Energy Efficiency & Green Building

Builders' Circle Blog: The Sound of Green is Free

You have to love words that don't go together, words like "sound", "green" and "free". Placed in a sentence as in this title, they don't appear to make sense. The confusion is that you first have to know what the sound of green is to understand why it is free. If you are thinking "green" ... Read More

Green Home Building to Increase as Much as 38% by 2016

A new report produced by McGraw-Hill Construction and released during the National Green Building Conference and Expo in Nashville this week estimates that the green homes share of the construction market will rise 29% - 38% by 2016 after having accounted for about 17% of the market in 2011. The "SmartMarket Report - New and ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: Can You Hear Me Now?

Remember those old “tin can” phones connected with a string that we all played with as kids? “Can you hear me now” was always the question and the answer was seldom related to that question. Communication was mostly noise, and we all pretended that we understood. It’s a lot like “green” conversations that we hear ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: 30.78 Acres of Trees

It is not too often that I get to brag about the building industry that I work in, but bragging proof came in the mail yesterday.   ENERGY STAR notified me that I had rated 38 houses that were certified as ENERGY STAR Qualified in 2011.  I knew this, but they added some information I did ... Read More

KY3: Does Your Contractor Carry Workers Comp Insurance? You Need to Know!

On Wednesday, March 28, Contact KY3's Jay Scherder highlighted the need for consumers to do their homework when hiring a contractor. In Missouri, construction businesses are generally required to carry workers compensation insurance for the protection of employees, businesses, and consumers.  Active and current workers compensation insurance is a requirement for membership in the Home Builders ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: HVAC - the Vast Unknown

We all love to untangle a mystery, and building “green” can be a mystery. But things are changing. In the last ten years Building Science and applications in the field have come together so that the buying public knows many of the right questions to ask. They know about Blower Door tests, HERS ratings, R-values, ... Read More

Builders Circle Blog: Thirty-Nine and Still Counting!

Jack Bennie, the famous comic from years ago, always claimed to be 39 years old. Year after year he remained 39. I like the idea of not aging, but some things need to grow in number. We just received the official certification for the HBA-led Habitat for Humanity house in Builders' Circle Subdivision from the ... Read More

Builders Circle Blog: Football, Golf and HERS Ratings

The HERS energy rating on a house is more like golf than football. Football is loud, rough, and high score wins. Golf is quiet, skillful, and low score wins, with the typical championship golf courses having par values of 72. The official HERS rating for the HBA's Habitat house is in…and the final ENERGY STAR ... Read More

Protect Your Home Investment: Designations Make A Difference!

Quality workmanship, knowledge and experience matter, especially when you will be investing a significant amount of money with a home builder or remodeler as you build a new home or update your current one to fit your lifestyle. Choosing a building professional with a designation can help ensure you are hiring a builder or remodeler who ... Read More

HBA Home Show Opens Friday: See it ALL in One Place!

The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield will open the doors to its annual Home Show in just one week, promising a big helping of what’s new, along with the tried and true favorites. The 2012 HBA Home Show has everything to inspire your next home improvement or building project - all under one roof. Attendees ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: How Low Can You Go?

Low is not always something we like to think about. To lower your driving speed when you are late for a doctor's appointment, to get there just in time so he can tell you to lower your cholesterol and lower your weight, tends to give us a low, negative feeling. The doctor's advice continues to ... Read More

Builders' Circle Blog: Green Comes in Many Colors

I don’t know whose idea it was or why Mom thought it was cool, but she did. This idea could be classed in the same league as “bell bottoms”, and likewise, never improved with time. Oh yes, it was green, but not the “green” we refer to today. This green was only skin deep, and ... Read More