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Jan-Feb 2015 IssueSix LEED Platinum Model Homes Coming Soon to Kansas City, MO - Sponsored by the Make It Right Foundation

Six LEED® Platinum homes designed by six major architectural firms are slated to break ground in June 2015 at the Manheim Neighborhood in Kansas City, MO. This project builds upon the work that the Make It Right Foundation has completed in New Orleans, LA. Each home will exhibit styles intended to complement the existing home designs found in the area. The six firms who are participating in this model home program are:

  1. BNIM
  2. DRAW
  4. HUFFT
  5. KEM

Information about these homes can be found using the "Active Projects - Charrettes" tab. Also, many articles are in the media and online about this project. Here are a couple links:

KU ARCH 409: KCUR Community Engagement Prototype

IMPACT: Student-lead design/build teams met with local design/build architecture firms and with the studio’s client, KCUR-FM, in a series of participatory design charrettes to develop and construct a collapsible prototype that promotes the community engagement efforts of the KCUR brand. The prototype will be used as a tool in future efforts by KCUR to stage events, meet with residents where they are, and listen to neighborhood stories about place. ****For More Information Please Click On The "Active Projects - Charrettes" Tab****
STUDIO | Instructor: Matt Kleinmann | Students: Olivia Brown, Megan Burns, Lex DeWitt, Drew Hinderliter, Matt Kenney, Charlie Lauberth, Yutian Lin, Luke McElwain, Jack Pearson, Jack Schwartz, Emily Stockwell, Louis Weishaar, Hannah Wobbe, Kevin Sloan & Rao Fu DESIGN/BUILD PARTNERS: M2Make, Studio Build, Hufft Projects & Second Life Studios KCUR: Ron Jones, Nico Leone, Sarah Morris, Laura Ziegler, Stephen Steigman, Deloris Phelps, Briana O’Higgins, & Jeanne Rooney

Here we go... From 1 to 3 in-a-row!

Wouldn't it be interesting to take three nearly identical homes, all in a state of disrepair, and rebuild them in staged retrofits using different materials so that they could be compared post-construction? 

What if all three of these homes were slated to also become LEED® for Homes Platinum?

Plus, what if these home were rebuilt among some brand new LEED® Platinum homes for even more comparisons?

This apparently will be the case with the new KC ART House 3x project. More on this coming soon...


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Featured Project: Affordable Residential Retrofit on Tracy Avenue in KCMO

Here are some hard, yet real life, questions to answer:

Image of home on Tracy avenue in kansas city missouriWhat can be done about the foreclosed, abandoned and/or dilapidated homes, apartment buildings and other residential structures?

How can a person go about getting a residential retrofit that is effective yet economical?

Stay tuned while we answer these questions and more...

Actually and seriously, if a person has money or is able to obtain financing then the aspect of taking on a residential retrofit project is normally not overly daunting. 

However, if a person has been negatively affected by the recent downturn in the economy (and many people have) then what methods or options do they have to make their primary residence more comfortable, safe, healthy and energy efficient?

  • Are green (sustainable) products and technologies affordable?
  • What energy improvements make economic sense?
  • How can I get financing and will my utility savings cover my loan payments?

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HistoricGreen.org has been perplexed by these very same questions but is in a position to determine the answers.

Are you interested in learning more about how HistoricGreen.org will use this affordable residential retrofit to learn about the pros and cons of these improvements? Please click on the following link to access the article:

Affordable Residential Retrofit on Tracy Avenue in Kansas City, MO

 (Photos taken by Ken Riead - Used with permission)

Featured Project: Keeping the Water Flowing During Emergencies

The ongoing availability of fresh, clean water is a growing concern all over the world.

In the western USA, severe water shortages are looming on the horizon, along with the smoke from all the seemingly endless fires.

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In the midwest the concern about availability of water during and after a disaster is more prevalent. Most people are aware that it takes energy to move water through the pipes and deliver it to your tap. If the energy stops then so does the flow of water. Not good...

  • Perhaps it makes sense to explore various options to maintain power for the headquarters to keep the water flowing?
  • Maybe a ground-source heat pump might be cost-effective?
  • Adding a natural gas backup generator might also be a good idea and could be added to the upgrades as well.
  • Looks like there might be enough open land to install a large solar array...?
  • Perhaps this could be a demonstration project to show others how to prepare for potential disaster?

We should investigate this further, don't you think?

Please click the link below to get more information.

Keeping the Water Flowing During Emergencies

 (Photos taken by Ken Riead - Used with permission)

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