Maui Energy Conference 2015

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We're going to be at this years Maui Energy Conference on March 25-27, 2015.

This year's focus:

A Focus on the Customer

"Join us as we explore the evolving role of the electric utility through the lens of the customer. The relationship between customers and electric utilities is changing with the growing array of options and services available to meet customer energy needs. Nationally recognized experts will discuss emerging trends in the electric utility industry and public policy shaping customer choices including customer engagement programs, distributed generation, microgrids, demand response programs, and renewables integration."

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How to Choose a Contractor

By Herman Goldma

Whether you’re planning an energy-producing project like a solar water heater or wind turbine, or buying an energy-efficient appliance, one of the most important decisions you will make is which contractor to hire. Here are some questions to ask to be sure the job’s done right.

1. Does the contractor hold the appropriate license for the work he/she proposes to perform?

A contractor needs to be licensed for any project whose total cost exceeds $1,000.

Contractors must also be licensed for any project that requires a permit, such as electrical or plumbing work.

2. Does the contractor carry the proper insurance?

To be licensed, a contractor must carry liability insurance and workman’s compensation insurance.

3. Is the contractor experienced in the field?

One good way to determine experience is to ask for customer references (five recent ones, if possible).

4. Does the contractor pull all necessary County of Maui permits for each project?

It is important to be sure that all necessary permits are pulled, and that all required inspections are requested and passed. Failure to meet these requirements may complicate future work or affect the sale of the property. To review the permit and inspection history of a contractor, visit the County of Maui permit site: kivanet10g.co.maui.hi.us/kivanet/2/permit/index.cfm

5. Have any complaints been filed against this contractor?

The State of Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs keeps track of complaints filed about a contractor on its Web site: cms.ehawaii.gov/cms/app/search.html.

For more information on how to choose a contractor, visit mauicountygreenbook.com

Common Questions to Ask a Contractor of Solar Installation

Q. What should I expect for a warranty of the PV system I purchase?

A. The various components of the PV system will each have their own warranties. Your PV installer should provide the detailed product warranties to you. Here are some of the common warranty features that you should look for:

Modules usually will have two types of warranties, which are as follow:

The first, and usually the shorter, is a material and workmanship warranty pertaining to the manufacturing of the module. For many modules this type of warranty is for a 10 year period. Some manufacturers offer a shorter period, a few offer a little more.

The second warranty is that the module will meet a specific performance level (under laboratory conditions) at a specific age. For most manufacturers this covers a period of 25 years, but the terms vary. Some manufacturers offer a stepped warranty, where the module should be at a particular level for so many years, then for the remainder of the warranty a lower level is allowed. Many manufacturers offer a linear warranty, in which the module performance is allowed to taper gradually over the life of the warranty. The linear warranty does not allow for as much “slack”, so if all other factors are equal, it would be advantageous to the system owner

Inverters warranties can vary quite a bit. Some manufacturers offer a fairly short warranty but then offer an optional extended warranties. One popular inverter comes with a 5 year warranty, but you can opt for a 20 year warranty package. Other inverters come with a stock warranty of up to 25 years.

Mounting Hardware, consisting of flashings, brackets, rails and bolts, vary a bit. Most rails and many flashings are made of anodized aluminum. A common warranty period for these would be 10 years, but the finish may only be covered by a 5 year warranty.

Labor warranties for the system are dependent on the PV installer. The minimum standard warranty would be 1 year. Some companies offer 5 or more year labor warranties.

Q. What are some of the best racking and mounting practices that my PV installer should use for my system?

A. A short list of things that should be taken into consideration is as follows:

Modules layout should avoid those areas of the roof where exposed the highest wind, if at all possible.

Mounting fasteners should penetrate into rafters, or into properly installed blocking between the rafters.

The quantity of mounting fastener is a factor in the systems resistance to wind. In the event of a wide rafter spacing, such as with some open beam structures, a third mounting rail can be added to the usual pair, thus providing more strength.

PV arrays are more securely held to the roof when all the rafters beneath the array are incorporated into the support system, yet it is not necessary to support each rail at every rafter. To maximize the system strength then, the rafters used are in a staggered pattern from rail to rail. Note that the rafters near the two ends of the rails will need to be used for both fastener patterns so that the rail cantilever can remain within the manufacturer’s specifications. 

2012 Award for Hyatt Residence

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii presented 3D Builders with a Renaissance Building and Remodeling Award for one of their latest residential projects, the Hyatt Residence.

Entrant: Marc Taron, AIA
Contractor: 3D - Builders
Architect: Arquitectura, LLC 
Designer: Margie Hyatt
Landscape: Al & Margie Hyatt
Photographer: PXL Creative

Please click here to view award details

Please click here to view gallery of the Hyatt Residence

The Green Movement

On the occasion of the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, an estimated 20 million people participated in demonstrations and other events. The national teach-in, organized by Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, represented either the birth of the modern environmental movement or the last gasp of the ’60s—take your pick—but it’s clear that the cultural and political ground had shifted. That year, the Environmental Protection Agency was established and the Clean Air Act signed into law. Later in the decade, a new generation of architects and designers began exploring solar power and other sustainable building practices, fueled in part by a spike in energy prices.
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New Online Business Listing

3D Builders is expanding our online presence. We would love to hear feedback from our friends and clients on our listings, so we can continue to build new custom homes for our neighbors in paradise.

