Proud Green Home of St. Louis will inspire and educate on green residential construction

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Proud Green Home of St. Louis will inspire and educate on green residential construction

Following the success of the first Proud Green Home, the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, a sustainable home designed to meet an array of green building standards, is under construction to inspire and educate the market nationwide about the benefits of building green homes. has partnered with Hibbs Homes, Verdatek Solutions LLC and the High Performance Buildings Research Center, part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia, to build the five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot, Prairie-style home. Designed by architect Curtiss W. Byrne, the home in Wildwood, Missouri, is expected to meet a number of prominent green building standards, including:

  • Energy Star for Homes
  • National Green Building Standard from the National Association of Homebuilders
  • DOE Zero Net Ready home
  • EPA Indoor airPlus
  • EPA WaterSense

The home will undergo third-party verification to ensure its performance and quality.

"This home will meet the needs of the new owners who are looking for a comfortable, energy efficient home that also delivers a high level of indoor air quality," said Kim Hibbs, CEO of Hibbs Homes in Chesterfield, Missouri.

"The home was designed as a system featuring off-the shelf building products and advanced construction techniques to ensure greatly reduced energy and water usage," said Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and Director of the High Performance Buildings Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Notable green building features include: Mattingly Lumber & Millworks factory-built walls and trusses, Dow Building Systems spray foam insulation, continuous slab insulation, Huber Engineered Woods Zip System wall sheathing, a geothermal heating and cooling system, Metal Sales metal roofing and Zehnder America energy recovery ventilation, and Kohler low-flow plumbing fixtures, and Marvin Windows. Also, the home will be built to be ready for solar power and solar water heating.

In a partnership with the High Performance Buildings Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Proud Green Home at St. Louis will be featured as part of the green building curriculum for students, including long-term energy and water usage monitoring.

The first Proud Green Home was built by The Imery Group in the sustainable community of Serenbe near Atlanta. Accolades for the home include:

  • NAHB Green Awards, Project of the Year For Single Family – Small Volume
  • DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award Winner, Custom Category
  • EarthCraft House Platinum Level
  • First DOE Zero Energy Ready home in Georgia

Read more about the multiple award-winning Proud Green Home at Serenbe.

"The Proud Green Home program educates and inspires homeowners and building professionals to create high performance homes across the spectrum of the market," said Robert Fincher, CEO of Sustainable Community Media, publisher of

The neighborhood where the Proud Green Home at St. Louis is being built has original Indentures from 1897 that expressly stated the desire to maintain the “ecological and rural aspects” of the subdivision.

"We believe the makers of that Indenture would be greatly pleased at the focus on this goal we bring to this and all of our projects," Hibbs said.

The home was designed with the latest building science to ensure durability as well as offer high performance with good value for the homeowners.

"The focus was on creating a high performance building envelope, the part of the home that will be there the longest," Belcher said. "We incorporated the design of the mechanicals, electrical and plumbing systems within the building to optimize performance and materials efficiencies. The design and materials mitigate water issues, and the home will deliver a very high level of indoor air quality for the residents."

Read more about the new Proud Green Home of St. Louis.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Energy Star, Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Heating & Cooling, Indoor Air Quality, Lumber and Structured Panels, Photovoltaic / Solar Panels, Proud Green Home at Serenbe, Proud Green Home of St. Louis, Sinks & Toilets, Sustainable Communities, WaterSense, Windows

Companies: Dow Building Solutions, Kohler, Marvin Windows and Doors, Huber Engineered Woods

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