Sustainable practices, including resourceful architecture and resilient design, drive everything we do from long-term planning and global developments to restoration projects and work on historic properties unique to Hawai'i. The definition of sustainability we strive for is: Buildings and community developments that meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We are constantly evolving with our practice of sustainable and resilient architecture to unite sensitive traditional design principles with current processes and innovative technologies.
Unparalleled traditional design practices embrace site responsiveness, addressing resource conservation, erosion control, natural light, beautiful views, and weather protection. Excellent conventional 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 listed as one of the nation's Top 100 Green Design Firms, by the Engineering News Record.
In a firm-wide effort to design a more sustainable and resilient future, we are proud to take a transparent position against climate change created by the built environment. Along with 600 other architectural firms nationwide, AHL adopted the American Institute of Architects 2030 Commitment. Through smart design and data-driven technical changes that prioritize energy consumption, we are proud to be community leaders spearheading the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions created by our industry, leaving behind a better Hawai’i and a cleaner, greener future.view action plan