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Cool Green Building Marketing Events for September 2016

Sep 13, 2016 2:58:00 PM / by Chuck Lohre


Sep 17, 10 till Noon, Whitney Converted Barn Residence, Southwest Ohio USGBC Green Home Tour,Anderson Township. Learn more.


Sep 17, 4 - 11 pm, Music in the Woods,
Imago For The Earth, 700 Enright, Cincinnati, OH 45205. Two free tickets if you talk up Earth Day Cincinnati 2017. Learn more.


Sep 19, 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Well Building Standard Introduction, 1333 Pendleton St
Cincinnati, OH 45202, Sponsored in part by Greener Stock. Learn more.


Sep 25, Noon - 5 pm, Northside home tour, Get a glimpse into the architectural life of Cincinnati’s most eclectic neighborhood. Learn more.

Whitney Barn House Green Home Tour Sep 17, 10 am till Noon

Whitney-Barn-House-400x72-2.jpgThe tour is free to USGBC Chapter members (you can bring a guest). Non-members are asked to make a suggested donation of $15 per person. Contact Chair Chuck Lohre to register, 513-260-9025, chuck@lohre.com.

From: "Remodeled Anderson Township barn becomes gorgeous modern dream home. Couple's dream home rises up from unlikely place,"
by Brent Coleman, WCPO contributor. Photos by Joseph Fuqua LL.

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Jerry Whitney wasn’t looking to move, but he was looking for a clear route from his Anderson Township home to the airport on a day when interstate traffic was heavy. So he cut down Five Mile Road toward Kellogg Avenue.

“I didn’t want to miss my flight,” he said. “And then I saw this place and said, ‘Oh, my god, look at that barn.’ And then I saw a ‘for sale’ sign and Five Mile Creek behind it.”

Whitney-Barn-House-400x72-3.jpgHe fell in love. When his wife of 14 years, Karen, saw it, she fell in love, too.

On Dec. 31, 2012, seven days after that first sighting, the Whitneys bought the 30-year-old horse barn and its seven acres at a 30 percent discount from a motivated seller. It cost them $300,000.

Fast forward 18 months and the Whitneys – who had no previous home construction experience – moved out of a 300-square-foot trailer on the property into a home like no other, a dream house they played a big role in designing and decorating.

Whitney-Barn-House-400x72-4.jpgThe shock of the unexpected experience has worn off, but not the excitement and contentment they feel for their fully modern, energy-efficient barn house. Also still strong is their appreciation for their project partners – among them architect Marc McConnell, builder Paul Kapitula, Keidel Supply, A&S Lighting, Tate Builders Supply, Cooknee Cabinets, KBR Countertop Specialists, Home Depot, IKEA, The Container Store and Peoples First Savings Bank.

Whitney-Barn-House-400x72-1.jpgAll these forces came together to produce a four-bedroom, three-bathroom showcase of modern architecture and engineering that surprisingly fits inside a big, old, round-top home originally built for horses.

Not only does the place run on a geothermal energy system that held down last summer’s utility bills to $90 per month, it is designed to be the Whitneys’ "forever home." The couple asked for and got what architects call “living in place” features that will allow the Whitneys, who are in their 60s, to stay in their home permanently.

The house’s hallways and doors are extra-wide. There’s a 4-foot-wide shaft just behind a door off the entry hall where an elevator to the second floor and its master bedroom can be installed if and when it is needed. Next to the shaft is a laundry room with a chute from the second floor. The master bathroom’s shower door is wide and wheelchair-accessible. Even the landscaping is designed to require minimal maintenance and no chemicals.

There are picture windows in every main room through which the Whitneys, for the rest of their lives, can watch the water rush down Five Mile Creek, lots of wildlife – deer, cardinals, doves, woodpeckers, nut hatches, tufted titmice and blue jays – and the moon and stars.


Southwest Ohio Regional U.S. Green Building Chapter Host Eight Green Home Tours Each Year

We're promoting sustainable home tours and events in the hope that a community of passionate individuals will come together to help each other create green homes in the Tri-State and support the Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Learn moreThe tours are free to Cincinnati USGBC Chapter members (you can bring a guest), join the Chapter. Non-members are asked to make a donation of $15 per person. Contact Chair Chuck Lohre to receive reminders or register for any of the tours, Chuck@Lohre.com, 513-260-9025. The 2016 Tours are sponsored by The
Sustainable Partnership of Cincinnati, a group of businesses offering sustainable products and services to create sustainable homes and offices. Learn more at www.tspcincy.com.


More Green Events in September:

Sep 15, 4 - 7pm, Covington Center for Great Neighborhoods 40th
Anniversary Celebration &
Hellmann Creative Center Grand Opening
, 321 W. MLK/12th St., Covington, KY - You are invited to help us celebrate 40 years of community building in Covington and the opening of our new facility. Join us for local food, live music, and a tour of Hellmann, featuring The Center's new office space on the second floor, two community meeting rooms, and first floor artist studios. For lots more details on the event, read the article from Soapbox or join our event on facebook. 

Sep 17, 10:00am - 3:00pm, Electric Vehicle Ride-and-Drive in Cincinnati, Tri-County Mall, 11700 Princeton Pike, In the Parking Lot Between Ethan Allen and BJ’s Brewhouse. Pick the EV of Your Choice for a Free Ride / Drive! BMW i3, BMW i8, BMW 330e, BMWx5, Chevy Volt Nissan Leaf, Tesla Models S and X, electric bicycles, electric motorcycles, Workhorse EGEN, Zenith Van Learn about free parking for EV’s in Cincinnati! Talk with EV owners, learn why they love their EV’s!

Fall Grants Classes at the Public Library Downtown
Grants Research Lab, Wednesday September 14th, 6-8pm, Third floor computer lab, registration recommended at this link.
Introduction to Proposal Writing, Monday September 19th, 10am-12pm, Huenefeld Tower Room, no registration required.
Introduction to Fundraising Planning, Wednesday September 21st, 6:15-8:15pm, Huenefeld Tower Room, no registration required. This class is offered every 3 months.
Form 990: Understanding Nonprofit IRS Filings, Tuesday October 4, 10am-12pm, Huenefeld Tower Room, no registration required. This presentation by lawyer Chad Eckhardt of Frost Brown Todd will discuss the form 990 filed by nonprofit organizations, including tips on how best to fulfill your organization’s obligations to the IRS and the role of the form 990 as a publicly disclosed document with information about your organization.
For more inforamtion on the classes contact: Phoebe Acheson, Grants Resource Librarian, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Phoebe.acheson@cincinnatilibrary.org, 513-369-6934

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Chuck Lohre

Written by Chuck Lohre

Owner of Lohre & Associates Marketing Communications. The company celebrated their 80th Anniversary in 2015, his 38th.