Smart choices you can be proud of tomorrow



A custom home from Legacy GreenBuilders puts more green options within reach than you ever thought possible. GreenBuilders’ forward-looking construction science helps you sustain our environment while surpassing all expectations for cost, quality, comfort, and health:

  • Maximum energy efficiency
  • Safe air quality indoors
  • Reduced environmental impact
  • Smart features for changing families and aging in place
  • Unsurpassed attention to detail

Working together, we help you understand the benefits of green building science, and our creative design principles make it easier to choose quality sustainable materials throughout your home.

Slide Minimal disruption of the
natural environment
Site design and planning is the first stop in partnering with the environment. Wherever possible we will minimize disruption of native species, preserve open space, and make use of existing windbreaks surrounding your site.
Slide Building to maximize natural daylight and passive ventilation Natural daylight within your home is not only beautiful, it makes you feel better and can cut down on electric bills. Beginning with the design and site preparation, we consider the orientation of your home and the angle of the sun to determine ideal overhangs and well-placed windows to circulate fresh air throughout your home. We will even advise on placement of trees for shading and windbreaks. Slide Cutting-edge insulation practices. Our advanced insulating methods don’t just protect your utility bill – they keep out sound, moisture and wind. To us, “From the ground up” starts with foam on the exterior of framed wall and foam on the interior of concrete for basement walls, proceeds with extra insulation in garage walls and ceilings, an advanced sealing package with foam around all doors and windows, a sealing system for drywall top plates and much more. Then we perform a HERS blower test upon completion to insure everything is sealed and stays that way. Slide Efficient heating and cooling Highly efficient furnaces, AC and water heaters require more than reading labels – we design the entire building to insure you enjoy maximum comfort without the need to oversize on the appliances that draw the most energy. Slide Water-efficient fixtures –
without the pinch
Without The Pinch. On average, 60 percent of all indoor water use occurs in the bathroom. Your Iowa green home changes that in ways that won’t inconvenience you. With highly efficient toilets, faucets and showerheads. A typical household can save up to $200 annually in water and energy bills. Legacy subscribes to most of the EPA “Watersense” program guidelines.
Slide Low-VOC paints, adhesives and materials We insist on solvent free or low-VOC paints and materials (less than 50 grams/liter of volatile organic compounds). While paint dries quickly, other materials in traditional new construction can emit gasses and allergens into your home for years. We seek out the healthiest products possible, while stretching your construction budget to keep your finances healthy, too. Slide Formaldehyde-free products Did you know that formaldehyde is a suspected carcinogen? So why is it commonly found in carpet, cabinetry, insulation and other building products inside traditional living spaces? We help you explore healthier choices, like choosing green rated carpets or using hard surface floors instead. And our sources for formaldehyde-free cabinetry offer so many beautiful options you may have trouble choosing! Slide Sustainable wood products We encourage the option to utilize certified wood products, cut from sustainably-managed forests. Where possible we can also utilize used, re-purposed and re-graded wood products to limit the environmental impact of making your home in the world. Slide Landscaping with native and drought-tolerant plants We use native plants, naturally adapted to the environment. That means they require minimal care, less water and can provide valuable habitat for local birds and wildlife.

Smart choices you can be proud of building your Iowa green home has never been easier – and the results are breathtaking!

Smart choices you can be proud of building your Iowa green home has never been easier – and the results are breathtaking!

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