The building envelope of a home, especially one made of brick and stone, will likely last the life of the house without replacement, unlike other aspects of the home that might be replaced or upgraded.
Every shower wastes about 90 percent of the energy from the hot water that flows down the drain.
There's nothing like stepping on a warm floor when you get out of bed or the bath. It's good to know that comfort can also be very energy efficient.
A high performance home starts with a tight building envelope, and that includes the foundation.
Most homes don't have enough insulation in the attic near the eaves, but a new truss design can make that problem go away. As this video with green building consultant Matt Belcher, principal with Verdatek Solutions and director of the...
You can't see or smell radon, but it could be a health hazard in your home.
Builder Kim Hibbs, president of Hibbs Homes, reviews the role that insulation from Dow Building Solutions will play in the energy-efficiency of the home.
Along with the walls and framing, a very important element in a high performance home is the subfloor system and the sheathing used.
Air and water will find their way into any building. But smart builders provide a path that reduces the opportunity for damage to the other parts of the structure.
With the right windows, sunlight can be transformed from problem into an asset by designing windows to manage heat and light.
One of the green certifications that the builders of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis plan to achieve is the EPA's WaterSense designation, and the plumbing fixtures are part of the water-saving strategy for the home.
As the real estate market continues to recover, homebuyers are coming to value high-performance properties that provide long-term value in terms of comfort and energy savings.
With an emphasis on a durable building envelope, brick and stone will play a key role in the performance of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.
At the Proud Green Home of St. Louis Muddy Boots tour in September, Steve Loos, staff vice president of Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, discussed the growing market for high performance homes in the region.
The recent Muddy Boots tour of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis drew many interested people from the area to view the high performance home in progress.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis reflects the vision of its architect and builder to deliver a high performance, yet livable, home to the clients.
Most homes don't host visitors before they're finished, but the Proud Green Home of St. Louis had a two-day open house to display the building science that will soon be covered up by dry wall.
As the Proud Green Home of St. Louis rises on the wooded lot, the homeowners are looking forward to the day their family can move in.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis utilized panelized wall construction as part of the building science that will result in a high performance home.
The envelope of the Proud Green Home St Louis is designed and constructed to guarantee that the home will not only resist weather but perform effectively and efficiently.