Proud Green Home of St Louis reflects builder and architect vision

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.

Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Builders and architect Curtiss W. Byrne have collaborated on homes before. But this home project came with specific requirements from the homeowners, and some strict neighborhood mandates that made it a demanding project for the team.

ProudGreenHome.com has 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.

Due to one of their children having asthma and allergies, the homeowners want a home that will not cause adverse respiratory issues for the child. The homeowners and the builders are integrating products with low presence of VOCs to provide a safe comfortable environment for the entire family. The home will incorporate an energy recovery ventilator (ERV) to ensure continuous ventilation.

"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 high performance home features include:

Hibbs Homes is a leading custom green homebuilder in the St. Louis area. Since leaving his career in broadcasting in 2006, owner and general contractor Kim Hibbs has been building high-performance and luxury homes for a variety of price ranges and lifestyles. Hibbs speaks to local building professionals and architecture students on a variety of green building topics. He built one of the first gold level green verified homes in the St. Louis area, and is the builder of the first Active House in North America. Hibbs is a Master Certified Green Professional through the National Association of Home Builders, and is active in the St. Louis Home Builder's Association where he currently serves on the board.

Verdatek Solutions is a construction firm specializing in green homes, light commercial construction, agricultural building, and low-impact development. Verdatek Solutions is owned and operated by Matt Belcher, a nationally recognized green builder, consultant, and educator. Belcher has been actively involved in the St. Louis construction industry for three decades, including six years as a building code official, and is a green building consulting partner with Hibbs Homes. Belcher is Director of the High Performance Buildings Research Center at University of Missouri Columbia, and serves as Chair of the NAHB's Green Building sub-committee, and previously served on their Energy and Construction Codes and Standards committees. Belcher was appointed by the ICC to serve in the development of the new International Green Construction Code and the ICC's Residential Energy Committee.

Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, LLC is an architecture firm based in Chesterfield, Missouri, specializing in creative solutions for residential and small commercial projects. Curtiss received his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992 and obtained his architectural registration from the State of Missouri in 1997. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards also certifies Curtiss. He is a member of the St. Louis Home Builder's Association and the HBA's Green Building Council.

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


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