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LEAK ALERT! What Can You Do?

EEK- A-LEAK!!!   As we encounter roof leaks during the rainey season or as storms hit our islands, there are “temporary remedies” that can be done.. Once the rains subside, then we are able to perform actual roof repair work.   Below are some drawings to help assess the best mode of redirecting water leaks until your scheduled roof repair.

“Taking some precautionary action to re-route internal leaks will allow the water to drain out safely and will prevent the water from pooling. You will minimize your drywall damage, and it will also reduce the chances of your ceiling caving in.” Full Article can be found here and illustrated tips below.

leaking roof trick

leaking roof trick

SCENARIO:  Leak coming down from a ceiling tile (near center of room/space).

Materials: pencil, string, bucket, tarp (optional)

Step 1:  push pencil thru the ceiling tile till only string is hanging from ceiling into the bucket

Step 2: weight tied to the bottom of the string into the center of the bucket

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SCENARIO: Leak coming down from a ceiling tile, bulging from leak (near wall of a room/space).

Materials: bucket, painters tarp, something sharp, blue tape

Step 1: Poke a hole into ceiling to prevent ceiling tile bulging

Step 2: Blue tape the painters plastic against the wall

Step 3: Run the plastic into the bucket

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Let us know if you need our assistance during the storm period to set-up temporary remedies; there is a nominal fee.  Contact our CRW DIRECT Maintenance & Repairs Division:

Phone: (808) 748-8423


Mahalo for considering us a resource!

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Energy Code Changes That Can Impact Roof Replacement Costs

By Larry Young, Vice President/PME, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii, Inc.
& Richelle Thomason, Director of Business Development & Client Relations, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii, Inc.

At this year’s Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo, CRW invited Howard Wiig, Energy Analyst from the Hawaii State Energy Office as one of the guest panelists to discuss the Hawaii Energy Code (HEC) and the impact it would have on roofing in Hawaii. According to Howard, he is optimistic that the following “Draft Amendments” will be adopted and enforced this year for both residential and commercial properties.

IECC code amendment_ Residential

IECC code amendment_Commercial

The state distinguishes “residential buildings” as 1-3 stories and “commercial buildings” as 4 stories and above.

While the counties of Hawaii, Maui and Honolulu are still operating under the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), Kauai is operating under the 2009 IECC. Once the HEC is adopted, all counties will conform concurrently.

We recently negotiated a contract to reroof an 84 unit (6 buildings) townhome project on Kauai, which resulted in added costs totaling approximately $85,000 to comply with the 2009 IECC. They were required to insulate each unit’s attic space and while there are a few insulation options available, they chose the most economical insulation method. Because Hawaii, Maui and Honolulu are still operating under the 2006 IECC, properties are not required to comply with the 2009 IECC.

attic space with no insulation

Example: Attic space with no insulation


radiant barrier

Example: Attic space with radiant barrier

The good news is…with the islands seeming more muggy and humid these past years and everyone doing their part to pursue a sustainable future, HOA’s have already been performing 2 out of the 3 reroofing option as outlined above in the Draft Amendments.

 In the case where an overlay is possible, the energy code would not apply if the sheathing is not exposed per the code amendment. However, it is not clear whether community associations who have restricted architectural guidelines would be excluded from the energy code.

For commercial buildings (classified as 4 stories and above) the insulation R-value requirement will be changing from R-15 to R-38, potentially increasing the overall project cost by 30-50%.



At this point, we recommend HOA’s re-evaluate their reserve study and make necessary adjustments to their roof reserve in compliance with the energy code. Associations who need to re-roof this year, or shortly thereafter but do not have adequate reserves to comply with new roofing code requirements have other options, such as a bank loan or special assessment. However those are not the only options available.

Associations can have their roof thoroughly inspected and determine what it will take or cost to extend the life of your existing roof until your reserve fund is adequately funded.

Comprehensive roof management programs provide the client with a thorough roof inspection for recommended action items needed for immediate, remedial and long-term maintenance. Customized maintenance plans should support access to archived historical data available for tracking purposes and ultimately decision making for repairs or re-roofing.



