Company president and owner Andrew Homoly received an Environmental Emphasis in Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois, whose Civil Engineering program is consistently ranked #1 in the nation. Andy is one of a select few designated as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), and Master CGP (Certified Green Professional) through the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders). With these certifications, Andrew is on the cutting edge of High Performance Building techniques for Residential construction.
While early Green initiatives were costly, inefficiently designed, and generally generated low returns on investment, recent advances have made Green techniques much more affordable and effective. Green Building is now Better Building.
Homoly Design Build has built some of the most elaborate foundations in the Kansas City area. The foundation shown below is one of the largest residential foundations in the city. The entire structure is set on hundreds of auger pressure filled concrete piers cored into bedrock. It includes walls 32′ high, 24″ thick with footings more than 15′ wide. The basement has 5 separate levels and required more than 20 convoyed concrete trucks and two pumper trucks to pour. This foundation won the “Excellence in Concrete” award for all of Kansas City.
At Homoly Design Build, all of our new homes use floor and roof truss construction. This method is far superior to the traditional “stick built” construction used by the vast majority of home builders in the Kansas City area. Just some of the advantages include:
This step is probably the most important determining factor for long term foundation success. Water is the most destructive force facing a foundation. If the water table in the soil surrounding the foundation rises to near the ground surface, the horizontal force on the foundation wall is doubled. In the summer months, the ground can become so dry as to “pull away” from the foundation. This creates a force in the opposite direction. This constant back and forth action is one of the main reasons for foundation failure. At Homoly Design Build, we utilize a triple guard waterproofing system to protect the structural strength of the foundation wall as well as its initial purpose of keeping the basement dry. We use a waterproofing membrane, an exterior drainage system, and an interior drainage system (see drawing above for details). Note we use several times the normal amount of gravel to ensure our drainage systems work effectively.
Homoly Design Build has recently completed building two of the high performance homes in Kansas City: the Williams-York Residence and the Homoly Residence, pictured below. Both homes have achieved “net-zero” and at times supply electricity to the power grid. In contrast to the modern architecture of the Williams-York Residence, the Homoly Residence showcases a more traditional style. high performance building techniques have come a long way in providing options for all design-styles.