Brick and stone deliver durability and indoor air quality for Proud Green Home of St Louis

For the family moving into the Proud Green Home of St. Louis, indoor air quality was a high priority.

One of the children had some allergies and respiratory sensitivities, so choosing interior finishes that didn't contribute volatile organic compounds or other irritants into the air was important.

That's why some of the interior trim is cultured stone from Boral. And the exterior of the home features brick from Boral as well.

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.

So it makes sense do it right. Managing air and moisture in the exterior wall system is a big part of making the brick and stone last for decades.

ProudGreenHome.com partnered with Hibbs Homes, Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, 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
  • ANSI ICC-700 The National Green Building
  • DOE Zero Net Ready home
  • EPA Indoor airPlus
  • WaterSense

The home will undergo third-party verification to ensure its performance and quality. Notable high performance home features include:

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

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


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