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.