Directory Articles

Below are the articles from our most recent editions of the Green Built Directory.  You can also find articles from our older publications in the menu on the right organized by category and year.

2017- 2018 Articles

2017 - 2018 Articles Case Studies Home for Life: The Complexity and Compromise of Building My Second and Last Personal Home By Jamie Shelton Kermit Builds a Home: Crafting the First and Last House We'll Ever Own By John Shore Young Minds, Big Ideas: Isaac Dickson Elementary Goes Green By Garret K....

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Garret K. Woodward: The Path to the Future

The Path to the Future: An Update on the French Broad River Greenway By Garret K. Woodward In an effort to provide connectivity within Asheville, the French Broad River Greenway has become a welcome sight along the riverbanks in front of New Belgium Brewing, an ever-growing social hub in the...

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Garret K. Woodward: Staying Hydrated

Staying Hydrated: The Case for Drought-Resistant Landscaping in WNC By Garret K. Woodward After the wildfires that raged through Western North Carolina and greater Southern Appalachia last fall, the region is still not out of the woods when it comes to overcoming the drought conditions that have a become more...

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Ned Ryan Doyle: Going Off-Grid

Going Off-Grid: The Dollars and Sense of Living Off the Grid By Ned Ryan Doyle The idea of off-grid living means different things to different people. Most presume, accurately, that it means not being connected to the power grid or a utility. Some imagine it’s about living a primitive lifestyle...

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Ned Ryan Doyle: Benefits of Batteries

Benefits of Batteries: The Emergence of Energy Storage by Ned Ryan Doyle Batteries are ubiquitous in our modern lives, in cell phones, computers, cars, clocks, toys, tools and many more applications. Yet the idea of a battery-powered home or business is likely to generate a quick laugh or a skeptical...

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Amy Musser: I Lost 5,000 Pounds in 8 Weeks

I Lost 5,000 Pounds in 8 Weeks: Digging into the Low Carbon Diet Program By Amy Musser I lost 5,000 pounds in eight weeks. Actually, I shaved more than that off my carbon footprint. I was surprised by how easy it was, because my husband and I have lived in...

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Don M. Nicholson and Donald P. Nicholson: What are the Odds?

What are the Odds? A Theoretical Physicist and Professional Poker Player Team Up to Build Green By Don M. Nicholson and Donald P. Nicholson In 1998’s “Armageddon” film, an asteroid was hurtling toward Earth at 22,000 mph and NASA sent Harry Stamper (aka Bruce Willis) to blow it apart with...

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Joe Archibald: Is There Soy in Your Cabinet?

Is There Soy in Your Cabinet? Questions to Ask When Seeking Sustainable Casework and Millwork By Joe Archibald When it comes to choosing casework and millwork for a project, often the choice comes down solely to cost. This can lead to casework with a limited lifespan, made of poor quality...

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Doug Bruggeman: Climate Adaptation Real Estate

Climate Adaptation Real Estate: What to Watch for in Western North Carolina By Doug Bruggeman Climate adaptation is the practice of lowering risks from the consequences of climate change. For Western North Carolina, these risks include more frequent wildfires caused by drought as well as increased flooding and erosion due...

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Cari Barcas: Disc Golf Tournament Fundraiser

Nonprofit Introduces New Annual Disc Golf Tournament Fundraiser By Cari Barcas Local disc golf enthusiasts celebrated the grand opening of a new 18-hole course while raising money for Green Built Alliance at the nonprofit’s first annual spring Disc Golf Fundraiser earlier this year. Asheville has a strong and vibrant network...

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Jacob Goodman: Water Heater Work Horses

Water Heater Work Horses: Homage to a Couple of High-Efficiency Products by Jacob Goodman As a plumber, I come across a wide variety of products and plumbing systems. I am definitely curious and interested in the new technology created by my industry, but very rarely am I impressed with a...

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Aaron Carey and Joel Klopp: Building Health From the Ground Up

Building Health From the Ground Up: Minimizing the Risk of Mold In Construction Projects By Aaron Carey and Joel Klopp The opportunities for moisture and water intrusion during the construction process are endless. In the past, this posed fewer problems due to less “air-tight” construction. Today however, high levels of...

