Genesis Homes Works to Raise $150,000 for One of Upstate’s First Net-Zero Homes

Genesis Homes will oversee construction of a high efficiency living space for a low-income family, with materials coordinated by GBS Building Supply.

Genesis Homes is working with GBS Building Supply and Carolina Green Builders to help raise approximately $150,000 in materials and labor for one of the Upstate’s first net-zero homes. The house, which is scheduled to begin construction in mid-May, will be part of Genesis Homes’ ongoing work in Greenville’s Greenline-Spartanburg neighborhood. The home will serve as an example of how sustainable building practices can help reduce energy consumption and substantially lower the cost of living. The Greenville Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (GAIHN), which provides transitional housing for homeless families in the Upstate, will recommend a family to move into the home once it is completed.

“Our community has been good to us since our founding in 1972, and we saw this as another way to give back,” explains Bob Barreto, CEO of GBS Building Supply. “This home allows us to showcase new and innovative building materials, while helping a deserving family get on its feet. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Construction will commence in a few weeks at 112/114 Mount Eustis Street, near the intersection of Church Street and Wade Hampton Boulevard in Greenville’s Greenline-Spartanburg Street neighborhood. The home will be situated at an angle on two adjacent lots to receive maximum exposure to the sun, and a series of solar panels will eliminate the home’s need for additional power.

“We may even be able to sell some of the electricity we generate back to the grid,” explains Jim Childress, Executive Director of Genesis Homes. “We’re hoping that the family that moves into the house will only have to pay for the water they use. There’s a good chance that they won’t have a power bill.”

Clemson University School of Architecture provided the initial design of the home, with Dave Nocella at Group 1.6 Architects providing detailed site plans and elevation drawings. Chris Baddorf, President of Carolina Green Builders, has volunteered to serve as the home’s contractor.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to the project, visit


About Genesis Homes
Genesis Homes facilitates neighborhood revitalization in low-to-moderate income areas in the Upstate of South Carolina. They address the need for affordable housing by constructing quality-crafted homes for rental and ownership by low-income families and the elderly. For more information, visit:

About Carolina Green Builders
Carolina Green Builders specializes in constructing quality homes that utilize the best in sustainable design and materials. For more information, visit:

About GBS Building Supply
GBS Building Supply was established in 1972 by ten Upstate builders who wanted a source for the highest quality in building materials. GBS Building Supply is a full­ service lumberyard that also provides roofing, millwork, house wrap, windows, cabinetry, installed stone, and other products needed for construction, including “green” building materials. While GBS Building Supply provides the highest quality products, the company also prides itself on customer service, innovation, and a commitment to the community. GBS Building Supply is employee-owned, with more than 100 team members. Their Corporate office and Drywall Division are based in Greenville, SC; stores and complete showrooms are located in Mauldin, Anderson, and Six Mile, SC as well as Hendersonville, NC. For more information, visit:

Media Contact
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