations such as LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Energy Manager (CEM). John previously served as the Vice-Chair of the US Green Building Council – Hawaii Chapter and currently is president of the board for Carden Academy of Maui.

Along with his work, John loves spending time with his wife and three children and enjoying all the water sports Hawaii has to offer. Learn more about John here.

Austin Van Heusen

Energy Efficiency Specialist

Austin is the Energy Efficiency Specialist for Green Building Hawaii, a division of EnergyLogic, and a graduate of the University of Hawaii-Maui College (UHMC) Liberal Arts program. He is one of two Certified Building Commissioning Professionals (CBCP) in the state and a RESNET® certified HERS Rater. Both certifications are through the well-respected Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Austin has LEED AP accreditation and is the only Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) in the County of Maui.

When attending UHMC, Austin also had the opportunity to work with the HTDC/Innovate Program via SLIM as an instructor and coordinator for the manufacturing energy auditing internship program. He taught students to audit manufacturing companies and develop recommendations to reduce energy and resource use in the local manufacturing business.

Through years of collaboration with Hawaii Energy, Austin has a great relationship with our local representative Walter Enomoto and representatives State-wide. Austin has processed over $250,000 worth of Hawaii Energy rebates for our satisfied customers in the last few years. He has performed financial grade audits on over 250 buildings covering over 3 million square feet of building area, managed the installation of over 45,000 LED lamps or fixtures in over 20 different facilities, and worked with over 30 interns in green training programs. Learn more about Austin here

Rachel Zoe LaMantia

Rachel ‘Zoe’ is the Senior Energy Rater for Green Building Hawaii (GBH), a division of EnergyLogic. She is a LEED Green Associate, a RESNET® Energy Rater, and IECC and ENERGY STAR® Certified.

Zoe, a native to Tucson, Arizona, home to some of the most beautiful painted sunsets, is an alumnus from the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) at the University of Arizona. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments and a Master of Science in Architecture, Design, and Energy Conservation.

Upon graduating, Zoe relocated to Colorful Colorado in 2017, where she began working for EnergyLogic. She progressed from a Rating Field Inspector (RFI) to a certified RESNET Energy Rater, a Quality Assurance Specialist and Trainer, and then a Quality Assurance Designee. Zoe now resides in Hawaii, the Aloha State, handling energy inspections and customer relations on Oahu. Learn more about Zoe here.