Careful Planning Is Required For a LEED Platinum Home - The Same As An Incredible Work Of Art

Sep 26, 2018 10:34:31 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, Cincinnati LEED home, LEED, Green Home Tours, Green Home Design

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Typically a LEED Platinum Home needs a rainwater catchment system and solar panels to achieve the required number of points. Two things you can’t add on at the end without huge cost overruns.

Besides doing everything right the first time with regard to the U.S. Green building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification, the Skurow's also put on show their appreciation of great architecture, with a home that tells many stories while quietly standing guard over Liberty Street and that view of Cincinnati.

All photos by David Steinbrunner.

Stephanie and Fred Skurow raised their family in the Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hill. Now the kids have left home and it was Stephanie’s turn to decide their next move. She had always wanted to live downtown, next to her job at a regional bank.

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Green Residential Committee - Southwest Ohio USGBC Chapter - Green Home Tours

May 29, 2017 7:57:17 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, Green Living Wall, Green Home Tours, LEED, USGBC

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Mission: To provide education on sustainability in everyday tasks by promoting household environmentally sound practices to transform the way homes are designed, built, and operated enabling healthy, prosperous and environmentally and socially responsible living.

Committee Chair: Toni Winston, Tiburon Energy

Contact to Volunteer or Participate: toni@tiburonenergy.com

Green Home Tours: No charge for USGBC Ohio members (you can bring a guest), join the Ohio Chapter. If you don't have a USGBC Ohio membership registered account, go to www.usgbc.org and click on “Account” in the upper right. A window will come up, click on the “Don’t have an account? Create one.” Once you register your free account, you should be able to pay your dues for the "USGBC Ohio Chapter". You don't have to register as a USGBC business. Non-members are asked to donate $15 per person at the door. Contact Chuck Lohre to register for the tours or be introduced to any of the owners of past and future tours, Chuck@Lohre.com, 513-260-9025. 

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.

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A Very Sustainable Home in Cincinnati, Green Home Tour May 27, 2017

May 15, 2017 9:40:47 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, Green Living Wall, Green Home Tours, LEED, USGBC

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WHAT: Morales Luganbill, USGBC Green Home Tour

WHERE: Oakley Neighborhood, Cincinnati, OH (address provided after registration)

WHEN: Saturday May 27, 2017 10 am till Noon

Possible LEED Platinum home. It's a compact house on a small infill site in a walkable neighborhood. The large glass openings are concentrated on the south side to take advantage of passive solar. The exterior walls are offset double stud with spray foam insulation to limit thermal bridging and provide an air tight envelope. The heating system is hot water radiant. The cooling system uses high-efficiency mini-split heat pumps. 

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EPA Honors L.A.’s Esperanza Asthma Program

May 5, 2017 9:19:38 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, tiny house, Asthma Program

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For Immediate Release: May 5, 2017 Media Contact: Nahal Mogharabi, mogharabi.nahal@epa.gov, 213-244-1815

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The Hidden Costs of Buying A Bigger House (not a Tiny House)

May 1, 2017 1:52:39 PM / by Anastasia Ivanov posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, Adaptive Reuse, leed platinum, cincinnati leed platinum, Greater Cincinnati Earth Day, Sustainable Job Hunting, Bradley Cooper Tiny Homes, tiny house

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When you purchase a new house, it’s easy to start looking at larger homes slightly above budget. But there are more costs associated with larger homes than just the initial purchase price. 

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Advice for Sustainable Job Hunting

Apr 30, 2017 8:46:06 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, Adaptive Reuse, leed platinum, cincinnati leed platinum, Greater Cincinnati Earth Day, Sustainable Job Hunting

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 I had an intern of mind get in touch recently about sustainable job hunting. here's my reply 

Hi,

Nice hearing from you and I enjoy staying in touch via Facebook. Things are very quite now that energy prices are so low for both natural gas and gasoline. Our Green Home Tours are very popular and I’m enjoying learning more about what motivates people from the conversations.
 
The latest thing I have learned is that you can sell beauty but you can’t sell sustainability. It’s better to focus on the high end beauty of nature and not the science. It came from a friend of mind that does landscapes and interior design. She couldn’t get clients by promoting sustainable landscape but is busier than ever after she focused on beautiful contemporary design in landscapes and interiors. Now she has taken that to another level with personal coaching!
 
Since the built environment has finally recovered from the recession, I went to Greenbuild last year in LA and plan to go to Boston. It got there early and attended the workshops for LEED Project Management and Energy Modeling. It would be good for you to do so as well and introduce yourself to the companies you would like to work for. That’s what I do and over time it has created many successful relationships.
 
Let me know if you do go and we can meet up there.
 
Good luck.
 
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Ecologically Conscious Intentional Community Green Home Tour

Apr 24, 2017 3:07:20 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, Adaptive Reuse, Ecologically Conscious Intentional Community

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WHAT: Earnshaw Ecohouse, USGBC Green Home Tour
WHERE: Address will be sent after registering, Mt. Auburn, Cincinnati
WHEN: Wednesday April 26, 2017 6 to 8 pm

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.

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Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration Media Alert

Apr 17, 2017 11:58:54 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, Adaptive Reuse, leed platinum, cincinnati leed platinum, Greater Cincinnati Earth Day

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WHAT: The 47th Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food” 
WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
WHEN: Saturday “Official Earth Day”, April 22, noon- 7 p.m.

This free, family-friendly event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors offering Earth-friendly products and interactive educational activities, live music, a beer garden, petting zoo and recycling games.

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Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food”

Apr 11, 2017 9:43:43 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, Adaptive Reuse, leed platinum, cincinnati leed platinum, Greater Cincinnati Earth Day

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WHAT: The 47th Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration: Theme “Local Food” 
WHERE: Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45242
WHEN: Saturday “Official Earth Day”, April 22, noon- 7 p.m.

1:15 p.m. Environmental Awards presentation
1:30 p.m. Student Recycled Costume Contest
 

This free, family-friendly event hosted by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, will feature over 100 vendors and exhibitors offering Earth-friendly products and interactive educational activities, live music, a beer garden, petting zoo and recycling games.

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Another Cincinnati LEED Platinum

Apr 3, 2017 5:38:03 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising, green home tour, Green Home Tours, Adaptive Reuse, leed platinum, cincinnati leed platinum

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“LEEDing” by Example: Civic Garden Center’s Green Learning Station Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

The cleanest, greenest model of sustainability now stands on
former “brown field” site, right in the heart of Avondale.

Since the 1940s, the Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati has been an essential resource for thousands of residents who want to make their homes and communities greener and more sustainable. To give learners of all ages first-hand experience with growing gardens and going green, the Civic Garden Center opened the Green Learning Station (GLS) in 2011 on the site of an old gas station. Featuring solar panels, an advanced water capturing and reuse system, energy-efficient building materials and a green rooftop, the Green Learning Station was carefully designed with conservation in mind. This is why the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently awarded it with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification—one of the highest standards of excellence in sustainable construction.

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