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.

Green Construction Permit Incentive


Written By Mike Kelly Jr.  1/23/09

The Green Building incentives section of the Catawba County’s building fee structures is a special allowance to provide an incentive for building in accordance with LEED, Energy Star, and NC Healthy Built Homes.

The incentive based fee structure is intended to increase renewable/sustainable energy technologies and green building certifications for homes and commercial buildings in Catawba County.

Various permit and plan review incentives are available for new and existing construction. To qualify, the builder or owner needs to obtain all permitting from Catawba County and a green building certification from a third party agency (LEED, Energy Star, etc.). For new construction, once a Certificate of Occupancy is issued, a percentage of the permit fees will be reimbursed to the permit holder.

For existing structures, upon completion of final inspection, permit fee rebates will be issued to the permit holder.

Catawba County will rebate all fees related to plan review or express review for commercial buildings seeking LEED certification.

Regular fees must be paid in full at time of plan review or permit issuance. Fee rebates will be refunded upon project completion and certification by a third party agency.

Here are just some of the examples of residential rebates:

Geothermal Heat Pump – Mechanical Permit Fee – 50% rebate – $27.50 value

Geothermal Heat Pump – Electrical Permit Fee – 50% rebate – $25.00 value

Solar Hot Water  – Electrical Permit Fee  – 50% rebate – $25.00 value

Solar Hot Water  – Plumbing Permit Fee  – 50% rebate – $12.50 value

Gray Water Collection for flushing fixtures – Plumbing Permit Fee – 50% rebate – $30.50 value

For more information about these permit incentives you can contact the Catawba County Utilities & Engineering, Catawba County Government Center, 100 A South West Blvd., Newton, NC 28658, Phone: 828-465-8399.

For more information on Green building programs:






For more information about Catawba County or Hickory please feel free to visit my website at www.MikeKellyJr.com


I am the first certified 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.