Global Green Building
Knowledge Base

George Van Hoesen specializes in sustainable building and design as a green building consultant and managing partner with Global Green Building LLC. Areas of expertise include green community design, environmental planning, energy efficient design and construction, geothermal ventilation systems, alternative waste water management systems, educational training and speaking and low impact development services.

George has a Masters Degree in Natural and Applied Sciences from Missouri State University. His areas of study included Community Planning, Environmental Law, Environmental Design and Systems Design. For his master’s thesis he designed and studied a geothermal ventilation system. The patented system uses current technology in a new way to substantially improve the efficiency of heat pumps by using direct geothermal ground source technology. George has been trained in the LEED process for New Construction (LEED-NC) and Low Impact Development (LID). He is a member of the US Green Building Council, Water Quality Coordinating Committee for the State of Missouri, Sustainable Land Development International (SLDI), James River Basin Partnership and the Green Building Institute. George is a founding member of the Ozarks Green Building Coalition. George has done educational speaking for the Department of Defense, Missouri State University Environmental Coalition and the Southwest States Resource Conservation and Development Conference (RC and D), the League of Women Voters and several community wide organizations.

Global Green Building submits a column on many green issues to The Builder’s Journal. Many articles can also be viewed at

George’s designs include the planned zero carbon footprint, low impact development of Riverdale, just south of Springfield, Missouri on the Finley river. The Riverdale design has a unique hydroelectric facility using many facets of new and existing technology coupled with concern for historic preservation and conservation of natural resources to bring together a sustainable community.

George has been involved with policy development at local, county and state government levels to integrate green practices within community and rural settings in the state of Missouri. He maintains a proven relationship with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Missouri Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Natural Resources Conservation and Development group (RC&D). His involvement in county code changes include developing environmental sewer system codes that allow zero discharge sewer systems that protect the natural environment by eliminating all sewer discharge and reducing the need for individual septic systems. These zero discharge sewer systems reduce the need for Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) by using a subsurface drip irrigation system that naturally cleanses and recharges the ground water.

After the Joplin tornado in May 2011, Global Green Building turned to a sustainable and resilient building alternative for energy efficient building.  Partnering with TF Forming Systems for many projects in the Joplin area, Van Hoesen was able to develop building plans for commercial and residential property that stands up to the wind force of natural disasters such as a tornado or hurricane while providing a high standard of energy efficiency.

As a green building consultant, the task is to educate the customer and reevaluate building and design needs, keeping in mind a resilient and sustainabie plan that uses a common sense approach with locally available resources and renewable energy options.