GBS Building Supply, a green building supply company in the Greenville, South Carolina region, has been in the area for over 40 years while expanding and changing names. This year it entered the very environmentally friendly market of net zero homes with two other organizations.
In 1972, ten Upstate homebuilders started Greenville Builders Supply under R. Buford Landers in Mauldin, South Carolina. They opened the Anderson store in 1977, and changed the name to GBS Lumber in 1979. The name became GBS Building Supply in mid-2011 and now includes many green products.
GBS Building Supply along with Clemson University’s School of Architecture and Carolina AAC (Autoclaved Aerated Concrete) developed plans in 2013 for building the first Net Zero Energy Home in the Southeast in Liberty, South Carolina
In the video about the house, Ulrike Heine, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Clemson, explains that net zero means you do not have any energy consumption throughout the year, but not necessarily independent of the grid. They designed the house to be climate specific, compact and using passive design strategies by taking advantage of the sun in the southeast, using natural ventilation and lighting. Everything that has plumbing is grouped together, with the main added expense being the solar panels. The home also includes a rainwater collection system.
GBS Building Supply has expertise in “installed sales, green products, remodeling and renovation design services, and commercial applications. In addition to lumber and plywood, GBS sources millwork, windows, doors, decking, cabinets, countertops, roofing, siding, insulation, trusses, hardware, sheetrock, brick, stone, and much more.” See the website for addresses, phone numbers, hours, and to sign up to receive their newsletter.
The company’s largest volume store is the Mauldin location, which is also the Millwork Specialty Center. Other stores are in Hendersonville, North Carolina and Six Mile and Anderson in South Carolina. A unique thing about the company is that it is locally owned and 98 percent employee-owned. The employees have a vested interest in focusing on the customer and giving the best service possible. GBS Building Supply has a Facebook page for the latest updates.
You can go on the website’s online catalogue and type in “green” in the search field to find eco-friendly products. Click on the little green tree icon by any green product for more environmental information about the product. For example, Ecolife™ weather resistant wood is certified by the NAHB Research Center National Green Building Certification program as a “Green Approved Product,” eligible to contribute points toward certification of a building under the National Green Building Standard™.
Since home construction permits have risen 7.9 percent to the highest level since September 2008, the market for GBS Builder Supply is looking good. Buy local and buy green to support your neighbors and your earth.