The goals for sustainability at AHL are to respond to the needs of our natural environment through efficient use of resources, and to support the health and welfare of us all. The reasons for sustainable practices, including sustainable architecture, range from compelling global developments to conditions unique to Hawai’i.
The definition of sustainability that we find useful is: Buildings and community development that meet the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Our practice of sustainable architecture includes both sensitive traditional design principles along with current processes and technologies.
Excellent traditional design practices embrace site responsiveness, addressing land and water use, erosion control, light, view, prevailing winds, and sun and rain protection. Excellent traditional design practices look to local materials and construction techniques for cost effectiveness, durability, and cultural appropriateness.
To manage both old and new methods, we have integrated the LEED – Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – sustainable building system into our design processes. LEED provides a particularly useful tool for design and assessment of sustainable solutions.
Because of our efforts, AHL is ranked 59th among the nation’s Top 100 Green Design Firms, according to the Engineering News Record (July 2011).