1/16/2015

Proud Green Home of St. Louis to Collect Long-Term Energy Usage Data

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 a high-performance five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot, Prairie-style home that will collect long-term energy and water usage data.

The Proud Green Home of St. Louis will host an open house with separate events for building professionals and consumers on Feb. 20 and 21, 2015 at the home outside of St. Louis before being turned over to its new homeowners.

“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.

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 a Zehnder energy recovery ventilator (ERV) to ensure continuous ventilation.

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 Standard
•    DOE Zero Net Ready home
•    EPA Indoor AirPlus
•    WaterSense

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.

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, #1 Project of the Year For Single Family – Small Volume
•    DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing #1 Innovation Award Winner, Custom Category
•    EarthCraft House Platinum Level, #1 Home of the Year, 2013
•    First DOE Zero Energy Ready home in Georgia

“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, LLC, publisher of ProudGreenHome.com.

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 mechanical, electrical, lighting, and plumbing systems within the building to optimize performance and materials efficiencies. The design and materials mitigate water issues, and the home will deliver extraordinary energy efficiencies and a very high level of indoor air quality for the residents.”