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April 2016 Newsletter

Spring Greening

We are excited to welcome four new Board Members: Derek Allen, Jessica Arrowood, Robin Cape and McGregor Holmes. Derek is a land use attorney with Ward and Smith and board member of LEAF, Jessica is an energy efficiency specialist and HERS rater with Vandemusser Design, Robin played a pivotal role in the creation of The Collider, served on City Council, and graduates in May with an M.A. in Climate and Society, and McGregor is a CPA, farmer, and part-time renovator of his farm house. As our board grows to 15 members, we are thrilled to have the veteran board members offering their knowledge and experience and the new members infusing the board with fresh ideas and connections.
Green Gauge is launching and we now have eight Assessors throughout the state that can offer Green Gauge and Home Energy Score. This is a perfect tool to understand how green an existing home is and what can be done to improve it. It’s ideal for buyers wanting the green inspection, sellers wanting to show off the sustainable attributes, or homeowners and renters wanting to live in a healthier home. 
Have a great case study or photo for the 2016-2017 Green Building Directory? We want to hear from you! We're accepting ideas until April 25th. Learn more
I'm at the NC Statewide Energy Conference to connect with others in NC working on clean energy projects and programs. Your support and the innovative projects you make happen in our area serve as inspiration for other parts of the state.
With gratitude and dedication,

Designing Our Way Out of the Affordable Housing Crisis

In 2013, ISA designed these 3-bedroom, net-zero attached townhomes with rear yards and terraces in Boston. 
Photo: Sam Oberter

It's no secret Asheville suffers from an affordable housing crisis, as do many cities in the U.S.

Next City explores a solution for the "missing middle". Not a big subdivision, not a high-rise apartment tower, but a middle option in terms of scale and density.

With an increasing demand for smaller square footage and walkable neighborhoods, returning to our once prominent way of building  rowhouses, multiplexes, apartment courts, etc.  could address the affordable housing shortage.

"In other countries, the middle is still the default. Britain is the land of the semi-detached house; the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark have dense, low-rise, attractive housing of various kinds. But the U.S. stopped building this way decades ago. The result, critics say, is huge unmet demand from millions of people... Young families are priced out of new single-family homes, which now have a median size of 2,453 feet, but can’t squeeze into studio or one-bedroom apartments. Older adults want to downsize and economize without giving up their own front door or a patch of garden. Lower and middle income Americans struggle to pay climbing rents while new housing is increasingly marketed as “luxury.”

Read the full story

Noteworthy Networking & Educational Opportunity

Thursday, April 28th
Asheville Home Builders Association
Trade Show

This business-to-business event features innovative building products, cutting edge technologies and business development resources along with reputable education classes and live product demos. Only AHBA Associate Member Companies with purchased booth space will have access to the show floor during scheduled hours.

Highlighted Seminars
Energy and Material Efficient Walls Systems
Learn about “advanced framing” techniques, types of insulation, and airsealing.  Advanced framing address efficiencies in speed, cost, materials, and energy.  Hosted by the WNC Green Building Council and presented by Amy Musser of Vandemusser Design.
The Why and How of Green Building
Get an overview of green home construction and options for improving the site, water efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and materials to be more environmentally friendly and cost effective. Hosted by the WNC Green Building Council and presented by Kevin Ward of Southeast Ecological Design.

Member Spotlight

Sincere thanks to Green Earth Developments for their WNC Green Building Council Platinum Membership.

Green Earth Developments develops responsible homes on sites where trees are considered very important assets to our planet. They offer a variety of green models and designs and have developed several  net-zero homes in the Asheville area. 

Thank you for creating a healthier environment and community. 
Learn more about Green Earth Developments

Upcoming Events


Tuesday-Thursday, April 19th-21st

NC State Energy Conference

Location: McKimmon Conference & Training Center, NC State University, Raleigh
Cost: Prices vary

Thursday, April 21st
5-6:30 p.m.

Green Edge

Location: Catawba Brewing Co. South Slope, 32 Banks Ave, Asheville
Cost: FREE (libations not included)

Sunday, April 24th
Noon-4 p.m.

New Net-Zero Model Home Grand Opening

Location: 275 Manor Road, Mars Hill, NC 28754
Cost: FREE

Learn More
Thursday, April 28th
Noon-5:30 p.m.

Asheville Home Builders Association Trade Show

Location: WNC Agricultural Center - Davis Arena, 1301 Fanning Bridge Road, Fletcher
Cost: Exhibition Space starts at $325 and is open ONLY to companies with active membership in Asheville HBA.
Learn More
Thursday, May 5th
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mill Tour

Location: 369 Columbia Carolina Road, Old Fort, NC 28762
Cost: FREE

VOTE for Us!


Voting for Best of WNC 2016 is underway! Show us some love by voting WNC Green Building Council Best Environmental Nonprofit.

Don't forget to vote for your favorite green Building Professionals and Home Services. Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday, May 4th.
Job Opportunities

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity

Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity looks to fill several positions:

Homeownership Programs Director 

Four AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leaders
Legislative News

Senate Republicans and Democrats have agreed to bring the Senate's comprehensive energy bill back to the Senate floor for consideration. One of the proposed amendments to the bill, the SAVE Act, would factor energy efficiency into the home lending process for some loans (the current version limits it to FHA-backed loans).

By better incorporating the energy operating costs of a home into the mortgage process, the SAVE Act would make it easier for customers to finance energy efficient homes and upgrades. Here's more info about the current version of the SAVE Act.

TAKE ACTION NOW >>> Please send a note to your senators and ask them to vote YES on the SAVE Act.

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