…And we don’t mean just have someone go up there and just coat some black goop here and there…black mastic

Larry Young is the Vice President/PME at CRW and Richelle Thomason is the Director of Business Development and Client Relations at CRW. Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing is a full-service roofing and waterproofing contractor with 75 employees and operations in Hawaii, Guam and the Philippines. They cover the full spectrum of roofing and waterproofing, having installed nearly every kind of system from the purely functional to assemblies that are highly visible and aesthetically pleasing. CRW is highly involved with ‘Sustainability Initiatives,’ and through their partnerships with a strategic alliance of a family of companies, provides a multitude of technologically advanced clean energy systems and efficient products to reduce carbon footprints, including solar reflective specialty coatings, and a new generation of technologically advanced PV energy systems.  


The IECC booklet is a very useful tool as it covers the entire building envelope. For more information on the 2015 IECC or to order a copy visit:

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BE READY. Keep that roof over your head!

BE READY.  Keep that roof over your head – literally!
By Guy Akasaki, President & CEO

The Hawaii roofing industry is experiencing a renewed renaissance, thanks to our robust local economy and its direct reflection on residential, commercial, industrial, rehabilitation and new construction projects. Our industry had fluctuated since the recession; however we are now trending upward as we see reflected in the past few years of low bids dictating the direction of the market for the consumer that leads to failures and litigation – rather than a higher life cycle cost for a longer performing roof life.

Keep in mind that just like our economy, Mother Nature has trends as well. We’ve all heard the warnings – but how many of us are actually PREPARED? June thru November marks the hurricane season here in Hawaii and forecasters are predicting 4 – 7 tropical cyclones in the Central Pacific with an 80% chance of normal or above normal cyclone activity. Hawaii has historically experienced a hurricane every 10 – 15 years, so precautions should be considered as we prepare for “when it happens” rather than defaulting to “if it happens”.

The devastation that Hurricane Iniki brought in 1993 taught us the importance to keep ourselves prepared for the worst. The ability of an organization to recover quickly is directly tied to the preparation and due diligence done while the sun is shining.

So what can you do to establish resilience for your building and community in times like these? Here are a few pieces to the pie that we believe will help property managers and building owners maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.


The accurate specification, integration and installation of roofing materials into the building envelope are the baseline strategy. Going for the BEST solution is often less costly than going for the CHEAPEST solution, especially when disaster hits. The shifting economy has brought many ‘new products at reduced market prices’ that you or your customer may perceive as a benefit due to current economic or financial conditions. Rather, you should always use proven products with longevity, reliability and warranties. Left unchecked, a sense of complacency can begin to settle in — that is, until a catastrophic customer event occurs!

Another area to be wary of are upcoming changes in industry that may affect future projects and often times what happens on the mainland will eventually carry into the Hawaii market… on “Hawaiian time” as we all well know. The California Energy Commission adoption of Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential and Nonresidential Buildings is a progression to watch. Title 24 requirements apply to “all new construction, and to retrofits or additions that replace or recoat…and apply to non-residential, high-rise residential, and residential buildings and are limited to specific climate zones.” (CRRC website:


The front end of the hurricane season is the best time for buildings to review and implement systemic controls, initiate inspections for drainage performance, and augment drainage solutions to accommodate extreme weather conditions. Being prepared for disaster can position your building for lower damage potential.

Maintain & Keep Roof Clean – Regularly scheduled maintenance of your roof will ensure preparedness. Investigate for unsecured loose items as they can become missiles during times of extreme weather! Roofs should not be used for storage. By making sure your roof is clean and clear, you will minimize the risk of damaging a nearby building or injuring a pedestrian by-passer. Nearby trees should be trimmed to keep damages to the roof at a minimum.

Drainage Assessed – Buildings that do not have overflow drains can run the risk of collapsing under the pressure of built up water. Make certain your drains are clear to perform at optimal intent.

Get Specific – Each roof type is predisposed to some type of degeneration, given enough time and exposure to the elements. Be sure to identify with your roofing contractor, what specific areas may need extra attention.

• Metal roofs – don’t let your roof become a deadly source of flying sheet metal. Check for loose fasteners, rusting panels and such.
• Shingle roofs – if they are 15-20 years old – take a look, are shingles coming loose?
• Tile roofs often require hurricane clips. Make sure they are installed and secured.
• Single Ply, Coatings & Built-Up Roofing – needs consistent rooftop maintenance.


With the advent of renewable energy (solar PV) and its impact to the roof structure, there are many installers from a variety of trades who are not licensed roofing contractors, nor are they remotely experienced on how to deal with, or prepare for, extreme weather conditions. Seasoned roofing professionals understand the consequences of a system if it is not installed properly. Therefore, consideration should be given as re-roofing and capital projects are being pursued for execution. Trending weather conditions dictate proper specifications as it affects the lower life cycle costs where the time/value and costs become of economic benefit – more than the baseline price for “today.”

