Green building comes home

Green building comes home

By Maggie Leslie and Matt Siegel on 03/13/2013

Over the past 12 years the WNC Green Building Council has made considerable strides in expanding the knowledge about and implementation of green building in our region — through certification of more than 650 new homes, organizing monthly green open-house tours, creating new programs for existing homes and educating the public in many ways. As a membership-supported nonprofit organization, the WNCGBC has been able to serve the community, thanks to the support of member businesses and individuals. We hope that you find the Green Home & Living Guide a valuable resource, and support its continued publication through membership with the WNCGBC.

To further our efforts to build a more sustainable community, we’ve expanded the Green Building Directory. We recognize that green building is just one important aspect of a growing movement to live more sustainably. To that end, we’ve included aspects of sustainability and green living, such as transportation and home furnishings. The 2013 Green Home & Living Guide now provides valuable resources and information ranging from sustainable agriculture to transportation and, of course, green building.  The business directory at the end of the guide makes it that much easier for readers to take the next steps in greener living and utilize the local businesses we are so lucky to have in WNC.

How to use the Guide

This guide has something for everyone. It begins with case studies of regional projects, in both the residential and commercial settings. Feature articles follow, discussing a variety of themes in green living, as well as the technical aspects of emerging technologies for professionals. A series of How-To articles helps builders and homeowners alike with DIY projects like building a new deck or installing new floor materials.

As always, the guide includes a comprehensive directory of local green businesses. To keep high standards and provide a truly valuable resource, there are specific requirements for many of the business categories.

Of course, the guide — both current and archived articles from past issues — is always available online at (just in case you accidentally lose the hard copy).