Groundbreaking for Model Sustainable Office Building
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L-R: Builders Bill Barnard & Calvin Barnard, Consultant George Van Hoesen, TF Forming System's Paul Lais, Valarie & Frank Ikerd, Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce representative Cynthia Marlow
The disaster that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011 is on a scale few communities have ever had to deal with in the United States. While the tragedy is almost overwhelming in its scope, there are unique possibilities in the recovery. Already, the community has demonstrated its fortitude and courage in the clean-up and recovery and we at GreenTown are honored to play a small part in bringing Joplin back stronger and as a national model of what a community can be. We have many programs in place already and our primary objective is: "To make energy efficient building and sustainable living easy accessible to residents of Joplin"
Among the many services we are providing in Joplin, one that has sparked a lot of interest is our Chain of Eco-Homes (CoEH). The CoEH are permanent demonstration projects that are open to the public and serve as community information hubs for sustainable and environmental initiatives at the local level. They act as information clearinghouses for sustainable building and living practices and explore the innumerable approaches to creating an energy efficient & healthy home environment.
The introduction of an eco-home in Joplin will provide residents with the opportunity to witness firsthand the construction of a sustainable home. Progress will be documented via the GreenTown website, as well as other publications as the opportunity arises, with detailed information about the process and products provided. Residents will be able to gain an intimate knowledge of the construction practices employed and learn invaluable tips and methods to consider in the reconstruction of their own homes. The construction site will also be open to visitors through tours and demonstration events.
GreenTown Joplin is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with the Drury University Hammons School of Architecture to develop and construct a demonstration eco-home in Joplin. Nine students will spend this semester researching and designing a unique home that will be used by GreenTown Joplin as an education center and office. Fundraising will take place this spring and summer, with construction slated to begin in the fall.
The home, dubbed the Monarch Eco-Home, is part of GreenTown's Chain of Eco-Homes (CoEH) program. "This is a unique opportunity to educate both the residents of Joplin as well as the students - the future designers of new buildings - about the benefits and practice of constructing sustainable buildings," said Joah Bussert, project director for the Monarch Eco-Home.
The home will use a unique concrete wall system donated by TF Forming Systems,located in Springfield. The system, known as vertical Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), is designed to withstand the high winds found in severe weather such as hurricanes and tornadoes. It also provides an advantage for energy efficiency. Based on research by Building Works, Inc., homes built with ICF exterior walls require an estimated 44% less energy to heat and 32% less energy to cool than comparable houses built using traditional wood-frame construction. Over the course of the project, TF will also provide students with the education and training required to design and build using this cutting-edge technology. The parent company of Joplin Concrete, The Monarch Cement Company of Humboldt, Kansas, provided seed funding for the project, with additional support provided by the Portland Cement Association.
George Van Hoesen of Global Green Building will provide construction management and energy efficiency consulting.