Morales Luganbill Residence Green Home Tour Agenda

May 23, 2017 2:48:04 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing

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9:30Arrive and set up coffee and sweets, one pot coffee and one pot tea and three pastries from local bakery.

9:45 Greet guests, Check off list and make note of donations if they aren't a member.

10:10 Introduce self
, Rebecca Kiefer, Chair Emerging USGBC professionals

Introduce Southwest Ohio USGBC Chapter Green Home Tour Series, Follow along with the brochure

  • Sep 16, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Melink Residence, Indian Hill. Steve Melink is the owner of Melink Corp. net-zero manufacturing facility. 
  • Oct 6, 2017, 6 to 8 pm, – Theobald Residence, Covington, KY. Builder and owner of the first private container home in the region. 
  • Oct 21, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Yankie Residence, Madeira, OH, possible LEED Platinum renovation. Paul Yankie of Green Building Consulting, owner and house captain. This renovation is an example of how to achieve LEED Platinum in the suburbs without solar, geothermal, a complete gut rehab, no easy access to community services. 
  • Nov 4, 2017, 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm, - Artichoke, OTR, Cincinnati, OH, possible LEED Gold retail home goods store renovation. 
  • Nov 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Chappel-Dick Residence, Bluffton, OH, LEED Platinum and registered Monarch Waystation. Andy Chappell-Dick, Design/Builder. Possible stops on the road trip could be the tiny home community in Dayton, OH and the shipping container home builder in Hamilton, OH.

Introduce sponsors - These tours are sponsored by The Sustainability Partnership of Cincinnati through a Gold Sponsorship of the local USGBC Chapter. The partnership includes:

    • Dovetail Solar and Wind - Dovetail has built over 385 renewable energy systems, totaling over 14.6 megawatts. Contact Julie Julie Jones.
    • Green Building Consultants HERS Rater and LEED Provider. They serve as a consultant to the owner or design team of commercial and residential properties. Contact Paul Yankie.
    • Greenbau Construction - Full Service Green Design + Build – With Anthony Beck, a Certified Green Professional Builder and his partner Steve Hampton, Architect, and LEED AP. Steve's Walnut Street home in OTR home was on the 2017 tour in March. If you want to see Steve's home or any other homes on the past or future tours, contact Chuck Lohre.
    • Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy offers commercial LEED documentation assistance and Green Building consulting for marketing, sustainability reports and passing the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams. Contact Chuck Lohre.
    • Greener Stock Sustainable Design and Building Supply - Owner Heather Curless is a LEED Accredited Architect can work with you and her partners on your project in every way, every step of the way. Whether it insulation made from recycled jean material to the highest end finishes you can imagine of course also made from sustainable materials.
    • Green Streets Green Roofs and Green Walls - offers consulting and installation of the latest, most effective storm water mitigation and reuse options. Rain water harvesting and landscaping can add 14 points to a residential LEED project. Contact Ben Haggerty or “Tre” Sheldon.
    • National Heating and Air Conditioning offer a wide range of heating & cooling products including the latest in energy efficient HVAC equipment, as well as insulation and home performance services. Contact Tim Stratton.
    • One Small Garden and Lifestyle offers tiny homes, raised beds, garden sheds and chicken coops. Juliann Gardener believes everyone has a green thumb, just add seeds, sun and water. Contact Juliann Gardener. 
    • Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati offers decorative, concrete artisans of stamped and colored concrete including patios, pool decks, driveways, and countertops. Patterned also offers permeable pavement that allows water to pass through the surface and back into to aquifers. Contact Contact Paul Schneider.
    • Tepe Services full service landscaping - Created the first certified Rain Garden in Hamilton County.  Drought resistant plants coupled with irrigation techniques that feed only what a plant needs directly to the source. Contact Greg Tepe.
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The Future of Skyscrapers - Sustainable Building Trends

May 22, 2017 9:47:29 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in USGBC, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, USGBC Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, green education, State of LEED, Sustainable Building Trends

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Skyscraper construction and design have remained largely unchanged over the last century. Builders have stuck to old materials and techniques. Several aspects of construction are due for radical changes to increase efficiency and improve sustainability. Greener alternatives are also gaining traction. To learn more, checkout the infographic below created by the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Masters in Civil Engineering degree program.

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Green Home Tours: A Very Sustainable Home in Cincinnati, May 27, 2017

May 15, 2017 10:12:07 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in USGBC, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, USGBC Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, green home tour, green education, State of LEED

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WHAT: Morales Luganbill, USGBC Green Home Tour

WHERE: Oakley Neighborhood, Cincinnati, OH (address provided after registration)

WHEN: Saturday May 27, 2017 10 am till Noon

Possible LEED Platinum home. It's a compact house on a small infill site in a walkable neighborhood. The large glass openings are concentrated on the south side to take advantage of passive solar. The exterior walls are offset double stud with spray foam insulation to limit thermal bridging and provide an air tight envelope. The heating system is hot water radiant. The cooling system uses high-efficiency mini-split heat pumps. 

