Custom LEED Home Mirrors Transformation of Northside Cincinnati Residents

Oct 20, 2017 11:40:16 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, Green Building, Business to Consumer Marketing, green education

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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. 

 

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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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