Jim Sargent


A pioneer of energy-efficient home building in Texas, JIM SARGENT began building green before the concept had a name. has achieved national renown for its ecological and energy-efficient homes. In 2006, it was named Energy Value Housing Award Builder of the Year by the U. S. Department of Energy and National Association of Home Builders (NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification.) Research Center. The company's award-winning home also was recognized by the NAHB as the “Best Green Concept Home in America." In December, Sargent received the CATEE Outstanding Commercial Enterprise Award for the company that has had the greatest influence in affecting clean air in Texas through energy-efficiency. Sargent was first in the nation to receive a Master Builder designation from the Energy & Environmental Building Association.

Sargent was involved in the legislative adoption of the International Residential Code in Texas, when most said it could not be done. He leads by example and demonstration, freely sharing with peers the construction principles and techniques that he has gathered through years of study and execution. He has helped affect changes in city codes through both the influence that he has gained as a noted builder and by discussion with city building inspectors. Recently, he was the builder invited to speak at the National Building Museum’s Greenovation Expo in Washington, D.C.

Sargent is a graduate of Texas A&M, married for 45 years to his college sweetheart, father of two grown sons, and grandfather to three incredibly smart, beautiful little granddaughters. He served as a captain in the United States Army and had a career in real estate prior to becoming a homebuilder. He was the driving force behind the formation of Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County.

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