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Ladue AP Class Learns About Green Building at R.E.A. Homes

  
  
  
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Just last week, a class of Advanced Placement (AP) students from Ladue Horton-Watkins High School took a field trip to one of our under construction High Performance Luxury Homes to learn about energy efficiency and green building. There were several experts on hand to speak to the class about topics such as insulation, HVAC systems, solar power and general green building practices.

4 Ideas To Dress Up Your Home For Halloween

  
  
  
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October seems like a good time to take a break from our usual blog posts about High Performance Luxury Homes to share some fun and unique ideas for spooking your home up for the one holiday when everyone in your neighborhood (with kids at least) stops by for a visit. Well ok, they're only coming for the candy, but that doesn't mean your home can't look scary good and get a little attention of it's own in the process.

Ebook Exposes Where Most Air Leaks From Your Home

  
  
  
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Having a properly sealed home serves to significantly reduce energy costs used for heating and cooling.  When building a new High Performance Luxury Home, we have always believed in how important it is to make sure that the home's shell is properly sealed.  We subject every one of our homes to 3rd party testing and certification which are specifically designed to expose these air leaks in the shell and HVAC systems of the home, such as Blower Door and Duct Blaster Tests.  We sweat the details on the homes we build for our clients, and it shows in the results.

Recently Completed Home Scores Our Best Energy Efficiency Rating Yet

  
  
  
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We are excited to share that our recently completed home in Town & Country achieved a milestone in energy efficiency for R.E.A. Homes by scoring an impressive 16 on the HERS Indexmeaning that the house will consume 86% less energy than if it were built to the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (2009 IECC).

What Can You Do About Ameren Missouri's Rising Energy Costs?

  
  
  
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If there is one thing you can be sure of when it comes to home ownership, it’s that the cost of energy will continue to rise. As fuel prices increase, government regulations become more stringent and the infrastructure that carries the power deteriorates, energy providers will be forced to pass these cost down to its customers to maintain their ability to operate profitably.

Building Beyond the Code: Increasing Energy Efficiency & Reducing Utility Costs

  
  
  
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Building homes that use as little energy as possible is one of the primary goals of nearly every “green” home builder. To do this requires an in-depth understanding of building science, the knowledge to choose the right partners and materials, and a relentless attention to detail. Most green homebuilders have adopted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR program for homes as the basic guidelines for designing and constructing energy efficient homes. ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes are built to standards well above most other homes on the market today, delivering energy efficiency savings of up to 30 percent when compared to typical new homes.

R.E.A. Homes Outscores Nationally Recognized "High Performance Homes"

  
  
  
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A recent article in Professional Builder Magazine spotlighted the growing nationwide trend of building "High Performance Homes" that focus on being ultra energy efficient. These homes are created with the goal of minimizing the power they draw from "the grid", and sometimes can even be built so that they have excess energy that is stored or returned to the energy provider for credits.

Building Beyond the Code: Keeping the Water Out of Your Home

  
  
  
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Any homeowner living in St. Louis knows that water is one of your home's most formidable opponents. Your home is repeatedly being attacked by the elements and as season's change, this barrage of water can come in the form of rain, fog, sleet, snow, hail and even flooding. Mother nature will constantly challenge your home, looking for any opportunity to exploit its vulnerabilities and make its way into your roofing, windows, walls and foundation.

Building Beyond the Code: Creating a More Comfortable Home

  
  
  
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In the first post of our Building Beyond the Code series, we defined what it means to build a home "to code". We also explained our mission to build homes that go "Beyond the Code" and create a living experience for our homeowners that provides many distinct advantages over traditional construction.

One of these advantages comes in the form of comfort. Comfort is not something you see when you tour a home or look at pictures on the internet... comfort is something that is felt by the family living in a home day in and day out, month after month, year over year. I'm sure you have experienced in your current or previous home that the temperature and climate can vary greatly from room to room or in different areas of your home. For example, a small bedroom might be a different temperature than a larger living room, the lower level may be harder to keep warm in the winter, basements might feel more damp than the main floor or drafts may be present when you are in a certain spot on your couch.


Jeff Bogard Earns Master Certified Green Professional Designation

  
  
  
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On Friday, April 4th, Jeff Bogard, president of R.E.A. Homes, LLC, completed his final course and testing to earn the Master Certified Green Professional Designation. This first ever St. Louis Certified Green Professional Masters graduating class included a cross section of industry veterans from both the supplier/trade partner side, local utility companies, and builder/developer side. Jeff is one of only two St. Louis luxury custom builders to have earned this designation.

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