North Carolina Energy Code

On June 2, 2011, Jim Farlow of The Farlow Group attended a day long workshop on the North Carolina Energy Conservation Code. Adopted in 2009 by our state, the N C Energy Code for residential and commercial buildings provides technical data and solutions for achieving efficient use of energy resources through prescribed construction methods and recommended materials. The workshop was conducted by Mathis Consulting Company, whose presentation was both enlightening, and inspiring. Jim’s favorite part was a discussion concerning costs and benefits of retrofitting existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, and the corresponding affect in reducing, or even eliminating, the current ever expanding need for increased energy production. An example was given of how the cost of constructing a single nuclear power plant could be applied to update enough structures to make the plant unnecessary, while substantially increasing the safety and comfort of existing buildings, and employing many more people across a wide geographic area in the process.

Home Built by The Farlow Group on Figure Eight Island is Certified as ENERGY STAR Qualified

The home known as Ligon Point, located on Figure Eight Island in Wilmington and completed in 2010 by The Farlow Group, has been certified as an ENERGY STAR qualified home.  The homeowners can expect to spend less on energy costs due to the efficiency of the materials and systems installed in their home.  The electricity provider, Progress Energy Carolinas, also offers a 5% discount off regular residential rates with the ENERGY STAR qualification. The certification of Ligon Point for ENERGY STAR rating was submitted to the EPA on behalf of The Farlow Group and the homeowners by Building Performance Specialists in Wilmington, NC, www.moisturematters.com , who performed inspections and analysis from start to finish to document that standards were met for qualification.  The commitment to energy efficiency throughout the home was important to the owners, who needed substantial square footage to accommodate visits by their large extended family, but still desired an environmentally conscious home. For more information on the ENERGY STAR program and products, visit the website www.energystar.gov .