Mission Accomplished on August 27, 2008
SSG Travis Strong
SSG Strong, now 31, was in the middle of his second tour in Iraq when the Stryker armored combat vehicle he was patrolling in was hit by a roadside bomb called an explosively formed penetrator.
He lost both of his legs in that explosion and has undergone months of rehabilitation, recovery and therapy to learn how to use his new prosthetics.
Homes for Our Troops is proud to have presented this beautiful home to Travis and his family on August 27, 2008. A home that he can call his own and that will allow him to move freely and become more independent.
Building it Green!
For Travis Strong's home we installed a grid-tied 6.21 kW Photovoltaic system that will provide 80-90% of the electricity for the home because Colorado receives 300 days of sunlight per year. In addition there is a high-efficiency lighting system throughout the home.
The building envelope was insulated with R-value 6.8 per inch insulation (on 2x6 walls this provides an R-value of R37). This spray foam insulation not only acts as an outstanding insulator but also will provide an natural barrier for leakage.
The Strong Home will be heated with a geothermal heating system as the primary source of heat but we also installed radiant floor heating because Travis spends so much time on the floor. Our corporate sponsor Watts Radiant supplied that system.