Provided by the Cincinnati Green Education Advocacy and Lohre and Associates, Inc.
LEED is based on a series of categories and points in each category. You can mix and match different points to achieve the required number for the level of certification you want. The process starts with the square footage of the home and the number of bedrooms. The more bedrooms you have per square foot the lower the threshold becomes. In this case of a home that wasn’t designed for solar panels, increasing the number of bedrooms to six got the project well on the way to LEED Platinum.
One of his new owners, Debbie and Ken Welsh on St. Peter St., looked for more than one year for the perfect next home to renovate and flip. Then they met Craig and saw the great location and river views his lots offered and they were hooked. The Welshs had lived in the area for almost 15 years and lived all over the tri-state. Their 3500-sq.-ft. home has geothermal wells that are 200-ft. deep.
All photos by David Steinbrunner.
Stephanie and Fred Skurow raised their family in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill. Now the kids have left home and it was Stephanie’s turn to decide their next move. She had always wanted to live downtown, next to her job at a regional bank.
More than 100 corporations worldwide now are using targets that have been approved by the group’s team of experts for emissions reductions that align with the goals of the Paris Accord. (For more on the Paris Accord, see: “Look Beyond the Paris Accord Pullout.”) These targets are called science-based because they reflect the level of decarbonization necessary to hold global temperature increase below 2°C compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
16 years later we are reaping the benefits of the implementation of those suggestions.
Thanks to the Fortune 500 companies in downtown Cincinnati for contributing to the "Bank" that would lend money to those that wanted to rebuild in OTR but couldn't get a loan. Traditional banks could find no comparables so no loan. Even in 2014 one homeowner at the corner of 14th and Elm Streets went to 46 banks seeking a loan to renovate a 1800s building into three units. It got LEED Platinum in 2017.
His first custom home job commenced in 2015 and by 2017, he and his team had started 15 homes. Mark grew up working with his Grandfather building homes and decks. That’s where his obsession with tool collecting started and if was just logical to put them to work building club houses for his friends as well as stating a lawn mowing business. Mark studied accounting in college but still continued to collect tools and work on major projects around the house until he purchased a fixer-upper to entertain he and his wife on weekends! Mark continued to rehab homes until in 2012 he decided to start Redknot Homes and quit his CFO job. Redknot has continued to grow every year since then and 2017 was a record year for custom homes with 15 started.
But Mark doesn’t just build custom homes anywhere, he specializes in building into the hillsides along the Ohio River and throughout the region. Mark also specializes in second homes for families looking for something different. And young professionals who grew up in traditional homes and want something uniquely their own. Also, business professionals that are relocating from Europe are a segment Mark likes to serve. Former builder, Perry Bush is Redknot’s home designer, and Audbry Welsch is Redknot’s interior designer, she helps with hardware and finishes selection. Contemporary modern versus ultra modern is what is popular now. Redknot also builds for other architects.