Samsel Architects was pleased to collaborate again with the Southern Highlands Craft Guild for the new Southern Highlands Craft Gallery in Biltmore Village. Our firm's initial project with the Guild was the 1992 renovation of the Allanstand Craft Shop at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway. More details on the new project are coming soon, but in the meantime, come to space and check it out this weekend!

One of the main benefits of a sustainably designed, energy efficient home is the long-term financial savings it can afford. With their new incentives, Duke Energy Progress helps offset the short-term costs of energy-efficiency upgrades for new homes. They are now offering up to $4,000 in incentives that defray some of the initial costs of designing and building an energy-efficient home. Using the NC-specific High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO) code, or South Carolina equivalent, and the nationally accepted Home Energy Rating System (HERS), builders can earn $1,000 to $4,000 in rebates. The HERO code, focusing largely on the