Green Building / LEED
Green Design Sustainable Architecture
If you’re looking for green building, green designers, green architects or green interior designers in Maui Hawaii, then you have come to the right place. Pro Draft Inc. provides green design build services in a number of different ways
Green building’s an interesting subject. Right now, it’s all the rave. Yes, I’m a member of the USGBC, the United States Green Building Council, and I very much like doing lead projects and whatnot. Ironically, though, in essence green building is not necessarily new. A good example of this is there was a time, believe it or not, before air conditioning. People built houses in a different way because air conditioning wasn’t available. One of the most common examples of this is a wraparound porch. In a lot of the older homes, you’d see these wraparound porches and covered, what in Hawaii we call, covered lanais. This was a way to keep the sun off the side of the house and keep the house cooler in general. This is literally a very simple thing to employ that had a really significant effect on the performance of the building.
Nowadays, we call this green building. Green building is, essentially, how do we do things energy efficient. How do we make them last a long time? In other words, do things that will actually have 100-year lifespan instead of a 10, 15, 20-year lifespan. While green building’s a hot issue and I love doing it and we do a lot of it, the reality is that it’s also an old method and it’s also practically based. We’ve done a number of things.
We’ve got an article in the Maui News about green building techniques, where we’re taking cool air that is under the house and we’re allowing it to flow through the house. This is natural air conditioning. It’s called a plenum and we draw the cool air from the bottom of the house and it keeps the house cool. As a matter of fact, on this building we’re in right now, I’m in the process of putting this energy efficient roof system on there. We have an additional layer of plywood with an air gap to allow airflow, with a radiant barrier to keep that heat from the sun from penetrating the building, allowing it to vent off, which keeps it dramatically cooler.
I’m really excited about these issues and love to employ them whenever we can. I also want to remind people that this is not a new thing and it’s something that anyone can do, with any budget.
Green Drafting Services
Pro Draft Inc. can incorporate green design and sustainable architecture into virtually any project. Whether you want to go completely off grid or just add solar hot water to your existing home Just let us know what you’re interested in and we can make it happen. If you’re interested in going green but not sure how or what to do, then we suggest contacting Robert Robinson assoc. AIA here Pro Draft Inc. is happy to answer all of your questions regarding green building, green design and sustainable architecture in Hawaii.
Green Building & LEED Certifications
Pro Draft Inc provides Green Building and LEED certification services throughout Hawaii. From large commercial projects to small residential improvements we have the experience and resources to take it as far as you want to go. From alternative green building materials to green roofs and green wall systems we have everything you’ll need for your green project all under one roof for your convenience.
Everybody is “Going Green” these days, it’s the latest thing. What most people don’t know is going green is not new it’s old. Before there was air-conditioning there was green building. They used Basements and Plenums for cool air, & Covered Porches for sun protection. Even the use of “Green Roofs” have been applied throughout the last century. While these techniques have been around for a very long time they are finally starting to gain some traction in popular thinking. You may have seen our feature article on the subject in the Maui news; “Green Building Made Simple”. While green building is a very big subject with many layers of application it’s also quite simple in nature “doing more, for longer, with less”. The efficient use of resources is of paramount importance here at Pro Draft Inc. We are actively working with new materials and construction methods to increase efficiency. Educating contractors, installers and the public on their uses and benefits is one of our primary missions. If you’re interested in learning more about green building, by all means give us a call. You can also jump in yourself, I recommend starting with the USGBC.
USGBC – United States Green Building Council
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Green Building & Green Designs are something we make available to all our clients to what ever degree they desire. We also use many types of construction methods from stick framing to ICF, Steel, Concrete and AAC, we have used them all at one point or another. Some of my favorites are Green/Garden Roofs and Green Walls. This is a very exciting time in the construction industry. New methods and materials become available to us at an ever increasing rate. They also become more & more affordable as time goes on. This is the best thing to happen to our industry since building codes were established.