If you are interested in building a new Green home in the greater St. Louis area, there are three types of certified/verified Green home programs that follow a mandated set of rules and regulations:
- GBI (Green Building Initiative) The most common green-verified home in St. Louis – built in conjunction with the HBA (Home Builders Association) and verified by Laclede Gas.
- Energy Star The most widely known program with national name recognition; the second most common green home found in St. Louis. It must pass a Thermal Bypass Checklist and be inspected by a certified HERS (Home Energy Rating System)rater.
- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)Also a national program that follows rules set forth by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This is a more stringent program, and only a handful can be found in the St. Louis area. This program also requires inspection from a HERS rater and is more common in commercial applications.
At Frank Fischer/Design Aire, we are the leader in the residential green-building market, having installed over half of the HVAC systems for GBI verified homes in St. Louis, several EnergyStar homes, and one LEED Platinum home. We are the only full-service heating and air conditioning company in the Greater St. Louis area with a certified HERS rater on staff.