Just a bit of an overview of the State of LEED in the region.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.