NOA’s designs are based on using long-lasting materials that withstand the local elements while keeping within the project’s budget. Aside from copper wires which are often recycled, our firm’s approach is to re-use existing electrical elements in-place as much as practicable. This includes consideration to retain existing electrical system elements in-place and integrate with new in lieu of removal and disposal wherever existing conditions can be field verified and prove to be economically feasible from a life cycle vantage point. Projects using recycled materials in which we or our consultants have specified for projects we have worked together on are: a) Homasote sound absorption panels; b) Homasote and fiberbond floor under layout panels; c) Fiberbond and USG wallboard panels and exterior wall sheathing; d) Glassphalt as a substitute for asphalt.
NOA’s design philosophy has been to utilize proven electrical and energy efficient equipment to match the application required. We do not prescribe to utilization of unproven electrical devices but do track innovations and use of the products over period of time in order to take full advantage of possible energy savings when opportunity permits. Our designs over the past years have proven to be energy efficient and functional with considerations for reduced maintenance and cost. Our firm has been very active in discussions with the State Energy Office to modify the State’s Model Energy Code to provide for more realistic and practical solutions. The use of energy efficient lighting, power factor correction capacitors, and transient voltage surge suppressors have shown to be successful for many NOA projects, such as State Capitol Renovation; Shirokiya Ala Moana; Times Royal Kunia; Central Pacific Plaza, etc. Although not so much due to energy considerations as unavailability at electrical power, we even designed a photovoltaic power system for lighting of the channel entrance at Barbers Point Harbor. Likewise, our consultants have specified energy efficient design and equipment in many joint projects such as: a) Deep roof overhangs to shield window openings from direct sunlight; b) Heat pumps for water heating; c) Heat recovery from air-conditioning systems; d) Solar water heating systems.
NOA emphasizes a hands-on approach to staff development and electrical design. Our electrical designers pay particular attention to aesthetics, constructability, cost, details, and emphasizes interaction with the client to determine the particular needs. Our staff is very familiar with application of computers and test equipment to assist in electrical designs.