Hickory Green Homes Blog

Hickory Green Building & Solar Tour 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hickory Green Building & Solar Tour 2009

Covering Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, and Catawba Counties

In partnership with community leaders, partner organizations and the American Solar Energy Society, The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association will once again host the annual Green Building & Solar Tour on Saturday, October 3, Saturday, October 10 and Saturday, October 17 in communities across our great state. The 2009 tour will educate citizens with the most up-to-date information on a wide range of green building solutions, technologies and energy efficiency measures.

This is your chance to visit and “see up close” various sizes and styles of “green” homes, businesses, schools, privately-owned renewable energy projects, and government facilities featuring solar and/or green building products and technologies on this self-guided tour in communities across North Carolina. Site owners, green builders, contractors, installers and other experts will also be available at tour sites to answer questions and provide more details.


Kickoff Event (8:00 – 9:00)

Western Piedmont Council of Governments

736 4th St. SW Hickory, NC 28602


-Registration with coffee and donuts

-Alternative Fuel Vehicle Display

-Screening of the film “Kilowatt Ours”


Morning Tour (9:00 – 12:30)

-Catawba County EcoComplex

-Passive solar home with renewable energy features


Luncheon at WPCOG (12:30 – 1:30)

-Solar Thermal Presentation


Afternoon Tour (1:30 – 5:00)

-Snow Creek Elementary School

-Green home with ENERGY STAR and NAHB Green certifications



FREE tour with roundtrip transportation provided

(donations will be collected to cover food and fuel costs)

To register, contact Rob Howard at (828) 217-0506 or rob@homeenergysol.com

Affiliated with the National Solar Tour www.ases.org and the North Carolina Green Building and Solar Tour www.energync.org


Thank you to our sponsors:

Catawba Valley Green Building Council


Home Energy Solutions



Contact Information

Email: info@hickorysolartour.com

Phone: (828) 328-3650

Address: Home Energy Solutions, Inc. PO Box 3352, Hickory, NC, 28603




Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. and also posted on http://activerain.com/blogs/mikekelly


Building green means incorporating environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the home building and land development process to minimize environmental impact. During the design, construction, and operation of a home, energy and water efficiency, lot development, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality and homeowner maintenance should all be considered. Although we cannot entirely avoid affecting the environment when a house is built, green building can work toward minimizing that environmental impact.

The concept of green building isn’t new-our great-grandparents built climate-appropriate homes using locally-available materials. Today’s green homes incorporate not only climatic considerations, but are resource and energy efficient, safer for occupants, and often less expensive to maintain.

To learn more about building a green home in the Hickory Area Visit:


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Randy Bowman has been a Licensed General Contractor since 1990, with an unlimited license, Bowman Construction & Design, Inc. is located in Newton, North Carolina. It is our goal to design and build homes of the highest quality. We insist on the best materials and put many “custom” touches in all of our homes.


Randy Bowman awarded the NAHB Certified Green Professional designation.

Randy Bowman named NAHB-RC Accredited Verifier for NAHB Green Building Program

Randy Bowman appointed to NCHBA Green Building Council

Randy Bowman in the Chairperson for the Catawba Valley Green Building Council.


Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. and also posted on http://activerain.com/blogs/mikekelly


Home Energy Solutions

Are rising energy costs getting you down and making your utility bills go up?

Home Energy Solutions can perform a home energy audit and show you how to conserve energy, increase comfort, and improve indoor air quality.

Home Energy Solutions offers home performance contracting for a turn key solution to your energy retrofit needs. Common improvements include HVAC duct sealing, air sealing and insulation.

Building a new home?

Home Energy Solutions offers third party verification for the ENERGY STAR Homes Program and several green building programs. They do plan reviews and perform inspections of framing, moisture protection, air sealing, insulation, and mechanical systems. They test the ductwork and the whole house for air leakage in order to estimate the home’s annual energy costs.


Hickory, North Carolina


For More Information Click Here

 Home Energy Solutions is a proud member of the Catawba Valley Green Building Council.


 Catawba Valley Green Building Council is where local Hickory professionals can help you build or remodel your home to make it more environmentally friendly and save you money in the long run. Contact one of the Hickory-Catawba Valley Green Building Council members to learn more about planning for your new home or remodeling project.


For more information about Hickory North Carolina visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com


For more information about living Green in Hickory visit www.HickoryGreenHomes.com


About the Author: 

Mike Kelly Jr. is a cerified EcoBroker® in the Catawba Valley Area.

This is a value added service I offer to my clients. Contact me today to show your properties that are Built Green, have green energy saving aspects or could be remodeled green with your personal touch. If you own a green home and are ready to sell, list your home with me and I will market and sell your place to a green-minded buyer.

April 25 Growing a GREEN Future

Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. April 17, 2009   Posted on Active Rain


 WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day Growing a Green Future

WHEN: Saturday, April 25 between 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. rain or shine

WHERE: Grassy Area at the SALT Block at Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, 375 3rd Street, NE Hickory


More than two dozen educational, environmental and environmental-orientated business booths will be set up in the grassy area across the front of  during the event.  

