Saturday, November 28, 2009
Asheville Asks: Luxury and Green-Can the Two Coexist?"
Another Asheville, NC Eco Certified® Real Estate Consultant and I happened on a "find" as we were out previewing properties for a client here in Asheville, NC not long ago. Horse farms and organic acreages are wonderful to visit on a mild Late November day. And, this time of year, most of the leaves have nested in the mountain crevices leaving landscapes free for viewing what otherwise might be missed.
One of those missed items was our "find" ... a for sale by owner sign that was almost totally obscured by fallen leaves. The sign read... "For Sale By Owner 4 BR 5 Bath Luxury Green Home 10+ AC"
I could almost hear my eco-savvy "small footprint" proponent and pal exclaim, one eyebrow raised.."Luxury and Green. Can the two coexist?" Echoing his sentiments I said to my companion, "It's amazing that land of this quality could be for sale so close to Asheville, but add to that a luxury green-built home on the land ...I don't know. What do you think?"
Always on top of things, my Eco Certified® associate replied,
" Well....according to the folks at theNC Green Builder Program, ‘Green building' is also referred to as ‘high performance building' or ‘sustainable building.' So if a luxury home for a multi-generational family that is built with the intention to use energy, water, and materials efficiently during the construction and lifetime of the structure; the health and productivity of occupants is supported; and the impact of the structure on the local and global environment is minimized...I suppose it could be GREEN, eh?!"
"People around Asheville, NC are hungry for sustainable design and building, " I nodded ,as we cleared off the sign in search of an email address and/or phone number. This could turn out to be an Excellent Find!" What do YOU think? Excellent Find? Luxury Green Homes: can they be for real??
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I am looking forward to the 2009 Carolina Farm Stewardship Association 24th Annual Conference .
Possibly most exciting to me is having the opportunity to touch bases with and learn from respected organic educators who will be at the Conference. The good luck that the Conference will be held just a hop-skip-and-jump from Asheville is a real bonus. The event provides educational workshops for beginning gardeners, advanced organic farmers and folks interested in sustainable living.
This year, the gathering will be at the Blue Ridge Assembly, a retreat center on 1200 acres of Appalachian mountains and home to hiking trails, mountain streams, historic buildings, and also offers a crafts center for the kids.
Often conferences offer food that makes me want to bring my own. But the Carolina Farm Stewardship Conference features local and organic farm food, including breakfast both days. Hope to see you there.
Photo shows one of my favorite farm stewards surveying his farmland near Asheville, NC on a summer day.