Meet this month’s featured home builder: Burger Homes. Burger Homes builds luxurious, high performing, energy efficient homes in the Cedar Rapids and Marion area. Robert Burger, President of Burger Homes, has designed and built homes and developed commercial buildings for over three decades. Burger has built well over 400 homes in the Linn County Area including areas such as the Meadow Glen neighborhood with over 125 homes; Portsmith Circle and Prescott Lane with over 25 homes; and now the new street, Buckingham Place, with 21 large lots available.
Currently Available Spec Home: 816 Prescott Lane, Marion, IA.
One of the many things that make Burger Homes stand out is their commitment to building energy efficient homes. Their goal is to build energy efficient homes in order to sustain low-cost and low-maintenance homes for their clients. They analyze each site specifically and consider various elements such as the localities of the sun and wind seasonally, to the topography and vegetation of each site. This means proper orientation of the house, along with intelligent placement of openings and vegetation to interact efficiently with the varying weather of Iowa. These passive systems lead to less money spent on heating, cooling, and lighting.
In constructing their homes, careful use of materials and construction methods allows them to build superior performance homes. The Building Envelope is constructed consistently from the ground up with overall consideration for energy efficiency, including avoiding excessive construction waste. This is achieved through the conscientious assembly of all construction elements. When finished, their homes prevent leakage of air and promote greater insulation, producing quieter, more comfortable living.
The materials they choose to use also factor into their green design. High-performance windows and insulation, properly installed, coincide with efficient ventilation systems to eliminate the excessive cost and wasted energy. Their homes are independently tested beyond code requirements to guarantee safer indoor air quality and economic energy performance.
More about Bob Burger
Born on a farm in Iowa, Bob moved to Marion in 1967 to work for Rockwell Collins. After 5 years he began his Carpentry Apprenticeship, acting on a lifelong passion for Home Building and Design. In 1978 he received his Carpentry Journeyman’s Certification and has been building custom homes ever since. Throughout his 38-year career, he has worked first-hand on all phases of construction: from running an Excavation and Concrete Business, to Landscaping, Framing, Finish and Cabinetry. His experience has qualified him to teach construction methodology at Kirkwood Community College.
Bob’s attention to efficiency and productivity far exceeds conventional standards, leading to better performance and long-term durability using American-based products. His advanced knowledge of construction methods promotes better indoor health and lowered maintenance. His experience and knowledge result in better land-usage, durable materials, energy economy, waste management, and higher resale value.
Bob is a hands-on, full-time builder by profession, enabling him to focus solely on constructing homes.