Check Out Our Custom Home Building & Design Service on Thumbtack.com
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Blind Renaissance

Since 1972, Blind Renaissance has an extensive history of creating the strong visual identity and cohesive media presence demanded by the sophistication of marketing environments. We design engaging, client-specific promotional materials by combining an educated artistic sensibility, knowledge of advertising trends in multiple industries and the ability to appropriately utilize new design, web and printing technology.

New House Plans

3D Builders would like to present three new custom house plans: Kaleo, Kona and Pikake.


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Blind Renaissance

Since 1972, Blind Renaissance has an extensive history of creating the strong visual identity and cohesive media presence demanded by the sophistication of marketing environments. We design engaging, client-specific promotional materials by combining an educated artistic sensibility, knowledge of advertising trends in multiple industries and the ability to appropriately utilize new design, web and printing technology.

LEED® Certification News

USGBC Has Granted LEED Silver For 3D Builders Home.

Yes we have our first LEED certified home under construction and have one of our Project Managers getting LEED accredited and we are encouraging all of our clients to go GREEN. We were the first contractor in the State to have solar water heating as a standard feature on all of our homes. We have also been using high efficiency A/C, Tech Shield radiant barrier roof sheathing, dual glazed windows and Energy Star Appliances as standards in our homes for many years.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™ is the nationally accepted standard for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings. 

LEED certification for new construction is based on specific actions in multiple categories, such as:

  • Water Use | Landscape with native plants, capture rainwater runoff
  • Energy | Install solar panels, buy energy from a renewable resource
  • Materials Selection | Build a recycling room, recycle 50% of construction waste
  • Indoor Environmental Quality | Use low-emission, low-toxicity paints
  • Innovation | Have a LEED-accredited professional on the project team
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LEED AP HOMES, LEED AP BD+C
Green Building LLC
Consulting-Testing-Certification
www.BuildHawaiiGreen.com

Seeing Green

Building combines commercial durability with ‘green’ materials

Sometimes forward thinking people can be way ahead of the curve. “Until Goodfellow (Brothers) started work on the new South Maui Community Park earlier this year, everyone who saw our ‘Two Daughters’ project thought we were crazy,” said Doug McLeod of DKK Properties LLC. “Now that the land has been reshaped by the contractors, we just look early, not crazy.”

Doug is talking about the office building at 2679 Wai Wai Place in Kihei named for his twin daughters.

“People are starting to get excited about this park because they can see what a huge change it can be toKihei. Ballfields, jogging . . . over 40 acres in all.”

The park is directly across fromthe new office building on what will be a new north south collector road. It is also adjacent to Lokelani Intermediate School on Liloa Drive.

To encourage a walkable community, the TwoDaughters property also includes a publicwalking path to connect the future community park with Kihei Business Park.

“From the beginning we knew two things,” said Doug of the project. “One, that we would build at a height that allowed the tenants to directly access the park. Two, because this was a park,wewould create a green building thatwould complement the park.” Doug is also in the process of having a shower installed for use by tenants who jog or bike to work.

“Our starting point is that a green building should take up as small a ‘footprint’ as possible,” Doug continued. “The ‘aina is precious so we try not to ‘spread out.’ For the Two Daughters project, we chose to excavate blue rock that most sane developers avoid at all cost. The reason was to provide our own parking underneath the building. Our builder Don Roth of 3DBuilders andDesign, Inc.was a great partner in all this. 3D helped us come up with a way to combine commercial durability with green materials. Mike Bailey of Bamboo Maui, Inc. provided his expertise and we were able to use cork in the elevator and second floor hallways, and a ‘stranded’ bamboo floor for heavy duty use. We also said from the beginning that we would build ADA compliant so everyone can use the facility.”

The blue rock excavated from the site was recycled into stone walls all over the island, including one at the property.

Energy efficient and energy producing commercial building

To minimize the impact of the project, the developer had to consider consumption of energy and other resources. As explained by Walter Enomoto of ProVision, the solar contractor for the project: “Doug McLeod and Don Roth of 3D Builders went above and beyond in terms of creating a building that is not only very energy efficient but energy producing. The Energy Star rated air conditioning systems, energy efficient lighting, advanced elevator system and 4500 watt Pro Vision Solar SunPower solar electric system all contribute to help the tenants of the Two Daughters Building enjoy these benefits for many years to come.”

DKK Properties LLC, in showing its commitment to clean energy, has been recognized by U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Recently, the project qualified for $15,150 in award money due to the developer’s commitment to investing in domestic renewable energy production.

Common areas of the building have operated as a “zero net” user of electricity in most months this year under a net metering agreement with MECO. Doug recognizes the building is not at full occupancy yet but it is retrofitted for additional photovoltaic panels should the need arise. Energy comes from the solar panels on the roof to MECO during the day, and power is taken fromMECO at night. The project also qualified for rebates from the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program based on the ultra high efficiency air conditionerswith a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of 21, the energy efficient lighting, and the high efficiency motors.

