Greensburg, Ks. (westernkansasnews.com)
The Meadowlark Eco Demonstration Home on which construction began in May of 2011 is at the forefront of a massive fundraising campaign launched by Greensburg GreenTown. Greensburg GreenTown is a non-profit organization that was formed after the community’s devastating 2007 tornado to promote sustainable rebuilding within the community.
The Meadowlark Eco-Home is the second in GreenTown’s Chain of Eco-Homes, a concept intended to inspire innovation within the burgeoning eco-tourism industry. The Silo Home, the first in GreenTown’s Chain of Eco-Homes, has seen considerable success. It has welcomed over 4,000 visitors from 17 countries since opening its doors in 2010. The Silo Home operates as a Bed & Breakfast as well as a location for visitors to receive GreenTours of Greensburg. GreenTown promotes sustainable building through educating guests about how and why to build green.
Meadowlark employs different sustainable practices than those employed in the Silo Home. The most notable feature is that Meadowlark will qualify for Passive House standards. Houses that meet Passive House requirements consume 80-90% less energy than conventional homes. Another aspect unique to Meadowlark is its construction by way of a visionary wood block system. These blocks are extraordinarily strong and biodegradable, so they can withstand the harsh Kansas weather without damaging its environment. These blocks are the first of their kind of be used in the United States. The current fundraising campaign seeks to prepare the home for the winter by installing siding, windows, and exterior doors totaling $50,000.
The completion of the Meadowlark Eco-Home will bring more eco-tourists to Greensburg, seeking ideas for their homes. As one of the few Passive Houses in America, it is a pioneer for Kansas as well as the nation.
Further information about the fundraising campaign can be found at indiegogo.com/SaveMeadowlark.
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