On Friday, September 7, the solar canopy at Travois was featured during a free workshop hosted by the SunShot Solar Outreach Partnership and the Mid-America Regional Council.
The workshop aimed at informing the public about the relevance and affordability of solar power energy applications in the residential and commercial markets. Topics discussed included “…best practices, practical implementation information, and case study examples…” Continue reading
This is an article that recently appeared in the Kansas City Star and after being picked up by the AP was then ran in the LA Times and Seattle Times.
“Homeowners decide to deconstruct, not demolish”
More than three-fourths of the house can be reused and recycled instead of all of it ending in the dump. — By Stacy Downs
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — If you’re remodeling your kitchen or want to build your dream home on property with a not-so-idyllic house, there’s a way to tear down that doesn’t involve the wrecking ball. Continue reading
When we get to the stage of a home where it is time to put down the subfloor, I inevitably get the same question, “Shouldn’t you screw the floor down to prevent squeaks?” This misconception is so rampant in the building world that I felt the need to spread the word about what really happens. Here is the background: Continue reading
I believe the next big change in building codes will be the widespread use of conditioned attics. The concept is just so logical that it is almost a no-brainer. Here is how it works: Continue reading
Do you know the humidity level in your home right now? Most people have no idea. It is an afterthought that is generally controlled with the air conditioner in the summer, a humidifier in the winter, and occasionally flipping on the bath fan after a shower. All our focus is on the temperature of our home and the humidity level is…well, whatever it happens to be. But why should we care? Humidity can be a destroyer. Here’s how: Continue reading
If you live in a typical home in Kansas City, the odds are high the air in your home is four times more polluted than the air just outside your door. Why? Pollutants are all around us. You know new paint, carpet, hardwood floor finish, etc smell. If you can smell it, it can be bad for you! Continue reading