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Repat seeks guidance, ideas and lessons learned on West Side for low carbon footprint home

I’m Michael Weekes, Buffalo Rising Online contributor, and I want to build an exciting new home on the West Side, turning a vacant lot or two into a metaphor for a new sustainable life in Buffalo.
 
After researching designs from companies including Flatpak, EcoSteel, Kieren Timberlake, PowerHouse, Blu Homes, Bluesky homes, Method Homes and Kaufmann, it’s time to find a site and work on the approval to execute a home that’s good for the earth as well as the soul.
 
If you know of local individuals, organizations or agencies to help take this idea and make it a reality (for an individual) contact the author via Buffalo Rising.
 
All it takes is the courage to start – let’s keep the momentum of Mass Ave Project, Five Points Bakery and others going… and continue to push sustainability toward a tipping point in Buffalo.
 
Let’s give others reasons to come to WNY to learn how to make green living a reality – another center of excellence and opportunity for ye ‘ol rustbelt… eh?
 
Open issues include: who is capable of building competitive green in WNY? What tax incentives or grants are available on the local, State or Fed level? Where is there land and who owns it/sells it? Who is passionate and visionary about green in Buffalo? What is a reasonable time line… is anyone else in the process of researching/building?
 
I choose to make my home in Buffalo.  How can Buffalo make it easier for me to do that seeing that there are few local green examples to learn from? What are the challenges that may lay ahead? Ultimately I would like to help lead the way for others to follow suit.
 
How can I align with the people and groups in Buffalo that may be able to smooth out the process so that I am not starting at ground zero? So others can take similar inventive designs and assemble them right here?
 
I am willing to break ground in May! If you can offer any guidance regarding locations, designs, insight, building codes, green suggestions, etc., please contact me.
 

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