Steve Homa has been interested in sustainable building for as long as he can remember.
In college, a UW Milwaukee professor reinforced and encouraged this interest. By the time Steve graduated in 1991 with his architecture degree, he had already started his business (he married Mary later that same year). The business was originally a deck building and remodeling venture, but soon Steve’s passion for high performance construction drove him to pursue home building in a new way. He built his first home in 1995 using SIPs (structural insulated panels) and ICFs (insulated concrete forms). Seeing how these materials out-performed traditional stick frame construction caused him to continue his research and use other alternative building methods. Fortunately, many of our customers encouraged and challenged him to continue down this innovative path. Progressive Environmental Alternatives (PEA Builders) was born.
Originally, Steve did most of the physical building himself, only subcontracting out items such as electrical and plumbing. It was a challenge, but the knowledge gained through doing his own labor was invaluable. Now PEA Builders has its own team with a carpentry crew as well as trade partners who are generally small, family run companies who have worked with PEA for many years.
In 2008, PEA Builders won the best new green home award by Milwaukee Home & Fine Living magazine. Although we’ve had other honors through the years, we are especially proud to have been recognized as a leader in sustainable building.