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Western North Carolina Green Building Council

WNCGBC History


As a nonprofit organization, the WNC Green Building Council has a long track record of success in educating and transforming the building industry throughout the western region of North Carolina.

The WNCGBC began as a casual gathering of five building professionals over food and drink in the spring of 2000. A common desire to educate others on the health and environmental impacts of design and construction led to the official formation of the council.

Founded in 2001 by a small group of volunteers, WNCGBC added its first full-time staff member in 2004 and its second in 2006. Throughout its existence, the WNCGBC has directly educated thousands of building industry professionals and homeowners by providing building science and weatherization trainings. WNCGBC has offered free classes, public forums and technical trainings.  We have worked with local governments and utilities to provide training and incentives for green building and energy efficiency.

In 2009, WNCGBC administered a Community Development Block Grant which weatherized 60 homes for low-income families.

WNCGBC is the administrator of an affordable, local Green Building education and home certification program, Green Built NC as well as a LEED for Homes providership, which transform the way homes are built. Green Built NC certified its 1000th home in 2014. WNCGBC also provides consulting as project administrator for nonprofit and affordable LEED NC commercial projects.

Our newest initiative, Green Gauge is in a pilot phase to provide opportunities for existing homes to easily and affordably go green.

In August of 2013, we began hosting a Living Building Challenge Collaborative which goes beyond green building towards truly sustainable, non-toxic, zero water and zero energy buildings. 

In August of 2016, we relaunched our Appalachian Offsets program, geared toward giving area residents and businesses an outlet for supporting local clean-energy projects while reducing their carbon footprint.