A simple trip to the grocery store will show you that people everywhere are talking about “going green.” The internet is full of blogs, articles and even tweets about making our homes more sustainable. All of this information is good, but it can be overwhelming! That’s why we are excited to be part of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis. This sustainable home is under construction now and will provide a hands-on learning experience for homeowners and building professionals about high performance homes.

ProudGreenHome.com has partnered with our friends at Hibbs Homes to build the five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot, Prairie-style home. The home is being specifically tailored to provide a healthy environment for the homeowners’ son who suffers from asthma and allergies. The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is going to feature several green building products including a GeoComfort geothermal system installed by Scott-Lee Heating. With these features, it is expected to meet several prominent green building standards.

In a partnership with the High Performance Buildings Research Center at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the Proud Green Home at St. Louis will be featured as part of the green building curriculum for students, including long-term energy and water usage monitoring. This is just one of the many ways the Proud Green Home of St. Louis is working to educate builders on low-impact housing.

Even though the home is still under construction, building professionals from the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) conference were able to walk through during a “Muddy Boots” tour this week. On September 25-26, Professionals were invited to stop in to see the systems behind the walls and between the studs, and to learn more about the energy efficient building materials and design process.

After the drywall goes up and construction is completed, there will be a ribbon-cutting event at the home. This open house event will be February 19-21, 2015. It will offer another opportunity for hands-on learning and inspiration, just wipe your boots off before walking through!