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What Does Design Have to do with Green Building Consulting?

Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 01:17 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Cincinnati, Cincinnati Design, Design Agency

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Designer Spotlight

Sure, we keep telling you that 10,000 design professionals receive Blink annually, and the online catalog is available to over 50,000 art specifiers, but what kinds of people is this list really compiled of?

Today, we spotlight 5 of these designers and what it is they really do…

 

KNA Design | Residential & Hospitality

Complementing KNA’s award-winning design talent is sound technical expertise, as well as a practical approach to project management. During each phase of the project, from initial concept, through design development, to final installation, KNA seeks to distinguish their work through rigorous attention to detail, high standards and meticulous follow-through.

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Employing the highest standard of excellence and quality, KNA provides an extensive selection of professional services including:

  • Interior Architecture & Design

  • Program Development

  • Master Planning

  • Dedicated Project Management

  • Sub-Contractor Negotiations / Management

  • Peer Review / Assessment

  • Custom Furniture, Light fixture, Textile and Carpet Design

  • Art & Artifact Selection

  • FF&E and Art / Artifact Design

  • Restaurant & Hotel Wardrobe / Costume Design

  • Interior Perspectives

  • Tableware and Amenity Selection / Design

  • Procurement

  • Site Verification

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Valerie Pasquiou | Residential & Commercial Design

Undeniably modern yet able to blend different world cultures with a variety of historic periods, Valerie Pasquiou’s designs are refreshingly unique and consistently timeless. And though HOUSE & GARDEN named her one of ‘The 100 Best Designer in the U.S.’, Valerie is humble about her highly sought after signature style… as if it were formed out of necessity.

Commercial Design

“Ask someone what they remember seeing at a store, restaurant, or office they’ll probably mention the biggest, the brightest, or the loudest things. Personality and essence are expressed in physical surroundings and have the power to entertain, educate and entice.”

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Perkins+Will | Public, Healthcare, Commercial & Hospitality Design

Perkins+Will was founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives – in commerce, culture and communities. By gaining a holistic view of their clients’ vision, needs and context, and adding creativity and innovation, P+W’s work solves complex problems and transforms their clients’ businesses and missions, often helping to make them leaders in their fields. They believe that great design has the power to do this.
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Working with all types of businesses and institutions, the Perkins+Will design team engages and immerses themselves in each client’s culture, mission, values and objectives. They blend intensive research, planning and design to create environments that meet strategic business objectives and support people while they work, learn, live and heal.

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Tom Stringer Design Partners | Residential & Commercial Design

Reflecting its founder’s spirited personality and love of adventure, Tom Stringer Design Partners creativity is simultaneously rooted in the classics while offering clients a multi-layered and modern approach to color, texture and personal interests.

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With the same energy that motivates his own love of travel and collecting, Tom and his creative team incorporate their clients’ passions into their design schemes—creating a kind of relaxed glamour that’s both deeply personal and truly unique.

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House Beautiful magazine repeatedly names Tom Stringer Design Partners to its list of the nation’s top interior design firms and the studio’s work has been featured in many publications, including Elle Décor, Traditional Home, Luxe and CS Interiors.

Commercial Design 8“There’s no one-size-fits-all ‘look’ to our projects,” says Tom, “Each is specifically tailored to a client. If we do our job well, at the end there should be no trace of us— just a happy client.”

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David Micheal Miller Associates | Residential Design

David has been practicing interior design for over twenty-five years, establishing himself in the Southwest after completing his interior design training in Chicago, Illinois.

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Founded in 1989, David Michael Miller Associates began as, and continues to be today, a boutique residential interior design studio, renowned for creating interiors that are rich, understated and aesthetically enduring.

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“When you enter the home you’re immediately aware of a sense of calm, restful luxury.”

- House Beautiful Magazine

 
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“As with all Miller interiors, the design for the home recedes into simple elegance while remaining provocative and evocative: this is the David Michael Miller paradox.”

-Design & Architecture Magazine

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One Hour Green Building Marketing Tour of Cincinnati

Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 12:37 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Cincinnati, Green Building Marketing, Cincinnati Advertising, Cincinnati Marketing

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Cincinnati Ohio has one of the most concentrated LEED building collections in the world. A quick one hour tour will show you who's a part of this movement.

