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Certifications & Acknowledgments

April 16, 2010

Soon after the third-party performance testing was performed, all the required forms were submitted to the various agencies to review and approve our applications for certifications.  


Sponsored by the US Department of Energy, Builder’s Challenge recognizes exceptional attention to quality and energy performance. The program uses the EnergySmart Home scale to rate efficiency. To meet the challenge, a home must achieve a rating of 70 or lower, representing an improvement of 30% over a typical home. This home met the challenge on March 1st, 2010 with a rating of 55.  


The NAHB Green Building Program was initiated in 2005 by the National Association of Home Builders. The NAHB Green Building program is similar to LEED, but only applicable to residential construction. Green Building Program houses are awarded points within specific categories and can receive a rating of Bronze, Silver, Gold or Emerald. On March 24, 2010 this home was awarded a Gold rating from NAHB.  


The LEED for Homes® rating system is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED projects are awarded points within specific categories and can receive a rating of Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. We are proud to report that on April 6th, 2010 this home was awarded Gold certification.  It is the first home to achieve LEED certification in Wichita, Kansas.   


ENERGY STAR® was developed in 1992 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Its mission is to promote clean and efficient energy technologies, enabling consumers to save money while protecting the environment. This home received the ENERGY STAR on April 8th, 2010.On Friday, April 9th, Teresa Burk, from the Wichita Committee of the USGBC Central Plains Chapter presented Adam Bauer with the LEED for Homes – Gold certificate. 

Teresa Burk and Adam Bauer.

We want to acknowledge everyone that helped Bauer & Son Construction achieve these awards. The following are sub-contractors and suppliers participated in the construction of this home.

Fremar Corporation L.L.C. 
Nies Foundations 
Lafarge North America, Kansas Office 
Contractors Waterproofing Systems 
Kelly Smith Construction 
Andale Lumber Company 
Pro Build 
Lowe’s of E. Wichita 
Wheeler Lumber, LLC 
Shawn Nelson Framing 
Douglas Fry Roofing 
J.F. Miller Masonry 
North Star Comfort Services 
Overhead Door Company 
Cheney Door Co., Inc 
B & B Drywall 
Garcia’s Painting 
The Countertop Place 
Quality Granite & Marble 
Designers Expo LLC 
Bob Smith Tile Company 
Bell Mirror & Glass Inc. 
Cranmer Grass Farm, Inc. 
Hogan Sprinkler Installation, Inc. 
Hojoca Corporation 
Fahnesctock Plumbing, HVAC & Electric 

Our third-party verifiers were Guaranteed Watt Saver Systems, Inc., and Fahnesctock Plumbing, HVAC & Electric 

We also want to acknowlege all the Bauer & Son Construction employees that participated in the construction including Drew Wyss – Project Supervisor, Michael Hansen, Ed Miller and Richard Ashford. 

Finally, we want to give special acknowlegment to Adam Bauer for his vision and determination to undertake this project, Greg Bauer for his support and expertise, Laura Heagler for her dilligence and persistance and Steve Houser for his expertise.

Bathroom Fixtures

April 14, 2010

Water efficent toilets, faucets and shower heads qualify for points in LEED® for Homes and the NAHB Green Building Program. The toilets in all three bathrooms are rated at 1.28 gpf (galions per flush). The faucets in all three bathrooms are rated at 1.5 gpm (gallons per minute) and the shower heads are all rated at 1.7 gpm.  

The toilet and the lavatory installed in Bath 2.

The toilets selected for all the bath rooms are Wellworth® by Kohler. The pedestal lavatory selected for Bath 2 is a Devonshire® by Kohler and the faucet is a Pepetua by Luxart.  

The shower valve and shower head installed in the Bath 2 shower.

The shower valve and shower head selected are Perpetua by Luxart.  

The toilet installed in the Master Bath.

The bathtub valve and spout installed in the Master Bath.

Faucets installed on the lavatories in the Master Bath.

Shower valve and shower head installed in the Master Bath shower.

The toilet and shower valve installed in the basement bath.


April 1, 2010

Installation of an ENERGY STAR® refrigerator, dishwasher and washing machine qualified for 11 points in the NAHB Green Building Program. In the LEED® for HOMES program, ENERGY STAR appliances were used to increase the HERS rating, only 1 ½ points were directly attained in category of Energy & Atmosphere EA9.2 Exemplary Performance for a water-efficient clothes washer.

