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WNCGBC Reaches 1,000 Certified Green Built Homes

 

WNCGBC Certified Green Built Homes1,000 Green Built Home located at 87 Fenner Ave, located off of Merrimon Ave in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Green Built North Carolina, the Western North Carolina Green Building Council’s green home certification program, reached a substantial milestone in April 2015. The program certified it’s 1,000 green built home. 

The home, located at 87 Fenner Avenue in Asheville, was built by local contractor - JAG & Associates Construction, and listed by Mosaic Realty. This energy efficient home is approximately 2,0000 square feet and includes energy-efficient design with airtight construction, a fresh air ventilation system, water-saving appliances, and low-toxic finishes. 

Since its grassroots beginnings in the spring of 2000, the Green Building Council has worked to promote and facilitate green construction projects around the region, partnering with contractors to educate the public on the advantages of sustainable, low-impact housing. “As a society, we have the capacity to build homes that are affordable and have minimal impact on the environment,” says Maggie Leslie, the nonprofit’s executive director. “We have the capability to build homes that use zero fossil fuels to operate, capture their own water, treat it on-site and have zero toxic chemicals.” Leslie sees her organization as a driving force in the green-building market that’s helping local communities reconnect with their natural surroundings.

JAG Construction, which has operated in Asheville and environs since 2003, has built more than 60 certified homes since joining the Green Building Council in 2006, says company founder Jody Guokas, demonstrating a commitment to both energy-saving practices and high-quality craftmanship. Rob Johnson, Operations Manager for JAG, explains that “our focus is not just being a green builder, but using our experience to get other builders to buy in and make green building practices the standard in the industry.” Johnson cites the Fenner property, which he personally oversaw, as an example of the standards they strive for in all their projects.

Mosaic Realty is a proud member of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council, with REALTOR® Mike Figura sitting as treasurer of the board for the WNCGBC. “It is an honor to be a part of the sustainability movement in Asheville and to work with both JAG & Associates Construction and the Western North Carolina Green Building Council to improve and enhance the way we live and build in this community,” said Mike Figura. “Congratulations to the WNCGBC for their milestone success.”

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