Energy Efficiency

Andaz Maui is a LEED Silver Designation Destination

To energy efficiency nerds, like me, this is great news! The 297 room resort and spa is located on 15 acres of beachfront property in the Wailea area of South Maui. It sits adjacent to white sand Mokapu Beach.

I was fortunate to be able to tour the project under construction. In addition to the hotel, there are several home suites that are available for purchase. Check out my blog, Wailea, Maui Anticipates the Opening of Andaz.

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What is LEED?

However, I digress, if you do not know what the LEED designation is, let me educate you. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. A certification from LEED recognizes design, construction, maintenance, and operations of "green" or energy efficient buildings. There are only a few LEED certified hotels in Hawaii, with this being the only one on Maui.

Elements that have secured the LEED Silver status are:

1. 93% of the existing structural walls, floors, and roofs.

2. Ample open space for recreation.

3. Access to views.

4. Low emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints, coatings, flooring systems, and composite wood products.

5. Efficient energy system designs that cut energy costs by nearly 20% annually (variable speed chillers, notion sensor lighting control, LED lighting, low flow plumbing fixtures, automatic in room temperature control).

6. An on-site renewable solar thermal system.

7. A solar hot water system.

On your next visit to Maui, you may want to consider the Andaz. In addition to the energy efficiency perks, you could dine at several world-class restaurants including Iron Chef Morimoto's only Maui venture. It truly is a spectacular hotel.

Additional Information

For more information on the Andaz, or if you are considering making Maui your home, don't hesitate to contact me, Ken Molina, at 808.344.6421.

Are Maui Meadows Smart Meters Considered Safe?

Yes, "Maui Meadows smart meters are safe." I'm quoting the Maui News from an article dated 4/29/14. I'm pleased at the results as I am a participant in the Smart Meter project. I had one installed over 2 years ago and I still haven't grown a 3rd arm, back hump, or an extra toe.

Let's Look at the Facts

The results are as follows:

A smart meter measured from 10 feet away emits about 0.2 microwatts per square centimeter and when measured from 3 feet away emits 2 microwaves per square centimeter. (A Wi-Fi router measured from 3 feet away emits 1 microwatt per square centimeter and a microwave oven 2 feet away emits 200 microwatts per square centimeter. A cellphone at your ear emits more than 5,000 microwatts per square centimeter.) The test also included one access pole where it serves as a communication hub to the smart meters in the field. That number was well below state and federal limits.

Yes, there are two sides to every story and there are risks that we inherently take on as human beings. The opposition say that these uncontrolled radio bursts not only affect the participants but unwilling neighbors as well. All I can say is what I said before, there are risks that we take on as humans. Done!

Benefits

Let's talk about some of the benefits:

1. The ability to monitor energy usage and change your usage patterns. 2. Additional hardware can be installed to help MECO shut down to monitor over usage. 3. By establishing more wise energy usage patterns, we are ultimately reducing our dependency on fossil fuels.

In closing, I'd like to quote a statement from Maui County Energy Commissioner Doug McLeod..."This testing is real data from real homes on Maui. It shows that the level of measured electromagnetic radiation were orders of magnitude lower than what the government calls out as dangerous."

Living in Maui Meadows

So, with that in mind, I've got some property in Maui Meadows for you to look at :)

Homes for Sale in Maui Meadows

For more information on smart meters or real estate, don't hesitate to contact me

Ken Molina ken@hawaiilife.com  808.344.6421