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February 2017 Cincinnati Auto Expo - Electric Report

Feb 21, 2017 11:30:08 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, 2017 Cincinnati Auto Expo, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Living Building Challenge Home, Green Home Design, Light Pollution

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by Ramon Cardona,

This year the 2017 Cincinnati Auto Expo had a rising number of automobiles with a port to charge batteries from a common electric plug or a specialized 240 volt outlet.

The cars in question have the generic title of electric vehicles or EV’s and all have one goal in mind: to use less gasoline or use zero gasoline.

 BMW i3

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Why Light Pollution Matters

Feb 20, 2017 8:19:45 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Living Building Challenge Home, Green Home Design, Light Pollution

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by Krista Nutter, LEED AP, MS Arch

Of all the “green” initiatives, issues, or topics that I’ve done presentations on or spoken about, the one that receives more questions regarding its level of impact is light pollution. For the past several years, I have lectured on sustainable construction and techniques to make buildings more kind to the environment and ecosystems in which they reside. Along with the “big three” topics of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and indoor air quality, I also discuss things like material resources, waste management, and rainwater runoff mitigation. However one topic that always raises eyebrows is light pollution.

The Fernald Preserve in Harrison, Ohio is a LEED Platinum project that achieved the Low Light Pollution credit. Notice the inside lights don't project outside the envelope and that the sign lights don't project upward. Photo from Megen Construction Company's site. They were one of the contractors on the project.

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Student Perspectives on Green Home Design – Krista Atkins Nutter

Feb 13, 2017 3:36:27 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Living Building Challenge Home, Green Home Design

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(This week's post comes from Krista Nutter, LEED AP, MS Arch is a college design educator and administrator at a CIDA-accredited program, a sustainable building consultant, and designer/owner of an award-winning, Energy-Star 5+, passive solar, solar electric, high-performance green home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her home was on the USGBC Cincinnati Green Home tour in 2015. Learn more about at the house blog.)

Introduction:   

As an educator of design and architecture, I’m required to look to practicing professionals to get a pulse on industry trends in the design world.  Trade publications, conferences, and conventions are also good sources of information, along with accrediting bodies like the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) which provide educators with academic standards extrapolated from industry professionals.  However, sometimes to get a sense of where we can improve in the classroom, it’s best to consult students directly.  On the topic of sustainable or green home design, there appears to be a wide range of exposure to specific green design concepts, but design students as a whole seem to have an overall understanding of the importance of sustainable design in the built environment.  The intent of the interviews was not to collect quantitative data or specific statistics, but rather to get a sense of how a variety of students perceive sustainable design and its importance.  I was more interested in students’ qualitative, narrative answers and the impressions that could be drawn from them.

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Solarize Cincy Inspires Home Seeking LEED Certification

Feb 6, 2017 5:53:54 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Living Building Challenge Home

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(This week's post comes from an article in Green Energy Ohio's magazine. You can learn more and read the whole issue here.)

Solarize Cincy is a new program from the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA) that simplifies the solar electric purchasing process and keeps the cost affordable with group purchasing prices. According to Andy Holzhauser, GCEA President, "the program has ushered in an unprecedented interest in solar in the Southwestern Ohio area."Since January 1st, thirty-five new residential solar electric installation contracts have been signed under the new Solarize Cincy program.

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Desert Rain - First Living Building Challenge Home

Jan 22, 2017 10:17:12 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Living Building Challenge Home

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by Randy Gragg OPB | Jan. 14, 2017 9:40 a.m. | Updated: Jan. 14, 2017 6:57 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

Portlanders pride themselves on their cutting-edge green buildings.

In the early 2000s, the U.S. Green Building Council rated several Portland buildings Platinum — the highest level certification in the council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, or LEED.

The city scored many “firsts” in the U.S. for Platinum ratings: the first condominium in the Henry in the Pearl; the first historic renovation in the Gerding Theater; and the first med-science facility in OHSU’s Center for Health and Healing, to name just a few.

But there’s a much more stringent rating system known as the Living Building Challenge. It goes way beyond LEED by mandating buildings produce more power than they consume, harvest all their water needs from the rain, process all their waste water on site, and prove that all of the materials used are healthy, among other goals.

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Jan 21 Green Home Tour: Thinking of remodeling, they scrapped it all...

Jan 16, 2017 5:29:00 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati

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  For Laure Quinlivan, a match made in heaven

Article by Brent Coleman for WCPO, published Dec 30, 2016

CINCINNATI -- It didn't take a long, in-depth investigation for former WCPO-TV reporter Laure Quinlivan and her husband, art teacher Greg Ruthman, to solve their homeownership dilemma. It took a storm.

(Laure's home is on the USGBC Green Home Tour schedule for January 21, 2017 from 10 am till Noon. Contaact Chuck Lohre, to register and get the address.)

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Tear Down To Custom Home Benefits from Cincinnati LEED Tax Abatement

Jan 11, 2017 11:48:53 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati

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Tear Downs and Rebuilds becoming popular in this affluent Cincinnati neighborhood

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We're #2! - 2017 Green Building Cincinnati

Jan 9, 2017 11:23:38 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati

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Lohre & Associates / Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy #1 or #2 on the 2017 Green Building Cincinnati list for six years in a row

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2016 GreenMetric University Rankings #sustainability

Jan 2, 2017 11:42:00 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED, Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, LEED for Homes, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Tiny Homes, OTR renovation, container homes, green home tour

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Letter from Rector

Dear University Leaders

It is my pleasure to invite your esteemed university to participate in our 2016 UI GreenMetric World University Ranking on Sustainability.

Being a member of IREG, UI GreenMetric World University Ranking has ranked universities worldwide according to six indicators: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste management, water, and transportation, and education for the past 6 years. The ranking itself was launched in 2010 and ranked 407 universities from 65 countries around the world in 2015 (http://greenmetric.ui.ac.id/ranking/year/2015). We have witnessed an increasing motivation to improve university infrastructure and action towards sustainable campus worldwide. This year the main theme is ‘From policy to Action’ in which our questionnaire looks in more details efforts and programs to improve sustainability on campus.

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

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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. 

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