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Councilwoman Naeole-Beason Asks for Support on Bill 250 (234)

Commentary:

BIL 250 Draft 01 2008-2010

Aloha Kakou,

Many decisions are being made fast and furious these days. The County Council postponed the vote on Bill 234, to delay implementation of the new building codes, until Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 1 p.m. In the interim, Councilman Hoffman has proposed an amendments bill for consideration.

We understand that significant progress has been made in amending Ordinance 09-48. While the initial response has been extremely favorable to Councilman Hoffman’s proposed amendments, its implementation date exceeds the May 11 effective date. Therefore, it is paramount that all who initially supported Bill 234 continue in their support to delay the effective date! Clearly, the process of review must happen, the process of county government must transpire, all of which would take longer than the required 2 weeks remaining for ordinance 09-48 to become law.

The only solution that would result in obtaining a well written, viable Energy Conservation Code is to take the proper time and utilize the available expertise to complete a thorough review and rewrite of the amendments. The only way to accomplish this is to delay the effective date of Ord. 09-48 as is the intent of Bill 234. Upon completion of a thorough review and the writing of a new Ordinance, bill 234 could be amended to fast track implementation sooner than the January 1, 2011 date.

A very sincere thanks to everyone for all of the support — it was through your support that we have made significant progress in amending this ordinance. Your continued support of Bill 234 on May 5th is imperative.

I am asking you to please make time to attend the next county council meeting on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 1 p.m. to encourage the council to support and pass Bill 234 to delay implementation of the new energy codes. Here are the locations:

Hilo:  Hawai’i County Building Hawai’i, 25 Aupuni Street

Kona:  Hawai’i County Council office Holomua Center, Kailua Trade Center 64-1067 Mamalahoa Highway

Waimea:  75-5706 Hanama Pl Suite 5  Suite 109

Lau lima,

Emily I. Naeole-Beason

Council Vice Chair

Councilmember 5th District

BIL 250 Draft 01 2008-2010

Councilwoman Naeole-Beason on the International Energy Conservation Code

Commentary by Councilwoman Naeole-Beason:

Aloha mai,

The County of Hawai‘i has adopted the 2006 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code, with local amendments.  This adoption was done via Ordinance 09-48, Bill No. 385 (Draft 2) and currently has an effective date of May 11, 2010.  There are serious concerns about the necessity of this code for the County of Hawai‘i and the County’s preparedness to properly enforce this code.

As a result, I, Councilmember Emily Naeole-Beason have introduced Bill 234 delaying the effective date until January 11, 2011 in order to provide reasonable time to evaluate the new Energy Conservation Code as to its contents and if it is appropriate for the County of Hawai‘i.

Typically the adoption of an energy conservation code is to minimize the use of heating and air conditioning for energy savings purposes and accomplishing this through construction and materials which will provide higher R values.  In theory, with the higher R values, the need for energy consuming heating and air conditioning will be drastically reduced or eliminated.

Unfortunately, the new code will require a minimum of R-13 wall and R-19 ceiling construction.  This will have a major impact in residential construction by eliminating single wall construction, large open screened windows and many other currently common construction practices that make Hawai‘i housing unique and island living friendly.  It will most likely have a severe economical impact on residential construction.

We are asking all architects in the County of Hawai‘i to support Bill 234 to delay the effective date so as to give time to do a thorough review of the new code as to its necessity, cost effectiveness, requirements, and impact on the residential life styles presently found here in Hawai‘i.

We ask that you please make comment as to your thoughts the new Energy Conservation Code, either by written format or by a personal appearance at the Council meeting.  All comments will be much appreciated and will provide the necessary information needed by all Council members to approve the delaying of the Codes effective date.

If the Bill 234 passes and we obtain a delay, then we must organize a committee to do a thorough review of the proposed code to make sure it is what the County wants and needs and accomplishes the goal in a cost effective and efficient way.  It is very important that local architects and mechanical engineers that will be continuously dealing with the new requirements participate in the review process and we ask for your assistance.

Listed below are all the Council member’s email addresses and phone numbers so you can provide your comments, I have also included the email address for council testimony if you are unable to come in person.

Lau lima,

Emily Naeole-Beason

Council Vice Chair

Councilmember 5th District

County Council District 5 Race: A Poll

If the elections were held today for the County Council District 5 race, who would you vote for? *update* (I believe the results are only getting updated about once an hour)

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District 5 Office Will be Moving Dec 1st

County Council vice chair Emily I. Naeole-Beason announced today that she is moving into restrictive quarters in order to save money for the County.  She is moving into the Pahoa Election office at the Malama Market Place in Pahoa.  According to vice chair Naeole-Beason, the Election Office is being closed for budgetary reasons and the County is required to pay the rent on a long term lease. Council vice chair Naeole-Beason said, “Even though it is a sacrifice to move into a smaller place I feel that it is important to save our County money in these difficult economic times”.  In making this move, Council vice chair Naeole-Beason will be saving the County $14,525.