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Solar & More Made In The Shade A new standard for outdoor living offers power and protection from the sun. By Brandon Weaver H awaii offers some of the best weather on the planet, but sometimes a break from the sun is necessary and shade is what you seek. Over the past few years, EcoShade has been changing the shade structure industry in Hawaii, exclusively offering marine-grade aluminum structures, topped with either photovoltaic panels or remote controlled opening/closing louvers. Both options are eco-friendly, costeffective and harness the power of the sun. PV produces solar energy and is an appealing alternative to traditional rooftop solar, while the louvers are powered by solar energy and allow for versatility in weather control. Most projects EcoShade undertakes in Hawaii are built almost entirely with marine-grade aluminum. Specifically designed for 8 June - July 2013 BMH coastal areas and marine conditions, the aluminum receives further corrosive protection from a UVresistant powder coat finish. EcoShade Solar Roofs and Solar Structures provide an attractive and The EcoShade Louvered Roof provides a range of benefits that traditional roofing methods simply cannot match. practical option for solar production. In addition to solar carports and parking structures, outdoor recreational structures that use PV panels as the roof covering can be built to offer varying degrees of shade and shelter, with the added bonus of solar energy production. Tax credits can be applied to the entire system including the structure, making this the only shade/shelter roofing option that pays for itself. In addition to many residential solar structures, EcoShade can be used in the commercial solar arena. It has installed structural installations at Trump International Hotel, PF Chang’s, McDonalds of Waikele and numerous other high-profile sites across Oahu. The recent completion of a solar structure on top of the Liliha Center demonstrates an alternative for increasing solar production. By building a low structure over machinery, air conditioning units or piping, rooftop space could be maximized and more panels installed.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Management Hawaii June/July 2013

Special Section: BIA Renaissance Awards
Solar & More - Made In The Shade
Solar Options For Condos
Beyond PV…The Power Of The Negawatts
Solar On The Highrise
On The Farm With PV
The Reality Of Exploring Solar
Steep-Slope Solar
Concrete & Asphalt - Fresh Surfaces for Work & Play
Pavement Maintenance 101
Asphalt Alternatives
Rocky Road
Pavement Preservation
Painting Top 5 Painting Tips
Painting & Exterior Finishes
Lead & Rules
On Site: Renting Delinquent Units

Building Management Hawaii June/July 2013