SAMSUNG ENERGRY STAR Refrigerator installed on the South wall of the Kitchen

Whirlpool Microwave Hood Combination unit installed on the South wall of the Kitchen.

Whirlpool ENERGRY STAR Dishwasher installed on the North wall of the Kitchen.

Whirlpool Electric Range installed on the South wall of the Kitchen.

SAMSUNG ENERGY STAR clothes washer installed on the South wall of the Laundry room.

Parade of Homes

March 25, 2010

While we participated in the Home Show, we decided to also participate in the Wichita Area Home Builders Association Spring Parade of Homes.



This years Parade of Homes is scheduled for April 10&11, 17&18, 24&25, with hours from Noon to 6:00 p.m. There will be 182 homes in price ranges from $100,000 to over 1.4 million and are located in Wichita and surrounding areas. Our home is listed as entry 41 in the Parade of Homes Magazine that can be viewed and downloaded from the Wichita Area Builders Association web site at

By the opening day of the parade, we expect to have verification that we have in fact received LEED® for Homes – Gold certification, NAHB National Green Building Program – Gold certification, the ENERGY STAR® rating and the U.S. Department Of Energy’s – Builder’s Challenge award. 

No Indoor airPLUS

March 25, 2010

As the end of the construction process approaches, we began to look over each program we are attempting to qualify for. This process involved a detailed review of each program’s checklist and re-reading of the detailed explanations that accompany them. 

Each program has differing requirements for qualifying. LEED® for Homes has pre-requisites for various categories that must be achieved before any points can be attained in that category. The NAHB Green Building Program has a minimum number of points that are required to achieve a rating in each category and all categories must have the same rating to achieve that overall level of rating or certification. The ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS programs require that each item on their checklist be achieved in order to receive the rating, The Builder’s Challenge program is the least restrictive and has many items that are recommended as best practices but have exceptions based on local practices.  

Prior to starting construction on the house, each program checklist was used to develop specifications for each phase of the process. If an item on a checklist was unclear, we referred to the detailed explanation for clarification. Our initial reading of “Bituminous membrane installed at valleys & penetrations” which is item 1.9 in the Water-Managed Roof Assemblies on the Indoor airPLUS checklist, seemed to be satisfied by our standard practice of totally covering the entire roof of the house with UL 15# asphalt saturated felt and then installing metal flashings in the valleys. While conducting our review of this item, the term “self-sealing” was included in the detailed description. We considered reworking the roofing to comply, but decided not to because of cost and weather conditions. 

While we are still on track to quality for LEED for Homes – Gold certification, NAHB Green Building Program – Gold certification, ENERGY STAR, and the U.S. Department Of Energy’s – Builder’s Challenge programs, we regret the loss of not qualifying for the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s – Indoor airPLUS rating.

Gutters & Downspouts

March 17, 2010

Controlling the rain water as it runs off the roof is a durability issue, addressed both by the NAHB Green Building Program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s – Builder’s Challenge program. Pre-finished gutters and downspouts are installed to capture and drain all the roof surfaces away from the house.

Gutter and downspout on the Southwest corner of the Garage.

Gutter on the North side of the Garage.

Gutters and downspouts on the Liviing Room and Deck roof.

Gutter and downspout on the Dining area roof.

Gutter on the front porch.

Raters, Inspections and Checklists

February 9, 2010

Independent third party verification is a key part of LEED® for Homes, ENERGY STAR®, NAHB National Green Building Program, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s – Indoor airPLUS, and the U.S. Department Of Energy’s – Builder’s Challenge programs. Inspectors or raters check the home for compliance with each program’s requirements.

ENERGY STAR® Thermal Bypass Inspection Checklist

Qualifying as an ENERGY STAR® home is a mandatory minimum level of energy performance required for LEED® for Homes. Completion of the Thermal Bypass Inspection Checklist is the first step of the qualification process.

At the same time the Thermal Bypass Inspection was being performed, so were the 1st inspections for LEED® for Homes, the NAHB National Green Building Program, and Indoor airPLUS. 