William_Manning_CplusRA1-300.jpgThe tour starts at the Fire Station No. 9 in Avondale. After your breakfast at Sugar N Spice, step out side and notice the gleaming white concrete blocks that keep the building cool in the summer. The solar shades on the south side also help along with the concrete parking areas. The grounds have native and adaptive landscaping. The polished concrete floors are stained blue in the living quarters. We have used the community room for classes to pass the LEED AP exam. The only problem is that you have to evacuate if the house gets a call requiring all the trucks to leave! Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy hosted an educational event for the opening of the station. Mayor Mark Mallory came and addressed the attendees.

North_Avondale_School_-_2-300.jpgAs we travel south on Reading Road to the North Avondale Cincinnati Public School we'll discuss how Ginny Frazier, a teacher at CPS who couldn't catch a breath in the new schools CPS was building, partnered with Joel Stout, president of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, to convince CPS to build to LEED standards and along the way got legislation passed in Ohio to require all educational funds reach LEED standards. North Avondale has an active after school green mentoring program run by Ginny Frazier and her Alliance for Interconnection and Connectivity non-profit enviromental advocacy organization. Ohio Leads the Nation with 100 LEED-Certified Public Schools and Hundreds More in the Pipeline,"Ohio is the recognized nationwide leader in sustainable school design, with more than 300 total schools either registered or certified through LEED. On average, Ohio’s first 100 certified schools have been designed to use 35 percent less energy and an average of 37 percent less water than comparable buildings constructed and operated to traditional standards. In addition, these schools provide healthier indoor environments conducive to learning."

1706_Martha1_Northwind_-_12_-300.jpgBut city buildings and schools aren't the only revolution going on in Cincinnati, in 2007 the city wanted to encourage sustainable homes and chose the USGBC LEED requirements to take all the paper work out of the program. It took off like gangbusters, developers turned around in their tracks to the suburbs and returned to build exclusively within Cincinnati. The owners of these homes bring valuable income tax, improve the building base and provide jobs in the city. The next stop will be the Northwind Subdivision of Potter Hill Homes in Northside. It's a cute collection of smaller LEED Silver homes. Of all the many homes in the neighborhood only one owner didn't want the LEED Certification. Potter Hill Homes also offers a solar panel and geothermal package to help the home approach net-zero energy.

P1080309_-_300.jpgNext stop on the wild side. The Cincinnati Zoo also started the movement with zoos in the nation with the Harold C Schott Education Center. This building is a good representation of what a fully featured green building. From the orientation of the building with the solar panels facing the sun and one of the state largest rain gardens in front. The interior of the building tells a visual story of a building you can almost eat: the linoleum floor, wheat straw board, shellac finish, cement paneling and top it off with one of the first waterless urinals in the city. As we drive by the 1600 watt solar panel array which anchors the LEED Platinum entrance village, it produces 20% of the zoo electricity. When the public parks their car under the array and sees solar energy in action, they know renewable energy is here to stay. The zoo represents one of the city's best marketing tools, it attracts visitors from all walks of life. New converts can see how the zoo's projects contribute to sustainability and their excellent signage takes it home for them. You'll note in the photo that the Entry Village restrooms have solar hot water generators on the roof.

UC_Steger_-_2_-300.jpgCincinnati has another pioneer in sustainable building practices, the University of Cincinnati. Through the vision of the University's architect, Mary Beth McGrew, the university recognizes the quality of construction of the LEED process and that it represents the best value for their supporters and doners. UC built one of the first LEED projects in the region in 2002, the Recreation Center and quickly followed up with a unique building that took lemons and made lemonade. The Steger Student Center is an worldwide award winning project that uses the long narrow site which faced the sun and used it to bring light and beautiful views to the occupants. UC has renovated the Van Worner and the Teacher's college as well, demonstrating that you can reuse existing shells and preserve the history and quality of the university while being sustainable.

Lohre_And_Assoc_-_1_-_300.jpgAs we get closer to downtown, we'll cruise by our LEED Platinum office or condo at 126A West 14th St. just to the north of Washington Park, which was built to LEED standards but never certified. One reason I could tell is that they ran the ventilation fans like mad for a several days before opening to meet the indoor air quality standrads. You have to pump 24 cubic feet of air for each square foot of floor space before occupancy!  Our office is the Greenest Office in Cincinnati as awarded by the Cincinnati Business Courier. They started ranking the Green Buildings in Cincinnati in 2014. It's one list we wish we weren't on top of! The office has also been included in a blog post of the top ten Greenest Projects in the world. We're very proud of our sustainable space. 

