Our Islands, Our Future

A passion for the outdoors inspired John Bendon to create a company that helps others achieve milestones in energy efficiency and environmental design. Bendon, a 1996 Seabury Hall graduate, serves as the founding principal of Green Building Hawaii. “Ultimately, the core focus of what we do is drive value by maximizing performance,” Bendon said.

Founded in 2007, Green Building Hawaii assists commercial and residential clients and conducts training in a number of areas including energy audits, photovoltaic analyses and high performance certifications such as LEED – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. With Green Building Hawaii’s guidance, the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa became the first resort in the state and only the fourth in the world, according to Bendon, to earn a silver level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EBOM). It is also the first building to Maui County to receive this designation. “What’s exciting is that a lot of resorts want to follow Hyatt’s lead,” said Bendon, who’s added more resorts to his clientele list.

Maui Economic Development Board, another Green Building Hawaii client, became the first LEED EBOM certified office building on Maui. “The LEED rating system is the most recognized third party certification for environmentally conscious buildings,” Bendon explained. “I hope more organizations will follow MEDB’s commitment toward promoting renewable clean energy.” Bendon said his team worked with staff at MEDB and at the Hyatt Regency Maui for about a year and a half, reviewing policies and procedures relating to issues such as energy efficiency, waste diversion, green cleaning, and other sustainable operating policies and procedures. “The energy projects are return on investment projects. We help companies both improve the bottom line and the environment,” Bendon said.

Green Building Hawaii has seen an upswing in business. “We’re really busy these days. The awareness is growing in this field and we are starting to work with organizations that did not have these types of issues on their radar even a few years ago.” Bendon said. On his company Web site, Bendon predicts that the next big advances in green building will involve material life cycle assessments and further integration of smart home/building technologies to reduce energy use.