USA TODAY Article says “Green Houses are the Mainstream”


The Good Home, Maui, Hawaii
LEED Certified Residential Property

The Good Home is an example of excellent green building, but it also is a beautiful home. Shane Jackson, one of the creators of The Good Home, explains the purpose very simply. “The Good Home is proof that maximizing sustainability does not mean you have to sacrifice aesthetics, value or quality.”

USA TODAY ARTICLE


Eco-friendly homes move into mainstream

Author:Charisse Jones, USA TODAY

“You’re beginning to see critical mass, beginning to see it not just be a niche,” says Calli Schmidt, director of environmental communications for the National Association of Home Builders, a group of more than 800 state and local home building organizations. “It’s pretty much the future of building.”Growing awareness among builders and home buyers of environmentally friendly building materials and methods — plus government efforts to address climate change — are fueling the focus on eco-friendly single-family homes, environmental advocates say.

“We’re starting to see a greater focus on incentivizing green residential building,” says Jason Hartke of the U.S. Green Building Council, a collective based in Washington, D.C. The council’s guidelines for environmentally friendly buildings are the industry standard. “When you think about the idea that 40% of our carbon emissions in the U.S. comes from buildings, and about half of that is residential, we’ve got to address all our building types.”

Please click on the link above to view the article in full!

Houseplants purify the air in your home…

Excerpt from “Green Home: 10 Steps” by Renée Loux, TV show host of “It’s Easy Being Green”

Link to Renee Loux’s Website: Euphoric Organics

Purify Air with Houseplants!

Plants are not simply nice companions — they are exceedingly effective air purifiers! The EPA estimates indoor air to be 2 to 10 times more polluted than air outdoors [4]. Building materials, furnishings, carpet backing, cleaning products, computer circuitry and printers more or less continuously release pollutants. While electing for non-toxic products is part of the solution, populating the house with plants is the best way to grow fresh air every day.

Measurable benefits of houseplants:
4 Produce fresh air and oxygen
4 Reduce carbon dioxide in air
4 Reduce and remove chemical vapors emitted from synthetic materials, like formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia
4 Offer healthy, microbe-free humidity to dry indoor air
4 Reduce airborne bacteria, mold spores, and mildew
4 Foster a calm, peaceful environments, with measurable benefits including reduced stress [5, 6], more productivity in the workplace [7, 8], and quicker recovery time for hospital patients [9].

*See Renée’s latest book, The Balanced Plate, for a guide to the best air-purifying, super hero houseplants*

The Wall St. Journal May 2008: “The Housing Crisis is Over…”

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Attached is a great Wall Street Journal article regarding the movement of real estate nationwide…

In short, according to the journal:
“April 2008 will mark the bottom of the U.S. housing market. Yes, the housing market is bottoming right now.”

Please read below to see the beginning of the article, and if you are interested in reading it in full click on the attachment.

The Wall Street Journal
The Housing Crisis Is Over

By CYRIL MOULLE-BERTEAUX
May 6, 2008; Page A23

The dire headlines coming fast and furious in the financial and popular
press suggest that the housing crisis is intensifying. Yet it is very likely
that April 2008 will mark the bottom of the U.S. housing market. Yes,
the housing market is bottoming right now.

How can this be? For starters, a bottom does not mean that prices are
about to return to the heady days of 2005. That probably won’t happen
for another 15 years. It just means that the trend is no longer getting
worse, which is the critical factor…

Please click the attachment to read the article in full.

Maui’s EcoBroker

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Look for Meghan Clair’s EcoBroker advertisments in newspapers and magazines island wide! Visit www.WindermereWailea.com to see listings throughout the island of Maui!

Feng Shui for your home and Green Design go hand in hand…

Most people are familiar with Feng Shui: “The ancient Chinese practice of manipulating your physical environment to help achieve changes in your life”…what you might not know is that making your home eco-friendly was part of the Feng Shui remedy all along.

It is common to want to rearrange a home for comfort or to make the home’s energy flow better…the hidden “Green Benefit” is also saving energy and making your living space healthier to occupy as you make these changes!


Feng Shui Bagua, the map for positive home energy

Shawne Mitchell, is an renowned author, magazine editor, Realtor, and Feng Shui expert based in Santa Barbara, California. Below is an excerpt from her article: “The Gaia House”

“Apart from the obvious need to live in a home that is healthy for the body, is a deeper and age old desire to dwell in a home that is healthy for the mind and spirit, as well. A “Gaia” house takes this proclivity one more step, balancing the precepts of ecology health, and spirit to create a home sanctuary integrated with the natural world, and therefore, a healing space for mind, body, spirit and planet.