Times_Star_300.jpgNext is the Times Star Building. Built in 1933 by the Taft Family it was designed as a newspaper production facility. The long low section housed the printing presses and the 14 story tower was home to the Tafts apartment on top and the executive offices below. It's a great building to tour and much appreciated in Cincinnati. Congratulations to Hamilton County for making the effort to make this star shine. It took quite a bit of work to improve the heating systems, lighting systems, water systems, windows, reduce off gassing of interior furniture and improve interior air quality. Recycling and sustainable consumable programs were also put in place.

P1080358_-300.jpgWe'll wind up our tour at the LEED Certified Moerlein Lager House. Cincinnati's first LEED resturant and the Cincinnati Park Board's first LEED project. Really there another attempt for the first LEED restaurant in Cincinnati but an error in their application prevented it from becoming certified. To obtain the tax abatement for a commercial project you have to get approval from the city before starting construction. The confusion came about because for homes in Cincinnati to get the tax abatement you have to get your LEED Certification first and then apply for the tax abatement. The same thing happened to another project but at least we were able to get it LEED Platinum Certified. If and when it ever is used for residential, it will be able to receive the Cincinnati tax abatement.

I hope you have enjoyed this tour of Cincinnati's LEED projects. Our most recent effort to promote the local Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council has been a series of Green Home tours. You can learn more at the Green Living Member Circle website page. I hope to see you on one of the tours. Subscribe to our newsletter if you would like to get the tour announcements. And as always, I'm available to walk you through the things you can do sustainably for your home or office. Just stop by our office and we can catch some lunch in OTR.

OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman called today’s announcement “exciting, and certainly a statement on how Ohio has embraced environmentally friendly design. These projects, which represent a commitment to both our schoolchildren and the future of our environment, are the direct result of innovative teamwork from architects, construction managers, trade contractors and our project partners, the local school districts. I commend them for their accomplishments.”

Ohio is the recognized nationwide leader in sustainable school design, with more than 300 total schools either registered or certified through LEED. On average, Ohio’s first 100 certified schools have been designed to use 35 percent less energy and an average of 37 percent less water than comparable buildings constructed and operated to traditional standards. In addition, these schools provide healthier indoor environments conducive to learning.

- See more at: http://ohio.realestaterama.com/2013/12/11/ohio-leads-the-nation-with-100-leed-certified-public-schools-and-hundreds-more-in-the-pipeline-ID0631.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3248445#sthash.DimOQXrs.dpuf
Ohio Leads the Nation with 100 LEED-Certified Public Schools and Hundreds More in the Pipeline - See more at: http://ohio.realestaterama.com/2013/12/11/ohio-leads-the-nation-with-100-leed-certified-public-schools-and-hundreds-more-in-the-pipeline-ID0631.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3248445#sthash.DimOQXrs.dpuf
Ohio Leads the Nation with 100 LEED-Certified Public Schools and Hundreds More in the Pipeline - See more at: http://ohio.realestaterama.com/2013/12/11/ohio-leads-the-nation-with-100-leed-certified-public-schools-and-hundreds-more-in-the-pipeline-ID0631.html?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=3248445#sthash.DimOQXrs.dpuf
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Would you pay $200,000 for this tiny house?, Green Building Marketing

Thu, Nov 05, 2015 @ 09:08 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Cincinnati, Green Building Marketing, Cincinnati Marketing Agencies, Cincinnati Marketing

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The developer of Cincinnati’s first tiny houses is getting ready to start construction on the homes in Over-the-Rhine.

Brad Cooper, who launched Start Small Homes after he received a $100,000 grant from People’s Liberty, expects construction to begin soon on the two small homes. Cooper's project explores tiny homes as a solution to affordable housing, working to create a market-rate solution for diversely affordable home ownership opportunities.

One of the homes will be sold at market rate, with a list price of $200,000. Going by the usable square footage, that’s about $690 per square foot.

But Cooper said it’s not fair to compare the tiny house’s price on the traditional per-square-foot measurement since it requires all of the infrastructure of a full-sized house.

The other home will be sold to a low-income household rate. Cooper said he is still working out the details on pricing for that home.

Cooper, who is a trained architect, originally wanted to price the homes at $70,000 each. The homes also were originally designed to be smaller with a total of 200 square feet of living space. But he still says at $200,000, a buyer would be getting the tiny home at a good value.

During events held throughout the summer, about 75 people have showed up to learn more about the tiny houses.

Each two-story tiny home has a kitchen and living space on the first floor complete with a refrigerator, butcher block counter and cabinets, and the second floor has a bathroom and the bedroom.

