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he New Hawaiian Home is a model demonstration prototype home designed to meet the highest level of the six elements of green building: Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Resource Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Site/Design/Lot Orientation and User Education. If you are thinking about tearing down your existing home or building a new home, you may want to consider putting in an offer to have this home built on your lot. The Building Industry Association of Hawaii, in partnership with Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP), and a total of 80 consultants, contractors and suppliers, have collaborated to build The New Hawaiian Home to record how green building is implemented in design, construction and living. This home will be certified to meet two green building programs; the ANSI National Green Building Standard and the LEED for Homes. For the next three weeks, we will be presenting Resource Efficiency, Indoor Air Quality, Site/Design/Lot Ori-

In n the e kitchen • The dishwasher is a water-efficient model. • The faucets are low flow and have aerators. • The garbage disposal is designed to be used sparingly since composting is included for kitchen waste.

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In n the e laundry • The washer has variable settings for water volume to select the minimum amount required per load. • There is a short wash cycle for lightly soiled loads; normal, permanent press wash cycles use more water.

entation and User Education. For past articles, see The New Hawaiian Home Blog: biahawaii.org Following are the features that have been included to address the Green Building Element of Water

In n the e bathroom • The toilet is the biggest water user in the house. • The toilet has a dual flush feature: push up for 1 gallon and down for 1.5 gallons. • Bathroom faucets are water-saving with low flow restrictors. Karen Nakamoto is the executive vice president of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.

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Golden Cabinets our design consultants will come to your home and help take final measurements, if needed. Golden Cabinets also is a full-service company. We can remove and install your new cabinets as well as your granite countertops. Additionally, we will coordinate your kitchen remodel in order to minimalize the impact on your daily life. Our quality installers are fast and efficient and will leave your project clean and complete.

t Golden Cabinets, we design to satisfy needs and fulfill desires. Just bring in your rough dimensions of your kitchen or bath, and we’ll do the rest. We utilize the latest in computer cad design — a program that allows us to create a realistic 3D image of your kitchen or bath in as little as 10 minutes. Our cabinets feature all hardwood face frames, doors and boxes; no particle boards are utilized. We have oak, cherry and maple hardwood stained in shades to choose from, and all of our cabinets are in stock. This means that you can pick up your cabinets in just a few days — and not six to eight weeks after they were ordered. You will be impressed with the quality of our cabinet construction. We offer full extension slides on all our drawers, or you may upgrade to Blum whisper close glides. Steele re-enforced corners and 5/8-inch side walls and door pulls are included. Once you’ve made your choice, one of

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Making

Life Safer through bathroom redesign

edesigning your bathroom could be the most effective way to reduce the risk of a serious accident in your home. There are about 25,000 accidents in the bathroom each year in the United States — many of which occur while residents try stepping into the tub. To solve this problem in the traditional way, a contractor would take out the tub and change it into a shower pan, allowing for easy access that would cost thousands and normally take about one

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week to accomplish. You need to plan for the downtime, mess and hassles associated with this type of job such as demolition of the walls and removal of the tub. If you have only one bathroom, this could be a nightmare. At All Island Bath, we have a solution that is a fraction of the cost, takes only three to four hours, can be used in a few hours after installation and comes with a lifetime warranty. It’s called a Cut Out. Our trained technicians cut out a section of your tub 25-inches wide by 8-inches

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hotovoltaics is creating quite a buzz among Hawaii homeowners. Also known as PV, photovoltaics is a form of solar. “But instead of heating your water, it actually produces electricity,” explains Chad Matsumoto, who co-owns Alternative Electric with Bronson Apana. Although the up-front costs may be high, there are many benefits that make PV a wise overall investment, and Matsumoto offers these examples: Lowerr monthly y electric c bill.. This may be the most recognizable benefit.

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Alternative Electric offers free consultations and estimates on how many PV panels are needed. A company representative visits a home and looks at its roof design, electrical set up, electrical consumption and a homeowner’s budget before recommending a suitable system. Tax x credits. Although the initial cost for PV is high, many people may overlook the tax credits. State and federal solar energy income tax credits can reimburse up to 65 percent of the cost of

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ou may be one of the many Hawaii homeowners who have thought about replacing an old floor or dirty carpets with new wood or tile flooring. But are you a bit overwhelmed by the choices, mainly because you don’t quite know what those choices are all about? Well, according to Shirley Pai Hilton of Pacific Imports International, you are not alone. “What we notice most about the people who call or come into our showroom is their great need for information,” says Hilton. “We can literally spend hours with a particular customer, educating them on the different types of wood and stone flooring, each product’s features, functions, and benefits, and also give them tips on what might best suit their decorating taste. It’s an essential part of helping the customer make a decision that they will be happy with!” For example, do you know that those lines between the planks of wood flooring are called a micro-bevel? Do you know what its purpose is? Furthermore, do you know that the top layer of wood on an engineered floor has to be thick — but not too thick? Or how

