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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Green Education for Our Youngest Citizens – Krista Atkins Nutter

Mar 13, 2017 8:07:32 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Green Home Design, green education

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In writing for the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy blog, I often wonder what topics readers of this blog will find most interesting. To educate the public of Cincinnati about green building and green living is kind of a tall order and can encompass many valuable topics. As someone with a background in design and architecture, I sometimes find myself leaning in the direction of construction-related topics that might not resonate strongly with the general public, so for this piece, I thought I would concentrate on my other background: education. Since Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy focuses primarily on education anyway, I decided to take a look at one area of green education that’s becoming more popular internationally, as well as right here in Cincinnati.

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High Performance Tiny Homes and Tiny Spaces

Mar 6, 2017 6:23:02 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, Tiny Homes, Swing House, green home tour, Green Home Design

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Hi Tiny Home Enthusists, from Grace and Corbett Lunsford.

First, thanks so much for following our #TinyLab's Proof Is Possible Tour across the U.S.! We're so thrilled that our adventure brought over 7,000 people through our high performance tiny house on wheels, and brought more attention to just doing things the right way in high performance tiny home construction.

 

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Tiny Home - Tiny Lab - Tiny Space Needed

Feb 27, 2017 10:32:46 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, Swing House, green home tour, Green Home Design

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On a warm summer day in 2016 Grace and Corbett Lunsford brought their tiny home on wheels to Cincinnati.

"Corbett and Grace and their new baby went on a 20-city U.S. Tour from April 2016-January 2017 in the world's highest performance tiny house on wheels, the #TinyLab. Their mission was simple: to revolutionize the home market by teaching consumers and contractors alike to use scientific testing to prove the work gets done to quality standards." Learn more.

I spoke to Kathy Kennedy there and learned more about her efforts to build a simlar small footprint home that can have equally healthy indoor environment. Here's a letter she asked us to share with you.

I've illustrated this "Tiny Home - Tiny Lab" post with photos I took at the event, sponsored by Julie Toliver.and her business Energy Fitness For Homes.

 

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USGBC Green Home Tour "Swing House" - Overview

Feb 22, 2017 12:07:31 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Swing House, green home tour, Green Home Design

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Article and photos by Krista Atkins Nutter,

On an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in February, a group of fifteen or so designers, architects, and homeowners from across Cincinnati met in Camp Washington for the USGBC Green Home Tour Swing House by artist and craftsman, Mark Dejong.  The culmination of an idea he had thirty years ago, the home’s concept was founded as Dejong grew up in the neighborhood of 1880’s row houses. He wondered what it would be like to open up the entire space of one of these old structures - what it would be like to remove the interior wood frame “guts” and reveal the exterior box’s entire volume. He imagined that a space like that would need to be experienced in a special way, and the idea of a swing came to him.

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