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Western North Carolina Green Building Council


I lost 5000 pounds in 8 weeks!

Actually, I shaved more than that off my carbon footprint.  And I’m going to tell you how.

A couple months ago, a friend showed me the “cool community” program and talked me into starting a local group.  The… Continue reading

Living with Batteries

I got our February Electric breakdown and was glad to see for that month we had a 58 kwh credit for the month. We now have about 500 kwh excess energy produced for the year. That is the first full… Continue reading

Comfort and Asheville Green Building

In the last eight years, I’ve had the pleasure of working on and visiting many “green homes” across the country.  Without exception, clients and homeowners feel good about living a more sustainable lifestyle and the reduction of energy consumption.… Continue reading

Moisture Drainage Management

Moisture from rainfall can be a serious problem for many homes and buildings, particularly if it builds up behind the exterior cladding. Homes and buildings built in areas with high levels of rainfall each year – 20- to 60+ inches… Continue reading

New Energy Code Training Materials Available

The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance has recently completed a study to identify commonly missed requirements of the North Carolina energy code, and they have followed that up with some training materials to help builders improve their homes.  The… Continue reading

Solar surplus- A conundrum

We have now had a battery back up and enlarged solar system for about 6 months and have driven our electric LEAF for about 5,000 miles over that time.   We also bought and EGO self propelled electric lawn… Continue reading

Passive Solar Cooling

Summertime Passive Solar Design illustration of good shade

Passive solar design usually describes heating strategies for colder winter months. By concentrating windows on the south sides of a home, the sun provides free heating. Our passive solar design post explores the most important details for getting free heat… Continue reading

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