Green Homes

Benchmark Homes strives to offer a first class home for a great price. We believe that offering a Green built or “Smart” home alternative is another way to improve the quality and value of your home. Building Green is about best practices; the use of healthier and more efficient planning and construction from start to finish. In addition to the overall environmental benefits, there are many other great reasons to build a green home, including energy savings, a healthier and more comfortable living environment for your family, enhanced durability and reduced maintenance.

Benchmark Homes Certified Green Horse Barn and Arena, Ladue, 2011

Certified Green Horse Barn and Arena, Ladue, 2011

For more details about the green facility pictured above, see our Case Histories page.

Green Gallery

Certified Green Home-Silver Level 2008, Kirkwood Missouri

Certified Green Home-Silver Level 2008, Kirkwood Missouri

Certified Green – Silver Level Kirkwood, Missouri 2009

Certified Green – Silver Level
Kirkwood, Missouri 2009

Benchmark Home, Certified Green - Gold Level, Webster Groves, Missouri 2009

Certified Green – Gold Level
Webster Groves, Missouri 2009

Certified Green – Silver Level West St. Louis County, Missouri 2008

Certified Green – Silver Level
West St. Louis County, Missouri 2008

Home Builders' Association Green Building Council
Our Green certified homes are HBA Green Council verified.

We are certified to offer:

STANDARD SMART/GREEN CONSTRUCTION FEATURES

  • 90% Efficient Direct Vent Furnace
  • Sealed Ductwork Joints and Seams for enhanced HVAC performance
  • Energy Star Rated Windows (Low E)
  • Energy Star Rated Dishwashers
  • Energy Star Rated Ceiling Fans
  • Durastrand Engineered Subfloor
  • Thermastrand Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing
  • Green Guard Guardian Insulation throughout with R-40 in the Ceiling
  • Caulk and Seal Package
  • Green Guard House Wrap
  • Direct Vent Sealed Gas Fireplace
  • Low VOC Paints and Caulks
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • Mask HVAC openings during construction
Green Building Practices: Caulk and Seal

Caulk and Seal

Green Practices: Wrapped Windows

Wrapped Windows

Green Building Practices: Covered Vents

Mask HVAC Openings

Green Building Practices: Sealed Ductwork Seam

Sealed ductwork seam keeps heat or air from escaping.

ADDITIONAL SMART/GREEN FEATURES TO CONSIDER:

  • 18” or Larger Soffit for Passive Cooling
  • Raised Roof Truss Heel to enhance Attic Performance
  • Pre-manufactured TJI Floor Joist
  • Humidifiers and MERV (10-16) Filters
  • Sustainable Hardiboard Siding
  • Energy Star Rated Bath Exhaust Fans
  • Manifold Plumbing System (Pex)
  • 2×6 Wall Construction allowing for R-19 Fiberglass Insulation
  • High Efficiency Water Heaters
  • < .30 U-Value .30 SHGC Windows
  • Energy Star Rated Refrigerators and Washer and Dryers
  • Greater than 13 SEER A/C
  • Greater than 90% Efficient Furnace

HIGH PERFORMANCE/EFFICIENCY

  • Geothermal Ground Source Heat Pump
  • Rigid Insulation ( Soy , Airkrete)
  • Solar Photovoltaic Systems
  • Tankless Hot Water Heaters
  • Occupancy and Smart House Sensors for Lighting & HVAC
  • Water Efficient Plumbing Fixtures: including power assist and dual flush toilets
  • Innovative wastewater technology & rainwater collection systems
  • Humidistats and Air Cleaners
  • Wind Energy Systems
  • Energy Star Metal Reflective Asphalt Shingles
  • Fuel Cell & MicroTurbine Systems

You can also visit HGTVpro.com to learn more about
Best Practices in Green Building.

For more information about our green homes please call Colette Brasier at our office, 314-909-7593, or you may send your questions in the form on our Contact page. →