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Navigating the complexities of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems for permit applications can be daunting. This post aims to simplify the process by providing an in-depth “MEP Comments Action Plan.” It begins with a breakdown of MEP comments received from a permit office for a split A/C system installation. Each comment is dissected and explained in layman’s terms, accompanied by a comprehensive glossary of technical terms and acronyms. The “MEP Comments Action Plan” also includes a detailed table summarizing each comment and the corresponding action required to address it. For those who find the task too technical or complex, the post further provides a guide on finding professional help to implement the action plan efficiently and economically. This guide is a resource for anyone struggling with MEP comments, making the process of permit application for split A/C systems smoother and more manageable.
In any residential community, navigating dual roles — especially as a community board member and a service provider — presents a unique set of dynamics and challenges. The key to successfully managing these dual roles lies in embracing the principles of transparency, clear communication, and a distinct separation of responsibilities.
Transparency ensures the community has a clear understanding of the individual’s dual capacities, thereby fostering trust. Clear communication helps in setting the right expectations and in avoiding potential misunderstandings.
Crucially, maintaining a strict separation of roles is vital. This means not leveraging one role to gain an advantage in the other. In this balancing act, it’s critical that the board member-service provider does not use board meetings to promote their business, nor should they allow their service provider insights to unduly influence board decisions. Thus, navigating dual roles, while challenging, can be a pathway to enriching the community when managed with integrity.
Structural calculations are a critical component of any building project, particularly in Hawaii where they form part of the permit requirements. These calculations provide a detailed analysis of a building’s design, ensuring it can withstand various forces and stresses, guaranteeing safety, compliance, and structural integrity. At Owner Built Design, LLC, we specialize in providing precise structural calculations for both residential and commercial projects. Our team of professionals is dedicated to ensuring the success of your building projects, delivering exceptional results while maintaining the highest standards of safety and compliance. Whether you’re an unlicensed drafter or a residential designer, our structural calculations services can provide the peace of mind and professional oversight you need for your next building project
Welcome to Owner Built Design, your professional partner in residential architectural projects. As a seasoned architect based in Hawaii, I offer tailored services to residential designers and drafters. If you’re seeking professional oversight, precise calculations, and an architect’s stamp for your projects, you’re in the right place. We believe in the power of collaboration and work closely with you throughout the design process, ensuring your project meets all necessary standards and regulations. Our goal is to bring your architectural vision to life while ensuring structural integrity and compliance with local building codes. Choose Owner Built Design for a partnership that values your unique creative vision and provides the expert guidance you need to succeed. Let’s create beautiful, safe, and compliant residential designs together.
Discover the power of urban permaculture and transform your city lot into a flourishing food forest. Urban permaculture integrates the principles of permaculture into an urban setting, creating sustainable ecosystems that mimic nature’s patterns and processes. By embracing this approach, you can grow your own fresh produce, reduce reliance on external sources, and contribute to a healthier environment. Homesteading plays a vital role in this movement, providing a pathway to self-sufficiency and a simpler way of life. Through careful assessment of your city lot, designing a diverse food forest, and practicing sustainable maintenance, you can create an abundant oasis in the heart of the city. Urban permaculture not only offers the benefits of fresh, organic food and reduced environmental impact but also fosters a deeper connection with nature. Join the growing community of urban homesteaders and experience the rewards of self-sufficiency and sustainability. Embrace urban permaculture and unlock the potential of your city lot today.
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Discover the essentials of stormwater management in our ‘Honolulu Stormwater Guide: Navigating Impervious Surfaces’. This comprehensive guide demystifies the Residential Storm Water Management Plan (RSWMP) implemented by the City and County of Honolulu. Learn about the impact of impervious surfaces, such as rooftops and driveways, on your property and the environment. Understand the importance of keeping impervious surface area (ISA) below 75% of your total property area and the strategies to manage rainwater effectively. Our guide also explains the process of plan approval and the responsibilities of property owners. For properties with more than 75% ISA, learn about the ‘Existing Nonconforming Impervious Surface Acknowledgement’ form and its implications. This guide is essential for property owners in Honolulu aiming to contribute to effective stormwater management and sustainable urban development. Dive in to navigate the complexities of stormwater management in Honolulu.
