Friday, December 12, 2008
Building is underway on the new urban green built homes in Chicken Hill. Get in on the ground floor on this great 6 unit green development in the middle of Chicken Hill. The homes will have a 'tree house' style and they are walking distance from downtown Asheville and the River Arts District. You can't beat the location, style, or price on these!
Call Haven for more information!
See the project packet here
- Natural Products Business: Herbs for Winter Wellness
- Natural Products Business: Medicinal Mushrooms
- Natural Products Business: A Practical Guide to Starting a Natural Products Business
- Nurses: Herbs for Winter Wellness
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The Asheville - Buncombe Technical Community College Global Institute for Sustainable Technologies is offering it's first classes this spring. They include classes like 'Planning and Building a Green Home' , 'Passive Solar Workshop' and many more. There are so many great classes I just copied and pasted them all below. Come here knowledgeable folks like Ned Ryan Doyle, SEE Expo Coordinator and host of 'Our Southern Community' public affairs radio program on WNCW 88.7 discuss issues related to sustainability in our mountains.
Full class schedule: http://www.abtech.edu/ce/schedule/gist.asp
Energy: Reality 101
A lively introduction to the interrelationships of energy, environment and economics and how the current problems point directly to the solutions all around us. Ned Ryan Doyle, SEE Expo Coordinator and host of "Our Southern Community" public affairs radio program on WNCW 88.7, offers an upbeat, informative road map for sustainable transitions based on regional and community efforts with existing technology. (3 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $20.00
G.I.S.T. Professional Development Workshop
The A-B Tech Global Center for Sustainability Technologies presents a one-day workshop for professional development regarding design and construction for incorporating an intelligent renewable environment. The seminar is designed for architects, engineers, builders, designers and others in the construction industry and is open to the public. The registration fee includes lunch. Continuing education credits may be awarded for some industry professionals. (6 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $125.00
Green Collar Jobs
This course is a basic overview of the potential jobs emerging in the "green" industry. Alternative energy, alternative fuels, organic food and clothing, green building, recycling and waste management are just a few of the areas growing at a rapid pace. The course will examine some of the skills and education needed to move you into the "green" business world. (3 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $20.00
Passive Solar Workshop
This workshop will explore passive solar concepts in construction. The class will be a primer on components of passive solar design, NC tax credit options, and the many resources available. Students will learn passive solar strategies that can be used in home design, solar food dehydration, solar oven construction, as well as other applications. (3 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $20.00
Planning and Building A Green Home
This seminar will cover the basics of planning and building a green home. It will cover the major green building programs currently available as well as strategies and resources for building a greener and more efficient home. (6 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $25.00
So You Want to Be an Energy Rater?
The building industry is turning "green" and more and more builders are building to meet Energy Star and other green certification programs. These certification programs require a third party inspector who is certified as a Home Energy Star Rater. This course will help you avoid the mistakes that many individuals are making when trying to get into this business. The course will review education and skill requirements, upfront cost, and potential income. (3 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $20.00
Solar Electric Systems
As our society shifts toward clean and renewable energy sources, harnessing the sun's energy to produce electricity is increasingly promising. In addition to developments in photovoltaic technology, this course will explore system design and applications, the benefits of off-grid and grid-tied systems, net-metering and buy all/sell all agreements. (3 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $20.00
Solar Hot Water and Space Heating Systems
Are you interested in going solar, but not sure where to start? Solar thermal systems offer the most cost-effective applications of active renewable energy technologies and are an increasingly important part of our clean energy future. This course will deliver an overview of system designs for providing hot water, as well as space heat, through radiant floor and other hydronic heating systems or forced-air systems. (3 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $20.00
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
This house is bronze certified healthy built home with a modern feel. The home features concrete countertops in the kitchen/bath. All the flooring in the lower level is concrete with bamboo floors on the second story. Kid friendly bath with two vanities and has a wall sized chalkboard in the kitchen for to-do list. It's 3BR/2.5BA with a spacious master. The garden tub in the master bath is a perk too.
Contact Haven for all the green details!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Asheville Green Homes - see a map of 11 great green built homes in Asheville, NC
Thursday, October 30, 2008
- Fenced in back yard
- approximately 900 square feet
- New deck on back
- Storage shed (large)
- .21 acre lot
- Mountain view from the front and back of the house.
- Hate to leave but we need something bigger.
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Learn more here: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081012/REALESTATE/81010056
and here ... http://www.jaggreenbuilders.com/green-homes-for-sale-asheville/davenport-park
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
The cities overall goal is to cut green house gas emissions 80% by 2050. An ambitious but honorable goal.
Read more about this city initiative in today's Asheville - Citizen Times
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
If you weren't there, you missed bike jousting, people watching, belly dancers, people watching, live music, arts, people watching, good food, the world's tallest bike and much much more.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
68 Frances St. (in progress)
For Sale: Green Home in West Asheville, Certified to use 40% less energy than current building code requires - ( that's like 40% off your monthly utility bills) 1523 Sq/Ft, 3 Bedroom, 2 1/2 Bath, Contemporary Open Floor Plan with Hardwoods Throughout, Passive Solar Techniques, Ready for Solar Panels!