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about what acclimation is? Or what the difference is between ceramic and porcelain tile? Hilton answers these questions at Pacific Imports’ free flooring seminars. The next session will be held on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the company’s Kalihi showroom. The program will start with very basic information on the various types of wood, stone, and tile flooring on the market and there will even be installation professionals on hand to answer questions. These professionals also will touch on such subjects as environmentally friendly products and native Hawaiian woods. “People always walk away very happy with the information that they gain, and the feedback has been incredibly positive. If you are looking for new flooring, you should definitely attend,” says Hilton. The public is invited to come down and experience

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Q: Can you tell me a little bit about moldings? A: Moldings are trim pieces used to finish off your wood or laminate flooring and give it a beautiful professional look. An end molding (aka end cap aka threshold) wraps off the raw ends of the floor to give it a smooth finish, either freestanding or butting up to another floor. A t-molding bridges a gap between two different floors (say wood and tile, or a break in the wood). A reducer is used to slope down to a lower floor, like carpet or vinyl. And lastly, perimeter moldings such as quarter rounds, base shoe or base boards, cover the expansion gap that needs to be left when you interface with a wall or other finite space. Wood and laminate constantly expand and contract and that gap provides breathing room. Please email questions to shilton@piiwood.com. ALOHA!

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What all consumers should know about

onsumers looking into the purchase of solar energy systems need to acquaint themselves with the nuances of the industries. It is our opinion that the more one knows about the technology, the better one will be able to make informed decisions. The intent of this article is to give you information you can use to qualify your purchase. Solar energy systems are an excellent idea, but consumers should know how this technology works before making a purchase. The following information is provided to give you some facts regarding solar energy:

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• Solar panels or modules are generally installed on roofs. Consumers should be concerned about the racking systems that

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hold the modules in place. The roof penetrations for the racking systems have waterproofing issues requiring proper roof flashings to ensure the roof will not leak. Also, there is the issue of the wind uplift. If the racking system consists of field fabricated u channel metal and a bolt to hold it in place, it has not been tested as an assembly to meet wind uplift ratings. The result is that it will have a high probability of leaking and failing during high winds. As a result, the homeowner will be faced with the possibility of having the modules fly off the roof and damaging the panels or

causing property damage to the neighboring residences. A worst-case scenario is having a panel strike someone. Only racking systems that have been tested to meet 105 mph winds should be consid-

ered for your home. • Flashing systems for the roof penetrations should be roofing standard flashing details. We are seeing far too many installations where flashing details rely on caulking around the penetration in order to function as a barrier to water entering the living space below. Consumers should expect that the flashing details are roofing industry standard and accepted details. The roofing industry has far more experience regarding roof leaks, and reputable roofing contractors would never flash a roof penetration with just caulking. We suggest that the solar contractor you are considering provide you with the flashing detail that they plan on using and you contact a roofing contractor to see if they are acceptable. As a cautionary note, most roof warranties are voided if improper flashing details are installed. • Solar modules warranties are provided in two forms — one for the power efficiency and the other for panel construction. Generally, consumers are told that the solar modules come with a 20- or 25-year warranty. The warranty for this period of time is the power efficiency warranty SEE PAGE 10

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Flooring for Everyone Wayne’s offering durable Hybrid line Hawaii stocked patterns include Acacia Koa, Carbonized Bamboo, Ice Maple, Buttercream, White Hazelnut and Hackberry. Interest in Metroflor Hybrid has increased tremendously since it was introduced at the Building Industry Association of Hawaii’s Remodel it Right Home Expo. Metroflor:: A Design n thatt Performs

he new Hybrid line offers customers the next generation of flooring products by combining the benefits of wood, laminate and resilient flooring. The line fuses a highly durable resilient top layer to a high-density fiberboard. Hybrid offers the latest technology in high-performance flooring at an affordable price, thus creating an incredible

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value. The product will give many years of sustainable performance and durability with some of the most beautiful styles in the industry. With four convenient locations on Oahu to serve you, Wayne’s Flooring America now offers the entire Hybrid Collection.

Do you have a passion for great design? At Metroflor, we are committed to bringing you the latest trends in flooring with functionality. We have a great appreciation for style, design and color. We search the globe for floors that make a statement. Best of all, our prices are designed to fit your budget. Another unique aspect is that our floor-

ing is built to last, whether it is being used in residential or commercial application. We never sacrifice performance and quality at Metroflor and we are passionate about making sure our floors are built to last for today’s demanding lifestyle. Without a doubt, our floors are: • quiet, warm and comfortable underfoot; • environmentally responsible and sustainable; • strong and require no adhesives; • durable for residential and most commercial applications; • easy to maintain, and no waxing is necessary • dependable and come with 25-year residential/7-year commercial warranties.

