Forest Fires and Air Quality in WNC

Amy Musser
This is going to be a quick one, because it's the middle of my workday and yours.  We've got forest fires burning in WNC and no rain in the forecast.  We can smell it outside in Asheville and they're issuing air quality alerts.  What can you do about it?  What...

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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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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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Breathing Walls?

Brian Knight
While most building researchers avoid it, breathable is a term that will not go away. With better building science education, the terminology is on the decline but is still used generically to describe the drying ability of materials, particularly walls. Breathing is generally not a good thing if it includes uncontrolled air...

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