Common Installation problems:
• Unmatched roof life to the solar installation life
• Unmatched roof design to solar design (foot traffic, and future roof servicing)
• Not understanding the flow of water
• Lack of consideration for thermal movement, wind or seismic events
• Lack of understanding rooftop conditions during installation
• Not implementing a maintenance plan.


Another way to minimize your RISK factor is to capitalize on the savings today by allowing a building or HOA to increase their reserve funds. Reducing overhead expenses can be achieved by employing energy efficient and energy saving systems. These common practice solutions contribute toward building resilience and recovery when looking ahead.

A few more wide-spread applications that we’ve seen successfully implemented are:

Rooftop PV Installations – when installed properly, this has transformed idle space into income generating powerplants for building owners, allowing for significant savings on annual operating costs. Now is the time, as the cost of PV panels ARE on the rise, solar tax credits are nearing expiration and the ever rising cost of electricity continues to progress. Power Purchase Agreements can cover 100% of the solar PV installation and maintenance costs for non-profit AOAOs.

Energy Efficient ACs – Just like solar hot water in Hawaii, the next innovation that is gaining traction with a perfect fit for this market is solar PV powered air conditioning. Cooling costs in Hawaii can typically range from about 60-70% of the total electricity bill. Shifting the energy source from the grid to the sun during peak hours can save quite a bit.

Optimize Hurricane Reserves – Ever since Hurricane Iniki, many HOA’s now have a high hurricane insurance deductible and are maintaining reserves in case of property damange sustained during a disaster. Taking certain action items such as installing hurricane clips on roofing applications will in some circumstances reduce insurance premiums.

In summary, there are several areas that this industry of roofing interfaces with. Finding solutions that work for your building can be a challenge, but with the expertise and knowledge of reputable companies, you can make an informed decision to help save money and also prepare your building to be resilient and READY. As with all things, we hope for the best and plan for the worst!

Guy Akasaki is the President & CEO of Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii, Inc. bringing to the table nearly 40 years of roofing and construction experience to Hawaii. His knowledge covers the full spectrum of the roofing and waterproofing industry and he currently serves on the Hawaii Contractors Licensing Board. His contributions to the industry for the advancement of roofing technology and roof-mounted PV energy systems in Hawaii keep him at the forefront of the roofing industry continuing to spur him on towards advocating sound business practices.

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June 5, 2015 marked another eventful BOMA Hawaii Golf tournament held at the Ewa Beach Golf Course! We had a great time reconnecting with both new and and long-standing friends over the years.  Thank you for continually allowing us to be a resource and industry partner.  We look forward to the years to come!


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Project Case Study: 1450 Young Street

AOAO 1450 Young Street  |  What Goes Up Must Come Down

Watch the Videos:  Ground UP |   Rooftop DOWN

This condominium located in Makiki, is a 28 story high-rise located on a high traffic roadway in Honolulu.  With 28 floors and 247 units, the logistics of removing and installing a NEW roof on this building was a challenge in the least.  This was a cap sheet and insulation project that required a 3-4 day tear off and 1 day loading. The foreman on the job was Alan Nemoto running a 7-man crew.

CRW worked with the team at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. to develop the project specifications for this building.  ACL Group, LLC was the construction consultant on the project working on behalf of the owners to help ensure minimal impact to the owners.  Both  worked directly with the board to communicate the extensive set up, staging and logistics in a way that would have the least amount of impact on the residents and passerby’s. All stages of the project were addressed to ensure security, safety and efficiency for the best solution as far as staging, preparation and execution of the tear off and removal of the EXISTING roof as well as the transportation, installation and staging of the NEW roofing materials.

A scaffolding bridge was set up on the side of the property as it was the least frequented area in order to keep down the liability as well as being the least windy side of the building.  The scaffolding blended nicely into the foliage on property keeping the temporary set up as minimal of an eye-sore as possible for the local residents.  What made this scaffolding set up unique – was that the height of the scaffolding was perfect for the off-loading of existing roofing material that had to get torn off and the for LOADING of the NEW roofing materials from the delivery flatbed to the staging area to get hoisted up to the top of the roof.


positioning and staging of the scaffolding for loading and unloading of materials

Easy access to unloading the materials that get removed from the rooftop for disposal

scaffolding set up along the street side and building

scaffolding set up overhead for passerby's

RSI delivery to the job site, was easily loaded up to the scaffolding, then hoisted up to the rooftop

the FAR building in the background is AOAO 1450 Young Street

500 lb. pallets were individually hoisted up 28 stories on the exterior of the building...

