Sustainable Design

The intention of sustainable design is to eliminate negative environmental impacts completely through innovative, conscious design. Sustainable design produces building solutions that balance economy and functionality with a deep respect for the environment around us.

Sustainability Program

Sustainable Practices

Below are some of the policies and practices that we follow, striving to remain at the forefront of Honolulu's most environmentally conscientious businesses:

  • All lumber is hibor treated, the most non-toxic of regulated lumber treatments.
  • Vehicles working on vegetated lots are cleaned of soil and waste materials before leaving job sites to prevent spreading of invasive plants and insects.
  • Every effort is made to utilize lumber cut-offs and remnant materials, including utilization on other sites, selling surplus materials and offering leftovers to community.
  • Plants are relocated or stored onsite for replanting whenever possible.
  • Designers are encouraged to work with existing plant life whenever possible, making every attempt to design trees and shrubs into the finished landscape plan.
  • Green programs by all subcontractors are passed on to clients for evaluation and implementation.
  •  Construction materials from remodel and demolition projects are extracted for re-use whenever possible, either reclaimed for the project, sold, or given away to community .
  • All projects are designed for thermal efficiency resulting in less energy used for cooling and heating.
  • Windows and other openings are designed for optimal UV and heat protection.
  • Clients are trained toward maintenance of their property for future energy savings and efficient management of resources.
  • Minimal paper is used for administration, the majority of field and office communication is electronic.