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GreenTown's Green Building Products: Week 2

Welcome to the second week of my blog series about sustainable building products donated to the Silo Eco-Home. Last week I talked about Serious Materials, Diamond Roofing, and Dryvit. This week our featured donors are Heft & Sons, Excel Industries, American Honda Motors, and the Overhead Door Corporation, who all donated items that are located outside of the house.

Heft & Sons, a Greensburg-based cement company, sponsored the deck and provided the underlayment of the Silo Eco-Home’s driveway. Cement is a valuable green building material due to its strength. Using cement conserves resources because it will not need to be replaced for a long time. Heft uses especially sustainable practices in their cement business including crushing and reusing old concrete, recycling old asphalt, and using warm-mix asphalt (which reduces fuel consumption). They recycled 30,000 tons of concrete after the tornado, crushing it for re-use and keeping it out of the landfill. We are thankful for their support and acknowledge their generosity not only to GreenTown, but also to many other Greensburg entities. They are a true corporate citizen here in the community.

Exterior sustainable features including the driveway, garage door, deck (above garage), and natural gas vehicle.

Excel Industries (Hesston, Kansas) and American Honda Motors both donated vehicles, which the Silo Home uses to keep day-to-day operations running smoothly. Excel Industries provided the Silo Home with its Hustler Zeon mower, an electric riding mower. Besides being a zero-emissions product by virtue of it using electricity instead of fuel, it is also quieter than conventional mowers. It can mow for 80 minutes on one charge. The lack of fumes and reduced noise makes for a more pleasant mowing experience. Staff and local folks had a great time taking the mower for a spin when company representatives from Excel personally delivered the Zeon to us in Greensburg.

GreenTown has been the fortunate recipient of two natural gas Honda Civics the first donation was from Roger Scholfield, President of Scholfield Honda in Wichita. Thanks to Roger's connections, The American Honda Motor Company followed suite with the donation of a second vehicle, with the idea to auction one car in a national contest as a fundraiser for GreenTown. Our Honda is sporty to drive and it reduces GreenTown’s carbon footprint. Natural gas is the cleanest-burning fuel; it also corrodes the engine less than gasoline, leading to a longer life for natural gas vehicles. Additionally, natural gas is less expensive than gasoline and diesel fuels. With our natural gas fuel pump on the side of the Silo, we are able to refill our little green car with no hassle!

Our garage door was donated by the Overhead Door Corporation, which has a branch in Dodge City, Kansas. The door is a sustainable product, as it is made from 81% douglas fir scrap. Its sustainability also manifests in its durability thanks to resins, wax, and sealers. Installation of the door was courtesy of Chris Padget from the Dodge City dealership.

As these products prove, green building can save money in the long term due to less maintenance or lower energy costs. We enjoy demonstrating our sustainable building products at the Silo to show our guests and visitors the benefits of green living. I hope you enjoyed reading about these tried-and-true eco-friendly products. I’ll be back with another installment next week!