MARCH 28TH, 7:00 PM, DIANA WORTHAM THEATRE Living City Block is a pioneering organization that works at the block scale in urban neighborhoods.  Living City Block addresses a spectrum of sustainability issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, mobility, water and waste to create more livable communities. Living City Block works collaboratively with building owners, city leaders, corporate partners, industry experts and academic institutions to implement their framework and aggregation model.  Chad Riley, Director of Finance and Strategy, will discuss how these opportunities can be applied to specific Asheville neighborhoods. This event is in conjunction with

Samsel Architects was featured in a recent edition of Casa Naturale, an Italian magazine with an emphasis on sustainable homes. Located adjacent to an organic farm, the design concept of the Celo Residence is focused on blending with the surrounding land’s topography and vegetation in an effort to minimize the home’s visual and environmental impact. The bent floor plan takes advantage of the site topography and winter views. Energy efficiency and water conservation were design priorities that minimize the home’s environmental impact. View the full spread here.

The 2012 WNC Green Building Directory features our Madison County house on the cover.  Designed with interior designer Traci Kearns of Alchemy Design Studio, the home's green building features include: HealthyBuilt Homes Silver/Energy Star rated 32% above energy code Over $500 in energy savings per year 5,000 gallon rain water cisterns (flush toilets and landscaping) Local and FSC certified wood Low toxic finishes and recycled content materials Samsel Architects - Madison County Residence The WNC Green Building Directory has become the flagship of green building resources in our region.  Pick up your free copy wherever the Mountain Xpress is distributed.

Financial security is an important consideration in the short and long term when investing in a house, especially at retirement age.  As architects we look at  design strategies that maximize efficiency and functionality of space and minimizing energy costs in order to create the best value in a home. Working within a budget often means creative space use and prioritizing everyday living over occasional needs of the spaces in a house.  Creating spaces that can support a variety of uses makes for a flexible house that can remain highly functional over time.  This can include an overflow sleeping area on the