Category Archives: Green Gab Podcast – Green Homes, Green Living and Green Companies

Home Builders Association in St. Louis with Celeste Rueter & Diana Forbes



Gabbing in two separate interviews with Celeste Rueter, Executive Vice President, and Diana Forbes, Director of Membership and Business Development of the Home Builders Association (HBA) of St. Louis.   

Celeste directs the HBA in working with its members and the HBA staff to help HBA member businesses succeed in their business. Diana focuses on growing membership and sharing the benefits of membership such as industry news, advocacy, education and networking.   

In St. Louis, there are around 610 companies in the St. Louis HBA, employing 43,000 people.  There are many types of businesses in the home building industry, from builders and remodelers to financial services, insurance, real estate and more. The HBA can also help home owners find builders, remodelers, and more – just visit the HBA web site. The HBA is “the place to be in the home building industry.”

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— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

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Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

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St. Jude Dream Home with Eva Fryar of Payne Family Homes



Eva Fryar of Payne Family Homes gabbing about building their fourth Dream Home in the St. Louis area to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Proceeds from raffle tickets for the Dream Home helps St. Jude kids and the mission of St. Jude: “Finding cures, Saving Children” from St. Jude.com.

Payne Family Homes wouldn’t be able to do it without their trade partners and because of this commitment, the Dream Home by Payne Family Homes is able to provide St. Jude with a 100 percent donated home. Every trade donated – from the materials to the labor that go into the home.  This is testimony not only to Payne Family’s commitment, but also the commitment of the St. Louis community.

Construction officially began February 6, 2017 and tickets are on sale now. Open house tours begin July 29 and the live drawing of prizes and wines will be announced on September 7, 2017.

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


St.Louis Green Business Challenge with Eric Schneider



Eric Schneider joins us to gab about the St. Louis Green Business Challenge, a joint program of the St. Louis Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Missouri Botanical Garden. Since its inception in 2010, the program has helped 175 businesses in the St. Louis metropolitan adopt sustainable business practices and engage and educate their employees along the way.

77 of these companies have participated in the program for three or more years and 13 companies have been in the program all seven years of the program. The companies in the program represent more than 150,000 employees.

While there are 40 Green Business Challenges across the country, this is the only Green Business Challenge in the U.S. which is a partnership between a Chamber of Commerce a botanical garden.

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Doing the Right Thing with Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes



Kim Hibbs of Hibbs Homes is gabbing about doing the right thing – whether its building homes, being involved with the home building industry or living life.  Prior to discovering this passion for homebuilding, Kim had a 20-year career in television and radio. He has served the Home Builders Association of St. Louis in many capacities including as President in 2016.

Hibbs Homes is a custom home building company building high performance (a.k.a. green) homes in the St. Louis metropolitan area. While high performance and green building have gained a considerable following over the years, Kim states “you want the people who buy your homes and build with you to be happy – happy from a customer service standpoint and that comes along with building them a better home from a performance standpoint and that’s really what it’s all about.”

Kim’s motto…“Do the right thing.”

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Daylighting from the Fifth Wall with Mike Chance of Velux



Mike Chance of Velux has been a champion of daylighting for years.  Velux has impacted the idea of daylighting and brought lighting into our homes and buildings from the fifth wall. “The fifth wall is the undecorated wall which is really the ceiling.” Bringing in light from above is the absolute best way to daylight a home or building.  

While people often worry about putting a hole in the roof, it’s really no different than the other holes in roofs – chimney, pipes and flues.  When that “hole in the roof” brings in daylight up to 80% better than a window on a wall, it’s a solution for better daylighting. With Velux Skylights flashing systems, their skylights are warrantied not to leak for 10 years.
People often are more concerned about the appearance of the house rather than the health and performance of it.  

Daylighting can address all three!

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Putting on the Home & Garden Show



This episode is the first of a series which were recorded live at the St. Louis Home & Garden Show in collaboration with the Home Builders Association of St. Louis.

We kick off the series with Ellen Viehmann gabbing about what all goes into planning the show. Ellen shares the ins and outs of what it takes to get ready for the 400+ companies moving into exhibit booths for the week; lining up speakers for multiple venues and the logistics that go with all of that.

2017 was the 40th anniversary of the St. Louis Home & Garden Show! A huge sand sculpture is in the show celebrating the anniversary and pictures from every year’s show highlight memories over the 40 years.
Ellen’s favorite tip for show-goers? Wear comfortable shoes! There is a lot of walking.

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Resource Efficiency – Regional Materials



Shopping and buying locally or regionally supports our local community and region, and applies for materials and products for our home.  While helping your neighbors in your community and region thrive in business, this practice also contributes to a home being green or greener. Regional influence and the community’s influence really does make a difference, and it’s not just for relationships, it’s for everything!

A little research helps find local and regional options for the materials and items that make up our homes and what goes in them.  With the ease and convenience of modern transportation and distribution, we can buy and use materials from just about anywhere, yet we often don’t think about the impact of those materials. Local and regional materials and items often offer the benefit of reduced time to transport and lower transportation costs, not to mention a local or regional flare.  

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Total Cost of Ownership of a Home



When buying or renting a home, the way we look at the associated costs may be misleading. Rarely are all of the expenses of buying or renting AND operating a home taken into consideration. This total cost of ownership is what really should be considered and Kerry Langley with Project TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) has a tool to change that.

Project TCO is a program to help get a more accurate picture of what the true costs of a home will be, especially when building or buying a home. Typically, mortgage associated expenses are where most of the effort is spent – interest, closing costs and fees, insurance. Rarely included in the buying process are the rest of the expenses of owning and operating a home – utilities (natural gas, electricity, water, sewer, trash, communications/cable), maintenance and repairs. It is this total cost of owning a home that truly allows buyers to compare the costs of homes.

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a copany leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


Driving Your Home



Gabbing about training – homeowner training specifically. It is all about habits – habits and training. Homeowner and building owner training, documentation and resources are crucial if you want to operate and maintain your home.

It sounds a little dry but this is a big deal.” How many times do you get a homeowners’ manual with a home you buy or rent?

Read more at The Green Home Coach Website!

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn


NAHB Sustainability & Green Building



Eric Tilden joins us to gab about Sustainability and Green Building at NAHB – National Association of Homebuilders located in Washington D.C.

NAHB is a trade association of home builders and others in the home builder industry representing nearly 140,000 members across the United States. Home Builders Associations (HBAs) and Building Industry Associations (BIAs) are local organizations across the country and they are part of the federation of NAHB.

Read more at The Green Home Coach Website!

Connect with The Green Gab Podcast Hosts:

— Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

— Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn

 Green Gab:

About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:

Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser CloosGreen Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.

Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.

Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com

Connect with Marla Esser Cloos on – The WebTwitterFacebookLinkedIn

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte

Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.

Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University

Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.

Connect with Tony Pratte on – The Web – Facebook LinkedIn