Sunday, September 12, 2010
GREEN DREAM HOUSE, OF MC COOK, NEBRASKA
Recycling Coalition — was constructed using recycled-content building materials and energy-efficient equipment.
It was built with corporate donations. http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/9870 This website gave minimal information about the Dream House, but included several good articles about the U.S. Certification of Green Builders as Nebraska architects and builders go green.
http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/docs/2003/111-16/forum.html This website gives more detailed information about the recycled materials in the house and how anyone can find those kinds of materials.
Recycled products used in the house include carpet made of 25-100% recycled polyethylene (plastic bottles) and a roof made of recycled steel. Natural linoleum, which is made of linseed oil, resins, and wood flour. It's biodegradable and, unlike vinyl, is not associated with releases of potential toxicants in its manufacture and disposal. Paint and adhesives with no volatile organic compounds. The house was framed using insulating concrete forms, or ICFs, made of expanded polystyrene (which doesn't deplete the ozone layer) and filled with concrete and reinforcing bars (which are generally 99% recycled steel). Using ICFs requires little to no use of wood on the exterior of a building. Coupled with a well-insulated roof and foundation, ICF walls can save as much as 50% on heating and cooling bills.
The curator of the High Plains Museum gave us the information to start us on our way, looking about town at the various places of interest.
We had a relaxing day, reading and resting before we tackle the Rockies through Colorado.