Green Building

Charity-based Kansas home to feature green technology

Mon, 08/01/2011 - 09:12

A Wichita, Kansas home has been built as part of the House Against Hunger program, an initiative that will build green homes and use part of the proceeds from the sale to combat hunger worldwide, according to The Wichita Eagle. 

The home that has been built will sell for $169,900, providing nearly $145,000 to help feed starving people worldwide as well as $25,000 to help with the building of the next House Against Hunger, reported the news source.

Along with the charitable contribution that comes with the sale of the house, the residence has been built with the latest in sustainable technology to minimize the carbon footprint for the house. Solar panels have been installed on the rooftop, along with a radiant heating system that will provide green warmth to the family, The Eagle reported.

"This should make a big difference not only up front but over the life of living here," Rod Chrystie, chairman of the Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale, told the news source. He noted that with the new technology, the average savings on gas and electric bills are estimated at $45 a month.

The use of radiant heating will also help to provide a higher level of comfort to families, as the warmth is evenly spread out due to the in-floor nature of the technology, something that a forced-air system does not offer.