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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Green Education for Our Youngest Citizens – Krista Atkins Nutter

Mar 13, 2017 8:07:32 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Sustainability, 2017 Green Building Cincinnati, Green Home Design, green education

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In writing for the Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy blog, I often wonder what topics readers of this blog will find most interesting. To educate the public of Cincinnati about green building and green living is kind of a tall order and can encompass many valuable topics. As someone with a background in design and architecture, I sometimes find myself leaning in the direction of construction-related topics that might not resonate strongly with the general public, so for this piece, I thought I would concentrate on my other background: education. Since Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy focuses primarily on education anyway, I decided to take a look at one area of green education that’s becoming more popular internationally, as well as right here in Cincinnati.

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High Performance Tiny Homes and Tiny Spaces

Mar 6, 2017 6:23:02 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, Tiny Homes, Swing House, green home tour, Green Home Design

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Hi Tiny Home Enthusists, from Grace and Corbett Lunsford.

First, thanks so much for following our #TinyLab's Proof Is Possible Tour across the U.S.! We're so thrilled that our adventure brought over 7,000 people through our high performance tiny house on wheels, and brought more attention to just doing things the right way in high performance tiny home construction.

 

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Tiny Home - Tiny Lab - Tiny Space Needed

Feb 27, 2017 10:32:46 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Business to Consumer Marketing, Swing House, green home tour, Green Home Design

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On a warm summer day in 2016 Grace and Corbett Lunsford brought their tiny home on wheels to Cincinnati.

"Corbett and Grace and their new baby went on a 20-city U.S. Tour from April 2016-January 2017 in the world's highest performance tiny house on wheels, the #TinyLab. Their mission was simple: to revolutionize the home market by teaching consumers and contractors alike to use scientific testing to prove the work gets done to quality standards." Learn more.

I spoke to Kathy Kennedy there and learned more about her efforts to build a simlar small footprint home that can have equally healthy indoor environment. Here's a letter she asked us to share with you.

I've illustrated this "Tiny Home - Tiny Lab" post with photos I took at the event, sponsored by Julie Toliver.and her business Energy Fitness For Homes.

 

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USGBC Green Home Tour "Swing House" - Overview

Feb 22, 2017 12:07:31 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Home Tours, USGBC Cincinnati, Swing House, green home tour, Green Home Design

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Article and photos by Krista Atkins Nutter,

On an unseasonably warm Saturday morning in February, a group of fifteen or so designers, architects, and homeowners from across Cincinnati met in Camp Washington for the USGBC Green Home Tour Swing House by artist and craftsman, Mark Dejong.  The culmination of an idea he had thirty years ago, the home’s concept was founded as Dejong grew up in the neighborhood of 1880’s row houses. He wondered what it would be like to open up the entire space of one of these old structures - what it would be like to remove the interior wood frame “guts” and reveal the exterior box’s entire volume. He imagined that a space like that would need to be experienced in a special way, and the idea of a swing came to him.

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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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