I spent a few days this week in Kansas City at the Missouri Peer Exchange and while walking the streets downtown I learned that they have something built into their infrastructure that we seem to be missing, from time to time, on the eastern side of the state.
My favorite part of the trip was a tour of the Metropolitan Energy Center's Project Living Proof - a demonstration home for energy efficiency and sustainability. Here is an image of this century old, arts and crafts home just a few blocks from Country Club Plaza.
Bob Housh, the MEC Executive Director, Jenson Adams and Brian Rotert have done a great job of putting together teams of sponsors, volunteers, staff and pros to give their region a demonstration home of best practices including salvaged and locally sourced materials, geothermal hvac, low VOC paints and finishes and much, much more. Check out their website carefully to learn more.
They rehabbed the historic windows and hinged one of the trim pieces so visitors can see how they were able to seal up an abandoned window weight cavity - evidence of the attention to detail we can all bring to our existing housing stock.
The exterior and landscape feature permeable paving, kitchen gardens, native plants while maintaining features of the historic neighborhood.
The next time your in Kansas City make a point to check out Project Living Proof.