Wordy Words and the Wordy Nerds Who Use Them

Steve Farrell
BY WNC GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 A tourist out west once asked the some times Park Ranger and full-time author Edward Abbey what a particular plant was. Abbey became an accidental poet when he replied, “What it is, no one knows, but what it’s called is a Desert...

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Lessons Learned (part 2)

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Last post was about what I'd do differently after building my soon to be net zero house in Asheville; faithful readers will recall a fairly long list. Fortunately, the things that went well is pretty long too. Here goes: Site: Finding a property close to town was certainly a good...

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The Sage of Septic Systems

Steve Farrell
Some years ago I had a house with a septic system. While I would have preferred either a city sewer and/or a composting toilet a septic system was the only viable option. Maybe we can discuss the barbarity of soiling clean water in a future post. The care and feeding...

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The Red List

Steve Farrell
We had a great turnout last month for our introduction to the Living Building Challenge (LBC). For those of you in attendance (and WNCGBC members) watch your inbox for more LBC Collaborative meetings coming up. One LBC subject that garnered a lot of interest was the LBC's imperative that no...

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The importance of the Living Building Challenge

Steve Farrell
I’m writing to introduce The Living Building Challenge (LBC). This collaborative’s mission is to encourage the creation of Living Buildings, Landscapes and Neighborhoods around the world while inspiring, educating and motivating a global audience about the need for fundamental and transformative change. The Cascadia Region Green Building Council (CRGBC)—the Pacific...

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Life on the Farm

Steve Farrell
Life on the Farm My great grandmother lived to be 103 years old. She was born, lived and worked, and died on the family farm in Hildebran, North Carolina.The farm was so far from town that the postman had to pack a lunch when he rode his mule from Hickory...

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The Role of Precast Foundations in Green Residential Building

Steve Farrell
 Premise; as essential elements of sound building practice, foundations are expensive in time, money, and are carbon intensive. Further, foundations require a considerable sum of human capital or brain-space, to execute. For such an important element of construction practice, foundations get scant attention. For me the foundation is the hard...

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