A 4-man crew on the ground loaded and monitored each pallet

Each pallet had to be staged, positioned, and monitored all the way up

While the load stays constant, the winds can shift at any moment... that monitor is important!

Halfway up!

Almost there - but all eyes remain on the load being hoisted... winds create capillary action that can catch the pallet unexpectedly

wind blowing slightly left..

With loading scenarios like this - its so important that the Board communicates clearly to the owners, the importance of closing their windows so that the load doesn't accidentally catch a window corner in loading...

Made it!

The harness coming back down the hoist, is another process that requires watchful monitoring so that the wind doesn't catch and snap the cord and metal clamps against a window..

The lineup of materials to be loaded.

Fun fact: the little hoist at the top has an 1800 lb. counterweight to sustain the upcoming loads

Ground crew loading up the next pallet of materials to go up

New Load coming up!


Simultaneously, from the rooftop, another 3 man team was operating the hoist and staging the materials up on the rooftop. It was apparent that the winds could change at any given time and ensuring that the pallet was secured and managed from below was imperative. The communication between the two teams was seamless and the process of hoisting up the 500lb. pallets was teamwork in action. A total of 19 pallets had to be hoisted up safely and securely.

View from the top of the roof

One man operates the hoist, two men handles the loads that deliver to the rooftop

There she goes! On its way up..



Almost there... notice how close to the building and windows the pallets can lean into - even with one man monitoring the load

Almost to the top! Notice that open window at an angle...

500 lb pallet almost to the top

Hoisted all the way up to the top!

Almost there!

swing to the right and drop down for unharnessing and positioning

Watch the video!

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Building Industry Hawaii, February 2015 Cover Issue:

February 2015 Issue, Building Industry Hawaii Magazine

View the original online-article written by Brett Alexander-Estes here

An interview with Guy Akasaki, CRW President & CEO.
By Brett Alexander-Estes

Rocket Man—An Interview with Guy Akasaki How a roofing entrepreneur aims high and uses industry innovations to get there.

Building Industry_Feb 2015_Rocket Man (download PDF)

BIH: Tell us how you got started— the story is you started CRW from scratch.

Akasaki: From chicken scratch. I had not anticipated starting my own company. I was the president and chief operating officer for the largest roofing company at the time (1993). When Iniki hit, the economy was kind of tanking, so we needed to make some adjustments. The owner wanted to make an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Then at the eleventh hour, decided he didn’t want to sell. I had to make a decision because aside from the overhead, there was a difference of intent and direction. I tendered my resignation. I was going to open up a Subway franchise. I let the owner know that, because I’d been in the industry so long, I would commit to him for one year. I had no ‘noncompete’ (written agreement)—‘I will verbally commit to you that I will not compete for one year.’

BIH: Did you keep your word?

Akasaki: Making a commitment was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, because when my wife convinced me not to get into Subway sandwiches, I said, ‘OK, maybe I can do roof repairs.’ Starting up, a senior project manager calls: ‘We have this job. I want to give it to you.’ It was about $1.5 million. ‘We’ll cover the cost, you bring in the men, we’ll split the profit.’ I went, ‘OK, let me think about it.’ It’s one of those times, that small still voice going, ‘What about ‘no compete?’ Because as an agent (for the former company), I had negotiated the job. The manager called me back: ‘When we going to start?’ I told him, ‘I gotta step away. I made a vow.’ He hung up on me. A few weeks later, a developer called: ‘I got $30 million. I can give you working capital. Set it up however you want.’ I went, ‘Let me get back to you.’ That small still voice came again: ‘Guy, if you borrow that money, you’re in hock to his vision. How will you be able to fulfill your purpose and destiny?’ I remember going, ‘Aw, jeez, man!’ Because I could almost taste it, right? I remember telling him, ‘I got to step away.’ After those two things happened, I thought, ‘You’re doing the right thing—it’s going to be all right!’

BIH: So business picked up?

