From the USGBC Green Living page.
From the USGBC Green Living page.
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From Councilmember Laure Quinlivan
City of Cincinnati
For Immediate Release: December 10, 2012
Contact: Ashley Patrick, 513-352-5303
City to Incentivize Higher Levels of ‘Green’ Building
Councilmember Laure Quinlivan Sponsors Changes to Cincinnati’s LEED Abatement Program
The City of Cincinnati leads the region with the most energy-efficient buildings. With the most generous tax abatement in the country for LEED Certification, the City encourages residents and commercial developers to build ‘green.’ To incentivize people to invest in the most energy-efficient building they can afford, Councilmember Laure Quinlivan sponsored changes to the city program’s structure.
“My family invested in building a LEED Gold home in Cincinnati in 2011, so I’m aware of how tweaking our LEED program will benefit consumers and our entire community,” says Quinlivan. For use in a story, members of the media may download a video documenting construction of Quinlivan’s green home at http://vimeo.com/22485890.
Cincinnati home and commercial builders will join Quinlivan and other city leaders at a press conference Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10:30am, at the LEED Silver home of Heather and James Kinsman in Northside. Representatives from the City’s Community Development Department and Economic Development Division will be able to answer questions about the amendments to residential and commercial abatements, respectively.
“I think this change by the City will convince people to invest a little more upfront to get to a higher LEED level,” says Marc Hueber. His company John Hueber Homes built the first two LEED homes in the state of Ohio and has built 22 LEED homes in Cincinnati. The company is also renovating historic properties on Race Street in Over-the-Rhine to LEED standards.
“The City of Cincinnati’s LEED tax abatement is an innovative model—and currently unparalleled in scope—to support energy and resource efficiency in homes and buildings,” says Doug Widener, Director of Community Advancement for USGBC National. “The program serves as a model for other cities and the proposed changes ensure that it remains at the forefront of such municipal efforts nationally while continuing to drive conservation and innovation locally. I applaud the City of Cincinnati for its continued efforts.”
Quinlivan’s Strategic Growth Committee oversees environmental issues and will act to implement the abatement program changes in its Dec. 11 meeting at noon.
Event: Press Conference
Date: Tuesday December 11, 2012
Location: Heather & James Kinsman LEED Silver residence in Northside, 1650 Glen Parker Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223
Photo from the Kinsman Residence blog http://www.glenparkergreenhome.com/.
by Shauna Steigerwald
Heather and James Kinsman were looking to relocate from the San Francisco Bay area to Heather's hometown of Cincinnati, with Northside topping their list of desired neighborhoods. When they found a rare three-acre lot for sale there, they jumped at the chance to build their own "green" home, inspired by similar homes they'd toured in California.
It wasn't easy. Heather, who now works in grants at the University of Cincinnati, and James, who's studying to take the bar exam in February, spent years researching energy-efficient building techniques and finding the right professionals to help them implement their plans.
Completed last December, the 2,500-square-foot, LEED Silver certified home they share with daughter Shilo, 4, has already been featured on the 2012 Ohio Solar Tour and the 2012 Northside House Tour.
Read on as they give us a tour.
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Roof-mounted solar panels heat water, which is pumped through the floors of the house to heat it. / The Enquirer/Tony Jones
Q: What drew you to this particular site?
Heather: A million things. We were specifically looking in Northside for a number of reasons its walkability, its proximity to downtown, its green space and its progressive culture.
We definitely lucked out when we found this site.
In the living room, a high ceiling with motorized windows helps increase airflow. / The Enquirer/Tony Jones
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Not everyone will go to the extent of the Kinsman's to demonstrate sustainability but everyone can learn from their example of where they decided to build to educating the public with tours like this.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m. – 1650 Glen Parker Ave., Northside, Cincinnati, OH 45223 – Free, Max of 20 people, Registration required, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-260-9025.
Owner and Team Leader:
Builder / Developer: Daniel Heckman
Other Team members: Ken Bradly Roush Architects, Crane Heating & Air Conditioning, Big D Construction & Concrete
LEED Rater: Sanyog Rathod, Sol Developments
Specifications: 2478 sf, 2 stories, 3 bedrooms
HERS Index: 57
One of the first steps in creating this sustainable home was to gather the designers, engineers, contractors with the home owners, Heather & James Kinsman, for an Integrated Project Team series of meetings, Design Charrettes, to design and plan the construction.
Sustainable Site Selection includes benefits for Infill design which uses Existing Infrastructure. By building in Northside the Kinsman's benefited from Extensive Community Resources, easy access to Transit bus lines and Access to Open Space which even includes their extensive lot. The positioning of the residence Minimized Disturbed Area of wooded Site. The Basic Landscape Design included Limiting Conventional Turf which uses almost double the water of native and Drought Tolerant Plants. By not having an asphalt driveway the home Reduced Local Heat Island Effects. Gravel and pavers allow a Permeable Lot.
Management of Run-off from Roof includes using the rainwater for landscaping and being prepared for using rain water to flush toilets when the City of Cincinnati determines the requirements needed to protect our city water. Kenton County Kentucky has used rainwater for flushing toilets since Twenhofel Middle school was built almost seven years ago.
Very High Efficiency Water Fixtures and Fittings and Energy Star deliver Exceptional Energy Performance. Additional Pipe Insulation and Appropriate HVAC Refrigerants make the heating and cooling system less harmful to the ozone layer and reduce global warming effects.
Framing Efficiencies include designing in 4' x 8' modular units with Environmentally Preferable Products. Construction Waste was Reduced. One very important requirement for a well sealed home is Enhanced Combustion Venting Measures and Enhanced Local Exhaust when required.
Even without a conventional heating system, there are conventional electric and gas backup systems. There was construction Indoor Contaminant Control during Construction, Indoor Contaminant Control and a Pre-occupancy Flush to lower the harmful off gases found initially in all natural materials. The Detached Garage keeps carbon monoxide away from the living areas of the home.
Enhanced Training includes sessions with the owners so they understand how to operate the home and do any required maintenance such as changing high efficiency air filters. Wrapping up the process are Public Awareness tours and education programs such as this. To learn more come go to the local Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council who will be having a Green Homes Conference and Exhibition in the fall of 2012.
Cincinnati's first boilerless home - if you don't include the Solar Furnace!
Come join us to learn how super insulation, passive solar design and generating hot water from the sun can eliminate the furnace burning fossil fuels. 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. - 1650 Glen Parker Ave., Northside, Cincinnati, OH 45223 - Free, Max of 20 people, Registration required, email email@example.com or call 513-260-9025.
Learn more at the Kinsman Blog "Glen Parker Green Home" http://www.glenparkergreenhome.com/.
Here is a Flikr site of photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/pez_kinsman/sets/72157628591212177/