People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab that invests directly in individuals, has helped Cooper through the process. Jake Hodesh, vice president of operations at People’s Liberty, said they have been working to understand all the processes that go along with building a tiny house.

“We’ve learned alongside Brad what it means to build a tiny home,” Hodesh said. “We’re investing in projects that haven’t been done before.”

The homes, located at 142 and 144 Peete St., will have solar panels and are designed to take advantage of passive cooling. Cooper expects utilities to cost about $50 per month.

Cooper doesn’t have additional sites for more tiny homes at this point, but he has learned ways to bring the prices down. By building more tiny houses at one time, as well as getting smaller lots or building multiple tiny homes on the same lot, he believes he would be able to bring prices down.

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GREEN HOME TOURS: REVEALING WHAT’S POSSIBLE

Fri, Mar 20, 2015 @ 11:35 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Cincinnati, LEED, Cincinnati Marketing Agencies, Cincinnati Advertising Agency

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Event highlights home technology that saves money, helps environment. Published online March 16, 2015. Published in the paper March 20, 2015.

Carrie Blackmore Smith 

 

Wright Green Home, Cincinnati Enquirer photo by Meg Vogel
Jaws dropped around the modern kitchen in the two-story home in Mount Airy.

Visitors were there for a tour of the energy-efficient three-bedroom, three-bath home – equipped with an office, woodshop and garage. They’d just learned that heating and cooling the house cost only $300-$400
a year.

“You want to go see it?” owner Edward Wright asked, referring to the geothermal system in the basement which pulls heat from down in the ground in the winter and circulates cooler temps up from below in the summer.

Heads vigorously nodded. And Wright led the group into the basement to see how green energy works on a small-scale.

There are no gas lines running to
 the airtight home, architect Wright continued to explain, everything runs on electric. Much of the cost will be made up in energy savings and tax abatement, he said.

The Wrights were the latest homeowners to open their doors to a tour started at the end of last year by Chuck Lohre, a marketing professional and Clifton resident with a
 passion for green living.

Lohre is a volunteer and former board member of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization on a mission to “transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life,” according to its website.

These tours show the public what is possible, Lohre said, and they help individuals understand what sort of tax breaks are available when going the green route.

Brad Cooper’s tiny home – a winner of a $100,000 grant from People’s Liberty – is on the tour in November and a farmhouse in Verona, Kentucky, where a woman is growing edamame will be featured in September.

On the first tour, visitors saw the Kinsman home in Northside. LEED
 Silver certified, it was built with a tight form and heated with solar hot water panels on the roof, Lohre said, which send warmth into the floor on the first and second stories of the house. There is no furnace.

“I’m trying to start a movement for the general public to learn that there are better ways to live – and your home and community should be a central part of it,” Lohre said. “I have gotten to know just about all of the architects, engineers and developers in the region but the public still wasn’t learning about these better ways to plan, build and live.”

Spots are still available for the free
 tours coming up this year. To register, email , or call, 513-260-9025.

The tours include:
 

The Nutter residence in Mount Carmel, March 21 is fully booked. 

Imago for the Earth Conscious Community in Price Hill, April 25, 9-11 a.m. 

The Fritz residence at Sun Sugar Farms in Verona, Kentucky, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to noon 

The Fischer residence in Milford, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to noon 

Brad Cooper’s tiny OTR home, Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to noon.

Wright Green Home, Cincinnati Enquirer photo by Meg Vogel

Architect Edward Wright designed his Mt. Airy home three years ago and presented it at the Green Homes Tour in early March. 

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Wright Residence Green Home Tour Feb 21

Sun, Feb 01, 2015 @ 05:21 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, Cincinnati, USGBC Cincinnati, Cincinnati Advertising Agency

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Wright Residence - 
Free, Green Home Tour
Feb 21
10 am till Noon

This Mt. Airy / Northside home has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification They should save about $40,000 over the additional five year period of the tax savings, easily paying for the approximate $20,000 in better materials, systems and fees. This home is designed so the owners can age-in-place, accessibility and adaptability are planned into the project. Zero-step entry, Doors are wider, wider hallways and bathrooms.

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Thanks to Owner/Architect Edward Wright of Wright Design for inviting us into his home. Attendees receive a great swag bag including info about the local U.S. Green Building Council's Green Living Member Circle, edible Ohio Valley Magazine, Park+Vine, Cincinnati Metro, Building Value and a gift basket raffle chance with items from Method Home, edible Ohio Valley Magazine Subscription, Cresbi Crate and more.

