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10 "Must Haves" in Asheville's Green Real Estate & Green Resources & Links

SO...   life is good. Today I got a "wish" list from an eco-savvy client longing to relocate to Asheville where asheville green real estate must havethe vocal demand for Asheville Green Real Estate and HealthyBuilt® Homes definitely is on the rise. You should know that when clients relocate to Asheville, we always ask them to provide a list of their Top 10 Must Haves in terms of "Green" features....

That's what arrived today...When you look at  their Eco-Friendly Must Haves, you may wonder how we ever are going to be able to satisfy all these "green essentials"...

But never fear, here in "green" Asheville, where the green real estate is more and more in demand, we may surprise our clients with meeting their wishes...and YOU.


Asheville Green Real Estate "Must Haves" List


  • 1. On the way in...the driveway ... unpaved and pervious
  • 2. Home ... must be placed on site to minimize impact on trees and oriented with the long axis to solar south and with a 50year metal roof
  • 3. be constructed from locally harvested and milled wood
  • 4. Cladding... Exterior cladding must be pest and rot resistant...all cladding must be finished on the backside!
  • 5. Home... Exterior walls are urethane SIPS walls R23 Roof R42, bands and open floor insulated with ieynene
  • 6. Hardwood floors from old houses or old whiskey distillery within 100 miles.
  • 7. Kitchen cabinets ... "Plyboo"  (bamboo plywood) only!
    8. Systems... 16 SEER high efficiency heat pump with sealed duct work and
  • hydronic solar panels on roof to  heat the domestic hot water and send excess heat through a coil in the heat pump air handler, assisting to heat the house
  • 9. Naturally, we want CFL bulbs used throughout the home
  • last thing...we want it to be placed on an urban infill site, but with abundant natural beauty .  And...of course...House is WNC Healthy Built ®Energy Star® Certified

Hey! Wait a minute...that's more than 10! Not to worry...Take a look at the following stats and you will see that there are plenty of possibilities to be reviewed. . .

Asheville Green Real Estate HealthyBuilt® Homes Stats:



Total homes certified as of 03/02/08: 105

Total homes in progress as of 03/02/08: 489

in addition, there are so many excellent green resources available in the Asheville, NC area...
Here's a short list:    

RESOURCES & Green Asheville Links

Green Builders

•·         Appropriate Building Solutions
•·         Cornerstone Builders
•·         Demos Builders, Inc
•·         Earthtone Builders
•·         Innova Homes, LLC
•·         SAGE Builders

Green Architects

•·         Alice Dodson  
•·         Samsel Architects
•·         Daryl Rantis Architects

Alternative Energy, HERS Raters & Home Energy Assessment

•·         Blue Ridge Biofuels
•·         Solar Dynamics
•·         Appalachian Energy
•·         Sundance Power Systems 
           Home Energy Partners           

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Hi JaneAnne, I enjoyed reading about Green Asheville and what people are looking for in that regard.  Very interesting. Quite a growing market isn't it!  Thanks for the great post.  Guess you'll be seeing a few of our Haywood County medical patients in your area!


Posted by Susie Blackmon, Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing over 11 years ago
I have to admire buyers who know what they want, it's a well thought out list. some point how realistic is this list? I'd be temped to take them by the hand to a eco friendly builder.
Posted by Dena Stevens Coriz, Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004 (Rocky Mountain Realty ) over 11 years ago

This is just plain stop shopping for those going green or researching  their options.  Bookmarked for future reference!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago
janeAnne -- These folks are so lucky they found you.  It certainly looks like Green has some to Ashville.  New Hampshire is working to catch up, but I am afraid we are behind.  Let us know how this turns out.  It looks like you may have found the perfect home for them.
Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 11 years ago
Every time I see someone paving over land with concrete or asphalt I wonder if they even knew about the paving products that exists that allow water to naturally leach through to the ground and potentially address most of the new drainage issue they may be creating.
Posted by Cindy Brandon, CDPE, EcoBroker, GRI, CRS, ePro over 11 years ago

Great resource list.  That's a lot of green built homes in progress right now, compared to the total number certified!

What general increase in cost are you seeing for a green built home vs a traditional home?

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder) over 11 years ago
Asheville has sure set a standard for the rest of the state. I'm going to bookmark this page for your excellent resources. I'm originally from Haywood County, so I love to keep up with what's going on in that neck of the woods. Congratulations on making such a positive impact!
Posted by Dawn Grasty, Durham NC Real Estate (Prudential YSU Realty) over 11 years ago

Thanks, janeAnne, for writing this post.

In my last post I was asked, in an astute comment, what the top 3 green features were.

As I'm not an expert, I guessed based upon my personal experience.

Now I have a much better idea.

Thank you.

J.T. Narrin

Posted by John Narrin (ECO-Steward Realty) over 11 years ago
Wow what an impressive list.
Posted by Keith Perry, REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta (Coldwell Banker) over 11 years ago
Well, it will beinteresting to see what Californians in Los Angeles are goingto want for the green list compromise since we our at a premium for land and pricing. Very interesting article and It is all greek to us at the beach.
Posted by Mary Thomas BH,MB,HB, PV, Estates LA+, Mary C. Thomas Your Agent around the Globe ( Remax Estates Properties) over 11 years ago

Hi janeAnne - wow, I don't even know what most of the things on their list mean!  I guess that's sad, huh?  But for those buyers, they clearly connected with the perfect agent who can help them best in their quest for a green home in Asheville.  Looks like some great links you've listed there - I'll have to do some self-educating.   ;-)


Posted by Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent (RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine) over 11 years ago've definitely found your niche, haven't you? GREAT list!
Posted by Kim Dean, d + b real estate, McKinney, TX REALTOR Broker/Own ( over 11 years ago
Hi JaneAnne~ great list! I find it very interesting specifying products that are reclaimed or manufactured locally! How great is that!!!???!!! Is there a single supplier of products in your area or are multiple sources tapped?
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 11 years ago
One other thing, CUZ, does WNC Healthy Built ®Energy Star® Certified have a program for existing homes?
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 11 years ago

That a great start, but please continue to go full circle. That is to suggest Eco-friendly financing!



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