Find out more about the steps our company has taken towards a more sustainable future.


Green Building in Asheville

Samsel Architects has been committed to green building for over 30 years and sustainable design continues to be a core value of every project. We recognize that construction of our buildings has a lasting impact on the land and landscape around us, as well as our personal health and wellbeing of our larger community.

Our Philosophy

How we work
How we work
We capitalize on the inherent sustainability of our studio space, use proven methods for tracking impact, and establish new programs to foster sustainable practices.
What we design
What we design
It is our responsibility to steer our projects with sustainable principles, and we understand that construction has lasting impact on the landscape and our lifestyles.
Where we live
Where we live
Sustainability is commitment to the surrounding community and culture. We prioritize engagement and outreach to ensure the well-being of our employees and our neighbors.

Featured Green Projects

Green Building Programs

There are several financial incentives that builders and building owners should take advantage of. These programs can offset thousands of dollars in initial energy efficiency costs, which can significantly reduce return on investment time periods. The following green building programs provide 3rd party verification of a building’s energy efficiency and environmental performance. These programs also improve property values and resale value.

  • Energy Star

    Energy Star Program

    A new home that has earned the ENERGY STAR label has undergone a process of inspections, testing, and verification to meet strict requirements set by the US EPA. ENERGY STAR certified homes typically use 15-30% less energy than comparable new homes while delivering better comfort, quality, and durability. All new homes that Samsel Architects designs are a minimum of Designed to Earn Energy Star 3.0.

  • LEED


    LEED is a rating system developed by the US Green Building Council in order to guide building owners to be environmentally responsible while designing, building and maintaining their project. To receive LEED certification, building projects must satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.

    LEED for Homes

    A LEED-certified home is designed and constructed in accordance with the rigorous guidelines of the LEED for Homes green building certification program. LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified, voluntary rating system which promotes the design and construction of high-performance green homes. The WNC Green Building Council is the local provider of the LEED program.

  • Duke Energy

    Duke Energy Progress

    Duke Energy Progress, our local electric utility, has several rebates and incentives for energy efficient homes that builders and owners should take advantage of. Many are focused on residential construction, but there are also commercial incentives available.

    EnergyWise® Home is a free program that offers credits on your electric bills.

    Additional rebates and incentives from Duke Energy include incentives for solar PV panels, energy efficient HVAC equipment, efficient lighting and more.

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    Green Built Homes

    North Carolina’s statewide green home certification program. The certification program offers third party verification, technical and marketing assistance, workshops, and field consultation services that enable builders to increase their green building expertise and marketability. Samsel Architects’ staff served on the Green Building Task Force that helped developed the program with the NC Solar Center.

Green Building Resources

  • US Green Building Council

    US Green Building Council

    USGBC is a non-profit organization that administers the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System. This certification program provides third-party verification that a building is environmentally responsible and a healthy place to live or work. Samsel Architects has several LEED Accredited Professionals on staff and has designed and certified several LEED Certified projects including a LEED Platinum building, the highest possible rating.

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    Green Built Alliance

    Formerly the WNC Green Building Council, Green Built Alliance provides green building education to architects, builders, property owners and the greater community. The Green Built Alliance administers the Green Built Homes Program for the western North Carolina region. Samsel Architects has been an integral part of the Alliance since it’s conception, with staff members serving as a founding member, on the executive board, and editor of the Green Built Alliance Directory.

  • Appalachian Offsets

    Appalachian Offsets

    Appalachian Offsets is a program started by the WNCGBC. This program allows businesses or individuals to offset their emissions by paying into a community fund that helps make energy energy efficiency improvements within local nonprofits, schools and low income housing. Appalachian Offsets’ website offers a carbon calculator where businesses and individuals can determine their footprint and learn more about the projects that will be supported by the offsets they purchase.

  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

    North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association

    The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency to the benefit of North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. The NCSEA drives the market development of clean energy solutions to create more affordable and reliable energy use.

Green Building Affiliates