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Maggie Leslie, Program Director, WNC Green Building Council

Maggie Leslie has been working for the WNC Green Building Council since 2003, though became full-time staff in July of 2006. As a volunteer, Maggie served as Treasurer for the Council and chair of the Million Solar Roofs Initiative. Currently she is keeping busy as director of the HealthyBuilt Homes Program of Greater Asheville.

Maggie received her B.S. in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Policy, from Warren Wilson College. Since completing her B.S., Maggie received a certificate in Sustainable Building Advisory from the City of Seattle, WA. After relocating back to the southeast, she worked with the Southface Energy Institute in Atlanta, Ga. While at Southface, Maggie trained as a HERS rater and developed her understanding of building science and sustainable design. Following working for Southface, Maggie moved back to Western North Carolina and worked for Home Energy Partners as the office manager and green building consultant from 2003 to 2006.

Contact Maggie at maggie@wncgbc.org


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Darryl Duffe, longtime Asheville resident-now living on Amelia Island, FL, is a designer and builder of energy efficient, sustainable structures, with over 28 years experience in passive and active solar design and the use of "green" materials which are renewable, sometimes recycled, and non-toxic. The goal is to produce aesthetically pleasing, low cost to own and maintain, buildings that are both comfortable and health promoting, and, by design, to make the most practicable and feasible use of renewable energy when possible. Embodied energy is also a consideration in the choice of new materials and/or the reuse of existing structures.

Most of my focus is on residential structures, but occasionally office and restaurant design/build services are engaged. I specialize in the design and building strong and efficient, low-energy and low-maintenance structures with the goal of minimizing call backs and thereby hopefully creating happy clients and building friendships for years to come.

I typically use innovative products like Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) and Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) to achieve a quiet, storm-resistant building that feels strong and safe and resistant to any extremes nature might throw at it. Life cycle costs, durability and compatibility with the landscape and/or the urban fabric/environs are more important to me than employing cheap construction methods to curb initial costs.


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Clarke Snell is the author of two books on alternatives to conventional construction, "The Good House Book" and "Building Green" (co-authored by Tim Callahan). He believes a central solution to our considerable modern building woes lies in the integration of old and new. Put another way: the grass hut and modern skyscraper are siblings that need family therapy. He administers Think Green Building, a small design, consulting, research, and rabble-rousing network. Presently, TGB is wrestling with the following design challenge: "What is the best integrated design building system for our climate that is carbon neutral, zero energy, resource efficient, long lasting, non-toxic, inspiringly beautiful, encourages a symbiotic partnership between land, buildings, and people, AND affordable for a large sector of the regional populace?" Clarke can be reached through the TGB website: www.thinkgreenbuilding.com


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