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Sunday, September 7, 2008
In addition to all the normal GREAT stuff down on Lexington Avenue, this year local graffiti artists will be painting the support column under I-240. "This expansive mural portrays original images of local characters and uniquely Asheville scenes focusing on Sustainability, Arts and Culture, Community, and Asheville Saints. " - taken from the LAAFF myspace site.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Celebrating everything organic in and around Asheville.
Organicfest is a FUNtastic celebration of everything organic and green! A festive day of live music, organic food and drink, organic and green goods, informative info on organic cooking, gardening, shopping and fun activities for kids of all ages!
Battery Park Ave, September 6th from 10am - 6pm.
more info: http://www.organicfest.org/
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
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Call or email Haven Hanford to set up a showing!
Monday, August 25, 2008
The YMI Cultural Center's "Goombay!" Festival brings a variety of entertainment that delights every
festival-goer. From Steel Drums, African-America Dancers, local Gospel Groups,
and Contemporary Rhythm Bands, the activities are geared for families. (this
directly from the YMI site)
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Read about it here: http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=200880715021&source=rss
Monday, August 11, 2008
- Priority Places - An interactive mapping analysis application designed to strengthen quality economic development investment in the city of Asheville.
- Crime Mapper - Provides access to crime related information and statistics by area
- Development Mapper - Providing increased access to information concerning large-scale development activities
- Simple Searches - Access the streamlined interface for basic users
- Standard GIS - Tools for direct access to the advanced GIS user’s interface
Friday, August 8, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
- 40% of U.S. Urban travel is 2 miles or less
- 90% of those trips are by car
Find out more here: http://www.2milechallenge.com/
Please join and take the challenge - see just how much difference you can make.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Check out this introduction to GIS for Real-Estate professionals offered by Haven through AB Tech Continuing Education.
This course provides a basic introduction to local GIS data sources and Internet map services with an emphasis on real-estate applications. Introduction to basic GIS concepts and utilize hands-on activities with GIS software and some free desktop mapping programs for utilization with local data sources.
(4 hrs) No fee exemptionTotal Registration Fee: $15.00
- Tue/Thu, Oct 14 - Oct 16, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
- 108 Balsam Computer Technology Center, Asheville Campus Course #: SEF-7465-498
Monday, July 28, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Over the past couple of years Bele Chere has been working on 'greening' the festival. This includes a couple hundred recycling and composting bins, using corn cups (that look and felel just like plastic but are plant material) as well as recycling gray water and oil.
This year promises to be even greener with the new EcoTrips shuttle service working the festival with their electric cars. Call for reservations at 828.699.1623 or 828.699.1624
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
In our family, we ride bikes and walk a good bit so I have learned the best ways around town and granted... we all know this isn't a very 'bike friendly' town.
At any rate, I saw this post a few days ago and it made me think about tools to aid in using less gas and therefore - GoogleMaps will now be providing walking directions - in select locations to what some have said 'random' users (I can't find it for anywhere yet) and I'm sure it will be beta FOREVER.
Google wasn't the first to do this ... you could always tell MapQuest to avoid interstates which is surely a lot of what the walking directions in Google does and Ask.com has had walking directions for some time now.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
The Southern Living Idea House was built by the EcoBuilders of Asheville. It's located in Whisper Mountain which is located about 30 minutes from downtown Asheville. The climate is about 5 degrees cooler and the views are spectacular. The house is a cool combination of a Madison County farmhouse with a modern flare. Did I mention the sweet green features? Check out the menu of green features.
- 1550 gallon rainwater catchment system used to flush toilets
and irrigation on native landscaping.
- Solar hot water system with a tankless water heater
- 10 solar panels provide 1.8 kilowatts of power that feeds directly to the local power company.
- Energy Recovery Ventilator introduces measured fresh air mechanically. This also pressure balances the house and circulates indoor air, while HEPA filtering incoming air.
- Low VOC paints and finishes used throughout.*
*Thanks to Rob Moody for the points on the green features.
So far, the green certifications include:
1. LEED Homes either Silver or Gold.
2. NC Healthy Built Homes
3. Energy Star-50 HERS rating
Make sure to check out the other videos linked on this page where he discusses future cities and ecological footprint.
There is also a great interview on CNN.com today where Peter discusses China's first eco-city that Arup is playing a large role in.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
'For decades, backers of "smart-growth" planning principles have preached the benefit of clustering the places where people live more closely with the businesses where they work and shop. Less travel would mean less fuel consumption and less air pollution.'
Obviously, the Parkside Condo project in Asheville has it's own polarizing issues (is it public or private land) and I'm not weighing in on 'good or bad' for that project here. I just thought it was an interesting segway into the discussion of building up rather than out and this very interesting article from the Wall Street Journal this week.
Make sure to check out the interactive map in the article!