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Building All Shades of Green Homes

As a future custom homeowner, you’re looking for the best: a green home that is energy efficient, healthy, sustainable and built with quality materials.

With our experienced and practical approach to green home building, the Stockell Team is committed to creating the best home for you and the environment – on budget and on time!

Customize Your Own Level of Green Home

Like the other aspects of your dream home, the level of green is completely in your hands. We’ll help you determine that green home level based on your preferences, goals, budget and timeframe.

The Stockell Team has the experience and credentials necessary to incorporate any shade of green into your custom home. From basic energy and water-saving strategies up to green building certified: National Green Building Standard (ANSI) or LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).

View the examples in our custom homes gallery.

Benefits of High Performance, Energy-Efficient Building

You’ll find that “going green” is more affordable today than even a few years ago. This is thanks to advancements in energy-efficient building technology and techniques. Because green home materials and products are more standard, they’re also less expensive and easier to obtain.

Depending on your “shade” of green home, you can benefit from:

  • Increased energy and water efficiency
  • Lower utility bills and other utility company incentives
  • Healthier indoor air quality
  • Tax rebates
  • Lower interest rates on “green” home mortgages
  • Higher resale value
  • Less maintenance and longer lasting homes due to higher quality building materials and processes

Want to know more?

Check out: “7 Advantages of Building Green Homes.

 

Going for the Green Since 1986

You can trust our team to make your level of green a reality.

Stockell Custom Homes was one of the first builders in St. Louis to incorporate green home technology and methods into residential construction.

We created our first energy-efficient green home in 1986, and our owner Don Stockell holds the following green home certifications:

  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Building Analyst Professional (Building Performance Institute)
  • Certified Green Professional and Approved Verifier (National Association of Home Builders)

What does “Certified Green” Mean?

green-buildingBuilding a new green home is easier than ever. “Building green” simply means putting together a home with minimal environmental impact and energy-saving features.

Here’s a look at three organizations that certify green homes:

NAHB

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) launched its National Green Building Program in 2008. The program is an education, verification and certification initiative for builders located anywhere in the U.S.

A scoring tool at www.nahbgreen.org takes homebuilders through several green categories: water, energy and resource efficiency; lot and site development; indoor environmental quality; global impact and homeowner education. Points are awarded for each category. To get NAHB certified, a builder needs to get a good score on the test and pass a home inspection.

The Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.

Energy Star

Energy Star is a joint program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy since 1992. The Energy Star logo is available to energy-efficient products and practices for labeling.

To be Energy Star certified, a home must meet strict guidelines set by the EPA. Homes are inspected to see if they have good insulation, high performance windows, tight construction and ducts (no drafts), energy efficient cooling and heating systems and Energy Star appliances, lighting and water heaters. Independent third parties conduct the inspections.

LEED

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and it is a rating system created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 1998.

The LEED rating system focuses on six main areas:

  • sustainable sites
  • water efficiency
  • energy and atmosphere
  • materials and resources
  • indoor environmental quality
  • innovation
  • design process

The purpose of LEED is to create consistent standards regarding the construction of green buildings across the country. Certification is handled by LEED For Home Providers—local organizations chosen by the USGBC to provide third-party verification.

Homebuilders interested in certification must sign up with the LEED For Home Providers group in their area. LEED will provide these builders information on environmentally sound building practices. Once a home is completed, it is inspected and if it meets LEED standards, it can be marketed and sold as LEED-approved – still a distinguishing characteristic when listing a resale property.

If you’re building a home or remodeling an existing one, Stockell Custom Homes can help you learn about green and energy efficient upgrades. We can also help you get your home green certified by one of these organizations – it can have a positive impact on the return you get on your home investment.

 

 

 

7 Advantages of Building Green

Some of the biggest advantages of building green add to your quality of life with a more comfortable, healthy home.

1. Improve the indoor air quality and comfort of your home

  • The indoor air quality, including humidity control, is a key focus of green homes
  • Green homes limit chemicals that can affect allergies and respiratory ailments.
  • Steps are taken to control and filter air contaminants during and after construction. All green homes contain passive radon mitigation systems.
  • Advanced air-sealing techniques help eliminate drafts and cold spots to maintain even temperatures in your home.

2.  Reduce energy costs

  • Compared with standard homes, Energy Star-qualified homes deliver $200 to $400 in annual savings.
  • High-performance Energy Star windows are more efficient and help maintain a constant internal temperature.
  • Advanced insulation techniques and materials save energy and help reduce heating and cooling bills, which account for at least half of energy use in the home.

3. Protect water reserves

  • Implementing water conservation measures can reduce usage by 30%.  The average indoor daily water use in today’s homes is slightly over 64 gallons and green homes can lower usage to fewer than 45 gallons.
  • Green homes can have a significant positive impact in areas affected by drought conditions.

4. Reduce time and costs related to maintenance

  • Many green materials outlast their conventional counterparts.
  • Vinyl siding on exterior walls saves money on installation and maintenance.
  • Fiber cement siding is termite- and water-resistant and comes with a 50-year warranty.

5. Have a global impact

  • By selecting paints that contain relatively low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), green homes help reduce ground-level ozone pollution.
  • The benefits of a green home extend far beyond you and your family. Every year, an Energy Star house eliminates 4,500 pounds of greenhouse gases that a conventional house contributes to the atmosphere.
  • By using local materials, green home builders reduce transportation costs, use less fossil fuels and promote cleaner air. It also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Green home building reduces job-site home construction waste by at least two-thirds, reducing the burden on landfill space.

6. Help clean the air and reduce landscaping costs

  • Green homes preserve trees that grow on the property. Tree preservation reduces landscaping and future energy costs and helps provide winter windbreaks or summer shade. One tree can filter 60 lbs. of pollutants from the air each year.
  • During construction of a green home, topsoil is removed, stockpiled and then reapplied to the site. Soil amendments and compost can be added to promote healthier lawns and reduce watering requirements
  • Proper planning and engineering of a site minimizes the environmental impact of the house during and after construction.

7.  Qualify for an Energy Efficient Mortgage (EEM)

  • Energy Efficient Mortgages provide the borrower with special benefits when purchasing a home that is energy efficient or can be made efficient through the installation of energy-saving improvements.
  • EEMs enable you to stretch debt-to-income qualifying ratios on loans for energy-efficient homes and qualify for a larger loan amount to build a better, more energy-efficient home.