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Greensburg Episode 3

The Building Begins

The City Administrator Steve Hewitt goes to Kansas City to talk to BNIM about building
the downtown “Main Street Small Business Incubator” LEED’s platinum certifiable.

Getting back to his home in “FEMA Town” in time to take his toddler Trick or Treating
dressed as a skunk (cute!).

The Methodist Church decides to rebuild green for the people and the generations to
come. They are rebuilding with ICF (Insulated Concrete Forms), 3 inches of styrofoam
on the two sides with a 6 inch plastic spacer in the middle with slots to pop rebar
into. Filled with concrete, the walls are wind resistant to 200+ MPH.

Mary Merhoff (mother of 3), and her mother Pamela Muntz have decided to go with a
manufatured home as it runs $64 a square foot, instead of a stick built which runs
about $110 – $120 a square foot. Concerned about having new home payments, yet she’s
optimistic because her Day Care Center job at the Methodist Church is opening back up
in their temporary building.

City Council Meeting: Steve Hewitt, along with BNIM wants city council to push through
a city ordinance to make all the buildings in town “incubator” LEEDs Platinum
certifiable – heads shaking and nay saying.

Wylan Fleeman thinks businesses should build back as quick as they want, the way they
want. He encourages building green, but don’t think it should be forced on people.

Greenburg gets their one traffic signal back.

Farrell and Debbie Allison visit their ruined home site. With nothing left but the
concrete foundation, Farrell (an agricultural scientist), finds the corner of the
foundation where he set nails in the wet concrete to form 1981, the year they built.
Not able to rebuild on the old site because the town is re-routing the highway through
it. On their new site they are very serious about going green. Steel beams for the
roof and as with the church, they are using ICF. As Farrell said, “very solid, very
sound proof, very tight.”

Bob and Ann Dixon lived in a historical Victorian house built in 1912. Now they watch
their new manufactured home move down the barren street, ready to be set over the new
foundation and basement. They can finally smile.

Pamela takes pictures of her and Mary’s manufactured home rolling up the street. She
talks with pride of the homes construction, siding made of concrete instead of wood,
all energy star appliances. She grins and says, “even the windows are energy star

Butch and Dana Conrad get their new manufactured home. Energy star rated but, Butch
could care less about green. He feels the town is being too pushy about it. Talking
with their friends, they all express concerns over the cost of going green. They feel
if you can afford it do it, if you can’t, don’t.

The City Council finally approves the resolution to build the incubator LEEDs platinum
certifiable, the first in the nation, possibly the world.

And now it’s Thanksgiving, a time for reflection and hope, seven months after the

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  1. Anita Says:

    It’s funny, some of the shots of Mary and Pam’s house weren’t their house… they were pics of Mary’s brother and SIL’s house being moved in – Thayne and Holly Muntz…
    Mary’s last name is spelled Merhoff, btw…

    Good run down of the what’s going on so far…

    Wylan Fleener is the chairman of the board of Greensburg GreenTown…

    Anitas last blog post..George Carlin, dead at 71

  2. Anita Says:

    Steve Hewitt’s FEMA trailer is right next to ours, btw – you could see part of ours when they left their trailer to go trick-or-treating… his sun Gunnar is SOOO adorable… and Steve, in my opinion, is a miracle worker…

    Anitas last blog post..George Carlin, dead at 71

  3. Linda Says:

    Hi Anita… sorry for the mis-spelling! Give my apologies to Mary! Are you kidding me? Wylan did not seem too gung ho on going green! You surprised me on that one!

    Steve has alot on his plate! He seems to be a really good guy with a really cute kid! The skunk costume was just absolutely adorable! His wife is really a patient strong woman!

    Lindas last blog post..Greensburg Episode 3

  4. Condo Blues Says:

    I’m really enjoying how Greensburg is showing both the pros and cons of green housing technology like mentioning the increased up front costs such as using ICF, for example. I also like how they are showing the different green options the families choose in this episode that proves that there are many different ways and technologies to use when building a green home.

    Condo Bluess last blog post..Turn a Picture Frame Into Raised Dog Feeder!

  5. Linda Says:

    Absolutely! There are many choices to make along with what your budget can handle. Anything to reduce your footprint and save yourself some money in the long run!

  6. Brad Says:

    Wylan Fleeman, Butch Conrad and I would get along just great! 🙂

    Brads last blog post..Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less, Why Wait?

  7. Hollie Muntz Says:

    Hi, it was really disappointing that Planet Green showed my home and acted as tho it was my mother-in-law & sister-in-law’s home. They interviewed my husband and me…wish they’d gotten the facts straight!

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Hollie … Anita commented about that after the episode aired. I am sorry to hear that! Perhaps in a future episode, they will correct their error and place you and your home together. Let’s hope so! If not, they will know when they read this blog, right?

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