Haleola'ili'ainapono, wins the World Silver Award under the Sustainable Development Category at the World Prix d'Excellence Awards, Dubai UAE May 1st, 2018

 They call it the "Oscars of Real Estate" awards.  Aaron Ackerman, Bowers+Kubota receives the award at the 2018 World Prix d'Excellence Awards in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 1st 2018.

They call it the "Oscars of Real Estate" awards.  Aaron Ackerman, Bowers+Kubota receives the award at the 2018 World Prix d'Excellence Awards in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 1st 2018.

Haleola'ili'ainapono, a Living Building Challenge demonstration project in Hawaii wins the World Silver Award under the Sustainable Development Category at the World Prix d'Excellence Awards, Dubai UAE May 1st, 2018 hosted by the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI)

 Aaron Ackerman, Bowers+Kubota with the FIABCI USA Hawaii Council accompanied here by the FIABCI World President 2017-2018 Mr. Farook Mahmoud, along with former World President Danielle Grossenbacher.

Aaron Ackerman, Bowers+Kubota with the FIABCI USA Hawaii Council accompanied here by the FIABCI World President 2017-2018 Mr. Farook Mahmoud, along with former World President Danielle Grossenbacher.

This Certificate of Award is presented in recognition of the above mentioned real estate development which helps to make the world a better place for live and work; it has been an esteemed example of excellence as regards to all aspects of its creation.  

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The FIABCI World Prix d'Excellence Awards 2018 were judged by 58 Real Estate Professionals from 35 countries.  The World Winners were confirmed by the Oversight Panel Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 28th of February 2018.  

Founded in 1951 in Paris, FIABCI is a worldwide business networking organization for all professionals associated with the real estate industry consisting of 44 national and multinational chapters located in more than 65 countries, 87 professional associations, 79 academic institutions, 13 public institutions, 2,300 regular members and 1,000,000 associate members.  

 World Leaders from 65 different countries across the globe gather at the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) 69th World Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 30th, 2018.   FIABCI is the most representative non-political organization of the real estate industry in the world.  

World Leaders from 65 different countries across the globe gather at the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) 69th World Congress in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on April 30th, 2018.   FIABCI is the most representative non-political organization of the real estate industry in the world.  

FIABCI Community gathers stakeholders of the real estate industry representing over 40 professions including: Architects, Brokers, Developers, Investors, Managers and other various Experts.   

FIABCI, a spirit of business community to share and inspire best practices Worldwide.  FIABCI is the most represented non-political organization of the real estate industry in the world.  For about 70 years FIABCI has provided access and opportunities for real estate professionals interested in gaining knowledge, sharing information and conducting international business with each other.   

On May 31st 1996 FIABCI obtained special consultative status as the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, dedicated to sustainable development, providing overall guidance and coordination.   

Called the "Oscars of Real Estate" this unique award is given to the real estate projects that embody excellence in all disciplines involved in their creation.  With support from the Wall Street Journal, the international award is an affirmation of the FIABCI ideal of providing society with optimal solutions to its property needs and helping make the world a better place to live, work and enjoy.   

 The award even looks like an Oscar!   

The award even looks like an Oscar!

 

Aaron Ackerman receives National Award from the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) for most outstanding real estate development project of the year in 2017.

The Grand Prix of Real Estate is an award that recognizes the BEST of the BEST out of all real estate category winners honored Nationwide by the annual competition.   Developer Aaron Ackerman of Bowers+Kubota was recognized for the development of the first living building residence in the World to be built nearly exclusively from regional waste stream material while delivering a high-performance building designed to operate beyond net-zero on an annual basis.  

Executive Director Edwin Hawkins from the Office of Economic Development with the City and County of Honolulu presented the award to Aaron on March 29th at the IBM building in downtown Honolulu.   Also pictured beside Aaron Ackerman are Judy Sykes (Council President) and Jeff Lau, both Board Members of the FIABCI - Hawaii Council.   

“FIABCI-USA” International Real Estate Federation - U.S. Chapter is a business network of real estate professionals world wide. With members in 65 countries, including 100 Professional Associations, 56 Academic Institutions and 3000 individual members from all professions of the real estate sector, FIABCI is the most representative organization of the real estate industry in the world and holds special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

For more information about the Grand Prix of Real Estate, go to: www.FIABCIusagrandprix.com

 From left to right: Judy Sykes (FIABCI Hawaii Council President), Jeff Lau (Event MC), Aaron Ackerman (Architect Bowers+Kubota), and Edwin Hawkins (City and County of Honolulu).  

From left to right: Judy Sykes (FIABCI Hawaii Council President), Jeff Lau (Event MC), Aaron Ackerman (Architect Bowers+Kubota), and Edwin Hawkins (City and County of Honolulu).  

Aaron Ackerman of Bowers+Kubota alongside other Hawai'i Innovators being honored by the Hawai'i State Senate on March 12th, 2018.

