For Brent James, an accredited professional in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, and executive vice president of Johnson Air Products in Portland, Ore., one of the most exciting prospects of the HARDI conference in Maui is the opportunity for the Sustainable Building Committee to offer “a sample of Hawaiian sustainability in our presentations this year.”

Speaker Jennifer Chirico, executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui will share her Hawaiian view of air quality, green building, transportation, sustainable waste management, and renewable energy on Maui.

According to James, who chairs the committee that meets at 9:45 a.m. Monday, “We also will be sharing current code updates and how these issues affect our business practices and ability to serve our customers, an open discussion on current trends in the solar industry, and we will spotlight a manufacturer’s efforts to ‘walk the talk’ and green his own business.

“Since sustainability and energy conservation is such a hot topic today, these issues are key drivers in our businesses, from the training of salespeople and distribution of specific green products, to determining what and how much of these products we stock in our warehouses,” he said.

James is excited about this year’s conference. When he attends HARDI functions, “I feel like I’m walking in the land of giants; here is an opportunity to share, discuss, and learn best business practices from the best, most knowledgeable and experienced people in the business.

“Each year I return to my business with a renewed sense of appreciation for my HARDI friends and peers who have taught me so much, and those who encouraged me to push myself to higher levels in my professionalism and leadership,” he said.

Mark Smith of Ductmate Industries Inc. is co-vice chairman of the committee.

“The HARDI conference has a long track record of pulling together the executive-level decision makers from both the manufacturing and wholesale segments of our industry,” Smith said. “I would anticipate that this will be especially true of the conference in Maui. I would also anticipate that the Maui conference will provide added opportunities to interact with the attendees in a more casual and open setting.”

The goals for the committee are to let members know about sustainable building practices and the opportunities they provide to HARDI members.

“The Sustainable Building Committee will use its time at the Maui conference to educate the membership on the evolving sustainable building codes, as well as to provide information on opportunities in the solar industry and a case study on developing a sustainable, focused organization.”

According to Smith, the organization “provides a forum to discuss the most pressing subjects affecting our industry, with dedicated executives from organizations throughout our industry.”

Published:October 2011