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The State of LEED in Greater Cincinnati

May 1, 2017 1:36:29 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Earth Day, Business to Consumer Marketing, green home tour, green education, Ecologically Conscious Intentional Community, State of LEED

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 Just a bit of an overview of the State of LEED in the region. One firm dominates LEED Commercial Documentation because of their long experience and that they are a self-approving USGBC agent. They don’t have to wait to get approvals and can approve documentation inhouse. I do commercial documentation but can hardly compete with them.

 

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Ecologically Conscious Intentional Community Green Home Tour

Apr 24, 2017 3:10:32 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Earth Day, Business to Consumer Marketing, green home tour, green education, Ecologically Conscious Intentional Community

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WHAT: Earnshaw Ecohouse, USGBC Green Home Tour
WHERE: Address will be sent after registering, Mt. Auburn, Cincinnati
WHEN: Wednesday April 26, 2017 6 to 8 pm

This conscious community home’s goal is to be off the grid in 2017. You’ll learn some simple but very effective ways to limit energy use as well as reduce water consumption and eliminate waste. Their garden is an example of permaculture principals. All within a very low budget.

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Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Media Alert

Apr 18, 2017 12:07:01 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Earth Day, Business to Consumer Marketing, green education

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WHAT: The 47th Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food” 
WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
WHEN: Saturday “Official Earth Day”, April 22, noon- 7 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors offering Earth-friendly products and interactive educational activities, live music, a beer garden, petting zoo and recycling games.

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Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food”

Apr 11, 2017 9:54:05 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Earth Day, Business to Consumer Marketing, green education

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WHAT: The 47th Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food” 
WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
WHEN: Saturday “Official Earth Day”, April 22, noon- 7 p.m.

1:15 p.m. Environmental Awards presentation
1:30 p.m. Student Recycled Costume Contest
 

This free, family-friendly event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors offering Earth-friendly products and interactive educational activities, live music, a beer garden, petting zoo and recycling games.

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Adaptive Reuse: New Life for Old Buildings

Apr 3, 2017 9:38:46 AM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Green Home Tours, Business to Consumer Marketing, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Green Home Design, green education, Adaptive Reuse

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I'm excited to introduce you to this cool project in Vermont, so I thought I might as well do an entire article about adaptive reuse design.  Adaptive reuse is exactly what it sounds like - it's taking an old, abandoned, or derelict building and adapting it and making it useful for another purpose.  I'm sure you've seen this done many times in your area, like when an old school is turned into apartments or condos, or an old train station is turned into a museum.  Most often, the building has some historic or significant value, but it can even be turning an old warehouse into lofts or condos.  Adaptive reuse is a significant contribution to sustainable design by reducing the use of resources, reducing waste, saving historically significant architecture, and re-connecting a place to its past and community.

(The carcass of the abandoned Moran Municipal Generation Station, on Burlington's lakefront, inspired Tad Cooke (left) and Erick Crockenberg. Their charge: Turn the cavernous interior into an "innovation space." | Photo by Bear Cieri)

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Hampton Residence - USGBC Green Home Tour

Mar 27, 2017 2:56:41 PM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Green Home Tours, Business to Consumer Marketing, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Green Home Design, green education

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The Southwest Ohio USGBC Residential Green Building Committee’s March 2017 tour showcased the Hampton Residence on Walnut St. in the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati, an 1860 Italianate structure with three full floors, an unoccupied attic loft, roof-top deck and a full basement. The home was originally built as a 6-unit tenement property, but has been renovated into a single family home. The hosts of the tour were owner/architect Steve Hampton and his wife Jennifer Parr. From the beginning of the tour presentation, it was clear that visitors would be learning lessons in patience and compromise.

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Aging in Place: Longevity as Sustainability

Mar 26, 2017 10:48:23 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Business to Consumer Marketing, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Green Home Design, green education

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We are preparing to host another green home tour to a group of local high school students soon, so I’ve been thinking about all of the sustainable features in our home that I like to highlight on tours.  It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a student or scout group, so it will be nice to do a showing for education again. 

One of the topics that came up as I created my outline - one that I often forget about when discussing sustainability - is "Longevity as Sustainability."  One of the important concepts about building a sustainable home is making sure that you get what you really want and that it lasts a very long time, so that you don't have to replace things and contribute to the landfill problem.  For example, our exterior metal siding and roofing each have a 50 year warranty on the finish, and a lifetime warranty on the structure of the metal panels.  There's no asphalt roofing shingle on the market that can come close to that, so bam!  I never have to worry about my roof.  Ever.  That's nice, let me tell you.  Because now that my kids are older, I spend all of my time worrying about who's supposed to be where for what, at what time, and did they bring the right gear and enough snacks and water - know what I mean?  Who has time to worry about a roof, right?

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