Drude and Angelina Corbet:
“We brought our original concept plan to Jim and he told us he would challenge himself to make it even simpler and more energy efficient – which he did! We are all delighted at the outcome.”
The Corbet residence was the first LEED Platinum Green Home in the Carolinas and was built by Kelly-McArdle Consruction, Charlotte, NC
Jim Gleeson has been a pioneer in the field of green design for many years. He was doing passive solar as far back as 1975 and more recently became one of the first three LEED™ Accredited Professionals in the Carolinas in 2000. After founding the Sustainable Design Initiative at one of North Carolinas largest architecture firms, the firm was selected to design the new “Green Quad” Living/ Learning Center at USC in Columbia, SC. He led the design team which produced the LEED Silver rated project, saving over 50% in energy use and costing no more than conventional university dorms. In 2004 he left the firm to specialize in
Green Custom Homes in his own firm.
Jim states, “I really enjoy the immediacy and involvement with home owners in helping them achieve both a highly personal custom home AND one which is healthy and resource efficient. Working with passionate people like the Corbets to create a solution that is architecturally unique, cost-effective and sustainable is very rewarding. Together with The Mobius Company and its partners, we are developing a passive solar home which will use very little energy for heating and cooling and will demonstrate the practical marketability of holistic, green design.”
David and Patty Roberts:
"I had taken a tour of the Green Living Learning Center at the University of South Carolina, Columbia and was very impressed with the technology and the energy savings achieved within a standard state budget for dormitories. I looked up the architect who had been in charge of the design for the firm in Charlotte that designed the large project. I was pleased to find he now had his own firm and specialized in Green Custom Homes.
Our site, on Lake Wylie was difficult at best, but Jim spent lots of time on site with us, figuring out how to make the best of a steeply sloping site with the lake to the East.
Working closely with our surveyor and Robert Rutledge, our builder, Jim Gleeson developed a design that not only met the strict lakefront zoning regulations but went beyond our expectations for our beautiful, lakefront dream home. It is a passive solar energy miser and was built within a 'standard' budget."