We live in an environment ever more saturated with electromagnetic and microwave energy fields. Thousands of peer reviewed scientific papers from around the world point to long term DNA damage and other health effects from exposures deemed to be safe by governmental agencies headed by people from the telecommunications industry such as the F.C.C.'s Tom Wheeler, former head of the industry lobbying group. Hard wiring all these devices is necessary to reduce these exposures. Thanks for the head's up about how to do just that.
It's helpful to recognize advances in energy efficiency and LEED certification serves this well. I'm concerned that the energy embodied in the transportation of cabinetry, appliances, tile, plumbing and other building materials defeats the idea of efficiency. I realize that many of these things are not made in Hawaii, but why not maximize the use the materials that are already there? The manufacturing and transportation of the high tech materials and coatings used in this project adds much more fossil fuel consumption to the overall cost/benefit ration for a LEED design. The greatest offender however, is the size of the house. Who needs a 3,400 square foot house? (The Duggars, maybe.) This is outrageous and contrary to any notion of energy conservation. LEED should recognize simplicity, reduction in size and the use of locally produced products instead of this riot of excessive material consumption.
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