Please join us at the Wright Residence Feb 21, 2015 from 10 till Noon - There's no charge for the tour, max of 20 people, registration required, email chuck@lohre.com or call 513-260-9025 to register. Address will be provided after you register. 

Other tours for 2015: 
• Mar 21, 10 till Noon - Nutter Residence, Mt. Carmel, OH
• Apr 25, 9 till 11 am - Imago for the Earth Conscious Community, Price Hill, Cincinnati, OH
• May 16, 10 till Noon - Boulter Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect, Clifton, Cin., OH
• Sep 12, 10 till Noon - Fritz Residence, Sun Sugar Farms, Verona, KY
• Oct 3, 10 till Noon - Fischer Residence, Milford, OH
• Nov 14, 10 till Noon - Brad Cooper Tiny Home, Cincinnati, OH

Sincerely, Chuck Lohre, Chair Green Living Member Circle U.S. Green Building Council Cincinnati Regional Chapter

"There's no such thing as a free lunch . . .,"Krista Atkins Nutter, Architect.


Register for the Free Wright Residence LEED Gold Green Home tour Feb 21. Be amazed, get a great swag bag and possibly win the raffle!
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Gaitan Residence Green Marketing Home Tour

Mon, Jan 05, 2015 @ 04:22 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, Cincinnati, Green Home Tours

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Gaitan Residence Green Home Tour Jan 17

 

 

Cincinnati Green Home Tour

Gaitan 
Residence 
Free, Green 
Home Tour
Jan 17
10 am till Noon

 

Gaitan Residence Green Home Tour

Brand new 3 story home includes three bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, media room and two car garage. Paul's style merges 
Italianate Over-The-Rhine and contemporary.

Gaitan Residence Green Home Tour

On track for LEED Silver and saving thousands from Cincinnati's LEED tax abatement, Paul shows off the Merv 13 air filter which improves indoor air quality.

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Media room opens out onto a large deck, the view contains new construction and renovations all around with the new Washington Park a block away.

Gaitan Green Home Tour

 

Attendees receive a great swag bag including info about the local U.S. Green Building Council's Green Living Member Circle, Greener Stock, Building Value, Park+Vine, Big Ass Fans, Gilkey Windows, Cincinnati Metro, Rumpke Recycling and a gift basket raffle chance with items from Method Home, Cresbi Crate and more.

Please join us at the Paul Gaitan Residence Jan 17, 2015 from 10 till Noon - There's no charge for the tour, max of 20 people, registration required, email chuck@lohre.com or call 513-260-9025 to register. Address will be provided after you register. 


Other tours for 2015:
• Feb 21, 10 till Noon - Wright Residence, Northside, Cincinnati, OH 
• Mar 21, 10 till Noon - Nutter Residence, Mt. Carmel, OH
• Apr 25, 9 till 11 am - Imago for the Earth Conscious Community, Price Hill, Cincinnati, OH
• May 16, 10 till Noon - Boulter Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect, Clifton, Cin., OH
• Sep 12, 10 till Noon - Fritz Residence, Sun Sugar Farms, Verona, KY
• Oct 3, 10 till Noon - Fischer Residence, Milford, OH
• Nov 14, 10 till Noon - Brad Cooper Tiny Home, Cincinnati, OH

Sincerely, Chuck Lohre, LEED AP ID+C

"There's no such thing as a free lunch . . .,"Krista Atkins Nutter, Architect.

 


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Chuck Lohre, LEED AP and Documentation ConsultantFor a no obligation green building consultation for your home or office please contact Chuck Lohre, LEED AP ID+C. He'll go over the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Reference Guide with you and offer helpful suggestions for Green Building Consultants, Architects, Interior Designers, Building Material Suppliers and Contractors. You can even borrow the Reference Guide if you like. Article from the Cincinnati Business Courier.

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2015 Green Marketing Home Tours

Sat, Jan 03, 2015 @ 09:44 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, Business to Business Marketing, B2B Marketing, Cincinnati Advertising, Business to Business Advertising, Business to Consumer Advertising, Cincinnati Advertising Agency

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Cincinnati Green Home Tour

Jan 17

Gaitan Residence
Green Home Tour
10 am till Noon

Paul Gaitan has created a wonderful brand new Cincinnati row house in one of the most desirable locations
near Washington Park. Come join us for this first of eight tours scheduled for 2015. Limited to 20 guests, contact Chuck Lohre, chuck@lohre.com, 
513-260-9025 for a reservation.

