Belcher Homes St. Louis Green Builder
Matthew Belcher CGP
Belcher Homes
4863 Fox Creek Road
Wildwood MO 63069
(636) 227-4473
Green Home Builder 
The Timbers at Creekside  
Specialties: ICFs SIPs LEED Green
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About Belcher Homes
Belcher Homes is a green building and land development company headquartered in Kirkwood, Missouri. In fact, we are the leading green building company in the St. Louis area, utilizing sustainable products, procedures and development practices to build high-quality environmentally friendly homes. Our building techniques help protect the ecosystem and lower homeowner utility bills. We can also help homeowners with more advanced green options, such as geothermal heating and cooling systems, solar panels, and green roofs, to make their custom houses as green as they want them to be!

General Overview
Matt Belcher is an experienced and nationally-recognized consultant on the subject of green building. He has been actively involved in the St. Louis area residential construction industry for nearly three decades, including six years as a top building codes official in the St. Louis region. He founded Belcher Homes in 1993, specializing in building Sustainable “green” homes and light commercial construction and Low-Impact Development. He is committed to the “whole building” design approach, the philosophy that every decision should be made in the context of what else it may affect in the construction and ecosystem. Mr. Belcher serves on NAHBs Green Building and Energy sub-committees and the Board of Directors of The Green Building Initiative. Mr. Belcher was elected President of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri for 2007 after serving on its Building Codes committee for fourteen years, seven as Chairman. Mr. Belcher was instrumental in helping to organize the St. Louis HBA’s green building effort and has served as its chair for the past three years. Mr. Belcher has also lent his expertise to lobby for green building legislation, advising on managing legal risks associated with green building, assisting other HBA’s in developing green building programs, and promoting building practices shown to create homes that are safer, cleaner, more energy-efficient and better for the environment.

Professional Affiliations
-Member Board of Directors National Association of Homebuilders
-Member Board of Directors of the Green Building Initiative
-Member NAHB Green Building Sub-committee
-Member NAHB Energy Sub-Committee
-Chairman NAHB National Green Building Conferences 2006, 2007
-Member Construction Dispute Resolution Services National Panel of
Green Construction Specialists
-2007 President HBA of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri
-Chairman HBA of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri Green Building Council.
-Member US Green Building Council – St. Louis Chapter

Experience
-30 Years experience in the residential and commercial construction fields.
-15 years as President of Belcher Homes a residential and light commercial green building and development Firm.
-14 years as a member of the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern MO Codes Committee. (7 years as Chairman)
-Certified Level II Nuclear Quality Inspector (ANSI N45.2.6) including construction, start up testing, refueling and outage inspections.
-Building Official, St. Louis County Government. Certifications in commercial and residential structural, mechanical, elevator codes.
-Administered the revision and enforcement of Explosives and Blasting Ordinances including passing certification tests in explosives and rock mechanics.
-Administered the revision and enforcement of Amusement rides (fixed and portable) Passed certification tests for Amusement ride inspections.

Green Construction Expertise
Mr. Belcher has extensive knowledge about Green Building program development and Green construction. Mr. Belcher currently serves on NAHB’s Green Building and Energy Sub Committees and participates in the development, review and revision of the NAHB Green Building Guidelines. Mr. Belcher has built under the auspices of the NAHB Guidelines and USGBC’s LEED for Homes Pilot program. Mr. Belcher Has served as Chairman of the HBA of St. Louis and Eastern MO’s Green Building program since its inception. Currently as an in-demand speaker, Mr. Belcher travels around the country educating and advising other HBAs and professional organizations interested in developing Green Building Programs.

Community Service
Mr. Belcher is Immediate Past President of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Rockwood Schools Foundation (a 501 c.3 corporation) after serving for 3 years as President.
Mr. Belcher is Currently President of the Missouri Pony of the Americas Club, Inc. (a 501.c.3 Corporation) Which is a Breed dedicated to youth.

FAQs about Green Building

Q. Is Green Building more expensive than conventional construction?
A.
Utilizing the solar-path of the sun for passive heat gains in the winter and extended roof trusses for summertime shading, this technique significantly reduces energy costs.  Couple this procedure with a "tightly" built house, specialized windows, high density spray insulation, and duct-work installed within conditioned spaces, your new home will require a much smaller heating and cooling system: Saving you thouands of dollars upfront!

