Natural Building Network

Natural Building Network  is a not-for-profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. We support ecological regeneration, social justice, the building of community and economic opportunity, and the recognition of indigenous wisdom as essential in creating healthy, beautiful, and spiritually-uplifting habitation for everyone.

Bamboo Buildings

Leimana Pelton is the guy responsible for the 6 bamboo structures that Cof H waste management contracted to be built for recycling centers around the island. I’ve asked him to talk about the compromises he had to make to comply with existing code and what code changes would more easily enable . . . → Read More: Bamboo Buildings

“Watson wick” bio-filtration system

I am implementing a “Watson wick” bio-filtration system as part of a project I’m working with on in East Hawai’i. What little info is online is at Art Ludwig’s Oasis Design consulting site (Art is a premier resource for graywater design information): There are some unknown number of these designed . . . → Read More: “Watson wick” bio-filtration system

in the realm of what’s already been done, one tiny step is OVE for conventional building: …as well as other alternatives to stick-and-sheetrock building mentioned on this page and elsewhere. This stuff is all OK in many many places around the country and world. So if it’s not OK here, . . . → Read More:

Grey Water Law Resources

Support from Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee

The Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee (PACDP AC) supports the rural limited-density, owner-built-dwelling initiative of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance. This initiative is in accord with the PCDP. In particular, the PCDP AC recognizes the needs and opportunities for a Hawaii County Sustainable Habitat policy as outlined in the HSCA’s . . . → Read More: Support from Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee

Green construction focuses on energy efficiency

Once considered too expensive, or even a niche for radical environmentalists, green building is fast becoming part of the new standard. Green construction focuses on energy efficiency, reuse of water and building materials, and designs and systems that don’t harm the environment. But through the years, so-called “green” architects, builders and . . . → Read More: Green construction focuses on energy efficiency

Article in Hilo Paper June 14

Tuesday, June 14 8:03 pm The public is invited to the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance (HSCA) meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday. Focus will be on the proposed county Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance. The nonprofit group is drafting a proposal to amend the Building Code to allow “more . . . → Read More: Article in Hilo Paper June 14


We can really use your help in making Hawaii more sustainable! If you have some time to get involved, we welcome you warmly to join us!  We are currently looking for people to help with:

* Donations- Tell your friends, do a fundraiser!  We can use help with supplies, advertising, and the . . . → Read More: HOW CAN YOU HELP the HSCA?

Greenshifters teleseries

A teleseries of talks from leading Green pioneers.