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Posted on Aug 27, 2014 in GreenBy3 Blog, GreenBy3 News

Completion of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Catalyst Center

  On Thursday, August 21st, the Catalyst Center at the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce made its official debut to a crowd of over 200. The week before the grand opening, our GreenBy3 team was busy refining all the individual elements into the cohesive final design.  The purpose of the Catalyst Center – to create a unique, inspiring space that caters to the needs of entrepreneurs and the goals of the Chamber of Commerce – was the guiding vision for the design and execution of the project, and our team has stuck closely to that from start to finish. The results are a space that our clients love, that their clients love, and of which we are proud.  Sustainability is one of the guiding principles in GreenBy3’s business model and it is something we bring to all of our client projects, often in the form of custom furniture and accent pieces made from lovingly reclaimed materials. For the Catalyst Center, our team built a 12’x4′ table out of maple flooring that we reclaimed from the Cigar Factory; we also...

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Posted on Apr 19, 2014 in GreenBy3 Blog

The Free Clinics’ Spring Salon Celebrates Sustainable Design at Biz611

Editor’s note: Biz611 will host The Free Clinics’ annual Spring Salon April 25 from 5-8 p.m. GreenBy3 oversaw and managed the construction of Biz611, a business incubator that opened in Hendersonville in June 2013. For tickets to the Spring Salon, please scroll to the bottom. HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — After seven years of success, The Free Clinics’ (TFC’s) annual Spring Salon has become known around town as an unparalleled event. A celebration of fine food, fine wine, and fine design, all in the name of providing access to high quality health care for those in need, the Salon has emerged as the signature event for the local nonprofit, and a party not to missed. A few short months ago, however, the prospects for this year’s Salon didn’t look good. “In December we found out that our longtime hosts, Salon Blue Ridge, were closing,” explains Judith Long, Executive Director of TFC. Salon Blue Ridge sold luxury kitchen and bath fixtures and appliances, and their owners decided to close their Hendersonville location....

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Posted on Jan 21, 2014 in GreenBy3 Blog, GreenBy3 News

Construction and Demolition Recycling

The following article, written by Allison Cooke Oliverius and featuring GreenBy3 was published in December 2013 in a special publication by SC Biz News entitled RecyclomonicsSC. How businesses are collecting and recycling construction waste and turning it into other products. About 8,000 pounds of waste are typically thrown into the landfill during the construction of a 2,000-square-foot home, according to Sustainable Sources, an online green building resource. reports just over 600,000 houses were built in 2012 in the U.S., down from 2.5 million units built during the housing boom in 2005. When you multiply the typical amount of waste tossed into a landfill by the number of homes built, that equals a lot of construction material clogging up landfills, when so much of it can be reused or recycled. One of the bulkiest and least biodegradable pieces of construction debris is carpet. About 5 billion pounds of carpet is thrown away each year, according to Wellman Plastics in Florence County is helping divert used carpet from the...

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Posted on Oct 11, 2013 in GreenBy3 Blog, GreenBy3 Stuff

Donated Brick Make Crisis Ministries Project Greener

Good progress is being made on Crisis Ministries new facility. When finished, it will be a 30,000-square-foot building including an emergency dorm for men, a dorm for Veterans, a clinic, a dental room, a commercial kitchen and dining hall, a donation center, counseling offices, and a conference room. The building has been designed with energy efficiency and sustainability in mind. It incorporates energy efficient lighting and HVAC units as well as plenty of windows to make use of  natural light. This week we saw bricks forming columns around what will be the dining hall. But these aren’t just any bricks. Made by CalStar Products, a company based in Wisconsin, they are manufactured from fly ash with up to 37% recycled content in a process that uses up to 81% less energy and emits up to 84% less CO2. GreenBy3 secured a commitment from CalStar to donate all of the brick for the building’s exterior. “We are thrilled to be a part of the Crisis Ministries project – and a...

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Posted on Jul 11, 2013 in GreenBy3 Blog, GreenBy3 News

Biz611 Opens In Hendersonville

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Biz611, a first-of-its-kind sustainable building in Hendersonville, is now open. The building was designed as a business incubator to help cultivate young startups focused on helping the environment and developing software. GreenBy3, a company that acts as an onsite representative for its clients on construction projects, oversaw the construction of Biz611. Biz611 (pronounced Biz Six Eleven) is located at 611 N. Church St. in downtown Hendersonville. It incorporates a long list of sustainable practices in the way it was built and in the way it’s designed to operate. The hope is that Biz611 will serve to educate the tenants, as well as the community, on sustainable building and operating practices. The 9,500-square-foot building maximizes natural light, generates solar energy and captures water for use by way of an inverted roof and cistern. It also features a “living wall,” or a vertical green wall. Biz611 also has displays and readouts throughout to monitor the building’s performance, allowing tenants to track their impact on the building’s energy consumption. The...

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