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This is the fourth installment in our four-part series on green material recommendations. This series is intended to provide information on selecting the correct green material for a project, and avoiding common products whose environmentally sustainable features are overstated or nonexistent. Quality insulation and vapor barriers are what separates a functionally green building from a building full of low-VOC paints and Energy Star appliances. Using green finish products and appliances is a major step in the right direction, but environmental sustainability should be integrated into the whole building system. A good weather barrier serves to keep water from infiltrating into the

This is the third installment in a four-part series on green material recommendations. This series is intended to provide information on selecting the correct green material for a project, and avoiding common products whose environmentally sustainable features are overstated or nonexistent. The debate over light bulbs has been ongoing for years. The standard, screw-in, “lightbulb-shaped” bulb is known as an A-19 lamp. There are several varieties of A-19 lamps, all with their own benefits and drawbacks. Here we will highlight the three most common. Standard incandescent bulbs are inexpensive and readily available, but very energy-inefficient when compared with newer options. They

This is the second installment in a four-part series on green material recommendations. This series is intended to provide information on selecting the correct green material for a project, and avoiding common products whose environmentally sustainable features are overstated or nonexistent. There are great environmentally sustainable options for countertops and surfaces on the market right now. We recommend steering clear of composite countertops that contain epoxy, even brands that tout high levels of recycled content. Epoxy contains the endocrine disruptor BP-A (covered in more detail in our previous article on green flooring). While epoxy-containing composite countertops are a standby in

Friends of Samsel Architects, the WNC Green Building Council, are hosting the 1st Annual CiderFest NC! Four of Western North Carolina’s cider-makers will participate in the festival held at the Echoview Fiber Mill- 76 Jupiter Road, Weaverville on Sunday November 10th, 2013 from 1P.M. - 5 P.M. CiderFest NC will be the first of its kind in Western North Carolina and will feature Black Mountain Ciderworks, McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks, Noble Hard Cider, and Urban Orchard Cider Co., as they serve up one of the coolest ways to use the many apples grown in our region. The