what we do
From our beginning in late 1985, our primary goal has been to promote the design and construction of quality passive solar / energy efficient projects in a variety of styles, costs, and settings.
To date nearly all of our new home projects and most of our additions have been designed and built with passive solar. Since our beginning we have consistently remained on the leading edge of technology promoting environmentally appropriate construction.
Paul Konove has been designing projects for the company since the beginning. More then half of the homes and additions built since that time have been designed in-house. Completed plans are developed in a few different ways. Passive solar and green building strategies are integral to the design process.
Sometimes rough floor plans are brought in for consideration and then refined and developed. Other times people have particular ideas of what they want but need a designer to facilitate the process and work out the details. The final way plans are developed is to take the general thoughts and interests expressed and then to develop – typically 2 concepts – which are then often melded together to provide a plan that works.
Although the designs over the years have varied depending upon individual desires, personally Paul leans towards NC vernacular, craftsman / cottage, and post and beam aesthetics.
The homes we design and/or build not only focus on green building methods but also focus on the varied aesthetic interests of our clients including custom detailing. Visit the new homes page to learn more about our designs and to view images and descriptions of our completed projects.
Green Building Construction
In the early 1990’s CCBCCI expanded its work on solar homes to include all aspects of green building. Starting in 1994 through 1997 the company applied and received approval to participate in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Exemplary Buildings Program. The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association NCSEA (formally the NC Solar Energy Association) and the North Carolina Solar Center have featured Carolina Country Builders’ homes on many of their solar home tours. Two of the nine home plans included in the 1999 publication of A Guide to Building & Planning Solar Homes – Solar Homes for North Carolina II, published by The NC Solar Center through the NC Department of Commerce were designed and built by Carolina Country Builders.
In 2005 Carolina Country Builders won Silver winner NAHB Research Center Energy Value Housing Award (EVHA) – Custom home / moderate climate category a national award that recognizes home design – construction strategies and business practices and relationships of companies.
CCBCCI strives to retain a leading position in the Green Building movement in North Carolina.
Green Building Training
From presenting at the NC Solar Center; to openings of green home tours for the NC Sustainable Energy Association; to the Home Builders Association, the company has always been at the forefront of promoting and participating in green building tours, training and education. Recently, Paul Konove has joined with other green building professionals to offer a series of green building workshops for construction professionals and homeowners.