Vendors will have giveaways, including free T-shirts to the first 500 people and 600 tree seedlings, and information about the importance of being green.  There will also be an environmental film series, food vendors and 60 free pizzas will be given out at the event. 


Participants representing environmentally-oriented businesses and organizations with booths:

City of Hickory Recycling Advisory Board – Giving away 500 free T-shirts and free pizzas.

City of Hickory Community Appearance Commission/Landscape Services –Giving away 200 River Birch, 200 Red Maple and 200 Shumard Oak tree seedlings.

City of Hickory Engineering/Stormwater

City of Hickory Public Utilities

Catawba County

Catawba County Utilities and Engineering

Keep Catawba County Beautiful

Catawba County’s Riverbend Park

City of Conover

North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Reese Institute for Conservation of Natural Resources of Lenoir-Rhyne University

GoGreen Hickory

Catawba Valley Green Building Council

Garbage Disposal Services (GDS)

Wild Birds Unlimited

Carolina Thread Trail

Sunquest Solar Heating

Health Hut

Mike Kelly Jr. Eco-Broker/Century 21 American Homes

Air Purification

Dirtball Fashion

Home Energy Solutions

Shaklee Products

Hickory High School – Environmental Science students

Catawba Valley Medical Center Green Team

Good Wood Pizza


Environmental films will be shown in the community room at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, below is the schedule:

Start Time      Film

ll:30 a.m.       “Energy Crossroads -A Burning Need To Change Course” (1h/10m)           

1:00 p.m.       “Thread Trails”             (20 min)

1:45 p.m.       “Our Gentle River”        (30 min)

2:30 p.m.       “After The Storm”        (22 min)



CSC_Ray_logo_639uIn addition to the Growing a Green Future event at the SALT Block on April 25, the Catawba Science Center has a full day of programming and all its exhibits will be open, including its special exhibit “Swamp Things” and people are encouraged to check out Patrick Beaver Memorial Library and check out what’s new at the library.  


For more information, call (828) 323-7500 or go to www.hickorygov.com  under special events.  

For more information about Hickory North Carolina visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com



For more information about living Green in Hickory – Click Here



Mike KellyJr REALTOR/EcoBrokerI am a cerified EcoBroker® in the Catawba County Area. This is a value added service I offer to my clients. Contact me today to show your properties that are Built Green, have green energy saving aspects or could be remodeled green with your personal touch. If you own a green home and are ready to sell, list your home with me and I will market and sell your place to a green-minded buyer.




Mike KellyJr REALTOR/EcoBrokerEcoBrokers® are equipped with additional energy and environmental information and tools that help them provide added value to all of their real estate transactions. EcoBroker® training helps real estate agents address the newest topics in real estate, such as “green” home certification programs like Energy Star® Qualified Homes, energy-efficiency, and environmentally-sensitive design. The EcoBroker® designation assists real estate agents in working through issues that may arise in any real estate transaction, such as mold, radon, and poor indoor air quality, providing real solutions. EcoBrokers® grow their client base by attracting the green-minded consumer and providing valuable energy and environmental information to all types of clients. With expertise and Affiliate relationships, EcoBrokers® are known for providing exceptional value to all of their relationships.


Hickory High School Embraces GREEN


Written by:   Mike Kelly Jr.   1/17/2009

Due to the drought that has gripped the south east for more than a year – the city of Hickory has restricted water usage for its businesses and residents.  Hickory High School has a found a way around the city water restrictions. They are participating in the Community Conservation Assistance Program through the NC Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

The school will install a cistern to hold rain water that drains off the roof of the athletic building. The cistern will hold the rainwater until the school needs it to water plants, garden, and irrigate the athletic fields around the building.

The state will pay for seventy-five percent of the cost through the Community Conservation Assistance Program. This will cover the cistern, pipes and other materials.  The school will just have to dig the hole.

The tank will hold seventeen hundred gallons and will be installed underground.  The hope is that it will catch up to fifty-five thousand gallons of rain water per year. Besides being used to irrigate the vegetation around the school this cistern will also slow the water going into storm drains which will improve overall water quality.

It is great to hear about local groups increasing the awareness of the importance of water conservation.


For more information about Hickory NC please visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com

Mike Kelly received his EcoBroker® Designation.

Written by: Mike Kelly Jr. 8/27/2008

I am proud to announce that I received my EcoBoker Certification.  Through this great program I learned about the latest topics influencing the way potential clients buy and sell real estate when it comes to energy efficiency as well as “living green”. Being an EcoBroker® will help me stay current with the growing green real estate market and the opportunities it presents. Many real estate professionals focus on the normal visual features of a home. This program has changed the way I look at things though allowing me to focus on the things that make my properties stand out from the crowd from an energy efficiency standpoint. I do not think that living green is just a fad as many people in the industry believe. With energy prices getting more and more expensive I think that people will truly embrace being green if for no other reason than just from a cost savings standpoint.  Look for more information in the coming weeks as explore the opportunities being an EcoBroker® presents.