On March 12th, 2018 the Hawai'i State Senate recognized the 2018 Hawai'i Venture Capital Association's (HVCA) Entrepreneur and Deal of the Year Awardees.   Bowers+Kubota Sustainability Architect Aaron Ackerman, was recognized for his efforts to build a Living Building residence built from 75% reclaimed regional waste stream materials extracted exclusively from the Hawaiian Islands.   Read more...

 Bowers+Kubota Sustainability Architect Aaron Ackerman (4th from bottom right) pictured here with other Hawai'i Innovators being honored by the Hawaii State Senate on March 12, 2018.  

Bowers+Kubota Sustainability Architect Aaron Ackerman (4th from bottom right) pictured here with other Hawai'i Innovators being honored by the Hawaii State Senate on March 12, 2018.  

 HVCA former President Bill Spencer photographed here with Aaron Ackerman of Bowers+Kubota at the Hawaii State Capitol on March 12, 2018

HVCA former President Bill Spencer photographed here with Aaron Ackerman of Bowers+Kubota at the Hawaii State Capitol on March 12, 2018

Aaron Ackerman, of BOWERS+KUBOTA awarded 2018 Island Innovator of the Year by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association for the Living Building Challenge demonstration project.

Hawaii Venture Capital Association (HVCA) Island Innovator of the Year:

This award is to honor the most impactful innovation that has helped our island state – truly solving a problem in our own backyard, our mountains, our beach, our aina. This innovation inspires and celebrates an innovation, entrepreneur or company that has shown leadership and commitment to tackling a significant problem in our state. 

Entrepreneurs are not easily defined. They are women and men, old and young, and from many walks of life. This much about them is consistent, however: they are Visionaries. They are people of passion. They have the ambition, drive and talent to take an idea and create a market where none has existed before. -HVCA awards committee

This year Aaron demonstrated by example the 1st Living Building to be built from 75% regional waste streams and is a role model residence in the State of Hawaii embracing Regenerative Building Design concepts while showcasing an Architecture with Reverence to Place.   Regional and cultural priorities shape the building’s design.    Regenerative buildings are buildings that become an integral part of their ecosystem.   Regenerative buildings return more to the land than they consume and remediate the site in the process. The project is registered under the most difficult green building rating system in the World, called the Living Building Challenge (LBC).  Exceeding the LBC’s standards, this living building could only be built with regional waste streams extracted exclusively from the Hawaiian Islands…. essentially Hawaii’s construction waste headed for the landfill, incinerator or in some cases even shipped back to the US Mainland for another State to manage.   Any new building materials used in the project underwent the most stringent materials vetting process used in the building industry today before they could be included in the project. 

With State of Hawaii Department of Health approval, Aaron successfully challenged HAR Title 11 Chapter 62,  setting a precedent for the State of Hawaii, the project is the first to legally recycle 100% of its greywater and blackwater discharge from the building's sewer system where a city sewer lateral is available to the parcel.   This is accomplished through an on-site aerobic treatment unit (ATU) that stores and treats the wastewater before irrigating sub-surface non-edible landscaping beds.   The water is used 3 times by the time it is used to irrigate a plant. Visit WaiponoPure to learn more about aerobic treatment units, which are the clear alternative to septics and cesspool pollution. 

Visit HVCA to learn more about the Island Innovator of the Year Award.

 Meli James (HVCA President) and Rich Wacker (American Savings Bank President and CEO) present the 2017 Island Innovator award to Aaron Ackerman of Bowers+Kubota on March 1st, 2018 at the Waialae Country Club.  

Meli James (HVCA President) and Rich Wacker (American Savings Bank President and CEO) present the 2017 Island Innovator award to Aaron Ackerman of Bowers+Kubota on March 1st, 2018 at the Waialae Country Club.  

 Pictured from left to right at the HVCA Awards: Aaron Ackerman (B+K Architect), Jessica Ackerman, Dexter Kubota (B+K President), Mary Kubota, Duane Kashiwa (Hawaii DOE). 

Pictured from left to right at the HVCA Awards: Aaron Ackerman (B+K Architect), Jessica Ackerman, Dexter Kubota (B+K President), Mary Kubota, Duane Kashiwa (Hawaii DOE). 

 Photo: Brant Ackerman (Aaron's father) pictured with Aaron as he received the HVCA Island Innovator of the Year Award for 2017.   

Photo: Brant Ackerman (Aaron's father) pictured with Aaron as he received the HVCA Island Innovator of the Year Award for 2017.   

Haleola'ili'ainapono Wins National Award for the FIABCI-USA Environmental Category

FIABCI-USA, the International Real Estate Federation – US Chapter is a multi-discipline, networking organization for all professionals associated with real estate transactions. With members in more than 50 countries and the World, FIABCI organizes Regional and National Congresses throughout the year. FIABCI also enjoys Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Awards are based on projects' overall merit and evaluated by an international panel of real estate professionals and experts.

Projects were evaluated on their plan of development, financial success, environmental impact and benefits to the community.

Visit FIABCI USA to learn more.