Green Remodeling Ideas That’ll Make Your Friends Jealous

Sure, you recycle, repurpose, and refurbish, but wouldn’t you love to really knock your friends’ organic socks off? Turn them green with envy with these sweet, sustainable upgrades.

Reclaim Your Floors

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Renewable, durable, and versatile, reclaimed wood is recycled — no new trees are chopped down for your floors. For a truly green floor, make sure any adhesive backing is free of formaldehyde and other harmful VOCs. Prices vary depending on the source and how much work it took to transform the wood from its previous use into flooring, but expect to pay about $5-$15 per square foot. Reclaimed wood is a hot seller, so it should be clearly labeled.

Thumbs Up for Terrazzo

terrazzo

Chips of recycled glass cast into a concrete slab make up terrazzo, a green countertop choice known for its durability and nearly limitless color options. Recycled components make up the bulk of the material — the glass chips usually come from post-consumer sources, such as bottles and windshields, which make terrazzo a greener choice than granite, but not cheaper. You can expect to pay about $57-$68 per square foot. On the upside, it’s easy to clean, and so tough that you can put a hot pot directly on it.

Righteous Rain Gardens

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Rainwater picks up all sorts of pollutants like salt, fertilizer, and oil on its way into storm drains, which then dump the water into rivers and lakes. Rain gardens — plants arranged in a shallow depression — help soak up rainwater. That reduces erosion, improves water quality and decreases the chance of flooding. Costs vary depending on the size of your garden and what kind of plants you use, but native plants are typically cheaper and better for wildlife, too.

Burning Clean

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Say good-bye to firewood and chimneys. This dancing flame is fueled by bioethanol, a renewable, carbon-neutral energy source made from plants such as sugar cane. Bioethanol doesn’t emit smoke, and like a gas-powered fireplace, doesn’t require a chimney, which means heat stays in the room. Bioethanol fireplaces come in many shapes and sizes and aren’t confined to a hearth, with prices ranging from about $100 to well over $6,000. Plus you’ll have to keep a fuel supply on hand.

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

Luxury Market Report

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Change. It’s the one constant in luxury real estate. Marketing has shifted from a local to global focus. More affluent consumers are relying on technology and social media to make purchase decisions, and luxury buyers’ home preferences are not the same as they were 10 years ago. As a global leader in luxury, Coldwell Banker Previews International® closely monitors these changes and seeks to put them in context via its latest Luxury Market Report.

Here are the changes we tracked in the latest 2014 report:

•Previews Top 20: ZIP Codes and Cities for Luxury Sales and Listings – This year, change arrived in the form of more robust sales for homes in the $1 million+ category. Silicon Valley continues to be a hotbed of luxury with newcomer cities like San Jose and Burlingame shattering sales records in several price points. Boston also trended up at the $1 million+ sold level and made an appearance for the first time in the $5 million+ sold range; while Las Vegas showed signs of recovery by ranking among the top 20 cities for $1 million+ active listings for the first time.

•2014 Wealthy Consumer Survey – Wondering why all of these cities are demonstrating strength? The Wealthy Consumer Survey could enlighten you. (Or at the very least, you’ll get a new view of the modern luxury homebuyer.) You’ll also get answers to questions like: “Which age groups are the biggest spenders?” and “How much does location impact home buying decisions today?”

•Domestic Spotlights – One market that has been on fire lately is Atlanta (hence the nickname, “Hotlanta”). The Domestic Spotlight covers the city’s real estate recovery following the recession, and tracks which neighborhoods are seeing the most growth. For those who naturally expect to see New York in the report, you won’t be disappointed. Feverish luxury housing demand continues to send prices upward in the Big Apple. It’s a seller’s market—but buyers still have some negotiating power if they know where to look.

•International Spotlight: Dubai – A sharp upswing in housing in the “City of Gold” is being fueled by international tourism, high-end development and luxury retail growth—like the upcoming Mall of the World and Akoya Drive. Dubai is one hot market, indeed.

Want more analysis on these changes? Simply download the full edition of the Luxury Market Report.

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

First LEED Certified Maui Hotel

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Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort Earns LEED Silver Certification

“We are thrilled to have received this recognition, as LEED certification has been an important focus for our resort in being environmentally responsible,” said Michael Stephens, General Manager of Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort. “We have a tremendous sense of accomplishment that our efforts surrounding energy efficiency have paid off, and it’s a nod to our philosophy of honoring the beauty of our surroundings.”