Wright Residence Green Home Tour

Feb 21

Wright Residence Green Home Tour
10 am till Noon

Heather and James Kinsman of the Nov 2014 tour encouraged architect Edward Wright to share his update on Mid-Century Modern
and LEED home in Northside with us. Limited to 20 guests, contact Chuck Lohre, chuck@lohre.com
513-260-9025 for a reservation.

Cincinnati Business Courier and USGBC Green Business Awards

Mar 5

Cincinnati Business
Courier and Cincinnati
Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council - Green Business Awards

They have included hundreds of sustainable organizations in the Tri-State. Learn more at USGBC Cincinnati.

Nutter Residence Green Home Tour

Mar 21

Nutter Residence
Green Home Tour
10 am till Noon

One of the leaders in sustainable design in the Tri-State. We have had many student tours at the home and always learn new things about how high performance homes perform and their care. Limited to 20 guests, contact Chuck Lohre, chuck@lohre.com,
513-260-9025 for a reservation.


Gaitan Green Home Tour

The Gaitan Residence is on track to be a LEED Silver home. Tour: Sat., Jan 17, 10 am to Noon - Free, Max of 20 people, Registration required, email chuck@lohre.com or call 513-260-9025. The home is located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Over-The-Rhine. Address will be provided when you register.

Attendees receive a great swag bag including info about the local U.S. Green Building Council's Green Living Member Circle, Greener Stock, Building Value, Being Green in Cincinnati, Park+Vine, Big Ass Fans, Gilkey Windows, Cincinnati Metro, Rumke Recycling and raffle chance for items from Method Home, Cresbi Crate and more.

 

Hi friend,

We're offering eight 2015 sustainable home tours in the hope that a community of passionate individuals will come together and promote green building in the Tri-State through the local Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council's Green Living Member Circle. Here are the other tours for 2015:

• Apr 25, 9 till 11 am - Imago for the Earth Conscious Community, Price Hill, Cincinnati, OH
• May 16, 10 till Noon - Boulter Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright Architect, Clifton, Cincinnati, OH
• Sep 12, 10 till Noon - Fritz Residence, Sun Sugar Farms, Verona, KY
• Oct 3, 10 till Noon - Fischer Residence, Milford, OH
• Nov 14, 10 till Noon - Brad Cooper Tiny Home, Cincinnati, OH

Go to Green-Cincinnati.com to learn more, Limited to 20 guests, contact Chuck Lohre, chuck@lohre.com, 513-260-9025 for a reservation.

Sincerely, Chuck Lohre

"There's no such thing as a free lunch . . .,"Krista Atkins Nutter, Architect.

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Cool Green Marketing Events for November 2014

Wed, Nov 05, 2014 @ 11:21 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, Cincinnati, LEED, LEED Certification, Cincinnati Marketing Agencies, Cincinnati Advertising Agency

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ReSource Shred-It Event

Nov 6

FREE ReSource Shred Event for Non-Profits
8:30 am to 4 pm

Help divert thousands of pounds of paper from local landfills by volunteering to help with ReSource Shred Event. Contact Chuck Lohre 513-260-9025 to select the morning or afternoon shift. Non-ReSource member organizations will need to present a copy of their 501(c)(3) letter of determination from the IRS in order to participate in the event. 

Kinsman Residence LEED Silver

Nov 8

Kinsman Residence Tour
10 am to Noon

Come join us to experience one of the most futuristic homes in the Tri-State. It doesn't have a boiler! Heat is supplied by solar hot water panels on the roof; along with natural venitlation it proves that you may not need the power company. Learn more about the home. Attendance is limited to 20. We'll have a great swag bag and a raffle! Register with Chuck Lohre at 513-260-9025 or chuck@lohre.com.

Wee Folk Art Corn Husk Dolls

Nov 15

Corn Husk Doll Making Class
10:30 to Noon

Class size is limited. Registration is required. Instructor: Mary Dudley, Civic Garden Center Youth Education Coordinator Fee: $5 per participant A fall classic. Enjoy some cider and stories as we make corn husk dolls and learn about holiday traditions from the past. 513-221-0981 or email for more info. Thanks to Wee Folk Art for the photo.

Wee Folk Art Corn Husk Dolls

Nov 20

ALI's Green STEM at the Summit Annual Gathering
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Features biology scholar, Dr. Hamid Eghbalnia. Dr Eghbalnia will discuss the intersection of health, the environment, and community. Enjoy a light meal, including soup, salad and delicious appetizers, music and cash bar at the Summit Restaurant. Tickets can be purchased by visiting ALI. or contact Ginny Frazier, 513-541-4607.