Akasaki: The next year was the most trying part of my life. We were into the third quarter, and we were down 35 percent. We had to hit $650,000 to break even. I was looking at my business plan, very upset. I helped two smaller roofers set up and they’re doing well. So how come—me!—it’s not working? I remember grabbing that book, four o’clock in the morning, and threw it against the wall. I was having a little conversation with the Man Upstairs. I said, ‘I do everything right, and it just hits me in the face!’ I fell asleep in a fetal position and woke up in the morning, all sore. But somehow there was a renewed purpose. I knew my relationship with the Guy Upstairs was set to retrench. In less than three months, we hit that 35 percent. The following year, we grew by 20 percent. That third year we won Pacific Business News’ “Fastest 50.“ And since then, it’s been a growth track of about 10 to 15 percent a year.

BIH: Did roofing alone propel your business, or did other services come into play?

Akasaki: If you have commercial roofing, you start in a roofing area with opportunities in sustainability and energy savings. I started to get into photovoltaic because I wanted to see how I could incorporate PV into the roofing element, what you call building an integral photovoltaic. That was before PV took off about eight and a half years ago.

BIH: CRW is in the top tier of Hawaii roofers—in annual revenue, in innovation and in market diversification. How did you take your original operation to this level?

Akasaki: The foundational mis•sion and core values that define CRW today were surfaced, tested CRW reroofed the Harbor Court tower with DensDeck Roof Board and a Sarnafil Décor Roof System. and refined in that first-year proving ground. The whole idea is to train a core team and the champions within the house, and opportunities begin to arise to allow them to step out, right? Like my early experiences setting up photovoltaic led into looking at other ventures—initiatives and partnerships in PV, tax credits and subsidies, financing of power purchase agreements, design patents and other research and development funding opportunities. Today, these initiatives are executed through various specialty entities and strategic partners—Honolulu Roofing, Greenpath Technologies Hawaii, Allied Pacific Builders HI, Allied Pacific Builders Guam, CRW Philippines Inc., Energy Solutions International and EnRG Hawaii.

BIH: What benefits does working with these companies as strategic partners offer from an operational and customer service standpoint?

Akasaki: If you look at these different companies, what we’re doing is basically to be a unified team of professionals, to apply our experi•ence and talents, to be on the cutting edge of construction or the technology of the field we’re in and to exceed our clients’ expectations. Like with Greenpath, they do PV, they needed “We saw the opportunity to exceed client expectations with both roof and PV included under one warranty. Because we know both sides well, we can create a total turnkey—one point of accountability.” Then, because they were doing the PV work, and we were doing the roofing—they know the PV, we know the roofing. We even did some of the PV. Whereas in the industry, everybody’s always pointing fingers. The PV guy says, ‘I’m not responsible for the roofing.’ The roofer says, ‘You know what, we didn’t put the PV on top, we’re not responsible.’ We saw the opportunity to exceed client expectations with both roof and PV included under one warranty. Because we know both sides well, we can create a total turnkey—one point of accountability.

BIH: CRW and its partners have a reputation for being in the vanguard of roofing and PV technology. What’s currently in the works?

Akasaki: Greenpath is doing research and development into non-glass folding PV modules. These are portable lightweight PV modules and are manufactured to military-grade resilience by Greenpath in Kakaako. Greenpath has a patent on the modules. The company also makes portable solar equipment that provides power in the field without generators or other fossil fuel-based sources. This equipment is targeted for Department of Defense military and emergency response markets.

BIH: What types of roofing installations do you think will become dominant in Hawaii in the next five years?

Akasaki: High performance coatings will take the lead in the future. Many coatings claim that, ‘we answer all of your problems.’ But sometimes coatings are not the answer. Elastomeric coatings will take a predominant role because of their sustainability and ease of application as long as roofers understand how performance and formulations work together. Higher performance coatings, like clothing, must hit a certain baseline formulation in order to be ‘quality.’ Above and beyond that baseline, certain features can be added—for elasticity, quick-drying and so forth. Quality formulations and performance addi•tives deliver some of the best values and reliability for the long term.

BIH: It’s been reported that your back•ground is in architecture. What Hawaii building do you find most interesting from a design standpoint?

Akasaki: My favorite building? The one I think is cool is Harbor Court. But when you get up on the roof, you’re up 40-something stories. There’s no protection, there’s no railing. You have to be pretty much on your guard because you have safety issues. At that height, you have wind, uplift, you have capillary action, negative pressure—there’s so many things that you have to incorporate. The curvature for the nice bay windows are a nightmare to waterproof, too. So those we modified into what they call a modified Sarnafil membrane of PVC material. It looks like metal, but it doesn’t have the inherent characteristics of being able to corrode, or anchors and joints. Because this is PVC, it’s a weatherproof material. But because it has ribs that can be welded on, it looks like metal. It’s pretty cool.

