Benefits of Net Zero & Green Homes in 2017

By Kim Hibbs, Certified Green Home Builder To be green, or not to be. That is one question among the many you will have to answer when building your custom home. But what does it really mean to build or live in a green home? The most obvious answer would be a sustainable home that […]

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The Importance of Being Insulated (Properly)

By Kim Hibbs, Hibbs Homes When building a high-performance energy efficient home like the Proud Green Home St. Louis, which we completed last year, one of the most important decisions our team had to make was the insulation package. This is one of the most important decisions any building will make in any home construction […]

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Climate change & sustainability forum at White House

By Kim Hibbs, Hibbs Homes This week, I was honored to participate in a briefing with the White House Administration on climate change and sustainability. As a leader in energy efficient high-performance home building, I was invited to share how climate change is affecting real estate and housing, and to share my thoughts on how […]

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Three Years Later: Life in Active House USA in Webster Groves

On the eve of Earth Day, the owners of one of North America’s most energy efficient homes share their experience living in this unique home. Three years ago, hundreds of people lined up to view a one of a kind home built in Webster Groves. The home, built by Hibbs Homes and designed by Jeff […]

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Thermal Imaging Helps You Save Money

By: Kim Hibbs Thermal imaging (infrared) cameras are helping homeowners make their homes more energy efficient and save on their utility bills. In this video, Buddy Fisher from Goley Insulation in the St. Louis area discusses the process of an energy audit, which includes infrared scanning. Special cameras are used to detect cold spots and […]

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The Ultimate New Start: Build New

When you are ready for a fresh start, what better way to do so than building a new home? Building new allows you to build your dream home and also save money while doing so. As green home builders, we help our clients save money and build homes that are built to last. There are […]

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The Benefits of Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal technology is growing in popularity, and more homes in St Louis are being built with these systems or having their homes renovated to include the technology. If your home’s lot is suitable for it, Geothermal is a great technology that taps into the earth’s near constant temperatures underground to heat and cool the home. […]

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Five Home Renovation Projects with the Best Returns

Each year Remodeling, publishes their Annual Cost v.s Value report that looks at the most common upscale and mid-range home improvements, and outlines which home construction projects get the most return on your remodeling investment. The data takes a broad view of the national averages, but also drills down to the cost versus resale value of […]

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Are vampire products sucking your home’s energy?

Even the most energy efficient home is likely wasting energy every minute of every day. Why? Many of us have a massive amount of small appliances and devices that are called “vampire” products because they never turn completely off. That clever term is used because they suck power the entire time they are plugged in, and […]

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How Google’s Nest Buy Could Help Improve Green Home Building

There is little lately that tech giant Google doesn’t have their hands in, and with their acquisition of smart home technology Nest, they are stepping further into the energy domain. Nest, an innovative digital thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring system, relies on homeowner activity and data to monitor in-home energy use and in-home temperatures. Google is […]

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How We Build: Custom Homes St Louis

Building your own home is an exciting undertaking that allows you to truly build the home of your dreams. Custom home building throws some pretty unique challenges our way, but we love the work and we excel at helping our clients design their homes. We have mastered the science of high-performance building and we are […]

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High Performance Homes Focus on Water Conservation

While you may not associate water use with energy, it takes a lot of energy to pump, treat, store and heat water for residential use. Showers consume the largest percentage of heated water in a home – almost more than laundry and dishwashing combined now that washing machines and dishwashers are becoming extremely efficient. Using […]

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The Top Energy Efficient Upgrades You Can Make To Your Home

Saving money is a top priority for many homeowners. And as more people learn about the money savings benefits of high-performance and energy efficient homes and upgrades, the demand for these improvements is growing. If you are among the growing number of homeowners who are planning to make major energy efficient upgrades to your existing […]

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Is Your Home Energy Efficient? Here’s How You Can Find Out

As the price of energy continues it’s perpetual climb, the only way you can really combat the rising costs is by decreasing your usage. Many St Louis families are trading in their gas guzzling vehicles for better fuel efficiency, and an increasing number of our clients are paying closer attention to the energy efficiency of […]

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