Sustainable homesteading is more than just a lifestyle choice; it’s a commitment to living in harmony with nature and creating a self-sufficient, resilient home. From site selection to future expansion, every aspect of the homestead should align with sustainable principles. Building a sustainable homestead involves considering factors such as climate, soil quality, access to resources, safety and security, local regulations, community and culture, infrastructure, budget, personal preferences, and future expansion.
Choosing the perfect homestead site requires careful consideration of climate and geography. Understanding the local climate and its impact on your homestead can help you make informed decisions about what crops to grow and what animals to raise. Additionally, analyzing the soil quality is crucial for successful agriculture and ensuring healthy plant growth. Access to resources such as water sources, firewood, and building materials is also essential for a sustainable homestead.
Safety and security should not be overlooked in sustainable homesteading. Designing for disaster preparedness and considering proximity to industrial areas or busy roads are crucial steps in creating a safe and secure homestead. Furthermore, being aware of local regulations and community attitudes towards homesteading ensures that you can operate within legal boundaries and foster positive relationships with your neighbors.
In terms of infrastructure, integrating sustainable technologies like solar panels and greywater systems can reduce your environmental footprint and increase self-sufficiency. It’s important to plan for future expansion, whether it’s adding additional structures, implementing permaculture and aquaculture systems, or incorporating greywater systems for irrigation.
By embracing sustainable practices and continuously learning and adapting, you can create a thriving homestead that not only meets your needs but also contributes positively to the environment. Sustainable homesteading is a journey towards self-sufficiency, resilience, and a deeper connection with the natural world.
As of July 1, 2023, the City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) is bringing a transformative change to the process of building permit applications by implementing the ePlans system. This significant transition to the ePlans system signifies DPP’s commitment to modernization, enhancing customer communication, and offering significant financial savings.
The ePlans system promises to reduce paper usage, printing, storage, and transportation costs, making the process more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient. Moreover, it allows applicants to have their plans reviewed online, eliminating the need for physical meetings and making the process more accessible and convenient.The transition to the ePlans system is a significant stride towards a more streamlined, transparent, and efficient building permit application process. It underscores DPP’s dedication to service improvement and modernization, ultimately benefiting applicants and the wider community alike. Through the ePlans system, DPP is set to revolutionize the way building permits are applied for in Honolulu.
As we stand on the threshold of a new era, transitioning from a unipolar, “one-world” government model to a multi-power, nation-state environment, the decline of the American empire becomes evident. The complexities of globalization, evolving geopolitical dynamics, and limitations of the current socio-economic model necessitate a re-imagining of our future.
In this post-American empire era, we face challenges such as economic disparities, resource depletion, social unrest, and shifting power dynamics among nations and their people. Addressing these pressing issues requires a focus on sustainability, resilience, and community building.
The resurgence of homesteading and sustainable living offers a path forward. Through principles like organic gardening, permaculture, and regenerative agriculture, individuals and communities can reconnect with the land, reduce their ecological footprint, and foster self-reliance. Homestead architecture plays a pivotal role in this transformative era, integrating sustainable design, functionality, and resilience to create harmonious and resource-efficient homes and communities.
Embracing the principles of sustainable living and homestead architecture allows us to shape a more resilient future in the era after the American empire.
In this first blog post of the series, we explore the crucial role of architecture in creating a sustainable homestead. As we stand on the brink of a significant transformation in the American lifestyle, with people increasingly moving from urban areas to rural landscapes, the essence of the American Dream is being redefined. This mass migration represents a shift towards self-reliance and sustainable living, with the homestead becoming the heart of this lifestyle.
The role of architectural design in this transition cannot be overstated. Architecture merges vision with reality, transforming dreams of a self-sufficient life into tangible structures and systems. In this dance between aspiration and action, architecture sets the rhythm.
“Embracing homesteading is embracing the dance between dream and reality, and in this dance, architecture is the rhythm that moves us forward.”
This blog post offers an exciting glimpse into this journey towards sustainable living, guiding you through the foundational steps of envisioning your homestead and understanding the role of design in achieving this vision. Welcome to your journey towards sustainable living.
Flood Hazard Assessment Tool (FHAT)
The FHAT is an informational mapping viewer that displays flood zones.
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