Thursday, September 23, 2004

Asheville's GREEN BUILDING Council 

A newly formed organization, the Western North Carolina
Green Building Council,
lists local and regional businesses that manufacture, design with, or sell building products that are created to promote environmentally sound (green) building practices.
It can be a handy guide for you.

Some of you may be interested in incorporating energy efficient, recycled, renewable, nontoxic, natural and reused products/resources into your investment or residential properties. More and more people these days are taking a good hard second look at materials that support healthy indoor air quality, cut down on energy usage, and provide them with a much more healthful indoor environment and long-term energy savings.

Green buildings minimize construction waste and have the least impact possible to the local building site and to the global environment as a whole. ..and architects, builders, consultants, product distributors, and the Land of Sky Regional Council are getting on board with the idea of a "green building" effort .

"As a way of encouraging environmentally conscious (green) building and development in the region, the WNC Green Building Directory will encourage sustainable, efficient and healthy buildings. It will also act as an organizational and promotional tool for regional businesses and an educational tool for the community at large," MAIN CONNECTION notes.

"As we have come, more and more, to understand that the environment is the place where we live, and is not just a political issue; we can more easily put environmental stewardship in our bottom lines," Asheville Mayor Stinik explained.

The Council estimates that the building industry consumes over 60% of our natural resources and is responsible for more than half of the waste produced by the US annually. A properly designed green built home will use30-60% less energy to operate than the conventional home and require fewer precious resources in the building process. "The result of lessening the impact buildings have on the environment caters to greater sustainability of natural resources..."

Green building is already becoming mainstream in other parts of the US, "says Meehan-Patton of the Green Building Council. "Austin, Texas, the cradle of green building initiatives, has developed extensive programs to encourage innovative and sustainable building practices. There are also programs in Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Maryland. "

If you would like more information, please contact The WNC Green Building Council, PO Box 8427, Asheville, NC 28814, or call Cindy Meehan-Patton, (828) 251-5888. Tell her the folks at
www.janeAnne.com sent ya'!

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