NCBPA is proud to recognize the nation-leading projects that truly separate North Carolina’s built environment from all other states. NCBPA member companies and professionals strive to deliver highly energy efficient, green, sustainable and high performance new construction and retrofit projects across our state. Take a look at some of these high performance projects below!
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VandeMusser Design’s Net Zero Energy Home/Office in Asheville, NC
NCBPA member company VandeMusser Design completed their own “near” net zero energy home office in Asheville in 2011. The home exemplifies what a great team made up of architects, building scientists, contractors and engineers can do to yield low energy, high performance and extreme comfort. In addition to their work on this innovative home, co-owners Amy Musser, Matt Vande and their team provide Asheville-area builders with HERS ratings, green building certifications and other design, engineering and energy-saving consultation services. Amy and Matt are also very active members of NCBPA that frequently participate in association events, policy work and more.
Find more information on their net zero energy home/office in the below articles:
- FineHomebuilding magazine article from 2013
- Energy Vanguard article from 2013
- Article by Amy Musser for Green Built Alliance in 2015 on net zero energy building
Sierra Nevada’s LEED Platinum Brewery in Mills River, NC
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.’s massive brewery building in Mills River, NC became the nation’s first production brewery to earn NCBPA partner organization USGBC’s Platinum Certification, the highest tier offered for green buildings. Under construction from 2012 – 2016, the brewery is now a featured destination in Western North Carolina for beer and green building enthusiasts. By committing to such a high standard for environmentally-responsible production, Sierra Nevada started a trend that many other breweries have since followed across North Carolina.
Read more about this incredible facility here:
- Sierra Nevada’s sustainability practices
- USGBC certification information
- All About Beer Magazine article from 2016
- Now brewing: Sustainability (Water Technology article from December 2019)
SAS LEED Certified Office Buildings in Cary, NC
SAS Building A is a LEED Gold office building located on the SAS campus world headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. The design strategy involved providing spaces for focused work, as well as settings for informal and creative interactions. Building A is directly connected to an on-site solar farm that produces 1.6 million kWh per year and supplies approximately 50% of the building’s electricity with zero emission energy. The project uses an innovative energy analytics software solution provided by NCBPA member company Building Clarity, co-developed by SAS. The solution streams live data from equipment and sensors connected to the building management system to provide insights into how the building is performing.
Read more about this innovative building and others on SAS Campus’ here:
- USGBC’s 2019 sustainable business awards winners includes SAS Building A
- SAS Buildings C, R, S, T and U receive LEED Silver and Gold certifications with the help of Building EnergetiCx as commissioning authority
Lumbee River EMC Constructs Energy Positive Operations Building
Lumbee River EMC has been an NCBPA member since 2014. The electric co-op has a strong commitment to saving its customers energy, which includes through its own operations! As a member-owned utility, Lumbee River EMC’s commitment to lowering its own energy usage provides incentives to its customers as well! Designed by NCBPA member company SfL+a Architects and their sister company Firstfloor Energy Positive, the new North Center Facility in Raeford is an energy positive building. Click here for more information on this innovative project.
High Performance Home Tour with Pam Fasse of Fasse Construction in Wilmington, NC
See what our Board Vice Chair Pam Fasse is working on now in the Wilmington area of North Carolina! Pam is well-known for her sustainable and high performance boutique homes that exceed stringent building standards like the Fortified Homes program. Pam is a veteran builder and has been instrumental in bringing high performance home technologies like minisplit HVAC systems to the North Carolina market. Take a quick tour of her latest project in Hampstead, NC and visit www.FasseBldgs.com for more information on her great work!
Moseley Architects designs North Carolina’s First LEED Platinum Elementary School
Northside Elementary School in Chapel Hill, NC earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification with the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) in 2014. The three-story, 100,000-square-foot school opened in fall of 2013 and represents the first LEED Platinum elementary school in North Carolina.
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools partnered with Moseley Architects to design a new school to support 585 students. Located in the heart of the Northside neighborhood, the site was originally home to the all African-American Orange County Training School. Since 1924 this site has functioned as a site of education and the school’s design embrace the rich history of the community and the alumni. A display along the lower level corridor shows a timeline for the students to appreciate the history of the site, as well as a large display case that houses the school’s original cornerstone.
- Click here for more information on this innovative project.
- Click here to read a recent feature on Moseley’s LEED Gold certified elementary school in Kannapolis, NC