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Your home is your most prized possession, and you want to depend on it to keep your family
Better Building Institute's mission is to help you achieve that goal. Whether you feel that your home is drafty or energy-inefficient, or are concerned about its safety, or are thinking about building a zero-energy/zero-carbon and indestructible new home, BBI has the time and expertise to help. And as a non-profit educational organization, we can offer this help at minimal cost to you, as well as training and encouragement to do-it-yourself wherever practical.
As a homeowner, you know that the price of coal, oil or gas-generated energy keeps rising while reliability and safety decline. This is due to market fluctuations, resource availability, and the dangers involved in the use, transport and storage of such flammable and explosive commodities. For the past two centuries, the fossil fuel industry has used our addiction to these fuels to hold us hostage while causing dangerous pollution, spills, fires and explosions, and those disasters are becoming more common every year. Even if you're not as convinced as we are that they also are the biggest cause of climate change, you have to agree that we'd be better off without them. And as the market continues to destabilize, we will be forced to give them up sooner or later.
Remember, the cheapest, safest and cleanest energy is the kind you'll never use! By increasing your homes' energy efficiency (EE), you can reduce your need to create it, whether by burning fossil fuels or buying solar panels. And your energy savings will actually increase as utilities raise their prices in the years to come, quickly paying for the efficiency upgrades (weatherization (WX)) or solar panels (renewable energy (RE)) in which you invest. And by combining EE, WX and RE, you could even end up with a zero-energy home where all the energy you use is free, once the upgrades have been paid for by your energy savings. The whole process begins with an Energy Audit to check for gas and air leaks so they can be fixed.
On the flip side of the coin, if you're planning to build a new home, BBI can show you how to expand on these technologies to not only build a zero-energy home, but make it practically indestructible as well. We call this type of house a "SuperHome" because it can be immune to almost any kind of extreme weather, fire, floods, earthquakes, mold, and even termites! And done right, a SuperHome doesn't have to cost any more than a normally-built house of the same size.
Visit us in the MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN's Home Performance with Energy Star booth at local home shows.
The Better Building Institute is Certified by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) as an Energy Auditor and Consultant, and by the State of Illinois as an Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) Contractors' Instructor.