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One of the key design requirements for the Hi’ilani EcoHouse interior finishes is the use of non-toxic materials and wall finishes that do not produce any off-gassing. This is achieved by the use of lime plasters and soy-based stains. The Green Builder’s Depot in Honolulu is a key strategic partner in the specification of materials for our interiors.


Green Builder’s Depot addresses the need for affordable green building materials because they are well aware of the positive environmental and health effects of using these products. By providing the best green building supplies, including certified wood flooring, rainwater efficiency systems, and premium paints and coatings, they are ensuring the protection and restoration of both the environment and our health.


These considerations play a pivotal role in the selection process for products they put on their shelves. They must be sustainable and meet strict health, design and environmental standards.


Among the checklist of their product principles are:

  • - non-toxic and zero- or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds)
  • - improve indoor air quality
  • - protect aquatic ecosystems through safer chemistry
  • - conserve natural resources
  • - increase energy efficiency
  • - responsible manufacturing


More importantly, the majority of their products are certified green by recognized and respected third-party organizations. Paint products are certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a global leader in independent certification of environmental, sustainability, food quality and food purity claims.


Mike Reeves started the company with several ideas in mind, the first being educating local consumers about the hazards of commonly found toxic paints and other building supplies. Next, he taught his customers and staff how to best use the products. “My employees are trained on all our products, and we have specialists, too,” says Reeves. “We have a great connection with our manufacturers and if we don’t have the answer, we’ll get it from them.”