LEED for Homes CincinnatiThe Kinsman Residence is a LEED Certification level Silver home that's boiler free. Heating and natural cooling from passive and thermal solar sources. Tour: Sat., Nov. 8, 10 am to Noon - Free, Max of 20 people, Registration required, email chuck@lohre.com or call 513-260-9025. The home is located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside. Address will be provided when you register. Home blog.

Attendees receive a great swag bag including info about Greener Stock, Building Value, AIA CRAN Awards, Whole Foods, Being Green in Cincinnati, Park+Vine, Big Ass Fans, Gilkey Windows, Cincinnati Metro, Rumke Recycling and raffle chance for items from Method Home, Patagonia Provisions, Cresbi Crate and more.

 

Hi friend,

We plan to continue offering sustainable home tours every month in the hope that a community of passionate individuals will come together and promote green building in the Tri-State. We'll be publishing 2015's list of tours in January, so RSVP to this month's tour and let us know if you have an idea for a tour as well. We are most interested in LEED, Permaculture, Home Gardening, Living Building Challenge, Historical Preservation, Passive House, Material Reuse and Cradle-To-Cradle projects.

Sincerely, Chuck Lohre

"The best way to predict the future is to invent it," Alejandro Agag, Formula E CEO

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Coveted Sustainability: An Art Show in Cincinnati

Thu, Jul 17, 2014 @ 09:24 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, Cincinnati Marketing Agencies, Cincinnati Advertising Agency

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We hope you can make the show, especially August 1 for LumenoCity. We have great view of Music Hall and the park.

Opening Reception July 25, 2014; Aug. 1, 2014 for LumenoCity and closing Reception August 29, 2014; 6 to 11 p.m. Otherwise by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F.

For Immediate Release
From:  Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy and Lohre & Associates, Inc.
Contact: Chuck Lohre, LEED AP ID+C
Chuck@lohre.com
513-260-9025
http://green-cincinnati.com/coveted-sustainability-an-art-show/

Coveted Sustainability: An Art Show
A local green advocate/educator presents his curated collection of everyday goods representing the conscience intersection of aesthetics, craft and engineering

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(Cincinnati, July 17, 2014) What is art? This question has long challenged philosophers and artists. Art in the invariable march of history is given significance and meaning through emotional reaction, through connection and through intention with the audience. Art is therefore relational. One must relate to the artist, the piece and the story behind it. This is what has sustained art throughout the ages.

Local green educator and conscience materials advocate Chuck Lohre adds to the discussion by presenting “Coveted Sustainability: An Art Show” at his Over-the-Rhine office. Not only will Lohre showcase beautiful objects that represent sustainability, but in the process, will artfully contribute to the sustainable movement here in Cincinnati by combining his passion for all things green with his love of art, engineering, materials and aesthetics.

To spark discussions on whether “beautiful art can be sustainable” Lohre curated a small capsule of commonly used items that range from functionality of a GoSun Solar Stove to the beautiful aesthetics of a handmade wooden tandem bicycle to the exquisiteness of intricately hand-woven baskets from Ghana, Africa.

Lohre has long been inspired by famous architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier and Walter Gropius, to name a few. It was his love of art and design that drew him into the world of architecture and his appreciation of craft and consciousness that drew him to sustainability. Lohre recognizes the need to give to future generations through an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but he also wants to create a balance between beauty, functionality, engineering and environmentalism, an art in and of itself.

“So much of what we create, consume and use has an impact, on us, on the environment and the people who create it. I wanted to showcase our ability to still have all the aesthetic luxuries we are accustomed to, and yet to do so responsibly. That is why I created ‘Coveted Sustainability,’” says Lohre. “I think the items I found are ‘covetable’ for a variety of reasons ranging from their aesthetic and engineering genius to their eco-friendly function.” They’re also all examples of legacy design, Lohre continues, “Most of the items are built to last and can be handed down to future generations.”

