Green Building

Appalachian Offsets: A Local Solution to Global Pollution

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A Program of Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Appalachian OffsetsWestern North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) is bringing back it’s locally focused carbon-offsetting program due to community demand!  This innovative local program allows area residents to calculate their carbon footprint and then offset it by paying into a community fund.  The community fund then supports energy-efficient upgrades at local nonprofits, low-income housing and schools.

Executive director of the WNCGBC, Sam Ruark Eastes, states, “the scientific consensus is in.  Climate change is happening and is greatly influenced by the burning of fossil fuels.” The average United States resident was responsible for 18 tons of carbon dioxide in one year.  This number is almost 4 times greater than the global average of 4.6 tons, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report in 2011 (the last year of the data).

Two grants have helped to bring the Appalachian Offsets program back into action.  It encourages individuals to first offset their own carbon footprint.  Then, they can pay into a fund that helps the community as a whole.  

Making a Difference in Asheville

UNCA AHAAn example of a project that is funded would be upgrading inefficient lighting and supporting clean energy within area organizations.  In 2007, UNCA students volunteered with the Asheville Housing Authority to replace 13,000 inefficient incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.  This initiative helped reduce carbon emissions by 3, 790 tons annually and saved the Housing Authority and its residents about $250,000 annually!

“Appalachian Offsets is the bridge that matches companies and individuals looking to offset their emissions with organizations who need support cutting energy costs and upgrading their facilities,” Ruark Eastes said.

You can get involved by going to the program’s website: www.cutmycarbon.org!  Here, you can use the carbon calculator to see your own or your business’ carbon footprint.  Additionally,you can also learn more about the projects that will be supported by offsets you may choose to purchase.

Mosaic Realty is proud to be a supporter of the Western North Carolina Green Building Council.  For information on real estate in Asheville, please contact Mike Figura at Mike@MyMosaicRealty.com  or call him anytime at (828) 337-8190.

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JAG & Associates Construction Helps Pave Path for Asheville's Green Building Movement

Brand New Gorgeous Energy Star Home

There’s no doubt the green build trend has gained a strong foothold in Asheville. People choose to go green for a variety of reasons, from economic to environmental. And when they do, many choose to go with Asheville-based JAG & Associates Construction.

As the effects of global climate change, foreign oil dependency and toxicity in standard building materials becomes more evident, a greater number of people are turning to the idea of sustainable, green housing. Spearheading the popular movement in green builds, JAG produces quality green homes in Asheville and Western North Carolina to fit a range of budgets. Home seekers can choose from a portfolio of “JAG Built” homes, or put their unique stamp on a dream residence by creating a custom build.

“Our commitment has always been to build quality-crafted, turnkey-ready green homes as well as custom creations in neighborhoods all over Asheville,” says Jody Guokas, founder and president of JAG. “We pride ourselves in providing a building process that is both efficient and enjoyable.”

JAG Construction Provides Green Details, Each Step of the Way

Gourmet Granite and Stainless KitchenSince it was established in 2003, JAG has focused on building homes optimally positioned to promote indoor and outdoor environments, as well as the communities they’re in. Every home JAG has built is certified through Green Built North Carolina; everything from product selection to the construction process stresses green technologies and energy efficiency. JAG homes top the 15% efficiency upgrade required by Energy Star; most of them reach a 30% to 60% energy efficiency premium. Combine all of this with JAG’s keen sense of design, attention to detail and singular craftsmanship, and you can understand why JAG’s houses stand out as some of the most sought-after in Asheville.

Lots of details go into making a new build green. Some of the things JAG takes into serious consideration are: site measures like infill construction, erosion control, native planting and groundcover and runoff control; building and structural details such as proper waterproofing and drainage, efficient framing, windows and insulation; high-efficiency heating and cooling; and options for solar power energy use.

High-Impact Homes in West Asheville’s Low-Impact Development: Craggy Park

Tanager Model at Craggy ParkAs part of the substantial headway JAG is making in the green-build arena, the construction company is working with Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty and East West Capital to develop the 8-acre Craggy Park in West Asheville, off Craggy and Tanglewood Avenues. It is Asheville’s only major subdivision of 45 green-built homes in an urban low-impact development. The property, a short walk to Haywood Road’s cafes, entertainment and shops, will feature clustered 3- and 4-bedroom JAG homes, many with finished walk-out basements.

Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty is proud to be the exclusive listing agency for JAG. If you are interested in a spec or custom JAG Construction home, please contact Mosaic Realty broker Mike Figura at (828) 337-8190 or at mike@mymosaicrealty.com