Krista Atkins Nutter

Krista Nutter, LEED AP, MS Arch. 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.

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Eco RV-ing: Can Recreational Vehicles Be Green?

Jun 23, 2017 4:43:30 PM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Marketing, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Eco RV-ing

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According to the 2017 North American Camping Report conducted by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), 75 million American households are active campers, and there is an increased percentage of American campers who are younger and more diverse. An older 2011 University of Michigan study identified 8.9 million American households as Recreational Vehicle owners, with the largest growing age group of RV owners being the 35 to 54 age group who now own more RVs than any other age group. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) estimates that 8% to 9% of American households own an RV – with around 9 million RVs on the road in 2016 (and steadily growing).

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Green Towers to Address Air Pollution in China with Green Living Wall

May 10, 2017 5:34:40 PM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Marketing, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Green Living Wall

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By Krista Atkins Nutter

I’m sure most people can recall the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, but beyond Michael Phelps’ historic performance in the aquatic center, there is another significant thing I remember about those games. I remember in the months and weeks leading up to the games, there was international concern over the air quality in and around Beijing. The evening news featured videos showing smog and haze engulfing the major Chinese cities – especially Beijing – and showed people wearing masks over their mouths and noses as they walked their daily commute. With China’s huge population, it is a country that has long been concerned with issues of sustainability, conservation, energy efficiency, and pollution. As early as the mid-1990’s the Chinese government was working with architects and urban planners to develop a strategy for sustainable growth. Despite previous failed projects (like this one), leaders in China continue to seek out the world’s brightest design-minds and sustainability experts to address the country’s growth, conservation, and sustainability issues.


Visually, green towers provide an interesting vertical Green Living Wall to the skyline. (This photo is just an example, not the project mentioned in the article.)

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Adaptive Reuse: New Life for Old Buildings

Apr 3, 2017 9:30:52 AM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Marketing, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Green Home Tours, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, green home tour, 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 3:01:08 PM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Marketing, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Green Home Tours, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, green home tour

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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 22, 2017 4:55:14 PM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Marketing, Green Building Marketing, Green Building, Business to Consumer Advertising, Featured, Tiny Homes

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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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