Updated Building Codes Mean Safer, Healthier Homes for Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, MO (May 2, 2024) As Kansas City debates the future of its building codes, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) urges lawmakers to consider what’s at stake: the safety, health, […]

Performance Compliance Path Offers Sustainable Solution Amid Rising Home Building Costs

KANSAS CITY, MO (April 25, 2024) Amid the rising steel frames and freshly poured foundations of Kansas City’s bustling construction sites, a pressing debate has emerged over the true cost […]

Metropolitan Energy Center awarded $400,000 from U.S. Department of Energy’s Buildings UP Prize

A buildings upgrade prize supported community-led transformation of existing buildings into more energy-efficient spaces that are ready for clean energy. Looking to get involved in this initiative for healthy buildings? […]

MEC receives $6.8 million to Support Resilient and Efficient Building Codes and Policy

July 12, 2023 Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) is pleased to announce we were one of 27 applicants to get the green light from the U.S. Department of Energy to provide […]

Study Links Home Weatherization to Improvements in Health for Children with Asthma

Kansas City, Mo. (August 1, 2023) Results from a new preliminary study indicate that weatherizing living spaces can dramatically improve children’s health by improving indoor air quality and reducing exposure […]

Environmental Justice and the Social Contract

written by MEC’s Buildings Department program manager, Mary English On January 5th, 2023, Kansas City’s largest utility, Evergy, announced plans to update the Hawthorn coal-burning power plant with a solar […]

April through October Houses: Observations after a Radio Interview

written by MEC’s Buildings Department program manager, Mary English One of the things I love about my profession is the fact that I learn new things regularly. My most recent […]

When Buildings Do Not Offer the Protection We Think They Do

KKFI Radio – Metropolitan Energy Center Shares Thoughts on Building Energy Efficiency and Streetlight EV Charging Stations

On KKFI Radio’s show for 7/12/21, listeners had the opportunity to hear from Mary English, Energy Program Manager, Building Performance, and Miriam Bouallegue, Project Manager, Sustainable Transportation, both with Metropolitan […]

Energy Myths Series: Batteries (Increasingly) Included

written by Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition director David Albrecht Batteries are ancient, by today’s tech standards.  Benjamin Franklin is the first person we know of to use the term, and the first […]