Mission: To provide education on sustainability in everyday tasks by promoting household environmentally sound practices targeting LEED, Energy Star, home gardening, existing building reuse, historical preservation, renewable home energy and sustainable remodeling.
Member Circle Info: Chair: Chuck Lohre, meetings shared with Residential Green Building Member Circle. Learn more at usgbc-cincinnati.org/about-us/committeesmember-circles/residential-green-builders-member-circle.
Green Home Tours: No charge for Chapter members (you can bring a guest), join the Chapter. You have to register a free account with the USGBC before you can become a Cincinnati Chapter member. If you don't have a national USGBC registered account, go to www.usgbc.org and click on “Sign In” in the upper right. A window will come up, click on the “Don’t have an account? Create one.” Once you register, you should be able to pay your dues for the Cincinnati Chapter. Non-members are asked to donate $15 per person. Contact Chair Chuck Lohre to receive reminders or register for any of the tours, Chuck@Lohre.com, 513-260-9025. Tours are sponsored by The Sustainable Partnership of Cincinnati, a group of businesses offering sustainable products and services to create sustainable homes and offices. Learn more at www.tspcincy.com.
January 16, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Moothart Residence – Northside, Cincinnati. LEED Gold. This modern home design has a number of notable sustainable design features, utilizing corrugated metal fiber cement panels, and cedar on the exterior. Passive solar orientation was implemented in the design. The walls and roof were constructed of structural insulation panels (SIPs) which make the house extremely well insulated and quiet. There is a large south facing white metal roof. It is orientated for future solar panels/home battery installation. Learn more. We're looking for a Chapter member to be the "House Captain" of this tour. You just need to arrive early with the coffee and pastries, introduce the Chapter and the homeowner.
February 20, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Labbe Residence in Montgomery, OH - LEED Silver, Architect owned home which will show off its passive solar design in February. Learn more at Stephanie Labbe's site page on the home. The home was featured in "Being Green in Cincinnati, Page 50. David Oen is the House Captain.
March 19, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Alscher Hancock Residence in Clifton - This new construction LEED Platinum home is designed for “aging in place” with “minimal utility bills.” The double-butterfly roof conceals over 5,000 watts of solar photovoltaic capacity, and the small front yard conceals three 250-foot geothermal wells serving the 4-ton system that not only heats and cools the house but provides all of its hot water as a natural by-product. Learn more at the home's blog and Brent Coleman's article in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Sanyog Rathod, House Captain.
April 16, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Holzhauser Residence, OTR Downtown Cincinnati – Renovation to hopefully LEED Platinum. Project includes rental as well as the owner’s residence. Heather Curless of Greener Stock and Sanyog Rathod House Captains.
May 21, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Bacher Residence, Norwood, Ohio – 990 sqf home with an organic garden. 1940s construction of poured concrete offers excellent air sealing. Learn more at Stephanie Backer's Facebook page "Gradually Going Green." We're looking for a Chapter member to be the "House Captain" of this tour. You just need to arrive early with the coffee and pastries, introduce the Chapter and the homeowner.
September 17, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Whitney Residence, Anderson, OH – A “Quonset Roof” style barn conversion with geo-thermal and radiant heat. Learn more from Nancy Kibbee's article in "Natural Interiors." House Trends' articles: "Remodeling ideas create a barn re-born" and "Home remodel gives new life to barn." We're looking for a Chapter member to be the "House Captain" of this tour. You just need to arrive early with the coffee and pastries, introduce the Chapter and the homeowner.
October 15, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Rauh Residence, Woodlawn, OH – John Becker designed residence, considered the first international style home in the region. Built 1938. Completely restored in 2013 by the Cincinnati Preservation Association to it's original plan and upgraded with the latest energy efficiency methods including geo-thermal, added insulation and high performance glazing. Learn more. We're looking for a Chapter member to be the "House Captain" of this tour. You just need to arrive early with the coffee and pastries, introduce the Chapter and the homeowner.
November 19, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Walters Residence, East Walnut Hills – Samuel Hannaford Home restoration, hopefully to LEED Certification. Learn more, photo from Brent Coleman's article for Channel 9. We're looking for a Chapter member to be the "House Captain" of this tour. You just need to arrive early with the coffee and pastries, introduce the Chapter and the homeowner.
• Melink Residence, Milford. Steve Melink is the owner of Melink Corp. Net-Zero manufacturing facility.
• Earnshaw Ecohouse, Mickey Mangan, Mt. Auburn, Learn more.
