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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our annual member appreciation party Thursday, Aug. 25 at Highland Brewing. The event was a huge success, with a great turnout and thousands of dollars raised for our nonprofit in the silent auction. We're grateful for community support! Credit: Petras Barcas Photos
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WNC Green Building Council Newsletter | September 2016

Don't Miss Out

Just two weeks away!

New Belgium Brewery: Brownfields to Green Infrastructure Workshop and Tour

9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28
New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven St., Asheville

New Belgium Brewing Co. recently built a brewery on a Brownfield site on the French Broad River in Asheville. A focus on sustainable development including low impact development has been a guiding force for the redevelopment of the site. During the planning and design phases, emphasis was placed on creating a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified project and providing design solutions to avoid impacts to natural systems. A partnership between New Belgium Brewery and the City of Asheville fostered a holistic approach to redeveloping the site with sustainable improvements such as multimodal transportation, including a complete streets design approach, stormwater improvements and a greenway in the floodplain.

Presented by Equinox President David Tuch, this workshop and tour will focus on the implementation of the key aspects of this project that make it a model development including stormwater improvements, stream restoration, phytoremediation plantings, and a greenway along the French Broad River. Innovative elements such as “green streets” and the integration of stormwater best management practices such as water quality swales, bioretention areas, and a constructed wetland throughout the site will be presented. This will also include a discussion around the restoration of an urban stream. The design and planning process will be discussed with examples of how the design professionals adapted low impact principles to the challenges of the site.

Cost: $50 for WNCGBC members, $65 for non-members
Class size limit: 28 attendees
AIA and ALSA continuing education credits are available.

Register online to reserve your space
or contact Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas by emailing or calling 828-254-1995.
You can also share the event with friends and RSVP on Facebook!

Tickets On Sale Now!

With our member appreciation party behind us, we now turn our sights to our largest annual fundraiser!

The fourth annual CiderFest NC will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15 at Salvage Station's lovely new event space along the French Broad River near downtown Asheville during the peak of fall colors. Last year's event connected 17 cider, mead and apple wine makers with 800 attendees, and we expect close to 1,200 people to enjoy sips of cider and bites of food along with live music, local arts and crafts, and community workshops this year.
Volunteers get free tickets! To sign up for a spot, email Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas at
Like CiderFest NC on Facebook for updates. 
Also, invite friends and RSVP on our event page!
This event will sell out. Buy tickets today!
NCEEA Releases New Energy Code Training Materials and Videos

The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance recently completed a study to identify often-missed requirements of the state's energy code, and followed up with some training materials to help builders improve their homes.

Four years into the new code cycle, they've also released an assessment of compliance rates and common issues.

  1. Installing fewer than 75 percent high efficacy bulbs: Only 46 percent of homes the NCEEA observed got this right.
  2. Ducts not sealed very well: Another easy fix if the installer is thoughtful in their work. In all cases the NCEEA observed, sealant was used on the ducts but installed improperly.
  3. Thermal envelope sealing: Across the board, the backing of kneewalls was poorly done. This paired with dropped soffit sealing are the two culprits in the air-sealing category.
  4. Insulation installation: The code calls for insulation to be substantially free of gaps, voids and compressions. Again, an easy fix if we follow the manufacturer's instructions.
The training materials, including some great how-to videos, are available at the NCEEA website.
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The WNC Green Building Council is now a part of the AmazonSmile program, through which Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.

Follow this link for the WNCGBC to benefit from your future purchases.
Once you have designated us as the beneficiary of purchases from your account, all you have to do is start at and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the WNCGBC.
Every bit supports our mission of promoting health-conscious and environmentally sustainable building practices with community education, measurable standards and regional action. Thanks for helping!

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Upcoming Events


Tuesday, Sept. 20
1 to 4 p.m.

NC Residential Energy Code Essentials Training
Location: Stevens Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver, Asheville
Cost: FREE
Learn More

Tuesday, Sept. 20
Doors at 5:30; Talk at 6 p.m.

Industrial (r)Evolution: How A Cradle-to-Cradle Process Fosters Sustainability & Growth
Location: The Collider, 1 Haywood Street, Suite 401, Asheville
Cost: FREE

Wednesday, Sept. 28
9 to 11 a.m.

New Belgium Brewery: Brownfields to
Green Infrastructure Workshop and Tour with Equinox President David Tuch
Location: New Belgium Brewery, 21 Craven Street, Asheville
Cost: $50 for WNCGBC members, $65 for non-members

Saturday, Oct. 15
1 to 5 p.m.
CiderFest NC 2016

Location: Salvage Station, 468 Riverside Drive, Asheville
Cost: $30 in advance for general admission tickets
It's Here!

The 2016-17 issue of our Green Building Directory debuted at our annual party last month, and is now available around town!

The directory enables our members to reach thousands of potential customers via print and online. We distribute 25,000 copies in 100 locations in Western North Carolina. We also showcase all of our members on our website, which receives 3,500 hits per month. Together, we are creating healthier communities and homes while protecting our environment.
International Opportunity
Be a valuable part of a design and construction team, working with local builders and artisans in rural northern Ghana to create a village library. All participants are welcomed: students, artists, builders, architects and engineers. Gain hands-on, practical building knowledge and create a positive, lasting impact. Work in rammed earth, cob earth and local building techniques. 

Join anytime from Sept. 26 to Dec. 21. To apply or get info, email jason@
Back By Popular Demand!

We've relaunched our Appalachian Offsets program to reduce climate-changing emissions by funding energy-efficiency upgrades in nonprofit facilities. This voluntary carbon offset program gives businesses, organizations, and individuals the option to easily reduce or offset carbon footprint.

Calculate and offset your carbon footprint on our website today!
Member Spotlight
Thanks to HomeSource Design Center for recently renewing their support to the WNC Green Building Council as platinum members!

Their center provides home improvement, new construction and remodeling products, as well as kitchen and bath design. View samples, make selections or speak with one of their kitchen and bath designers at their showroom.

HomeSource Design Center also donated a window treatment last month to our annual party silent auction. Thank you!

Click here to learn more on the Design Center.
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