As current and future homeowners become more interested in the environment and sustainability, on both a global and local level, the significance of planning, design and construction has increased as buyers are doing their homework to find Maui homes for sale with trustworthy green building practices.
Green building practices on Maui considerations:
- alternative energy sources
- financial incentives for green initiatives
- visual appeal
- Local resources
Many companies further enhance and try to entice those seeking real estate that utilizes smart green building practices. People are starting to live greener and demand more environmentally responsible building standards.
Communities with sound practices can also serve as an encouragement to local businesses to start thinking about their level of sustainability; there is always a possibility to make changes to be more green. Furthermore, visitors are seeking eco-friendly lodging and with vacation rental homes in Maui, green building practices impact just about all markets, both residential, corporate and travel.
Maui Eco Built is a local company specializing in energy audits, eco modular construction and photovoltaic mounting structures and power buildings. While it all sounds beyond comprehension, basically it means:
Energy audits – Survey the power a home eats when vacant for the day. Eco modular – Prefabricated building modules brought to the site for custom assembly based on the home. Space considerations, environmentally friendly designs and to create a minimum of waste.
Photovoltaic mounting structures and photovoltaic power buildings – Combining the eco-modular construction with wall, roof, windows and doors to avoid repainting and maintenance.
Another island company specializing in green building practices is Bamboo Living, whose focus is the use of bamboo to as a structural building material in order to reduce global warming, restore the world’s native forests, protect watersheds and reduce topsoil erosions. The homes are no less durable and the wall systems are of two kinds, with Structural Insulated Panel’s that vary for insulation. It amounts to reducing excess and maintaining efficiency. Bamboo Living Homes are also LEED certifiable.
A great resource for green building practices on Maui is the Hawaii Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Defined by the USGBC, LEED is Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. According to the USGBC, LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The annual House of the Sun Solar Tour in Maui is hosted by the Hawaii PV Coalition, featuring homes and businesses currently utilizing Solar PV technology and other green building practices. The Sustainable Marketplace of the Pacific is a resource offering a design center to showcase green building practices, technologies and services available on the islands with consideration of the five main LEED categories.
HR BioPetroleum, Inc. (HRBP) is a Hawaii-based renewable energy technology company working with Maui Electric Company (MECO) on alternative energy. An algae based bio fuel farm would harness the carbon dioxide from the MECO power plant to stimulate algae growth, a resource for biofuel. Additionally, Maui green energy projects include wind power and other alternative energy sources.
Financial considerations are significant and incentives are available based on specific green building guidelines.
Maui green building practices are increasingly becoming a part of the real estate landscape for new and existing construction. The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, while its focus is on lifestyle, is another movement in tandem with its interest in green island living; green living is embraced as a way to live, eat and travel and not just individually, but as a community.