Act Locally,Build Green

Boone Guyton
The news on climate change has been coming fast and furious lately. The UN report (http://www.ipcc.ch/ ) and the US report ( http://nca2014.globalchange.gov/ ) both explained the increasing threat and present day effects of climate change due to human activities, mainly burning carbon fuels. Then there were the reports of the West Antarctic...

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To grass or not?

Amy Musser
It's conventional wisdom that grass lawns are not green or sustainable. When we built our net-zero house, my husband and I wanted to make very sustainable choices whenever we could. But like a lot of people, we knew that our budget would require our landscape to “evolve” during the first...

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Green Building’s Top 3 Priorities

Brian Knight
[caption id="attachment_2385" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Mountaintop removal mined coal, is the main source of the Southeast US's energy for homes and buildings.[/caption]   Green building reduces negative influences on health, the environment and society. These are my top 3 priorities for Asheville green builders and green building in the Southeast US. They...

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Time and Place

Boone Guyton
 An interesting part of infill building is relating to the site in terms of its history. In this last Asheville lot we were in the Chicken Hill neighborhood bordering the River Arts District. It is bordered by the Interstate 240 Jeff Bowen Bridge , the French Broad River and the...

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Finishing Up

Boone Guyton
We are within days of making it to the final finish details of our Green Built NC home in Asheville. We still lack a second radon test and some of the landscaping and connecting our rain barrels.  This is the house discussed in these earlier blogs Air Sealing the Ceiling...

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Net Metering the Sequel

Boone Guyton
  There has been a lot about our electric utility lately mostly in regards to the coal ash spills. I imagine that is enough of an issue that Duke is not wanting to confront the net metering cost and value discussion at the moment. They introduced a possible reduction in payouts that...

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A breath of fresh air

Amy Musser
Your green certification program (Energy Star, Greenbuilt NC, LEED Homes) requires a whole house ventilation system.  What does that mean?  What are your choices, and which one is best for you? There are three common strategies for whole house ventilation - I'll offer a short description of each below and...

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What to do when your bath fan fails

Amy Musser
Bath fans are an incredibly important part of a high-performance home.  Unfortunately they are also a frequently failed item when we perform final testing for programs like Energy Star and GreenBuilt NC.  This week’s blog focuses on how builders can be successful with bath fans. Why are bath fans are...

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Airtightness and Spray Foam Insulation

Amy Musser
Spray foam makes houses tighter, right?  Maybe.  Usually.  Having blower-door tested hundreds of homes with every insulation combination you can imagine, I’ve developed some opinions. Spray foam insulations have a reputation for making homes more airtight than fiberglass or cellulose.  If you look at a sample of the various insulation...

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