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Brenton Faircloth: How to be a Good Customer

How to be a Good Customer: Tips for Not Going Crazy While Building Your Home By Brenton Faircloth Building your dream home is a unique experience. It requires you to be honest with yourself about your family’s current and future needs, and gives you to the chance to personalize everything...

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Leigha Dickens: Feel the Warmth

Feel the Warmth: Mini-Split Heat Pumps for High-Performance Homes By Leigha Dickens In many new green homes, you might notice a little white box on the living-room wall. That box delivers heated or cooled air, and it’s called a mini-split. Once, mini-split heat pump and/or AC systems were rarely seen...

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Lee Warren: Get Growing

Get Growing: How Home-Growers Play a Significant Role in Western North Carolina’s Thriving Food Community By Lee Warren Western North Carolina is a mecca for those interested in sustainability and organic food production, yet we are a long way from where we want to be. In our vision of a...

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Rick Bayless: Approaching 2025

Approaching 2025: An Operator’s Manual for Green, Sustainable and Healthy Home Development By Rick Bayless If green and sustainable professionals hope to best serve the industry, now is the time to understand the home healthiness issues that need attention in the decades ahead. Fast forward. The year is 2025, and...

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Sean D. Sullivan: This House Smells

This House Smells: The Dangers and Opportunities IAQ Presents in Homebuilding By Sean D. Sullivan “This house smells … different than the rest. Actually, it doesn’t really have a smell?!” Mrs. Lee said as she walked into the Parade of Homes entry I was manning last year. Mrs. Lee, like...

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Maggie Leslie: Why Certify

Why Certify? The Many Motivations for Building and Certifying Green By Maggie Leslie When building or buying a home, what is the value of third-party green-building certification programs? Should you bother? It's a good question, with a variety of answers. Why to do it Green buildings use less energy, water,...

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Cari Barcas: Energy Surges for Solar Project

Momentum Builds on Appalachian Offsets Fundraising for Isaac Dickson School Solar System By Cari Barcas Green Built Alliance’s Appalachian Offsets local carbon-offsetting program has begun work on its first community improvement projects since its relaunch last fall, including fundraising for a solar system for the new Isaac Dickson Elementary School...

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Sam Ruark-Eastes: Energy Innovation Task Force

Empowering a Clean-Energy Future with the Energy Innovation Task Force By Sam Ruark-Eastes In the year since our last directory reported on the formation and goals of the Energy Innovation Task Force (EITF), this energized group of local leaders has been making progress in developing an understanding of our region’s...

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Margaret Chandler: Walk the Environmental Talk

Walk the Environmental Talk: Creating A Sustainable Action Plan For Your Office By Margaret Chandler As design professionals, our focus is on providing clients the highest level of sustainable design and construction. The true test of practicing what we preach, however, comes from the internal operations of our businesses. Do...

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John Shore: Kermit Builds a Home

Kermit Builds a Home: Crafting the First and Last House We'll Ever Own By John Shore My wife Cat and I had five requirements for the first (and last: we ain’t young) house we’d ever own, let alone build. The house needed to be: Within walking distance of downtown. Because...

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Garret K. Woodward: Finding a Balance

Finding a Balance: Mountain Sun’s Shelburne Woods By Garret K. Woodward Just a few blocks from the bustling Haywood Road in West Asheville, the folks at Mountain Sun Building and Design are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the first home of their Shelburne Woods development. “It’s definitely...

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Garret K. Woodward: Young Minds, Big Ideas

Small Minds, Big Ideas: Isaac Dickson Elementary Goes Green By Garret K. Woodward It’s taken the better part of five years, but Isaac Dickson Elementary School Principal Brad Johnson is beginning to see the light at the end of tunnel. “Currently, [we’ve completed] our first year at the new site. Overall,...

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Jamie Shelton: Home for Life

Home for Life: The Complexity and Compromise of Building My Second and Last Personal Home By Jamie Shelton In more than a decade as a green builder, I’ve built two homes for myself. The first one was easy. The house was built on a fairly normal mountain lot on a fairly...

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