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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3 Things to Know About Green Home Renovations

More St Louis homeowners are embracing the benefits of building green homes as news of higher resale values, lower cost of living, and increased durability has made it’s way to the middle of the country. What was once considered a specialty market, energy efficient building continues to become the standard for home building throughout the country. […]

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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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Let the sun shine in: tips for maximizing daylight

Letting natural sunlight into your home has a whole host of benefits, both for your health and for your energy bills. Sunlight exposure is essential for good health; as it provides us with much-needed Vitamin D, which promotes wakefulness, better moods, a stronger immune system, and much more. Lack of sunlight exposure can lead to […]

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Test Your Green Home Building IQ

By Melody Meiners Hibbs Homes has been a local, St. Louis home builder for well over a decade. Many of the past years have been focused on green home building. Since we started back in 2004, there has been a lot of change in the green building industry and the perception of green building has shifted […]

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High Performance Homes: Better Homes Through Better Walls

By Kim Hibbs Green home construction reimagines the entire home building process from the studs out. There are many problems with conventional framing that prevent a home from performing at its peak efficiency. In conventional framing, a traditional 2×4 stud is used which gives little to no room for insulation, and there are several points of thermal exchange between the […]

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Stranded Bamboo Flooring Adds Modern Look & Durability

The energy efficient renovation project we completed in Olivette, MO includes a lot of high performance features in home design and materials. From Geothermal heating to Energy STAR fixtures, many of the pieces of the remodel will be focused on greater energy efficiency for the homeowners. Another large component of this remodel includes the eco-friendly […]

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Why Build Green?

While Tom Schultz of Laclede Gas in St. Louis was out at one of our projects, we caught up with him to ask a few questions about the benefits of buying green or choosing to build green. Tom works closely with the Home Builder’s Association (HBA) of St. Louis and the Green Building Initiative (GBI) […]

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Should I Use Pex Plumbing or Copper Plumbing?

Depending on what your builder’s specialty is, you will get a different opinion when trying to decide between PEX or copper plumbing. Many of our colleagues who, like us, are building green and high performance homes are increasingly going the way of PEX, while some conventional builders may still prefer copper. PEX is a plumbing system […]

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Radiant roof sheathing: An effective affordable green home improvement

By Kim Hibbs Shhhh! It’s one of the best kept secrets to helping homeowners live more comfortably and save money on their utility bills – radiant roof sheathing. But let’s not keep quiet about it any more! Radiant Reflection Radiant roof sheathing, or OSB, is plywood with a thin layer of aluminum on one side to help reflect […]

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Incentives Or Mandates? The Green Building Debate In Missouri

By Kim Hibbs It was early when the alarm clock awoke – 5am. The weather was cool and rainy – a perfect day to stay in bed. But we had a mission that day, so time couldn’t wait. The mission – Educate Missouri Legislators about the benefits of Green. It was a collaborative effort between […]

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Muddy Boots Tour Announced for Proud Green Home St Louis

If you’ve been reading about the art and science behind the building of Proud Green Home St. Louis and found yourself thinking, “Man, that would be neat to see in person,” mark September 25 and 26 on your calendar. Before the drywall goes up, concealing these high performance home’s systems from the naked eye, Hibbs Homes, […]

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Building a Better Thermal Envelope

Green Construction Experts Hibbs Homes share how they’re making Proud Green Home St. Louis even more energy efficient. Just like the computer you are reading this on, the technology that keeps your home humming is always evolving. With the introduction of design innovations and due to basic wear and tear, a home’s HVAC system is a system component that most homeowners will upgrade after […]

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Is green important to home buyers? Survey says: Yes!

An energy efficient home is an important investment, and for some of our clients it is the biggest investment their family will make. When we discuss our high performance homes, we keep our main focus on the cost savings benefits because energy efficient homes are unique in that there is a return on investment. However, […]

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