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, designed by the award-winning architecture and design firm Rockwell Group, announced that the property was awarded the Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification to the eco-friendly Maui hotel. The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of green buildings.

The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort has a design approach that reduces energy and water consumption, minimizes waste and harmful emissions, and stresses sustainable design as an integral component of its overall strategy. Some noteworthy elements of securing the LEED Silver status include:

•Reuse of 93% of the existing hotel’s structural walls, floors and roof
•An integrated master site approach offering ample open space for recreation, access to views and on-site stormwater. More specifically, the project’s stormwater design earned an impressive 5 points, achieving both SSc6.1 and SSc6.2, each associated Regional Priority point, and one Exemplary Performance point. The project also earned Exemplary Performance for SSc5.2: Maximize Open Space
•The use of healthy, low-emitting materials throughout. The project earned all four of the EQc4: Low-emitting Materials credits addressing: adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood products
•Energy systems design offering an annual energy-cost savings of 19.9%
•On-site renewable solar thermal system to provide almost 4% of project’s annual energy costs

Sustainable elements throughout the resort include a solar hot water system, variable speed chillers, motion sensor lighting controls and LED lighting and low flow plumbing fixtures. Environmental practices continue in-room, with automized temperature control and guestroom glassware made from recycled wine bottles.

The `awili spa and salon uses whole fruit to zest for the house-made infused oils for massage and body treatments, and then the whole fruit (after being zested) goes to the bar lab for the juice experience and fresh squeezed hand-made cocktails. Coconuts have many different uses at the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort, as whole, local coconuts, are husked, drained to extract coconut water, the meat is dehydrated to create body scrub, and the remainder is fermented to produce coconut oil for massage.

In the kitchen, a food hydrator is utilized to compost food waste and repurposed for gardening/ landscaping. Bio-plastic straws and reusable bamboo cutlery are used in outdoor F&B outlets; biodegradable disposable potato starch cutlery and bio-plastic cups are used for to-go orders. Linenless tables are used to reduce linen consumption. Almost all of the ingredients are locally procured.

The gardening and landscaping staff does not use any gas equipment; green waste is recycled into mulch to help hold moisture for less use of irrigation.


Mokapu Beach

Your frontyard is Wailea’s famed Mokapu Beach and your backyard is the eden resort of Andaz. Introducing only 12 residences for private ownership offering privileges of living in a luxury oceanfront resort enclave, Andaz Residences are exactly what Wailea has been waiting for. Chic, sophisticated, buzzing, beachfront. An alluring combination of private home ownership with Wailea’s newest socially desirable gathering spaces at your doorstep.

The Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort is the first LEED certified hotel in Maui and has incredible amenities and unique GREEN minded intention with design and everyday function!

Andaz Residences for sale
For more information on Real Estate opportunities at the Andaz Oceanfront Residences or the Wailea Resort Contact:

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

South Maui Beaches Aerial Video


Video Shared from Blue Sky Aerial Solutions

An aerial video of some of the spectacular beaches on the south shore of Maui, from Kihei to Wailea.
A beautiful day for amateur surfers who were lining up to catch the perfect wave at Local Surf Spot “The Cove”

LINK TO REAL ESTATE FOR SALE NEAR THESE BEACHES

For more information on Real Estate opportunities in Kihei or Wailea Contact:
MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

Recycled Content Tile: Choose The Eco-Friendly Option

Whether it’s used for flooring, backsplashes, or countertops, tile is beautiful, durable, and fire resistant. Easy to maintain using biodegradable cleansers, it’s also hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly. It doesn’t off-gas dangerous VOCs, absorb pollutants, or harbor allergens. If a part is damaged, you wont need an expensive replacement for your entire tiled area. Recycled content tile, a relative newcomer to the home improvement scene, goes conventional tile one better by offering all its traditional advantages together with an even more impressive green scorecard.

What is Recycled Content Tile?

Recycled (or “upcycled,” as savvy decorators like to call it) content tile is manufactured using a varying percentage of waste material, which comes from a number of sources. It may include:

* Post-industrial waste from the tile industry
* Pre-consumer wastes from other types of manufacturers, such the sand and gravel industry and even the computer industry
* Recycled glass from a multitude of sources, including beverage bottles, food containers, and old windows.

