At Allenby and Associates we encourage and integrate into our projects the use of sustainable design and construction. We look for and integrate the use of creative, environmentally sensitive, and cost-effective alternatives in our designs, thus creating a built environment that is in balance with itself and the natural world.
Sustainable architecture is the use of natural resources in such a manner so they are not depleted or permanently damaged and thus enhance the living condition.
We integrate into our design elements the use of passive and active solar systems, such as photovoltaic cells and solar water heaters, net metering electrical systems, windmills or turbines, non-mechanical ventilation systems, wide shade and weather protective eaves, energy efficient lighting and equipment, skylights and other alternative sustainable engineering systems.
To fully achieve a comprehensive sustainable design, we take into account location, solar orientation, natural airflow patterns, vistas, privacy, and access so our designs harmonize with these Hawaiian Islands.
The ancient Hawaiians’ relationship with the universe was based on what is known as the Lokahi theory. Lokahi means “agreement” and “harmony”. The goal of the Lokahi theory was to attain perfect harmony between man, god and nature.
Similarly, the ancient Chinese art and science of Feng Shui can be a key to understanding the dialogue between man, nature and the built environment. For all the mystery that surrounds it, feng shui evolved from the simple observation that people are affected by their surroundings. A comfortable and harmonious environment helps its inhabitants survive and grow successful and prosperous.
Some measurable benefits of our design philosophy, which combines sustainable architectural technologies and design systems, Lokahi, and Feng Shui, not only enhance personal comfort, but also add to the quality of life, producing a building that is in harmony with its environment.
Such a design approach minimizes the negative impact on our natural resources and ecosystem, which can in addition to the obvious environmental benefits, result in energy efficiency and lower operational costs, thus extending the building systems life and decreased lifecycle costs.