BIH: In taking your original operation to its current level, what was the biggest hurdle you and your company had to overcome?

Akasaki: The biggest hurdle wasn’t so much the money side, it wasn’t so much that I couldn’t touch the customers. The biggest hurdle was really me. And when I say it was me, it was more the struggle with commitment, integrity and honesty. Because at the end of the day, it would have been so easy for me to have accepted those jobs. And I would have been off and running. And would I still be here today? I probably would be. But the difference would be, I would just be a roofer.

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Hawaii Buildings, Facilities & Property Management Expo 2015

Guy Akasaki, Al Sevillino, Joshua Akaka, Dr. Philipp Herzog, Richelle Thomason, Brandee Orozco, Paul Flores, Lori DeLima, Daniel Im, Charles Chacko, Dana Akasaki, Keith Kaneshiro

And this year definitely marked an exciting time for the entire team at CRW and GPT as we were able to launch out some exciting NEWS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS as well as NEW PRODUCTS... its not every year that you get to have some of the things nearest to your heart as a company brought to forefront… the foundational values that established us to where we can even have the opportunity to be at today… we’re extremely thankful for the two recognitions on a local and national level for the company – its been quite a ride and its definitely not been smooth sailing all along but to stay the course and see!  Read more about the Roofing Contractor of The Year feature as well as our very own Building Industry Hawaii Cover “Rocket Man” feature this past february on Guy and the founding of CRW..21 years ago! It’s been a crazy ride and we are incredibly thankful for those who have vested in us.. given us a chance…that has blossomed into relationships we deeply value to today!

BOOTH #547 – SPIN TO WIN! Pictures from the booth…

Thank you to everyone who made the time to come and say HI – we really do love seeing everyone here!  If you had any questions or concerns that we weren’t able to get into the details about… please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.  You can give us a call at 841-RAIN or you can send us an email online as well thru our portal.



We had a great turnout for both of our seminars that we are incredibly thankful to our speakers and panelists who made the time to be a part.  On Wednesday, Guy Akasaki hosted a seminar entitled “Solar Today: Where’s the Disconnect.”  On Thursday, Larry Young hosted a seminar entitled “Roof Warranties EXPOSED.”

Much mahalo to everyone who came out to one or both of our seminars.  We always enjoy being able to bring together a panel of experts that can contribute from multiple perspectives.  If you have any questions from that seminar please feel free to reach out to us.  We’d be happy to connect with you and/or connect you with any of our speakers.  Please email us at

Colin Murphy, Trinity ERD; Mark Alexander, Quest; Tim Lyons, RCAH; Larry Young, CRW

Roof Warranties EXPOSED

Larry Young, VP Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing HI, Inc.


Tim Lyons, Executive Director RCAH (Roofing Contractors Assn. Hawaii)

Mark Alexander, Hydrostop/Quest

Colin Murphy, Principal Trinity | ERD


This was an excellent discussion that covered the following topics:

  • Current State of Solar Industry
  • Solar Trends becoming a part of our quality of life
  • Tax Credits & strategies beyond 2016
  • What Can we do today with renewables to increase quality of life?

Solar Today: Where's the Disconnect? Guy Akasaki, CEO & President Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii, Inc.

Briand Achong, President Greenpath Technologies, Inc.

Howard Wiig, Energy Analyst Hawaii State Energy Office

Dr. Philipp Herzog, CEO Sunforce Solutions International


We were excited to see the new products launched that we mentioned in our seminar.  Energy efficient, renewable hybrid products such as the CLIMATEKNOLOGIES Solar A/C’s brought into the islands by Greenpath Technologies, Inc.  Their booth 423 was busy as ever with a FREE Solar A/C install to be won… not to mention the cool fans that were being given away.. #coolforless!


Guy Akasaki, Briand Achong, Jennifer Reader, Daryl Suzuki, Keith Kaneshiro

Briand Achong, Jennifer Reader. Chris Williams

Chris Williams, Jennifer Reader, Dana Akasaki


That’s about it from the Expo! We have some winners for all of our giveaways.  We will be calling shortly.  If you were not a winner, we thank you anyways for participating!  Free Consultations for a Solar A/C are still available thru the end of the month.  Contact Greenpath Technologies at 748-8418 or online.