Besides keeping still-usable goods out of landfills, the manufacture of recycled content tile decreases the amount of energy needed in the production process and reduces the need for clay mining. Recycled content tile can be used interchangeably with the more conventional type. The tiles come in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns which do not betray their humble origins.

Purchase tiles with a lead-free, low-toxicity glaze, suitable for the intended end use — such as flooring or a backsplash. Apply them using thin-coat, low-VOC adhesives. For the longest lifespan, select tile with integral color. if it sustains a small chip or scuff, the sign of wear will be less noticeable.

Types of Recycled Content Tile

Glass tile Beyond its eco-friendliness, recycled content glass tile is prized by many people for its exquisite good looks and striking translucent and iridescent qualities. If your budget won’t stretch to tiling an entire area with this lovely yet costly material, you might use just a small amount as a decorative accent in kitchen or bathroom.

Ceramic tile — While historically, ceramic tile has been manufactured from red or white clay, it can be made incorporating post-industrial waste such as dust from the tile-making process or, even better, post-consumer waste — in other words, used tiles which are crushed and added to the mix. The recycled content of ceramic tile varies, but it may form as much as 100 percent of the tile ingredients.

Porcelain tile — Recycled content porcelain tiles contain a mixture of post-industrial waste from the production of glass and of ceramic bathroom and kitchen fixtures. The percentage of recycled content, usually 50 to 60 percent, varies depending on the finished color of the tile. Darker-pigmented tiles are capable of including a larger amount, since the depth of their shade will disguise any impurities of color resulting from the upcycled content. The same is true of glazed tiles.

Cost

The cost of recycled content tile is not exceptionally low, but rather similar to that of medium-priced standard tile types. However, using upcycled tile may make you eligible for LEED points in the Materials and Resources category, with the accompanying financial incentives offered by your locality. In addition, recycled content tiles tend to be even more durable than conventional ones, a factor which will lower their cost in the long run. (Just be sure to choose a neutral color and classic design you’ll be happy with for years to come.)

For more Green Building Tips or Green Real Estate Information on the Island of Maui contact:

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

Sustainable Living Institute of Maui: Workshop Nov 22

This is going to be a great workshop! Don’t miss expert Darren Doherty leading this interactive course on soil rejuvenation for our Maui farm lands. Takes place Saturday 11/22/14 at Hoku Nui Farm in Makawao. Sign up here: http://ce.uhcc.hawaii.edu/search/publicCourseSearchDetails.do?method=load&courseId=808207

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

Magestic Wailea Emerald Golf Course

Coined a Tropical Paradise, the 6,825 yard Wailea Emerald Golf Course on Maui has stunning panoramic ocean views, island vistas and fragrant tropical blossoms. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this golf course ranks among the finest courses in the country!

Wailea Emerald Golf Course has received the Top Fairways Award seven times for the country’s most women-friendly golf clubs, by Golf for Women Magazine. LINKS Magazine and Golf Digest have also praised Wailea’s picturesque Emerald as a great course for women.

One of the prominent features of this Wailea par-72 golf course, is a double green on holes #10 and #17, one of few in Hawaii. The green borders a $2.7 million gallon brackish water lake and is one of the most picturesque spots on the course.

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

Free Coldwell Banker Maui Real Estate Search App!

Download my new FREE Maui Real Estate Search App! “Coldwell Banker Island Properties” Available Now in your app store for your smart phone or tablet.

Find the app here to gain super easy & accurate real estate searching from the convenience of your own device!

MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

Aloha from Paradise Life on World Famous #KeawakapuBeach

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CLICK PHOTO FOR YOUTUBE VIDEO: World Famous Keawakapu Beach

South of Maui you’ll find the world famous Keawakapu Beach in the Wailea Resort area. Keawakapu Beach is a long stretch of calming, beautiful peacefulness. Perfect for a nice walk in the morning or taking in one of Maui’s gorgeous sunsets! Love to snorkel, SUP, scuba dive or just throw a Frisbee – this is the place to be.

Learn more about Keawakapu Luxury Beach Homes for Sale & Luxury Beachfront Homes $10-$35m not featured in the MLS. Qualified Buyers please contact Meghan Clair R(S) for more information!

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MEGHAN CLAIR
Realtor (S), EcoBroker

Coldwell Banker Island Properties-Shops at Wailea
Previews International Luxury Property Specialist

MauiGreenRealEstate@Gmail.com
808 463-8485 direct/cell

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