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WNC Green Building Council Newsletter | August 2016

Don't Miss Out

Just one week away!

WNC Green Building Council's
Annual Member Appreciation Party

5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25
Highland Brewing Co.

Join us as we thank you for all of your support! Network with other green building industry professionals and learn what the WNCGBC is up to with friends while enjoying food from NeoBurrito and live bluegrass music from Mountain Feist. There will be a cash bar featuring a variety of Highland's wonderful brews, with 50 cents of each beer purchase going to support the mission of the WNCGBC.

RSVP through the online form here 
or contact Community Engagement Director Cari Barcas by emailing or calling 828-254-1995.

Coming soon!


The 2016-17 issue of our annual Green Building Directory went to press earlier this week! Copies will be available at next week's member appreciation party and distributed across the broader community in the coming weeks.

The directory enables you to reach thousands of customers via print and online. We print 25,000 copies and distribute them at nearly 100 locations throughout Western North Carolina. We showcase all of our members on our website, which receives 3,500 hits per month. Together, we are creating healthier homes and communities while helping to protect our environment. Thank you for your work.
Home Energy Score Rating System Debuts in North Carolina

A sample Home Energy score label. Photo: North Carolina Building Performance Association

The North Carolina Building Performance Association  and the WNC Green Building Council announced a partnership last month to make North Carolina the twenty-first state with access to the Department of Energy's (DOE) Home Energy Score (HES) rating system for existing homes.  

The HES rating system helps homeowners understand the value of cost-saving energy efficient improvements for existing homes. The HES rating provides a valuable tool for contractors, energy-efficiency specialists, and owners of existing homes for the first time in North Carolina. The statewide partner for HES is WNCGBC's Green Gauge program.

Specifically, the HES rating applies to existing homes and quantifies current energy usage, identifies simple ways to reduce utility costs at an average of 15 percent, and expands the service options for contractors within the home renovation industry. Moreover, according to the DOE, prospective homebuyers can use HES scores on eligible properties to gain up to an additional two percent in available mortgage funding.

Read the full story

Member Spotlight

Thanks to River Birch Builders for recently joining the WNC Green Building Council as platinum members!

As a leading Asheville area home builder, River Birch Builders offer quality and craftsmanship in the building of green and energy-efficient homes. They offer design and build services for fully customized homes, and experience with a range of architectural styles and sizes. From start to finish, their team works closely with clients to make their dream homes a reality.

Thank you for your support and passion for green building!
Learn more about River Birch Builders

Upcoming Events


Thursday, Aug. 25
5:30 to 8 p.m.

WNC Green Building Council Annual Member Appreciation Party
Location: Highland Brewing Co., 12 Old Charlotte Hwy., Asheville
Cost: FREE

Learn More
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

Be Heard

The City of Asheville is preparing an update to the Comprehensive Plan to decide on key principles that will guide the city’s decision-making for the next 15 to 20 years. This is the City’s first Comprehensive Plan update since 2002.

A strong Comprehensive Plan must reflect the voices of residents. This survey is your first opportunity to weigh in on the future of the City of Asheville.

For more information, visit the City's Comprehensive Plan Project Page.

Take Survey
Job Opportunity

Custom Living Quarters has a part- or full-time job in project management and estimating.

The position includes organizing paperwork related to commercial and residential cabinet and millwork jobs; creating job books and folders; gathering and organizing hardware and appliance  specifications; taking meetings and phone calls with clients; serving as liason between design and manufacturing floor; scheduling; estimating residential and commercial projects; creating and verifying material orders; coordinating subcontractors; and managing shipping and handling of materials.

Contact Ryan Morin at 828-684-0017 or
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