Until next year…. !



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CRW Acknowledged as 2014 Commercial Roofing Contractor of the Year by Roofing Contractor Magazine

2014 Commercial Roofing Contractor of the Year: Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Inc.

CRW Takes the Green Path in Hawaii
Article written by Samantha Meux.

View original article source here.

Roofing Contractor Magazine November 2014 Cover

In the early 1990s, Guy Akasaki was working as president and project manager for one of the largest roofing companies in Hawaii when the economy took a turn for the worst. After much debating over whether or not to sell the company, the owner decided to hold on to the business but needed singularity of ownership, so Akasaki resigned after 14 years with the promise that he would not compete for one year. He then considered many new business ventures, including opening a Subway franchise, but ultimately chose to stay true to his roots in architecture and contracting.

“In March of 1993, I started a roofing company — undercapitalized, underfunded, undermanned, and with no bonding and no line of credit. I had a banker telling me I shouldn’t get into contracting, but I told him I was going to make it,” Akasaki said. “The next seven months were pure stress, as the only people I could approach were new contacts who did not have a high regard for new roofing contractors. I had to start knocking on doors and talking to people I didn’t know, but people who threw proposals in my face are now some of my biggest customers and friends.”

While it was difficult not to compete in the beginning, Akasaki kept his word. “Because I had been in the industry for so long, it was hard not to pick the low-hanging fruit,” he said. “People started to come to me and offer me jobs that I had to turn down, but it felt good to do the right thing.”

Despite Akasaki’s unique situation and the tough economic conditions of the time, the company experienced significant growth early on and has continued to thrive. More than 20 years later, Akasaki still owns the company with his wife, Lanette Akasaki, who was his girlfriend when they first went into business.

“My wife and I started the company,” he explained. “The first year laid the groundwork for who we are today. It taught us a lot about value, commitment and integrity. It was a lesson in life that no university could teach me — the power of commitment, honesty, integrity and honor. I look at it with a lot of reflection, because those are my roots, but it’s an education you definitely don’t want to go through twice. That was the year I actually grew up.”

Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Inc. now focuses primarily on commercial and industrial roofing, and above- and below-grade waterproofing. The company currently serves all Hawaiian Islands, has offices in the Philippines and Guam, and does special projects in Hong Kong. CRW has also established several strategic partnerships to expand its capabilities, including Honolulu Roofing, the company’s union shop; Allied Pacific Builders, a general construction firm that specializes in building renovations; SFSI, a project development and finance company; EnRG Solutions International, a patent and IP holding company; and GreenPath Technologies, a solar contractor that specializes in solar power integration and renewable energy.

When asked which entity has been the most successful, Akasaki said, “I would say CRW, as it was the birthing mother that allowed this collaboration of strategic companies to flourish and continues to establish a strong and progressive footprint in our state. Our growth strategy isn’t just about getting bigger, it’s about creating profit centers. The roofing surface is part of the building envelope. The roof once generated no revenue for the owner, but today it becomes an income-producing asset.”

Greening the Islands

CRW prides itself on being an industry leader in cutting-edge construction technology, solar solutions and green initiatives. The company always considered energy efficiency a top priority, so when the industry began moving toward more sustainable practices, CRW was quick to adapt and excel.

“The reason we have a lot of things separated is because when solar started, we already knew the mindset of roofing contractors, so we started a company that was very unique to the industry — and had a close affiliation with solar,” Akasaki explained. “Our values in roofing were in energy savings and sustainability, and we were already in the commercial real estate brokerage arena. As a result, we easily saw the connection. Not only did we do contracting, but we understood that there was a convergence of disciplines — nanotechnology, turnkey interfaces within the realm of finances, taxes credits, subsidies, current accounting protocols and asset valuation impacts — and have been able to capitalize on this.”

The company has expertise in building integrated photovoltaic systems, which can provide energy savings for owners, taking their roofs from liabilities and converting them into assets. Photovoltaic systems can add visual appeal to buildings as well. Recent notable projects include Unicold, the largest cold-storage facility in Hawaii, where CRW re-roofed the facility with a 60-mil Sarnafil cool roof system and a photovoltaic system that allowed for tax credits; and Honolulu’s Hawaii National Bank, which was a turnkey roofing and photovoltaic installation — Hawaii’s tallest to date when installed — to meet the building’s renewable energy needs.

