In May of 2011 construction of The Meadowlark Eco Demonstration Home began to act as a massive scale fundraising campaign by Greensburg GreenTown. After the destruction of the 2007 tornado that hit Greensburg this non-profit organization was built to help the community rebuild the small town of Greensburg.
This Eco-Home is second to add to the chain in the GreenTown’s organization, to promote creativity within the business of eco-tourism. As The Silo Home was the first of GreenTown’s Eco-Homes, it has outstandingly been very successful. Opening the Doors in 2010, The Silo Home has had 4,000 visitors from 17 different countries. This Eco-Home acts as a Bed & Breakfast and also as a place for GreenTours for the town of Greensburg. Promoting the sustainable building, guests of these tours will be educated about GreenTown along with the how and why to build green.
Unlike the Silo Home, Meadowlark differs in the ways of sustainable practices. One feature that stands out is that the Eco-Home will pass for Passive Housing standards. Houses that do meet those requirements will use 80-90% less energy than those of conventional homes. Meadowlark uses a wood block system that is unique to the construction of these homes. The blocks GreenTown uses are unbelievably strong and biodegradable, so the blocks may withstand the different and ever changing weather scenarios of Kansas with out even damaging the environment. The campaign is set now to prepare this house for the fall of winter by adding siding, placing windows, and installing exterior doors coming to a total of $50,000.
Finishing the Meadowlark Eco-Home, GreenTown expects more eco-tourists will flourish to Greensburg in search of the perfect ideal home for them. With being one of soon to be many Passive Houses in the USA, it is an inspiration in innovation to spread throughout the nation. For more information on fundraising for the campaign please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/savemeadowlark