There’s Green... and then there’s LEED. How close is your project to earning LEED for Homes certification? Probably much closer than you think. Try the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool. It’s FREE!
We gave this presentation to the Miami Valley Sierra Club last Sunday, in which we went through the LEED for Homes Scoring Tool credit by credit. Photo credit to THE ARBORS NEW URBAN SUBDIVISION Development Project by Judith Lewis' City Lands Development Company, LLC, New Homes Construction by Klotter Builders, Inc. The project was selected as one of 69 initial LEED for Neighborhoods projects.
Another inspiring vision of Judith's is that you could take a blighted urban brownfield and transform it into an amazing sustainable community and vibrant neighborhood by applying the U.S. Green Building Council's guidelines. Give us a call if you want to do it along the Mill Creek!
In 2001 the U.S. Green Building Council launched the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program. The USGBC is a non-profit, consensus based organization that has gathered together some of the best building standards from around the world. The standards are updated by the members of the USGBC every three years or so to keep pace with the evolving standards for the ASHRA (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning) and other standards. Photo credit to Solomon Gamboa who is creating the native wildflower and grasses landscape for the Frank Lloyd Wright Boulter House in Cincinnati, Ohio. Check out his blog for the Taking Root Campaign.
The presentation was an overview of the most recent update of the LEED for Home standards through leedforhomes.org, the pre-registration requirement checklist for LEED for Homes Registration. Even if you aren’t planning a new home, you will learn from the presentation how to design a sustainable landscape, reduce your water use, improve energy and comfort of your home or office, use regional, reused, recyclable and renewable materials and improve the indoor air quality of your home or office. Photo courtesy of Dovetail Wind and Solar. We are working on the LEED Gold Certification documentation, energy modeling shown, for their office in Madisonville, Ohio.
The take away was a self guided tour of the LEED projects in Cincinnati, in 3 hours you can tour Cincinnati’s LEED public buildings, including a University of Cincinnati premier LEED project, understand why the Cincinnati Zoo is one of the Greenest zoos in the world and finish your tour at the Moerlein Lager House, the Cincinnati’s Park Board’s first LEED project. On the way you’ll also see the first LEED Platinum Cincinnati Public School, the first LEED Platinum interior of a commercial building and Hamilton County’s renovation of the Times Star Building. The tour is planned for the Spring of 2014, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Photo of the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy Directory.
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For 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.