The company is committed to installing sustainable systems that minimize pollution and harm to the islands’ surrounding ecosystems, including a variety of solar, cool and green roof applications.

“Hawaii is a very small place, and roofing can be a very messy project resulting in a negative impact to our environment,” Akasaki said. “Early on, we installed systems that were high on performance and sustainable in life, minimizing the demolition to an existing assembly, and coating systems using nanotechnology to increase solar reflectivity and low emissivity. For this area to be a successful one for us, which it has, we research the makeup of a product to better understand it beyond the marketing materials.”

Having profound knowledge of the products and systems its using allows CRW to suggest the best possible solution for each project. “We give really insightful recommendations,” Akasaki said. “At the end of the day, it’s not for us — it’s for the customers.”

When it comes to ongoing education — whether it be about products, safety or any other aspect of the job — Akasaki encourages his employees to learn from each other. “Every Monday morning we have all employees at safety meetings, and the workers hold the meetings,” he said. “We actually involve our key guys. They stand up in front of the men and articulate. In many instances, it’s very difficult. We have them stand in front of people to become involved and communicate. We’ve been doing it for many years, and it’s done a lot for their personal development. Retention is very powerful. Put them in positions where their peers see them, and there’s a sense a pride. Let them be a part of the process and man, it’s powerful.”

Pursuing a Passion

According to Akasaki, CRW and its affiliates have continued to succeed because he and his team are passionate about the business. “When I was considering Subway, I was doing it out of duty rather than passion — my background is in architecture,” he explained. “If you have a passion and desire to do what you do best, then you can supply a service to your customers. At the end of the day, it really is about relationships. It’s not about making money off your customers, it’s about meeting their needs — and when that happens, the money will come.”

In the company’s unique market, building these customer relationships is crucial. “We try to really understand our customers by getting involved in their industries to see the roadblocks they face and how we as professionals can service their needs,” Akasaki said. “It’s really about exceeding expectations, and to do that we have to understand.”

CRW strives to operate by its mission statement, which is to be a unified team of professionals that uses its knowledge and experience to be on the forefront of cutting-edge construction technology and ultimately exceed its clients’ expectations.

Akasaki believes that success is more of a process than a destination, and he and his company are constantly preparing for what the future may hold. “We live by the understanding that in times of feast, when economic times are great, to plan for the times of famine, and in times of famine, plan for the times of feast.”

Roofing Contractor named Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Inc. of Honolulu, Hawaii, the 2014 Residential Contractor of the Year. The award was presented at the Best of Success conference in Marco Island, Fla. Pictured here are (from left) Jill Bloom, Guy Akasaki, Lanette Akasaki and Samantha Meux.

Guy and Lanette Akasaki attending the Best of Success Awards held in Florida this year in early November.  There they were recognized and acknowledged as the 2014 Roofing Contractor of the Year in the “Commercial Roofing Sector” by Roofing Contractor Magazine.  It was an honor and privilege and cheers to the Hawaii Roofing Industry!!

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CRW Hosts Palm Court Topping Off Party

raffle drawing winner!

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Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii hosted a topping off party last week thursday at the Palm Court Recreation Center as a celebratory roof completion acknowledgement for both the residents of Palm Court as well as the CRW crew that executed the entire re-roofing project.  CRW brought the food, fun and raffle-prize drawings poolside for the residents.

one of 4 raffle drawing winners!

Palm Court Recreation Area


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Top Tips From Our Roof Maintenance Division

Jeff Gowan, AKA Chief Joke Master! Heads up our Roof Management & Repair Division here at Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii.  He has seen some of the best to some of the worst when it comes to roof maintenance.  He often advises that many repair calls can actually be prevented with regular maintenance and precautions taken.

Example 1:  A flooded rooftop was seeping water down due to intended water exit points on the rooftop being closed off (perhaps by in-house facilities maintenance that was unawares of the purpose) that should have been left open.

Example 2: Water was not able to drain as normal due to a crumpled downspout at the exit point from a vehicle that must have smashed it.  Combined with foliage that got collected in the downspout in pouring rains and a closed exit point, excess water was building up on a roofing system that was not intended to hold the weight nor water mass and thus leaked down into various points in the building.

Jeff collected some of the TOP TIPS he identified as good reminders for regular maintenance to pass along to your facilities maintenance staff to keep them “aware” of small things that can be done on a regular basis or for emergency preparedness seasons of heavy rains etc.  As always, we welcome other suggestions or stories!

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