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Green Home Builders of the Triangle (GHBT) presents the 2014 Green Home Tour May 3 – 4 and May 10 – 11, noon – 5 p.m., at new and remodeled green certified homes throughout the area. In its ninth year of inviting the public to view green building practices and materials, this free self-guided GHBT event showcases 30 excellent examples of certified green home construction. Each home in the tour is inspected and third-party verified, making sure each home meets the minimum certification requirements established by the National Green Building Standard (NGBS). Green Home Builders of the Triangle is a joint council of the Home Builders Associations (HBAs) of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties and of Raleigh-Wake County.
With today’s home buyers looking for healthy, efficient, cost-effective homes, green builders are poised to fulfill these consumer needs. The Tour showcases a diverse collection of certified green new and remodeled homes in this annual open house, with a building professional onsite at each home to answer questions and present the home’s green features. The tour homes may be in various stages of construction or owner-occupied. This is a unique opportunity to see first-hand some of the innovative green building practices at work in our area.
Green Building is a whole house approach to new home and remodeling construction that must meet certain standards as defined by NGBS in six different major categories including: site and lot design and development, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, indoor environment and air quality, and the homeowner's education about the operation of the home and features. “In each of these categories, our builders must meet certain mandatory requirements and then select from a multitude of additional options to achieve a certain baseline of points in order to qualify the home or remodel project as Green Built," says Mitch Barron, 2014 GHBT Chair. "This is not just a matter of simply meeting building and energy codes, or doing just a few 'green' features, but rather it is a comprehensive and systematic approach to ensure that the ‘whole house’ is Green Built."
"One of the most important components of our green building program is that the home must be reviewed, inspected and verified by a professionally trained third party verifier," Barron continues. "This means that it is not just the builder saying the home is green built, but that it is an approved, independent party certifying that the home meets the classification of Green Building as defined by the NGBS requirements."
The Triangle has long been recognized as a leader in building innovative, high-performance, green homes. According to the Home Innovation Research Labs' National Green Building Standard Certification Program, nearly 22 percent of all projects in the country are NGBS Green certified in North Carolina.
The HBAs of the Triangle look forward to hosting the 9th annual Green Home Tour to show local homebuyers the array of green certified home options available to them.
A Kick Off Reception for the Green Home Tour will be held on Thursday, May 1, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at BuildSense, 502 Riggsbee Avenue in Durham. On Friday, May 2, 4 – 7 p.m., a Raleigh Kick Off Reception will be held at Marbles Kid Museum Central Courtyard, 201 E. Hargett Street. Food and drink will be supplied by Whole Foods Market, Raleigh, at the Raleigh Reception, which will be held in conjunction with Raleigh’s monthly First Friday event.
Green Home Tour guidebooks are available at all area Harris Teeter stores, HBA offices, area Realtor® Association offices, and the Whole Foods Market on Wade Avenue in Raleigh. For more information about the Tour, go to www.TriangleGreenHomeTour.org or call 919.493.8899.
Chatham Ag & Conference Center Groundbreaking
Chatham County officials join with the Chatham County Center of the NC Cooperative Extension to invite residents to the groundbreaking of the new Agriculture and Conference Center on May 8 at 4:30-5:30 p.m.
The groundbreaking location is just to the west of the Pittsboro campus of Central Carolina Community College on US 64. Attendees should plan to park on the campus area between the Sustainable Agriculture Building and Building #2.
"We are excited to begin the building process at the very time that we are celebrating 100 years of Cooperative Extension in the United States," said County Extension Director Sam Groce. "On that same date in 1914, Congress approved the Smith Lever Act that led to the creation of the Agriculture Extension Service."
The event will include a brief program and light refreshments served by Chatham County 4-H Youth Development members. "We think it is very appropriate to have our young people involved in this event, because they are the ones who reap so many benefits from the new facility."
The new facility will be approximately 32,500 square feet with almost 6,000 square feet of exhibit hall space and a large stage. The west wing will include offices for Cooperative Extension, Soil & Water Conservation and other agriculture-related agencies.
The Chatham County Board of Commissioners set aside funds to pay the debt service on a loan to build the Ag Center, with no tax increase required. Hobbs Architects PA in Pittsboro is the project architect.
Discuss Chatham’s Animal Services Ordinance Changes
On Monday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Pittsboro Roadhouse, Guardians of Angels Humane Society will host an evening with Chatham County Animal Services for the public to learn about the revised Animal Services ordinances that took effect in Chatham County on April 15. Animal Services Director Leigh Ann Garrard and Health Department Director Layton Long will answer questions. Among the revisions are ordinances which require pet owners to provide adequate shelter and outside enclosures, what constitutes unsanitary conditions and the humane restraint and tethering of dogs.