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March 2016 Newsletter

Green Gauge: Your Pathway to a Better Way of Living

Green Gauge
We’re dispelling the myth that greening your home is time and money consuming by offering a clear and straightforward approach. Green Gauge, a residential green building program, offers affordable assessments of existing homes. The first of its kind in the state, the program will help North Carolina residents save money, reduce energy use and live in homes that are healthier for their families and the environment.

Green Gauge assesses how green a home actually is. It’s the perfect comparison tool for buyers or sellers of green homes and for homeowners and renters needing recommendations on how to make their home healthier.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of their:
  • Energy Use: heating and air conditioning, lighting, appliances, insulation
  • Water Use: sinks, showers, appliances
  • Material Sustainability: flooring, cabinets, decking
  • Indoor Air Quality: mold, radon, chemical emissions
  • Site: walkability, native and edible plants, stormwater management
Homeowners, builders, contractors, realtors, city planners, inspectors, and environmental, community and human service nonprofits all benefit from this new innovative program.

Interested in receiving a Green Gauge assessment or getting the word out to your clients? Contact our Executive Director, Sam Ruark-Eastes, at or 828-254-1995 to get started.

Rolling Out the Solar Carpet

Solar Panel

The 50 meter long solar panel is rolled up in the back of a trailer. Photograph: Felix Clay for The Guardian

John Hingley of UK-based Renovagen, an innovative renewable energy solutions and products company, has developed a “micro-grid” in a metal box.  These on-the-go solar panels can be used for everything from disaster relief to mining to music festivals. Any non-permanent location where quiet energy is needed is a fit.

According to the feature on The Guardian, the portable carpet-like solar system, stores generated energy in batteries in the steel housing. Its uses include disaster relief where power systems have been knocked out, military forces on the move, and mining stations located in areas without any power. "The market for off grid energy is huge and growing - 24% of the world is off grid but everyone needs energy these days," said Hingley.
The solar carpet can be easily rolled out in just a couple minutes with a vehicle, but can also be done by hand with the help of a small team.
The company is working on the next generation of models. An initial prototype featured a capacity of 6KW, which is about twice that of a solar array on a typical family home. Hingley and his team are developing the next system which will have a capacity of up to 18KW. 
Check out the full story and see how these panels roll out.

Noteworthy Educational Opportunity

Wednesday, March 30th
Building Green Real Estate Certification Course 

In an effort to educate industry professionals on construction-related material from codes and energy efficiency, to green appraisals and lending, to selling green homes, this course has been created by professionals for professionals! Builders, real estate agents and general contractors will gain the latest knowledge on the best green building practices. The course consists of an initial one-day intensive to qualify for the certification. Topics include Green/Best Management Practices, Warranties, Marketing High Performance Homes and Builder/ REALTOR® Communications. 

Builders who have completed the course are eligible for $200 permit rebates on projects in both the City and the County.

Member Spotlight

Huge thanks to JAG & Associates Construction for stepping up their WNC Green Building Council membership level from Platinum to Leadership Circle.

Every home JAG has ever built has been certified through our Green Built NC program. JAG stresses green and energy efficiency from their product selection to the construction process.  Their homes exceed the 15% efficiency upgrade required by ENERGY STAR®, typically achieving a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium.

Thank you for sending a powerful message that you value our community's well-being and our environment.   


Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 16th
5:30-7 p.m.

Location: The Spot on Biltmore - 76 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
Cost: FREE

Friday-Sunday, March 18th-20th
Location: US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St, Asheville 
Cost: One-Day $9, Three-Day $21, Discounted Student and Senior Prices Available

Thursday, March 24th
5-6:30 p.m.

Green Edge

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

Wednesday, March 30th
Building Green Real Estate Certification Course

Location: 37 Montford Ave, Asheville
Cost: Free to WNC Green Building Council Members
Learn More

Saturday-Sunday, April 9th-10th

Location: WNC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, Fletcher
Cost: Prices vary from $50-$15 (VIP Passes also available), Children 17 & under are free

Tuesday-Thursday, April 19th-21st

NC State Energy Conference

Location: McKimmon Conference & Training Center, NC State University, Raleigh
Cost: Prices vary, see website (Early Bird Registration available)

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.

Welcome, Katie!

Katie Onheiber has joined WNCGBC as the new Membership, Education & Events Coordinator. Katie will head our membership program, working with our diverse members to meet their goals while expanding the green building community. She will also organize our educational workshops, networking and fundraising events.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Katie has slowly made her way east and brings a wealth of nonprofit public relations, marketing, fundraising and journalism experience to WNCGBC. She has worked to increase engagement and raise public awareness for a variety of important issues, including providing opportunities for youth with cognitive and physical disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation and conserving open space, wildlife habitat and iconic veiwsheds.  
Katie is excited for the opportunity to connect people to a growing green building industry and foster a healthier community and environment.
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