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.
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.