Energy Efficiency & Green Building

Improving Your Home's Energy Efficiency with Technology

More and more, home buyers are looking for ways to incorporate home technologies that increase the long-term value of their house but also provide convenience, safety and comfort. These days, energy management tops the list of desired features in new homes, according to a recent survey by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).   ... Read More

Missouri Governor Signs Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Bill

Missouri Only the Fourth State to Enact Environmentally-Friendly Tax Holiday Legislation Also Contains Tax Credits for Energy Audits and Related Home Improvements Gov. Matt Blunt today enacted the state’s new Show-Me Green Tax Holiday for Energy-Star appliances making Missouri only the fourth state in the country to enact this environmentally-friendly tax holiday. The governor called ... Read More


June 25, 2008 - As they grapple with skyrocketing energy costs, more homeowners are turning to remodelers for money-saving solutions. According to the results of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) quarterly Remodeling Market Index (RMI), 33 percent of surveyed remodelers report that they are increasingly called on to improve the energy efficiency of their ... Read More

Zoning: What's The Point? (June Housing News Column)

By: Matt Morrow, HBA Executive Officer Don’t let that headline fool you. Zoning has a specific and needed purpose within growing communities. Increasingly, the challenge is that few agree on just what that purpose should be. Recent encounters have brought this point into clear focus. Springfield City Council recently had the opportunity to apply its ... Read More

Focus on Green TV Promo Released

KY3, the HBA of Greater Springfield, and City Utilities have partnered to launch "Focus on Green," a new public education campaign highlighting green building techniques and practices. Two new 30-second television ads were launched recently to kick off the new program (see them by clicking HERE). Now, KY3 has produced a new 30-second promo for ... Read More

Keep Bonus Rooms Comfy

In today's new homes (and many remodeled ones) homeowners are trying to take more advantage of available space than ever before. One trend that has become prevalent is to use the space above a garage for a "bonus room" of sorts. This space, which in the past has typically been used only for attic storage, ... Read More

New HBA TV Spots Launch "Focus on Green"

SPRINGFIELD, MO --Today the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield announced it is partnering with City Utilities of Springfield and KY3 to launch a large scale new local public education program designed to promote and define green building practices in the Ozarks. The new partnership, titled “Focus on Green,” is based on the model of ... Read More