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Greensburg GreenTown is a charitable nonprofit organization working in Greensburg, Kansas to rebuild the town following the devastating tornado in May of 2007. The town has made a remarkable comeback, reinventing itself as a model for sustainable building and green living now recognized around the world. GreenTown works to make green building and living easily understood, appealing and accessible to all.

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Sustainable Features in Silo Eco-Home


SILO ECO-HOME FEATURES SPONSORS PHOTOS ECO LODGING TOURS INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL

Click here to download the Silo Eco-Home Brochure (pdf 769 KB).

 Site Considerations

  • Silo form reduces wind drag on the structure
  • Windows are oriented to optimize natural lighting
  • Small 1,000 SF footprint reduces site impact

Building Envelope 

  • 6" cast concrete & 4" of rigid EPS insulation compose a durable and efficient exterior wall system with an R-value of 25+
  • Highly insulated windows by Serious Materials have U-values of .19 & .24
  • Concrete roof provides an R-value of 40+
  • Stucco by Dryvit

Materials

  • Color treated concrete flooring on 1st floor is eco-friendly & durable reducing the need for additional floor coverings. Product by SkimStone
  • Recycled Styrofoam Trim and Baseboard by Timbron

Lighting 

  • LED Lighting by LED Lighting Solutions
  • Additional Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)

Indoor Air Quality 

  • No VOC Interior Paint by Benjamin Moore, provided by Andover Paint Center
  • Ceiling Fans by Accent Lighting promote air circulation
  • Green Cleaning Products used throughout the home
  • Low VOC Caulk Sealants by DAP

Energy

  • Continuous monitoring of PV panels and general house energy usage

Water

  • Rainwater collection system

Landscape & Site

A - Driveway

B - Landscape

  • Selection of Grasses Native to Kansas
  • Pre/Post-storm Trees

C - Natural Gas Fuelmaker

D - Tornado Shelter

  • Indoor/Outdoor Shelter by New Day

 

E - Photovoltaic (PV) Panel

F - Household Compost

G - Double-Skin Wall

H - Greenroof

 

First Floor Plan

1 - Green Visitor Center & Gift Shop

  • Green Product Information & Library
  • Energy Efficient LED TV by Vizio
  • Organic T-shirts
  • Eco-friendly Merchandise

2 - Kitchen

  • Reclaimed Cabinets
  • Recycled Glass Countertops by EnviroGLAS
  • Energy Efficient Appliances by Sears Kenmore 
  • Recycling Center
  • Tile with Recycled Content by Daltile
  • Reverse Osmosis Water Filter by Sears

3 - Guest Suite

  • Organic Latex bed by Savvy Rest
  • All-Natural Bedding
  • Natural Bath Poducts by EO
  • Antique Furniture
  • Energy Efficient LED TV by Vizio
  • Low-flow Showerhead by Evolve
  • Dual-flush Toilet by Caroma
  • Tile with Recycled Content by Daltile

4 - Restroom

  • Dual-flush Greywater Toilet by Caroma
  • Recycled Glass Countertop by EnvirogGLAS
  • Reclaimed Vanity Cabinet

5 - Utility Room

6 - Garage

  • Recycled Wood Fiber Garage Door by Overhead Door
  • Car Charging Station
  • Power Inverter for PV Panel by Bauer Power
  • Instantaneous Water Heater by Noritz
  • Whole-house Water Purification System with Water Softener by Sears

 

Second Floor Plan

7 - Office

8 - Restroom

  • Adapted Antique Dresser Vanity by GreenTown Staff with Recycled Glass Countertop by EnviroGLAS
  • Low-flow Showerhead by Evolve
  • Dual-flush Toilet by Caroma
  • Tile with Recycled Content by Daltile

9 - Mechanical Closet

10 - Roof Deck by The Heft Family

  • Low Maintenance Composite Decking by Trex