Green Home Profiles

EarthWays Center presents
Green Homes Profiles – 2016

Super energy-efficiency headlines these reports from a professional St. Louis rehabber and two homeowners. All are deeply invested in renovating, innovating and living Green. From historic to suburban neighborhoods, each home looks like its conventional neighbors—and handsomely! Within their walls, however, the innovations in these homes have transformed both structural and operational elements, with utility bills documenting that sustainable choices work. The owners share both experience and perspective from their projects. Can these stories spark Green into your home improvement plans?

Gerard house before and after remodel
Before (left) and after (right)

Earth Home Above Ground
Mike and Joan Gerard

This historic single-family home, built in 1894, was partially collapsed when the Gerards bought it in 1983 for $9,000. Today, with super-insulation and both solar-thermal and solar-electric power, the home is comfortable year-round with no furnace or water heater and an AC system 1/6 the size of those in neighboring houses. Spectacular views of the Gateway Arch from two roof decks are just some of many rewards for the owners’ resourceful hard work on this home. Read more

Before (top) and after (bottom)

Sustainable Rehab of Historic Properties
Patty Maher, Tiger Lily Development LLC

These century-old City of St. Louis homes are gut-rehabbed to both ENERGY STAR and historical standards. Through Patty Maher’s top-quality, job-generating structural work, they can last another century. They’ll consume half the energy of homes of this size and vintage, as they help to re-energize their historic neighborhood. Read more

Rooftop solar
License plate
Solar powers both house and car at the O’Rourke home

Net-Zero Energy Home
Steve and Maria O’Rourke

On a winding street in a typical 1960s suburban St. Louis subdivision, this single-family ranch-style home has had a super-efficiency overhaul of its energy systems, including installation of solar power. The owner’s experience as VP of a solar energy company facilitated project planning, smart use of energy incentives, and converting to driving an electric car that “runs on sunshine.” Read more