Some green building products like solar panels and transition windows (think "transitional sunglasses") do cost more, but can definitely reduce your utility load.  The practices Belcher Homes utilizes saves home owners hundreds of dollars each month on utility bills, therefore allowing you much more buying power in a house.  If your new Green Home costs $5,000 more than a typical home, your payback period is approximately 4 years if your home saves you approximately $100 a month in utility bills!!!  Yet when you obtain a mortgage for your energy-efficient home, you qualify for a much higher loan amount or a much smaller down payment!!(www.enterprisebank.com)  Ask for Ken Gumper.  

Q. Why is green building becoming more popular?
A.
Green building is one of the most significant trends in homebuilding. It is changing the way builders, manufacturers and homebuyers view homes and their effect on the environment.

The movement has gained momentum over the past decade, thanks to advances in technology, growing public awareness of environmental and safety issues and new national, state and local building codes.

There are 32,000 houses nationwide officially designated as being green, and many more incorporate various green building techniques. The average new house today is 100 percent more energy-efficient than one built 30 years ago.

Although they are inherently more resource efficient than their non-green counterparts are, today's green-built homes are visually indistinguishable from other homes.

Green building is new to the St. Louis area, but is strong in other areas, especially in the Northwest and Southeast.

Green Building Resources 

Coming this January, Matt Belcher's new book!

Energy and Air Quality subcommittee congressional Hearing titled; "Climate Benefits of Improved Building Energy Efficiency" Testimony from July 17th 2008.
Matt Belcher's testimony runs from 57:30 to 1:02:10. After the testimony, the committee members opened it up for questions. The entire hearing lasted 2 Hrs.

How to put together a green building program
The first is a narrative the Green Building Initiative commissioned based on our St. Louis program.

Why Builders Should Build Green
Interview with Matt Belcher - 2007 National Director, NAHB

News Update on St. Louis Construction News & Real Estate (CNR)
The Home Builders Association of Greater St. Louis and Eastern MO recently gave its first gold level "Green Home" verification to a home in metro St. Louis. The gold level home was built by Belcher Homes. Industry expert and St. Louis based green builder Matt Belcher, president of Belcher Homes, wanted to "lead by example" in constructing the home which is located in the Labarque Creek Watershed area of Northern Jefferson County. Belcher is 2007 HBA President and chairman of the HBA's Green Building Council. Belcher built the private residence in accordance with the HBA's Green Building Program.

Green Builder Magazines' 1st article about the 2007 Vision Community (pg 38)

2007 Vision House Community

www.greenbuildermag.com

a weblink from St. Louis Commerce Magazine about "green."

US Dept. of Energy: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy www.eere.energy.gov
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) works to strengthen the United States' energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality in public-private partnerships. It supports this goal through: - Enhancing energy efficiency and productivity;
- Bringing clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace; and
- Making a difference in the everyday lives of Americans by enhancing their energy choices and their quality of life.

International Society of Arboriculture isa-arbor.com
The International Society of Arboriculture is a worldwide professional organization dedicated to fostering a greater appreciation for trees and to promoting research, technology, and the professional practice of arboriculture.

Low Impact Development Center www.lowimpactdevelopment.org
The Low Impact Development Center was established to develop and provide information to individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting the environment and our water resources through proper site design techniques that replicate pre-existing hydrologic site conditions.

U.S. Green Building Council www.usgbc.org
The U.S. Green Building Council is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.

Green Builder Magazine www.greenbuildermag.com
Green Builder Media LLC focuses on the delivery of information and news about green building, responsible growth, and sustainability for the North American residential home building and remodeling markets.

Green Building Institute www.greenbuildinginstitute.org
Founded in 2005, the Green Building Institute (Institute) is a non-profit organization working to advance environmentally sustainable building practices through providing green building education in a relaxed, synergistic social setting.

Built Green www.builtgreen.org
The purpose of Built Green is to encourage homebuilders to use technologies, products and practices that will: * Provide greater energy efficiency and reduce pollution * Provide healthier indoor air * Reduce water usage * Preserve natural resources * Improve durability and reduce maintenance.