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What Do Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, IM Pei, Zaha Hadid and Annabelle Selldorf have in common with a Cincinnati LEED Platinum home?

Aug 6, 2019 1:45:29 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, What Does a LEED Home Look Like, LEED for Public Awareness

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Camden Homes Works Uniquely with Each Homeowner to Achieve Their Personal LEED Platinum

Jul 9, 2019 5:42:49 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, What Does a LEED Home Look Like, LEED for Public Awareness

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Achieving LEED Platinum isn’t an easy thing to do in any size home. Normally it requires solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. 

And Camden Homes has done that for one of their homeowners but for another that didn’t want solar panels they found other ways to achieve the highest LEED Certification for the maximum tax abatement in the City of Cincinnati.

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.

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You Can Design and Live in a Smaller Home, It's a LEED Benefit

May 27, 2019 6:50:44 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home

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Several years back, Naomi Nelson and Lou Doench were living in a loft-style, high-ceilinged industrial loft across from Old St. Mary Church in Over-the-Rhine.
 
And at the time, it was a perfect setup for the young couple. But when they wanted to start a family, they moved north -- to Northside – and into a 120-year-old home.
 
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How Would You Like To Generate Power For Your Neighbors?

Apr 2, 2019 9:52:43 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, What Does a LEED Home Look Like, LEED for Public Awareness

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That’s exactly the path the Russo-Butler home is on. Their energy bill was $21 in January 2019 (one of the coldest on record) and that’s before they install their solar panels. 

A major reason the home’s HVAC is so efficient is that they are on track to get 32.5 out of 34 max points for the system! I remarked that an electric car may be in their future.

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New Home Development on Ohio River Showcases How LEED Platinum and the 500-Year Floodplain Can Work Together to Achieve Net-Zero Energy Use.

Mar 18, 2019 5:09:27 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, What Does a LEED Home Look Like

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Craig Weis never thought he would be developing and building inside the City of Cincinnati. He got started building home in Columbia Tusculum and OTR before getting into a new LEED subdivision in Sayler Park.

And now he has built two LEED Platinum homes on the banks of the Ohio River and has lots for six more. Three along St. Peters Street and three along River Road.

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.

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Careful Planning Is Required For a LEED Platinum Home - The Same As An Incredible Work Of Art

Sep 26, 2018 10:34:31 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Green Home Tours, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Green Home Design, Cincinnati LEED home

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Typically a LEED Platinum Home needs a rainwater catchment system and solar panels to achieve the required number of points. Two things you can’t add on at the end without huge cost overruns.

Besides doing everything right the first time with regard to the U.S. Green building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification, the Skurow's also put on show their appreciation of great architecture, with a home that tells many stories while quietly standing guard over Liberty Street and that view of Cincinnati.

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.

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How Would You Like To Generate Power For Your Neighborhood?

Sep 8, 2018 3:29:19 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, What Does a LEED Home Look Like

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That’s exactly the path the Russo-Butler home is on. Their energy bill was $21 in January 2019 (one of the coldest on record) and that’s before they install their solar panels. 

A major reason the home’s HVAC is so efficient is that they are on track to get 32.5 out of 34 max points for the system! I remarked that an electric car may be in their future.

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Greenhouse Gases: Science-Based Targets Advance

Jun 25, 2018 4:07:04 PM / by Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief, Chemical Processing posted in Green Marketing, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Science Based Targets

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  More than 100 companies now use them for emissions reduction

Earth Day — April 22nd — marked the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, notes the Earth Day Network, www.earthday.org. So, it was fitting that at nearly the same time the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), announced that it had passed a major milestone.

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.

 

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The State of Sustainability in Cincinnati

Apr 10, 2018 12:19:10 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, Sustainability in Cincinnati

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Draft Presentation to General Electric's Offices at the Banks in Cincinnati April 19, 2018

Sustainability in Cincinnati has come a long way since 2002 when they received the results of an urban renewal report: 1. Establish a bridge fund to renovate OTR buildings for families, 2. Renovate Washington Park, and 3. Build a streetcar. 

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.

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“This Old - Green - House” inspires CFO to kick the 9-5 and become a builder.

Apr 2, 2018 3:31:53 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Marketing, LEED, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Cincinnati LEED home, What Does a LEED Home Look Like

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Decides to put his “TOOL” collection to work!

Seven years of flipping houses (buy, rehab, sell) gave Mark Pottebaum the motivation to quit his day job and go full time into the custom home business.

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.

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