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2017 U.S. Green Building Council Green Home Tour Series Announced

Dec 17, 2016 12:49:02 AM / by Chuck Lohre

Southwest Ohio Regional U.S. Green Building Chapter to Host 13 Green Home Tours

2017 will be another great year of tours promoting sustainable homes so a community of passionate individuals will come together and help each other create green homes and support the Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. 


2017 Tours

• Jan 11, 2017, 6 to 8 pm, - 1333 Pendleton St. Row House "2017 USGBC Green Home Tours Kick Off Party," This home in the Pendleton Neighborhood was saved from demolition and painstakingly remodeled by Chris Lacey of A and L Properties. Features include: rooftop deck with city views, multiple exterior entertaining areas, garage access from rear alley, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, hardwood floors, and high efficiency systems and fixtures. Anticipated LEED certification with 10 year property tax abatement.   Interior design services and finishes for the project were provided by one of our sponsors, Heather Curless, of Greener Stock. Another sponsor, Green Building Consulting, is providing the LEED certification services. Everyone is welcome to this tour, there is no charge for admission but please register with Chuck Lohre as usual.

• Jan 21, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Laure Quinlivan and Greg Ruthman Residence, Mt. Lookout, Cincinnati. A LEED Gold home rebuilt on the site of their homestead for not much more than a major renovation and now they have 1/3rd more space but 1/3rd the HVAC cost. Laure was instrumental in improving the Cincinnati LEED Tax abatement during her term on Cincinnati City Council.

• Feb 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Swing House
, Artist Mark Dejong has created a sculptural intervention in a house in Camp Washington replacing all of the interior structure in a thoughtful way that both provides the infrastructure for a swing and highlights the history and material of the building.

• Mar 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Hampton Residence, Walnut St. OTR gut renovation to LEED Certification, Jenifer & Steve Hampton of GreenBau owners/architect. The building was originally built around 1860 as a typical residential tenement with 6 units. Vacant for decades, it was completely rehabbed in 2015-2016 as a single family residence with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, home office, and roof deck. While it was a gut rehab that created a modern floor plan, a number of historic features were retained including the original staircase, some original plaster, some trim, and the large number of window openings. It is currently seeking LEED Silver certification, with key options such as new insulation on exterior walls, roof, and floor slab, 95% efficient gas boiler providing radiant floor heating and domestic water heating, white membrane roof, sustainable product selection, low flow water fixtures, and more.

• Apr 15, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Hamilton Residence, Sandra Hamilton's Tiny Home in Northside, Cincinnati, designed by Edward Wright, our March 2015 host. 480 square foot (first floor), it was built on her property for her 89 year old Mother. Sandra designed it after a year of research on Dementia and Alzheimer's. Edward refined her plans to get it thru building and zoning. Learn more about the 10-year tax abatement Cincinnati’s Visitability certification from this AARP article.

• Apr 29, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Earnshaw Ecohouse, Mt. Auburn, 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.  Learn more.

• May 6, 2017 - 6:30 till 8:30 pm, Tour of tiny home manufacturer and our sponsor, One Small Garden. One Small garden has on display handsome and custom made cozy “Get Away” Cabins, as well as adorable potting sheds, and the “Oh So Up-Town” chicken coops which were featured at the Home & Garden Show. Their full line of storage and out buildings are custom, made to order and may be seen and experienced at their lot in Milford.

• May 27, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Morales Luginbill Residence
, Oakley, possible LEED Gold home. It is 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. There were two large oak trees on the site that had to be taken down. We harvested the lumber from them on site and have used it for the trim and stairs in the house.

• Sep 16, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Melink Residence
, Milford, OH. Steve Melink is the owner of Melink Corp. Net-Zero manufacturing facility. The home has many energy efficiency features including a solar array.

• Oct 6, 2017, 6 to 8 pm, - Theobald Residence
, Covington, KY. Builder and owner of the first private container home in the region. Two shipping containers side-by side will be renovated off site with recycled materials featuring contemporary design for an efficient, flexible and environmentally conscious dwelling.

• 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. And a large lot size was detrimental to achieving LEED credits.

• Nov 4, 2017, 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm, - Artichoke
, OTR, Cincinnati, OH, possible LEED Gold retail home goods store renovation. From their site, "Artichoke is thrilled to have received a Merit Award from the 2016 Cincinnati Design Awards! We were fortunate to work with Terry Boling as our architect and Design Build as our general contractor. This stellar team produced an amazing result with the highest level of design and craft. The Cincinnati Design Awards (CDA) program recognizes the best built-environment design produced by Cincinnati area creative firms and promotes the social and economic value of good design in our community, selected by a distinguished nationwide jury of design thought leaders and eminent practitioners."

• Nov 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, - Chappel-Dick Residence, Bluffton, OH, LEED Platinum and registered Monarch Waystation. Andy Chappell-Dick, Design/Builder. Learn more. Possible stops on the road trip could be the tiny home community in Dayton, OH and the shipping container home builder in Hamilton, OH.

The tours are free to 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. Learn more

The 2017 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

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Topics: LEED, Green Building Marketing, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour

Chuck Lohre

Written by Chuck Lohre

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