By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) – A design plan that incorporates a number of energy-wise and storm-resistant construction systems could put Joplin in the forefront of environmentally sound disaster rebuilding.
That was part of the discussion when volunteers with GreenTown Joplin, its partners and sponsors, city officials, residents and representatives of Springfield’s Drury University gathered for the unveiling of the design plan for the Monarch Eco-Home.
Ten architecture students and two professors from the Hammons School of Architecture at Drury University designed a demonstration house that GreenTown will build in the future. It will serve as a model for the different types of materials and building techniques that can be used to make a building a producer of energy rather than a consumer and at the same time be resistant to storms, The Joplin Globe reports.
“We want to establish sustainability advocacy across the nation, and Joplin is the first” in the spread of that effort, said Daniel Wallach, executive director of GreenTown. GreenTown was founded in Greensburg, Kan., which was demolished in 2007 by an EF-5 tornado. City leaders decided to build back with green principles, and GreenTown grew out of that effort.
Several eco-homes have been built there to promote green construction, but officials say it’s been difficult to get the movement to take off from there because people hit by disasters want to build back quickly and often do not take the time to learn about sustainable and net-zero technology.
The time may be right to spread the movement because of the number of disasters that have hit the United States in recent years.
“Disaster recovery is a major industry now, and we have to weave sustainability into that,” Wallach said.1 2 next >>