Events examine innovative, green and affordable housing

The HOME House Project will be on display in the Public Works Building (161 S. Charlotte St. in Asheville) Friday, Sept. 17 through Tuesday, Oct. 26. The opening reception on Sept. 17 (5:30 p.m.) features talks by project director David Brown of the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art and D.K. Ruth, co-founder of the Rural Studio at Auburn University, where students design and build innovative, affordable housing for low-income rural families. Admission is free.

Several related events are also planned for the coming weeks:

• The Green Building Council lecture series also happens at the Public Works Building ($5 dollar suggested donation for each).

Isaac Savage of Home Energy Systems will deliver two lectures: “Building Science: Making Your Home Lean and Green” (Tuesday, Sept. 21) and “The Energy Efficient Mortgage: Money for Building or Buying Efficient Homes” (Thursday, Oct. 7). Both will run from noon to 1 p.m. (bring a bag lunch).

And on Saturday, Oct. 23, there will be a panel discussion on “The Greening of Affordable Housing: Is It Possible?” from 1-5 p.m. Panelists will include Katy Ansardi (N.C. Solar Center), Clay Estep (Neighborhood Housing Services), Mike Vance (Mountain Housing Opportunities), David Hill (The Verdi Group), Ken Czarnomski (A-B Tech), Brownie Newman (Asheville City Council) and Matt Siegal (WNC Green Building Council).

• An Affordable Housing Fair aimed at anyone wanting to rent, buy, sell or build a home will be held at the Asheville Civic Center on Saturday, Oct. 2 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). Coordinated by Asheville-Buncombe VISION and the city of Asheville, the event will feature affordable-housing providers, lenders, advocates and assistance agencies. The fair is free. For more information, call the Affordable Housing Coalition at 259-9216.

• A tour of homes that are some combination of green, affordable and contemporary happens Saturday, Oct. 2 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.). The self-guided tour begins at 25 Houston St. in Montford, where participants can register and pick up a map. The cost is $5 per person ($10 per car).

Tuesday evening film series: The following films begin at 6 p.m. at the Asheville Community Theatre (35 E. Walnut St.; $5 donation requested). A networking reception will follow each showing.

The Rural Studio (Oct. 5) documents an innovative Auburn University program in which students design and build homes for low-income residents of rural Hale County, Ala.

Up Close and Toxic and Ecological Design: Inventing the Future (Oct. 12) examine environmental hazards related to indoor pollution and the evolution of environmentally aware design.

The Next Industrial Revolution: William McDonough, Michael Braungart and the Birth of the Sustainable Economy (Oct. 19) presents a vision of humanity taking nature as a guide to make industrial processes as safe and renewable as natural ones.

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