LEED® for Homes Simplified Project Checklist

Verification Report - NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines

Indoor airPLUS Verification Checklist


February 4, 2010

The process of insulating the house begins by sealing all holes and cracks where air leakage might occur. Air leakage can cause indoor air quality problems, condensation, excess energy use, and comfort complaints. Leakage from outdoors to indoors is known as infiltration and leakage from indoors to outdoors is known as exfiltration. 

Dow Great Stuff Pro™ Gaps & Cracks insulating foam sealant is sprayed around wiring from the attic through the top plate of an interior wall.

Holes in top plate that were drilled and then not used are filled the foam. This is done to eliminate air movement inside the wall cavity.

Holes in studs are filled the foam. This same foam is applied to wire openings in all electrical boxes.

The same is applied to the shim space around all windows and exterior doors.

The joint between the bottom plates of all exterior walls and the floor is caulked. This includes the basement walls as well.

The insulation system for the walls is Johns Mansville’s loose-fill fiber glass Spider Custom Blow-In-Blanket with an R value of 23. Since it is fiberglass it will not hold moisture, it will not support mold growth, it will not rot or decompose and is non-combustible. The system is formaldehyde-free, and contains no acidic fire retardant chemicals. 

Part of the insulation system is netting that is stabled to the studs on all the Main Level exterior walls. View of West Kitchen wall.

Netting installed on the South Living Room / Kitchen wall.

The rim joist space is enclosed with the netting in order to be filled the insulation.

Insulation being blown into the netted stud space.

Insulation being blown into the netted rim joist space.

Selected interior walls were netted on both sides and filled with insulation to reduce sound transmission from one room to another.

Insulation applied around the skylight tubes.

Air chutes are installed at all soffit vents to keep attic insulation from blocking the air circulation in the attic.

Batt insulation is installed in the vaulted ceiling above the Kitchen.

Batt insulation is installed in the vaulted ceiling above the Kitchen.

After the drywall is complete, the Attic is insulated with Johns Mansville Climate Pro/Attic Protector formaldehyde-free loose fill fiberglass insulation for an R value of 38.  

View of the East wall of the East Basement Bedroom with blown in insulation above and the rigid Styrofoam on the concrete view-out wall below.

In addition to the 1” Styrofoam that was applied to the basement walls prior to starting framing, the exterior basement walls are insulated with paper faced R13 fiberglass batts.

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Upon completion of the insulation, another series of inspections are completed to assure compliance with the LEED® for Homes, ENERGY STAR®, NAHB Green Building, Indoor airPlus, and the Builders Challenge programs.

Home Show

January 14, 2010

As part of our effort to build awareness of building green in the Wichita area, Bauer & Son Construction has committed to a booth at the 2010 Wichita Area Builders Association Home Show.



This will be the 56th annual Home Show, sponsored by the Wichita Area Builders Association and it will be held February 4-7 at the Century II Convention Center. More than 275 exhibitors will display a variety of products and services related to home building and home remodeling.

Our booth, #921, will include four wide screen TVs, three of which will be displaying slideshows and videos showcasing our green home. The fourth TV will feature our recently redesigned web page that includes our GreenLogic program. Information about LEED® for Homes, ENERGY STAR®, NAHB National Green Building Program, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency’s – Indoor airPLUS, and the U.S. Department Of Energy’s – Builder’s Challenge will be available as well. 


December 28, 2009

Inspections are “third party” verifications that various phases of work are being performed in accordance with the required building codes and the requirements of the five programs that this home will be certified for. The first group of inspections was performed by the City of Wichita when the basement was being constructed. Those inspections checked that the house was correctly located on the lot and that the required reinforcing steel was installed in the basement footings and walls. These inspections were preformed on August 26th.

Before the insulation can be installed in the house, a second group of inspections is required by the City of Wichita. This series of inspections are to check the “rough-ins” of the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. These inspections were performed on November 13th and 16th. After the trades “rough-ins” are approved and signed off, the next required inspection is the framing. It was performed and approved on November 17th.

Signatures and dates on the City of Wichita inspection card. View of the backside of the card taped to the Kitchen window.

Upon completion of the insulation, another series of inspections will be required to assure compliance with the LEED® for Homes, ENERGY STAR®, NAHB Green Building, Indoor airPLUS, and the Builders Challenge programs.