Winter Learn Over Lunch: The Basics of Green Built Homes

Green building is extremely popular in Buncombe County, and the Asheville-based Green Built Homes program has been a leader in educating builders and certifying homes statewide since 2004. With 1,580 Green Built certified homes and more than 250 participating builders, this is much more than a trend—it is a movement...

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Green building pitfalls of tiny homes

Amy Musser
What could be greener than a tiny home? They use so many fewer resources than a traditional home that they should almost get a free pass in the green building world, shouldn’t they? Almost, but not quite. With tiny homes becoming more popular, let’s explore some green building pitfalls that...

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Why you should be using an induction cooktop

Amy Musser
Induction cooktops are new. I get a lot of questions about them, and at this point not enough designers, contractors, and homeowners are specifying them. In my opinion, they’re the best choice for just about everyone. In this week’s blog, I’d like to present my reasoning. What makes induction cooktops...

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Buffer spaces are (almost always) evil

Amy Musser
I encounter a lot of “semi-conditioned” spaces in my work. Homeowners inexplicably seem to love them, and builders and architects don’t do enough to talk them out of it.  Please, just say NO to the buffer space. What I’m trying to help people do in green building is actually quite...

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Green Built NC- Beyond Energy Star

Boone Guyton
We have entered the finishing phase of our latest home. There is the long stretch of details still ahead though all of the major and most of the minor decisions are made. (Often the hardest work) Our Energy efficiency plan has been carried out and the HERS rater (Vandemusser Design)...

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