This vision of a Gaia home gives us a down to earth version of a future home integrated with green living and a sustainable lifestyle… You can create a Gaia house, designed for harmony and spirit, by incorporating and utilizing the following guidelines:

• Use materials and products that are produced locally and manufactured with a minimum impact on the environment.
• Use materials that are nontoxic, nonpolluting, biodegradable, reusable or easy to recycle.
• Design control systems that efficiently and intelligently regulate energy, heating, airflow, lighting, cooling, and water usage, and prevent pollution.
• Integrate your home with the local geographical ecosystem. Plant indigenous species of flowers and shrubs; compost organic materials; use
natural pesticides; collect and use rainwater;
recycle graywater.
• Design the home to blend with the surrounding environment and community.
• Incorporate the elements of feng shui, sacred space, and home sanctuary.
• Use harmonious and appropriate proportions.
• Use all-natural materials, when possible.”

Click here for the full article and to contact Shawne Mitchell

7 Green Tips to save you $$$ on your Real Estate Investment!

1.Use fans instead of air conditioners
Two fans, rather than an 8,000 BTU room air conditioner running four hours a day, can save over 1,150 kWh and $161 a year.

2.Shorten showers
Cutting just two minutes per shower could save up to 1,533 kWh and $215 per year.

3.Replace regular incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent light (CFL) CFLs use one-fourth the energy of an old-fashioned incandescent bulb, last longer and are cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning. Changing just one 100-watt bulb to an equivalent 26-watt CFL, based on three hours use per day, can save 81.03 kWh and $13.78 per year per bulb.

4.Fix leaky faucets
A faucet leaking just one drop of hot water per second costs 400 kWh and $56 per year.

5. Wash clothes in cold waterSwitching from Hot Wash/Warm Rinse to the Cold/Cold cycle on a standard, top-loading washing machine for just two loads a week can save 225 kWh and $32 per year.

6.Eliminate energy sneakers (phantom load)
Even when turned off, things like hairdryers, cell phone chargers and televisions use energy. Use a power strip to conveniently turn off computers (after properly logging off), monitors, printers and chargers for camera batteries, phones and PDAs, all of which use standby power when not in use. Using a power strip to turn off your computer alone can save 50 kWh and $7 per year.

7.Air dry dishes
Letting dishes air dry instead of using heated drying on the average dishwasher saves 110 kWh and $15 per year.

REDUCE-REUSE-RECYCLE

Maui Recycle Center Information

Remember the three R’s of recycling: REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE!

Reduce:
Pay attention to packaging. Manufacturers try fancy packaging to attract attention. If consumers are more cautious in their purchases, manufacturers would be forced to make changes. Avoid packaging with excess plastic, Styrofoam and cardboard.

Reuse:
Some containers can be used over and over again. Donate clothes and house hold appliances. One mans trash is another mans treasure.

Recycle:
It just makes sense!

Try setting up a small recycling center at your home.

Have separate bins for HI 5 plastic, glass and aluminum, this makes it easier when it’s time to drop off items.

Remove lids and empty containers. Rinse with water to avoid insects.

Glass is easiest to bring in to redemption centers in cans or buckets.

Recycle for financial benefit HI 5 cent return on each item recycled

EARTH DAY 2008

Musician Jack Johnson and others perform in Hawaii for the annual Kokua Earth Day Festival!

To donate, get involved or to just learn more about the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and its programs visit www.kokuahawaiifoundation.org

Kokua Hawaii Foundation is the non profit started by Jack Johnson and his wife Kim in 2003. The Foundation gets most of its exposure from its annual Kokua Festival held in Honolulu each April to bring awareness to Earth Day and raise money for its programs.

Kokua’s most recent program is the “Plastic Free Haleiwa Coalition”. Using their own community to set an example, the Kokua crew has joined forces with Haleiwa businesses and community members to provide more environmentally responsible alternatives to single use plastic bags, take out containers, utensils and water bottles.

Habitat For Humanity 2007-2008


CLICK THE PLAY ICON TO SEE US IN ACTION BUILDING 3 HOMES THIS YEAR!

Mahalos to everyone for their hard work!

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Habitat For Humanity, Maui is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non profit organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing.

Habitat for Humanity Maui is a GREEN BUILDER. Currently they have 14 homes under construction with more future projects. All proceeds from the ReStore go into the funding of these buildings.

Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – ‘sweat equity’ – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses.

Let’s keep Maui GREEN and also “save the $ green $”!

FREE Chico Bag!!!!

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This business card sized bag becomes a big reusable shopping bag!

If you haven’t seen them around the island of Maui yet…
then come visit Meghan Clair at Windermere Real Estate Wailea to receive your complimentary Chico Bag and learn more about Maui Real Estate!

Chico bags are currently the #1 Reusable bag in America. They were recently featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show and can be found online and in many retail shopping centers.

These bags are unique because YOU REMEMBER TO TAKE THEM WITH YOU TO THE STORE! The convenient size and shape fits in a pocket, purse, car glove box, or hooks right on to your key chain. They can hold almost 30lbs and are also machine washable!

Please do your part to start acting and thinking Greener!