Building A Healthier Home
Wednesday - April 21, 2010
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By Michael Reeves
Vice President & Founder of Green Builder’s Depot
Green Builder’s Depot opened its doors at the Airport Trade Center in December 2009 as Hawaii’s first sustainable building supplier, providing easy access to green-certified products for commercial and residential customers at a competitive cost.
Green Builder’s Depot is addressing the need for affordable green building materials because we are well aware of the positive environmental and health effects of using these products. By providing the best green building supplies, including certified wood flooring, rainwater efficiency systems, and premium paints and coatings, we’re ensuring the protection and restoration of both the environment and our health.
We offer several exclusive sustainable brands, including Mythic Paints, a non-toxic, ultra-low odor premium paint; Safecoat, the only paint recommended by doctors for its non-polluting, chemically responsible properties, as well as the Rainwater HOG System, made of recyclable food grade, potable material that catches and stores rainwater for reuse in the home or garden.
We know change is hard, but our commitment to teaching Hawaii residents how to live both a sustainable and healthier lifestyle does not waver. This plays a pivotal role in the selection process for products we put on our shelves. They must be sustainable and meet strict health, design and environmental standards. Among the checklist of our product principles are: non-toxic and zero- or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds); improve indoor air quality; protect aquatic ecosystems through safer chemistry; conserve natural resources; increase energy efficiency, and/or be manufactured responsibly.
More importantly, the majority of our products are certified green by recognized and respected third-party organizations. Our paint products are certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a global leader in independent certification of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims, and Green Wise, which certifies that products do not contain certain chemicals that have been determined to be harmful to humans or the environment. Our hard-wood flooring lines are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), a certification system that provides internationally recognized accreditation services in responsible forestry, and our carpeting line carries the Green Label Plus Certification, which tests carpet, cushions and adhesives to identify products with very low emissions of VOCs.
At the very heart of our green business are our employees, who offer expert consultation on all of our products’ uses. We even offer workshops for the do-it-yourselfers and full-installation services for those who aren’t.
On this Earth Day, Green Builder’s Depot encourages everyone to think about the health of their home and the places where they work and play. We want people to choose products that not only have positive impacts on the environment, but also enforce a healthier home, while simultaneously increasing a home or building’s lifespan.
We are committed to bringing in the products that are not only better for our health and our ‘aina, but we also seek to educate the public on the benefits of green building.
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