Category: Green Architecture

Samsel Architects featured in Green Built Alliance Directory

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The 2017 Green Built Alliance Directory hit newsstands recently and includes a feature written by one of our own, Margaret Chandler. The article details how our office put together a sustainable action plan following the installation of a solar panels on our roof. After the panels were installed, we wrote a Sustainability Statement, a formal policy that outlines our studio’s commitment to a more sustainable future. This policy guides our Read more…

Three Years of Solar Energy

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This spring marks three years since the Samsel Architects studio has been using solar power. In early 2014, a series of solar panels were placed in service on the roofs of 60 and 64 Biltmore Avenue, with four large photovoltaic (PV) arrays cantilevered off the building. The four cantilevered panels are visible from street level and make a powerful statement that our community embraces sustainability and innovation. Our unique solar installation, Read more…

Students from Appalachian participate in Race to Zero Student Design Competition

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Our studio recently hosted a group of students from Appalachian State University to provide feedback on their Race to Zero entry. Race to Zero is an annual student design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy intended to inspire college students to create market-ready, creative design solutions for energy-efficient homes. Before the students submit their final design, they will spend months brainstorming, designing and getting crucial feedback from professionals Read more…

Fontana Home Wins 2016 Merit Award from AIA NC

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Our Fontana Lake House was recently awarded a 2016 Merit Award from AIA North Carolina. This state award is given out every year to recognize quality in residential design. The Fontana house is LEED Gold certified and serves as a serene retreat for a family of four. It is situated almost at the water’s edge with generous views of the lake, the surrounding forest, and the passenger train bridge in Read more…

We took the Green Workplace Challenge

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Samsel Architects is proud to say we received a gold rating in Asheville’s Green Workplace Challenge! The Green Workplace Challenge is a self-assessment tool for any local business to evaluate their environmental impact and is a great resource for gathering new ideas. The program awards ratings of bronze, silver, gold and platinum based on high levels of achievement in four categories: Employee Involvement & Community Outreach Energy & Water Waste Read more…

WNC Green Building Council Introduce Green Gauge

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The Western North Carolina Green Building Council (WNCGBC) recently introduced a new program called Green Gauge. This simple program assesses how green an existing home actually is. It is the perfect comparison tool for buyers or sellers of green homes or for homeowners needing recommendations on how to make their home healthier and more efficient. Green Gauge participants receive recommendations for energy upgrades as well as an estimate of how Read more…

Clean Energy Investments Spurring Local Economies in NC

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Good news comes to us this Earth Day from the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA): clean energy is working for North Carolina! According to a new RTI International report, clean energy, which includes renewable energy and energy efficiency, is a good investment for the state of North Carolina since $1.64 in revenues were returned to state and local governments for every $1 of state incentive claimed. The latest report shows Read more…

The EcoDorm achieves LEED Platinum Recertification

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The EcoDorm at Warren Wilson College received LEED Platinum Recertification this year, the highest possible rating under the LEED system. The EcoDorm first achieved LEED Platinum in 2009 and was the first existing building on a college campus to receive this honor in the United States. Warren Wilson hired Samsel Architects to head up the administrative process for recertification which included coordinating student research on the building’s actual performance, as well Read more…

Duncan McPherson interviewed about importance of Green Building

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In this week’s edition of the Mountain Xpress, Samsel Architect’s Duncan McPherson was interviewed for a feature on the thriving green building movement in North Carolina. North Carolina is a leader in renewable energy, thanks in part to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard that was passed in 2007. Even through the economic slump in 2008, green built homes were flourishing and retaining value. Now, as the housing Read more…

The Craven Gap Residence: Modern Passive Solar Home

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Our clients came to us after purchasing five acres of steep mountain land with great views looking down the Beaverdam Valley. Avid hikers and mountain bikers, they bought the land in part because of access to nearby trails and proximity to downtown Asheville. In addition, the south-facing slope allowed them to build the energy efficient, modern passive solar home they had been dreaming of. We started our process by studying Read more…