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625 James Alexander Way is LEED Certified!

625 James Alexander Way in Davidson was awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. LEED for Homes is a green home certification system for assuring homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants. LEED certified homes complete a […]

Protecting Our Streams and Neighbors

In the past 100 years, one thing has stayed relatively constant while something else has changed dramatically.  The constant is rainfall.  Although some years are wet and some are dry, on average about the same amount of water is falling on Davidson as it was in 1912.  The amount of undeveloped land however has changed […]

Do Judge A Book By It’s Cover

Last week I was giving a talk and tour of our first LEED-certified home to a group of Davidson College students. I was making the point that a green home can (and should) look like a ‘normal’ home, and I mentioned that I’d once seen a home built out of old tires by Dennis Weaver. […]

I’ve Been Framed!

Framing is always one of the most enjoyable parts of building a house (right next to seeing the joy on a homeowner’s face when they see their finished home, and almost as enjoyable as getting paid). This is when the rubber meets the road so to speak, when the lines of the blueprint are translated […]

Do It Again

Green building is about much more than the house itself. The location of the home is important, and using the home as a tool to educate the public about the benefits of green building is also critical. The process by which a home is built also determines whether a home can be considered ‘green.’ Site […]

Keeping Moisture at Bay

It’s pretty basic building science that moisture is not a good thing. The combination of wood and water can lead to not only structural issues, but health problems as well. Minimizing moisture is a key part of durability. The crawl space is only one part of the house where moisture is a concern, but it […]

Can A Green Home Be Yellow?

Welcome to our blog, and to my very first post. I decided to create this blog as a way to track the construction of a ‘green home’ in Davidson, North Carolina. We have a model home, and in it there is a banner that says “Davidson’s Green Home Builder.” Of the three houses pictured, two […]