Greening of Valley Isle’s commercial buildings subject of presentation

Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at the University of Hawaii Maui College will host a pau hana event with John Bendon and Alex de Roode of Green Building Hawaii beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in Ike Lea, the LEED Silver Science Building on campus. The public is invited to attend; no registration is required.

Bendon and de Roode are consultants for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects. They will describe how to optimize resource-use efficiency in Hawaii’s commercial buildings. An overview of sustainability rating systems will also be provided.

LEED is an internationally recognized rating system that evaluates buildings for their wise resource management. New buildings are certified with LEED silver, gold or platinum. In 2009, the Montessori School of Maui was the first facility to gain LEED certification with a silver rating in Maui County. This year, Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort achieved LEED silver.

The LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance, or EBOM, rating can be achieved by any existing building, given attention and effort.

Green Building Hawaii has recently guided the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa and the Maui Economic Development Board through the process of applying for the LEED EBOM rating. With attention to energy efficiency, water use, waste management, landscape strategies, housekeeping products and habits, and customer engagement, these large facilities are leading the way in internationally recognized standards.

For more information, email mvstephe@hawaii.edu. Visit www.sustainablemaui.org and www.greenbuildinghawaii.com to learn more.