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Greenspiration Home Earns LEED Silver Certification

Greensboro, NC – April 30, 2012 – The Greenspiration Home in Greensboro, NC has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  The private, custom-built home of Trish Holder and Mark Raines is the first LEED certified home in the Piedmont Triad region of north-central North Carolina.  The home is one of just a handful of LEED certified homes in the entire state.
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Trish Holder Co-Authors HPAC Engineering Magazine Cover Story on Proximity Hotel — America’s FIRST LEED Platinum Hotel.

Proximity Hotel

News of the Greenspiration Home makes all the way to Ontario, Canada where it has been an inspration for a green renovation project.

June, 2011

Manufacturers Embrace the Fine Art of Romancing Homeowners

When it comes to the building industry, it would seem that contractors are from Mars and homeowners are from Venus. Connecting emotionally with the latter is the key to building a relationship.

Trish Holder guest authors for
Februrary, 2011

Family Hopes Eco-Friendly Home Will Be a ‘Greenspiration’

By Shannon Smith
FOX8 News
March 27, 2009

GREENSBORO, N.C.— A family here recently built their dream home, a green home called Greenspiration. Now, they want to help others do the same. The family gave FOX8 a tour.

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Greenspiration Home Hosts Lunch & Learn for Local Builders

Greensboro, NC – The Greenspiration Home hosted its first awareness event, a Builder Lunch & Learn on December 12, 2008, at the building site in the Pleasant Oaks subdivision in northwest Guilford County.

The Lunch & Learn, developed and organized by Greenspiration homeowner, Trish Holder, featured several informative presentations from a variety of green building industries including WaterFurnace, Broan-NuTone, and Solatube. With over 20 local builders present, the Lunch & introduced area builders to sustainable building techniques by exposing them to real-world examples of green products. As builders gathered in the Greenspiration Home garage, factory representatives explained green building solutions including geothermal technology, whole house ventilation systems, central vacuum systems, humidity sensing fans, and solar and fluorescent lighting.

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The House That North Carolina Built

by Trish Holder
Wouldn’t it be nice if the most environmentally friendly materials for our homes were also located right here in North Carolina? We could be green, support our local economy, and eliminate emissions associated with product transport all in one fell swoop. But if building my Greenspiration Home has taught me anything, it’s that in all things there is compromise – ‘lest we hang ourselves from that tree we are so tightly hugging.

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A green showcase home in Greensboro

Article written by Paulo Nery
October 10, 2008:
Husband and wife, Mark Raines and Trish Holder were inspired back in 2007 to build a showcase green home. They had a vision of a traditional home that was truly green without looking one bit out of place in a suburban neighborhood. They also believed it could be done within a normal middle-class budget. So that’s exactly what they set out to do; and today the house is well on its way. Trish and Mark and their children should be moved in to the home in the Pleasant Oaks subdivision of Greensboro before Christmas.

From One Homeowner to Another

When consumers become the bullhorn for building green, builders benefit.
On Earth Day, The Greenspiration Home won the 2010 Triad Green Award for “Single-Family Home” in Greensboro, N.C.. An honor, to be sure, but more important is the fact that this home, which is the private home of Trish Holder and Mark Raines, is an educational tool.

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