9:30 Arrive and set up coffee and sweets, pot and a half high powered from Coffee Emporium and a pot of decaf from Stitwell's. King Cake, Schenken and Tea Ring from Grater's.
9:45 Greet guests, 20 in all arrived as well as Marc Hueber from builder John Heuber Homes and Dave Horton the U.S. Green Building Council Green Rater with the LEED Provider (inspector) GreenBuilding Consulting.
10:00 Gather in great room
10:15 Introduce self, Chuck Lohre, Chair of the local Southwestern Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council's Green Living Member Circle. The goal of the committee is to help the general public learn more about and experience sustainable buildings.
- USGBC Green Living Member Circle is looking for members to help Captain the tours
- 2016 Tours are being scheduled now. So far, we will tour a sustainable home for sale in January 2016, another residence in OTR and a 990 sqf home in Norwood with an organic garden. Also a potential LEED Platinum renovation home in Maderia is on the calendar for February.
Introduce Paul Gaitan owner of the home. Paul's home has gotten a lot of attention since he moved in last October. He purchased an entry mat and it is almost worn out! A few weeks ago the home was on an OTR Home tour and over 600 toured the home. They obviously know how to use a door mat! He's still trying to learn the facts but Paul's been told his home is the first freestanding single family residence built in Over-The-Rhine Cincinnati in over 60 years.
Introduce Marc Hueber with John Heuber Homes, Marc and his family have a long history of home building in the region and built the first LEED home in Ohio way back in 2007. Since then they have come to specialize in LEED renovations and new construction in OTR. John Heuber Homes constructed the second phase of Paul Gaitan's back door neighbors, City Home Cincinnati developed by Martha Schickel who was also the Architect.
Introduce Dave Horton, Green Rater with LEED Provider GreenBuilding Consulting. Dave's job is to inspect the foundation drainage, insulation and air sealing while the home is under construction as well as many other aspects of the documentation and reporting.
Round circle of introductions and interests included many who are building in downtown Cincinnati or plan to build homes in the near future. The crowd contained an environmental scientist, a member of the Renewable Energy Committee with Green Umbrella and the Recycling Committee. An interior design consultant with Lowes, the Director of the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, LEED Platinum Fernald Preserve's education coordinator, and many others interested in living more sustainably.
Describe host gift to Paul, The wine basket came from ReSource Cincinnati's fund raiser last fall. ReSource is a non-profit that helps non-profits. They accept office supplies and furnishings from corporations and then distributes them to local non-profits for a minimal handling fee. Chuck Lohre has been on their Board for several years and enjoys their efforts to keep the landfills empty as well as their educational best practices seminars for non-profits. The host gift also included a book on the history of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Boulter House, 1956, in Clifton Cincinnati. The purchase of the home by Chuck and his spouse in 2003 inspired him to learn more about how Wright's Organic Architecture had evolved from his studies in architecture school before starting his career in marketing. Chuck believes that Mr. Wright would be a leader in sustainable architecture like LEED if he was practicing today.
Describe Swag Bag
- Tour guide for 2015, other tours will be filling up fast so email Chuck Lohre or 513-260-9025 with the tours you would like to attend.
- edible Ohio Valley winter issue, edible Communities is a publishing and information services company that creates editorially rich, community-based, local-foods publications in distinct culinary regions throughout the United States and Canada.
- GreenBau Passive Home brohure, Provides an all-inclusive service including testing, design, and construction. Making your home a greener place is a commitment to yourself, your family, your community and the world.
- Greener Stock paint stick, Greener Stock is a one-of-a-kind Resource and Design Center in Cincinnati specializing in natural, non-toxic, and eco-friendly building products for the home and business including wall finishes, flooring, countertops, and water/energy efficiency.
- Park+Vine General Green Store postcard, Being a locally owned business, Park + Vine understands the importance of supporting products made right here in Cincinnati. They believe in supporting our city’s network of locally owned, independent businesses and community organizations working to keep money and character in our neighborhoods and build a thriving local economy.
- Metro Cincinnati info and LED flashlight, The Southwest Ohio Regional Transit Authority (SORTA) operates Metro buses and smaller Access buses for people whose disabilities prevent their use of Metro’s regular service. They will also be operating the new streetcar which passes by the Gaitan Residence.
- Big Ass Fans brochure, one of the most efficient, quite and versatile home cooling and warming devices. Big Ass Fans' Haiku® with SenseME™ is the world’s first smart ceiling fan. Designed with an onboard computer and array of sensors, this fan makes decisions to keep you comfortable – automatically. The NEST thermostat can control a Haiku Big Ass Fan as well as Philips Lightbulbs and LG Appliances.
Happy Holidays Everyone!
Casa Bella Verde has chosen to use ICF technology in its design to create the most energy efficient structure known to the building industry. ICF technology enables the designer to create, without limitations, a home with the very maximum energy efficiency. What are ICF’s? Insulating concrete forms (ICF) construction is a new alternative to conventional wood-frame construction. The forms are made of Expanded Polystyrene foam (EPS). ICF forms create a mold in which steel reinforcement (rebar) is placed and then filled solid with concrete. The forms remain in place to provide continuous thermal insulation, a sound barrier, and to provide a solid, strong surface for any desired finish for interior or exterior walls. How does Casa Bella Verde benefit from being an ICF home? •ICF homes have a very high R-Value (thermal insulating value) All walls in an ICF home are poured continuously, making an ICF home a monolithic structure. Because of this, air infiltration in an ICF home is minimal due to the continuous air barriers provided by the foam insulation and the concrete. The ICF in Casa Bella Verde combined with an 8” core, create a thermal performance value of R-50, as compared to today’s wood-frame construction home which has a thermal performance value between R-12 and R-20. The combination of high R-values, low air infiltration, and high thermal mass is believed to account for an amazing savings of 50% to 80% on heating and air conditioning bills.
365 Sustainability Leaders is a group of individuals that pledge to not contribute any more carbon to the atmosphere. To join purchase carbon offsets or create a lifestyle that doesn't add carbon to the atmosphere. If you like, you can join our Facebook page. Thanks for your interest. You'll be invited to special events and eligible for recognition by our sponsors who also contribute no carbon to the atmosphere. The name 365 comes from the number of days in a year 365.2422. We hope you'll look into carbon offsets and a sustainable life style and join us.
Museum Center offers six weeks of themed camps that have something for everyone! Each week your child will experience hands-on activities as we explore our museums and watch a film in our OMNIMAX Theater. It is an experience they will look forward to year after year.
May 3, 2012 - Great American Tower at Queen City Square LEED Tour - 6 p.m. - 303 Broadway, Cincinnati, OH 45202 - Free - Max of 20 people. Registration requested, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-260-9025. We'll meet in the lobby for a short introduction for 15 minutes and then go on the tour to include one Office Floor, Fitness Center, and Conference Center. Great American Tower at Queen City Square is downtown Cincinnati’s first and largest “Green” office tower, utilizing numerous environmentally responsible design choices, construction practices and development decisions. The project has been precertified as Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council under the acclaimed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program, specifically the LEED-Core and Shell (LEED-CS®) certification web site.
Cincinnati ranks number 25!