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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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