Rebuilding Green




Why Green?

Youth for Christ South Central Kansas feels strongly about being an active part of the green initiative and therefore chose to be very intentional in building green. Green building is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle: the design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.

While there was a greater initial investment, it was more responsible to raise the funds upfront for these features, than to continue an endless cycle of needing funds for higher utilities in the many years to come.  It was also important to us to support the direction of Greensburg as a whole in rebuilding green.

We continue to make “green” choices through regular recycling of papers, glass, aluminums and plastics.  We installed motion sensors on appropriate light fixtures and the remaining lights are only used as necessary.

For additional information on the green initiative please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/pubs/about.htm.

The Building's Green Features

  • The building, in a sense, is recycled.  This metal building sat in a parking lot for over 5 years, it had never been set-up, and was donated.
  • Used a lot of materials that others had on hand and otherwise may have ended up in a landfill
  • Spray in Foam insulation
  • Floor heat run by two 75 gallon water tanks
  • The windows are placed high for reduced electrical lighting needs and open for natural ventilation
  • Fan ventilation system to access fresh air
  • Lighting is Compact Fluorescent Bulbs or Fluorescent
  • Trombe Walls (also called Solar Walls):  Projected to reduce heating costs by 40% on a sunny winter day
  • Low-flow toilets and shower heads
  • YFC was careful to recycle the left over building materials