• Sandy Hamilton's Green Addition, designed by Edward Wright, our March 2015 host.
• Mills Residence in Clifton, a pioneer in radiant heating in 1950, this home has been preserved by owner Scott Knox.
• Woeste/Mahle Residence, OTR
• Yankie Residence, possible LEED Platinum renovation in Maderia, OH. Paul Yankie of Green Building Consulting owner and house captain.
• Elm St. renovation to LEED Certification. Steve Hampton of GreenBau house captain and architect.
• Hammer Residence on Republic St. in OTR.
• Chappel-Dick Residence, Bluffton, OH, LEED Platinum, registered Monarch Waystation. Andy Chappell-Dick, Design/Builder. Learn more.
November 14, 2015, 10 am till Noon, Center for Great Neighborhoods' Shotgun Row, Covington, KY. Bradley Cooper’s Tiny Home Project “Start Small” in OTR ( Learn more. ) will not be ready for a tour in November so we are going to tour the best example of existing of tiny homes in Greater Cincinnati. It is the Covington, KY Center for Great Neighborhoods' Shotgun Row restoration of five vacant and rundown shotgun houses.
"First phase of $600K artist homes project unveiled," CBC, Jan 23, 2014 (photos above from article)
"Westside's Redevelopment Continues with More Projects by Center for Great Neighborhoods," RCN, Sep 3, 2014
"Covington Project Wins State Preservation Award," RCN, May 22, 2015
November 1, 2015, 1 pm till 3 pm, Over-The-Rhine Condo transformed into LEED Platinum. Meet Architect Martha Schickel Dorff and resident Chuck Lohre who did the LEED renovations and documentation. Features include a renewable energy pellet stove, 91% Energy Star plug loads, 31% water savings and 100% sustainable sites credits. Learn more.
October 3, 2015, 10 am till Noon, Energy efficient and 20-26 panel PV solar electric system Fischer Residence in Milford. Learn more at the Brent Coleman article published by WCPO Channel 9.
September 12, 2015, 10 am till Noon, Linda Fritz’s Verona, Kentucky home and farm, Sun Sugar Farms supplies edamame and other vegetables to local restaurants. Learn more.
July 25, 2015, 10 am till Noon, Nietch Residence, Columbia Tusculum Residence/Yoga Studio - This home addition and remodel was a labor of love for the owners, a yoga instructor and US EPA employee. From design through construction, every detail was chosen to reinforce their mantra of living lightly. The home's heating and cooling is supplemented with a solar thermal powered radiant floor heating system. Solar PV was installed to offset their energy bills. A 2,500 gallon tank captures and stores the rain water from the entire roof. The water will be recycled for irrigation and eventually toilet flushing. Learn more from Houzz.
May 16, 2015, 10 am till Noon, – A Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, the Boulter House in Clifton, may never reach LEED Certification but learns a lot by trying. This is your Chair, Chuck Lohre’s residence and the inspiration for his interest in sustainability. Videos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. Photos. Learn more. Cincinnati Enquirer article by Carrie Blackmore Smith.
April 25, 2015, 9 to 11 am, Imago for the Earth Community in Price Hill. Imago is a grassroots, environmental education organization. For over 30 years Imago has been modeling and educating about living in concert with the natural world, both animate and inanimate, human and non. Learn more.
March 21, 2015, 10 am till Noon, Mt. Carmel, OH, the Nutter Residence is the most energy efficient home we have visited. Their first year energy cost was about $200! The home also has the only rainwater toilet flush system we have seen. Learn more at the house blog. Cincinnati Magazine article article April 2006. Cincinnati Magazine article March 2008. Insul-Deck insulated concrete floor form application story. Environmental Design and Construction Excellence in Design Award 2008.
March 7, 2015, 10 am till Noon, this highly energy efficient home achieved LEED Gold. Owner Architect Edward Wright will lead the tour. Learn more. Cincinnati Enquirer article by Carrie Blackmore Smith.
January 17, 2015, 10 am till Noon – Paul Gaitan’s Over-The-Rhine home has applied for the City of Cincinnati U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design tax abatement. They should save about $40,000 over the five year period of the tax savings, easily paying for the approximate $6,000 in higher performance materials, systems and LEED fees. Learn more. WCPO article by Brent Coleman.
November 8, 2014, 10 am till Noon - The Kinsman Residence is a LEED Silver home that’s boiler free. Heating and natural cooling from passive and thermal solar sources. The home is located in the Cincinnati neighborhood of Northside. Learn more.
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