Joe Thomas of Elemental Green Homes saw an opportunity during a Greenprints conference six years ago. Hearing a presentation on market trend research, Joe became convinced that the younger generation valued green building more than their parents. He knew that as that generation matured financially, there would be a market for environmentally conscious first-time home buyers. Joe’s business focuses on that market opportunity through the EarthCraft Renovation certification program.
His newest project is a great example of sustainable design and renovation focused on meeting the market for emerging home buyers. With longtime EarthCraft Technical Advisor Carl Seville of SK Collaborative, Elemental Green Homes completed a total renovation of a Kirkwood home, re-working both the exterior and interior. During exterior construction, Joe discovered a need for asbestos abatement work and replaced the exterior sheathing of the home with Huber’s ZIP System® technology, an EarthCraft Sponsor. The home features a permeable paved driveway and exterior rain barrels for rainwater collection.