A collection of structures that have absolutely no utility for the on island residents of Maui
Mr. Dowling reveals the secrets of having a "green" home to the local born and raised on the island. Just for fun let us evaluate the complex being developed at Maluaka to see how the sixty-nine families benefit from the application of these techniques.
The boxes starting with the top left corner and continuing clockwise read as follows:
1) Solar hot water heaters capture heat from the sun to warm up water for your showers and sinks. As near as can be determined only three of the families will take advantage of this concept. The three free standing homes will have solar water heating. The other 64 will presumably use electricity to heat water.
2) Outside, solar panels, collect the sun's energy, turning to electricity. Inside, solar energy is used to power everything from freezers to televisions. Electric solar panels are only on the club house. Supposedly they will generate enough energy to offset the clubhouse usage. In any event none of the 69 families will access to this power except to the utility company.
3) Don't flush it away! Low-flow faucets and dual flush toilets really save water. Well I guess any body can choose not to flush. I don't see anything to suggest that treated water is being used for toilets. Additionally I don't see anything to suggest a "closed system" which is where all water is run through the processing plant and used over and over again. On Maui such reclaimed water is used to water vegetation and that which is not used is pumped into the ground where it makes its way to the ocean and takes out the reef from the excess nutrients.
4) Compact fluorescent light bulbs use 2/3 less energy than standard incandescent bulbs. The energy use of a few light bulbs is rather trivial compared with that used in the heating of water, air conditioning, and cooking in conventional ovens.
5) Use light colored roofing to reflect the sun's rays. This will keep your house much cooler.
6) Windows covered by overhangs let natural daylight into your home without all the heat. That means less need for lights and air conditioning.
7) Things like oven, wall paint, and carpets, can release unhealthy gases. Use vents to pull fresh air into your home and push toxins out.
8) Native plants in your garden naturally need less pesticides, fertilizers, and water. This is a fun one. All the vegetation was stripped from the area and the rocky arid natural conditions have been modified with the intent of putting exotic vegetation which will require more water than any indigenous plant can imagine. Perhaps one could argue that this is not applicable to 64 families because they don't have a yard anyway.
9) Not all trash is the same! Take time to separate glass, plastic, metal and cardboard into recycling bins. These materials can be reused to make everything from flooring to furniture.
10) Travel by bike instead of by car to save oil, reduce pollution, and get some exercise. Excellent idea.
11) Smaller homes use fewer of the earth's resources
- both to build and run. Here is the
bottom line. Compare the $4 million plus condo picture to the left with
the simple house of the local. Local Hawaiian's have a philosophy of taking
from the land and sea only what they need to live. Conspicuous consumption
is one measure of the Leisure Class a concept counter productive wise utilization
of limited resources.
Perusing the Bible the other day I was struck by one of the axioms used by Jesus to describe his teachings and their significance. He used an axiom long applied to the building of homes. Presumably this parable had stood the test of time and was well established two thousand years ago. One suspects it may have some utility in today's building business. The relevant passage is cited below:
MATTHEW 7:24 "All who listen to my instructions and follow then are
wise, like a man who builds his house on solid rock. Though the rain comes
in torrents, and the flood rise and the storm winds beat against his house,
it won't collapse, for it is built on rock.
"But those who hear my instructions and ignore them are foolish, like a man who builds his house on sand. For when the rains and floods come, and storm winds beat against his house, it will fall with a might crash."
Keep in mind that the top fifteen feet or more of Maluaka was lava rock.
Pulled up and crushed into a course gravel and sand fill. Imagine happy
condo owner gloating over the view of the next condo at the sunset when
the shock of those reoccurring earthquakes start the particles moving.
Matthew 6 "TAKE CARE! DON'T do your good deeds publicly, to be admired,
for then you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven When you give
a gift to a beggar, don't shout about it as the hypocrites do--blowing
trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts
of charity! I tell you in all earnestness, they have received all the reward
they will ever get. But when you do a kindness to someone, do it secretly--don't
tell your left hand what your right hand is doing. And your Father who
knows all secrets will reward you.
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