Author name: Douglas Buhr

Douglas Buhr is president of Honolulu-based full-service firm Douglas Engineering Pacific, Inc. He’s a licensed engineer with more than 35 years of experience designing and permitting building systems around Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.


What’s the Deal with Federal Pacific and Zinsco Breakers?

Insurance companies are increasingly requiring policyholders to replace Federal Pacific Electric (FPE) and Zinsco breakers as a condition for renewing policies, due to safety concerns. Independent testing has shown high failure rates in these breakers, posing risks of fire and power outages, and replacement is recommended to avoid loss of insurance and ensure safety.


Don’t Run From a Notice of Violation

“Receiving a Notice of Violation (NOV) from the City and County of Honolulu can be daunting, but it’s crucial to act swiftly. Prompt compliance and seeking professional assistance when needed are key to resolving these violations effectively.”

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