The 2012 Green Building Directory hits the stands today

Check the nearest Xpress box for the 2012 Green Building Directory, released today, March 7. Now in its eighth edition, the GBD is a publication of Mountain Xpress and the Western North Carolina Green Building Council. Last year’s edition was recognized by the N.C. Press Association, and this year, it’s even better.

In the Case Studies section, find detailed profiles on area exemplars of sustainability, including the Glen Rock project on Depot Street and the LEED-certified Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center at 285 Livingston St. The nearly two dozen features offer tips and best practices for furnishing your home, hosting a garden on your roof, many ways to save energy (and money), a survey of area green restaurants and more. The How To section provides step-by-step plans to outfit a crawlspace, remodel a bathroom, insulate your home or choose the best local green builder for your new project. As always, the GBD includes a comprehensive directory of green building businesses — from builders, cleaning and HVAC to landscapers, Realtors and woodworkers.

Pick up your copy of the 2012 Green Building Directory at most Xpress distribution locations. Cant’ find one? Email and we’ll let you know the nearest spot. To read the guide online, and to follow ongoing green building news and events, visit

(On the cover: The home, located in Mars Hill, is ENERGY STAR certified with a HealthyBuilt Homes Silver rating. Builder: Blue Ridge Energy Systems. Designer: Samsel Architects. Cover Design: Carrie Lare Photo: Todd Crawford.)

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