Showcasing these items isn’t simply about presenting their aesthetic appeal, Lohre contends.  Instead, spotlighting the goods is meant to spark a conversation about what they accomplish, how we relate to them and to the people who created them; most important, it is about the stories the items create in the process and finding true meaning in sustainability as we discover their inner beauty:

·      A handmade, wooden tandem bicycle made by Jay Kinsinger of Mt. Carmel, Ohio, and the best-of-show winner from 2014 North American Bike Show, displays the functionality of beautiful walnut wood. To prove it is just as functional as the latest carbon fiber bicycles, Jay and his son rode the bike across the country recently creating beautiful memories embodies in its form and its presence is a true tour de force.
·      Hand-woven baskets from Ghana made by local women. Funds from the sale of these baskets go back to help empower them and improve their livelihoods and their families.
·      GoSun Solar Stove is a locally made lightweight portable stove that has been four years in the making thanks to the efforts of Patrick Sherwin. This stove offers low-income households and those living in developing nations an energy efficient and sanitary method to harness the sun’s energy to cook food.
·      Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) from Phillips Lighting Company will be making one of its first U.S. appearances at the show. OLED makes rollable computer screens possible and will revolutionize portable displays.

These are just a few of the many items on display at the Green Cincinnati offices in Over-the-Rhine. Showcasing these green gems in the greenest office in the city makes Coveted Sustainability a show that no greenie, artist or advocate of either, will want to miss!

NOTE TO EDITORS: Opening Reception July 25, 2014; Aug. 1, 2014 for LumenoCity (our second floor office has a view of Music Hall) and closing Reception August 29, 2014; 6 to 11 p.m. Otherwise by appointment from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F.

Best Regards,
Chuck Lohre, chuck@lohre.com, President, LEED AP
Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, LEED Platinum Headquarters, http://www.green-cincinnati.com
126A West 14th Street, 2nd Floor, Cincinnati, OH 45202-7535
877-608-1736, 513-961-1174, Cell 513-260-9025, Fax 513-961-1192
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Green Globes is Great, but LEED is still in the Lead

Tue, Jan 14, 2014 @ 02:07 PM / by Lauren Campbell posted in Green Building Consulting, Green Marketing, Cincinnati, LEED, LEED Certification, Green Building, LEED Certification Documentation, Cincinnati Marketing

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Is Green Globes on the Rise? Not in Cincinnati!Green Globes

Last week it was announced that Jerry Yudelson, a national leader in green building advocacy, is the next president of the Green Building Initiative (GBI). The Portland, Oregon based non-profit organization is best known for its Green Globes rating system, a front line competitor to the USGBC’s LEED program. (Thank you GreenTravelerGuide.com for use of this photo). 

Jerry Yudelson has spent years of his life dedicated to green building. A leading consultant, he has published 13 books on the topic and was incremental in the development of Greenbuild, the nation’s largest annual green building conference. Yudelson has also achieved the high level ranking of LEED Fellow, which is a highly coveted title in the LEED industry, adding to his long list of green building credentials. Because of his longevity and prominence with LEED, switching to Green Globes seemed to come as a shock to those in the green building industry.

We here at Lohre and Associates are most educated with LEED building initiatives and are not too familiar with Green Globes. This is primarily because of LEED’s federal standing; all federal buildings must be built to LEED Sliver requirements, although Green Globes is also now in the running for such commendation. Because LEED is a federal requirement, federal tax incentives for building to LEED standards have increased LEED’s popularity.

Money Talks, Green Builders Listen

LEEDRegardless of who is working where, money talks, and it is speaking to LEED builders. One important reason that LEED has been so popular in Cincinnati (Cincinnati is ranked 3rd in the nation for green building) is due to the city property tax abatements that are available here. Individuals building a LEED building are granted tax incentives and Green Globes cannot compete with that, at least not yet. From a marketing standpoint, the ability to save individuals and companies money, not only through energy efficiency and sustainable design, but through tax abatements provides primary real estate in green building. 

Also the City of Cincinnati, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden and Cincinnati Public Schools build all of their buildings to LEED Certification. These are also part of the reason for the expolsion of LEED projects in the region.

There have been arguments made that Green Globes green building process is cheaper than LEED, however, there has yet to be definitive information provided by either party to prove this. We know that the tax incentives here in Cincinnati only recognize the LEED building process. If a person were to use the Green Globes rating system for their green building, the state, county and sity tax abatements would not apply, therefore that person would miss out on years of tax savings. 

If you enjoyed this blog post, you will also enjoy LEED Certification Documentation for Your Home or Office.

_______________________________________________________________________________For Chuck LEEDA no obligation free consultation on how to best market your green product, green service or green office please contact Chuck Lohre, LEED AP ID+C. He'll offer helpful marketing suggestions for understanding your buyer personas, creating content that speaks to your customers, finding the best places to advertise and managing prospect lists and email news.  Article from the Cincinnati Business Courier.

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