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hat’s the one natural resource you rely on most in a day? If you think about it from the first things you do in the morning, to the chores you do, to the last things you do to wrap up your day, you’ll likely conclude it’s water. We use it for showering, brushing teeth, flushing the toilet, washing dishes, cleaning, cooking, drinking and more — without water, we’d be lost. The problem is, high demand is leading to concerns about water shortages. With fresh water supplies diminishing because of misuse and pollution, the worldwide water crisis will eclipse many other environmental issues in the coming years. That’s why it’s so important to learn what your water footprint is and how you can begin reducing it now. Your water footprint — how much water you use on a daily, weekly or monthly basis — might be a lot bigger than you think. If you tend to go about your daily activities without considering how much water is literally going down the drain, it’s likely that there’s room for improvement. The good news is that there are plenty of easy fixes that can help you

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reduce your water footprint. Here are a few ideas to help you get started: • In the laundry room. The average American household uses 16,000 gallons of water each year, just on laundry, so it’s a major factor in your footprint. One way to cut back on water usage in the laundry room is to use a high-performance frontloading washing machine. They typically use far less water than top-loaders, and washers from Miele use less than 13 gallons — which is less than other Energy Starrated washing machines. Also, take a thoughtful approach to how you run the washer — only use it for full loads, unless the unit is equipped with a load recognition sensor that only fills the washer with enough water to manage that load. It’s also important to have a washer that treats your clothes well. Your clothes themselves affect your water footprint — it takes 3,600 gallons of water to produce just a single cotton T-shirt and a pair of jeans. In addition to saving on water, all Miele’s front-loading washers treat clothes gently with their patented honeycomb

drum technology that is proven to extend the life of clothes up to four times longer than other washers. The fewer clothes you buy, the smaller your water footprint. It also lessens strain on your wallet. • In the bathroom. Long, hot showers might feel good after a long day, but they’ll expand your water footprint quickly. Limit the amount of time you spend in the shower by setting a timer — or keep a clock in your bathroom so you can watch the time. If you have the option to do a bit of remodeling in your bathroom, consider installing a new toilet that offers a dual flush option (a half flush and a whole flush). By using the half flush option more frequently, you’ll save a good deal of water. Other water-saving steps include installing a high-efficiency showerhead and turning off the water as you brush your teeth and wash your face.

• In the kitchen. Think back to how you approach washing clothes, and apply it to your dishwasher — make sure you’re washing a full load and using the most efficient setting. If your machine is more than 10 years old, consider replacing it with a new water- and energy-efficient model. From your washing machine to your garden, some simple adjustments can shrink your water footprint to a more earth-friendly size. For more information about saving water, visit the EPA’s WaterSense website at www.epa.gov/watersense; or to learn about how much water goes into making your clothes and how best to protect them, visit mieleusa.com.

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Furniture for all seasons

sland Style Furnishings in Kaneohe is proud to introduce Australis Leisure brand allweather furniture. It was developed in Australia to withstand the harshest of environments. The key to its success was choosing durable and appealing materials. Wood has the timeless classic beauty that everyone loves. Merbau wood (also known as kwila) is regarded as one of the most durable and stable timbers in the world. It grows in Northern Australia and across Southeast Asia, so it was well-known as the wood of choice for making docks, decks and flooring. Merbau is the perfect wood for outdoor furniture. It is twice as hard as teak, which makes it resistant to abrasion, pitting or roughening. Prior to manufacture, the merbau is kiln-dried to

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a moisture content of 12 percent. This stabilizes the structure of the timber so it doesn’t warp or crack. The furniture contains reddishbrown tannin, which gives it its characteristic color. This tannin makes the wood naturally rot-resistant and insect-proof. The furniture is easy to clean and maintain. Periodic application of a product is recommended, and will help pre-

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and not the module construction warranty. The warranty states that the panels will produce in the anniversary year, Year 20, at least 80 percent of what they produced in Year One. The warranty that deals with the construction of the module is usually not mentioned and only lasts from five to 10 years. If the modules break after the panel construction warranty expires, you will have to replace the panel. The point that consumers should understand about warranties is to not be misled to believe that your investment is protected beyond what these warranties state. Furthermore, warranties are written to protect the manufacturers — not the consumer. Most consumers hear “guarantee� when the word “warranty� is spoken. Warranties have all the limitations the manufacturers want in the document to protect themselves, not the consumer. Consumers should ask for a copy of the warranty and read the document closely to see what rights have been taken away from them and what is actually being protected. Let the buyer beware and understand some things may sound too good to be true. Pacific Islands Construction believes that an informed consumer will make a bettor decision when purchasing their solar energy system. We can be contacted at 841-7756 to discuss your solar energy needs. We also can be reached at pic05@hawaii.rr.com.

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After a day or two has passed, go back to the box and look for items that define your personality, or will be noticed by guests visiting your home. “Ask yourself: when is enough, enough?” says McCleary. “Each piece of furniture in the room can function to complement. Accessories and works of art should contrast.” When you look at your well-designed room, you should see positive elements, as well as appreciate negative space by removing unnecessary pieces that don’t add to the design composition. Interior design students at The Art In-

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