“No tenant has chosen to spend the money for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification yet, but we certainly would hope to qualify at the Silver level or higher under that program,” said Doug.

The office spaces can be leased separately or combined in a number of ways to accommodate different needs from 650 to over 3,600 square feet.

“It’s the best deal for green office space at $1.50 a square foot,” said Realtor (Sales) Gaen Gysel. He is one of the contact agents for the property with Prudential Commercial Services Iwado Realty.

“It’s brand new and our spaces are finished,” added Doug.

To learn more about the flexible leasing options, call Gaen at 270-9107.

Seeing Green

The Maui News - Saturday, July 17, 2010 - C1

Building combines commercial durability with ‘green’ materials

Sometimes forward thinking people can be way ahead of the curve.

“Until Goodfellow (Brothers) started work on the new South Maui Community Park earlier this year, everyone who saw our ‘Two Daughters’ project thought we were crazy,” said Doug McLeod of DKK Properties LLC. “Now that the land has been reshaped by the contractors, we just look early, not crazy.”

Doug is talking about the office building at 2679 Wai Wai Place in Kihei named for his twin daughters.

“People are starting to get excited about this park because they can see what a huge change it can be toKihei. Ballfields, jogging . . . over 40 acres in all.”

The park is directly across fromthe new office building on what will be a new north south collector road. It is also adjacent to Lokelani Intermediate School on Liloa Drive.

To encourage a walkable community, the TwoDaughters property also includes a publicwalking path to connect the future community park with Kihei Business Park.

“From the beginning we knew two things,” said Doug of the project. “One, that we would build at a height that allowed the tenants to directly access the park. Two, because this was a park,wewould create a green building thatwould complement the park.” Doug is also in the process of having a shower installed for use by tenants who jog or bike to work.

“Our starting point is that a green building should take up as small a ‘footprint’ as possible,” Doug continued. “The ‘aina is precious so we try not to ‘spread out.’ For the Two Daughters project, we chose to excavate blue rock that most sane developers avoid at all cost. The reason was to provide our own parking underneath the building. Our builder Don Roth of 3DBuilders andDesign, Inc.was a great partner in all this. 3D helped us come up with a way to combine commercial durability with green materials. Mike Bailey of Bamboo Maui, Inc. provided his expertise and we were able to use cork in the elevator and second floor hallways, and a ‘stranded’ bamboo floor for heavy duty use. We also said from the beginning that we would build ADA compliant so everyone can use the facility.”

The blue rock excavated from the site was recycled into stone walls all over the island, including one at the property.

Energy efficient and energy producing commercial building

To minimize the impact of the project, the developer had to consider consumption of energy and other resources. As explained by Walter Enomoto of ProVision, the solar contractor for the project: “Doug McLeod and Don Roth of 3D Builders went above and beyond in terms of creating a building that is not only very energy efficient but energy producing. The Energy Star rated air conditioning systems, energy efficient lighting, advanced elevator system and 4500 watt Pro Vision Solar SunPower solar electric system all contribute to help the tenants of the Two Daughters Building enjoy these benefits for many years to come.”

DKK Properties LLC, in showing its commitment to clean energy, has been recognized by U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Recently, the project qualified for $15,150 in award money due to the developer’s commitment to investing in domestic renewable energy production.

Common areas of the building have operated as a “zero net” user of electricity in most months this year under a net metering agreement with MECO. Doug recognizes the building is not at full occupancy yet but it is retrofitted for additional photovoltaic panels should the need arise. Energy comes from the solar panels on the roof to MECO during the day, and power is taken fromMECO at night. The project also qualified for rebates from the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program based on the ultra high efficiency air conditionerswith a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) rating of 21, the energy efficient lighting, and the high efficiency motors.

“No tenant has chosen to spend the money for a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification yet, but we certainly would hope to qualify at the Silver level or higher under that program,” said Doug.

The office spaces can be leased separately or combined in a number of ways to accommodate different needs from 650 to over 3,600 square feet.

“It’s the best deal for green office space at $1.50 a square foot,” said Realtor (Sales) Gaen Gysel. He is one of the contact agents for the property with Prudential Commercial Services Iwado Realty.

“It’s brand new and our spaces are finished,” added Doug.

To learn more about the flexible leasing options, call Gaen at 270-9107.

Award of Merit

Kimberly McEvoy receives the Award of Merit from the ASID 2009 Design Excellence Awards Hawaii Chapter for Aina Gourmet Market Retail space, also known as the 100 Mile Market.

At the recently completed Honua Kai Resort at Kaanapali’s North Beach, a vanilla shell awaited inspiration and creativity. A relatively small space, designated for Aina Gourmet Market, McEvoy was challenged to integrate a gourmet market, coffee bar, wine specialty shop, local produce retail, gift store and resort sundries. The owners’ wanted a high-end look with an organic feel. Essential in the design was sustainability as exemplified by the proprietors’ flagship restaurants, Pacific’O and I’o, complemented with their organic upcountry O’o Farm.