Sure, we keep telling you that 10,000 design professionals receive Blink annually, and the online catalog is available to over 50,000 art specifiers, but what kinds of people is this list really compiled of?
Today, we spotlight 5 of these designers and what it is they really do…
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Cincinnati Ohio has one of the most concentrated LEED building collections in the world. A quick one hour tour will show you who’s a part of this movement.
The tour starts at the Fire Station No. 9 in Avondale. After your breakfast at Sugar N Spice, step out side and notice the gleaming white concrete blocks that keep the building cool in the summer. The solar shades on the south side also help along with the concrete parking areas. The grounds have native and adaptive landscaping. The polished concrete floors are stained blue in the living quarters. We have used the community room for classes to pass the LEED AP exam. The only problem is that you have to evacuate if the house gets a call requiring all the trucks to leave! Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy hosted an educational event for the opening of the station. Mayor Mark Mallory came and addressed the attendees.
As we travel south on Reading Road to the North Avondale Cincinnati Public School we’ll discuss how Ginny Frazier, a teacher at CPS who couldn’t catch a breath in the new schools CPS was building, partnered with Joel Stout, president of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, to convince CPS to build to LEED standards and along the way got legislation passed in Ohio to require all educational funds reach LEED standards. North Avondale has an active after school green mentoring program run by Ginny Frazier and her Alliance for Interconnection and Connectivity non-profit enviromental advocacy organization. Ohio Leads the Nation with 100 LEED-Certified Public Schools and Hundreds More in the Pipeline,“Ohio is the recognized nationwide leader in sustainable school design, with more than 300 total schools either registered or certified through LEED. On average, Ohio’s first 100 certified schools have been designed to use 35 percent less energy and an average of 37 percent less water than comparable buildings constructed and operated to traditional standards. In addition, these schools provide healthier indoor environments conducive to learning.”
The developer of Cincinnati’s first tiny houses is getting ready to start construction on the homes in Over-the-Rhine.
Brad Cooper, who launched Start Small Homes after he received a $100,000 grant from People’s Liberty, expects construction to begin soon on the two small homes. Cooper’s project explores tiny homes as a solution to affordable housing, working to create a market-rate solution for diversely affordable home ownership opportunities.
One of the homes will be sold at market rate, with a list price of $200,000. Going by the usable square footage, that’s about $690 per square foot.
But Cooper said it’s not fair to compare the tiny house’s price on the traditional per-square-foot measurement since it requires all of the infrastructure of a full-sized house.
The other home will be sold to a low-income household rate. Cooper said he is still working out the details on pricing for that home.
Cooper, who is a trained architect, originally wanted to price the homes at $70,000 each. The homes also were originally designed to be smaller with a total of 200 square feet of living space. But he still says at $200,000, a buyer would be getting the tiny home at a good value.
During events held throughout the summer, about 75 people have showed up to learn more about the tiny houses.
Each two-story tiny home has a kitchen and living space on the first floor complete with a refrigerator, butcher block counter and cabinets, and the second floor has a bathroom and the bedroom.
People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab that invests directly in individuals, has helped Cooper through the process. Jake Hodesh, vice president of operations at People’s Liberty, said they have been working to understand all the processes that go along with building a tiny house.
“We’ve learned alongside Brad what it means to build a tiny home,” Hodesh said. “We’re investing in projects that haven’t been done before.”
The homes, located at 142 and 144 Peete St., will have solar panels and are designed to take advantage of passive cooling. Cooper expects utilities to cost about $50 per month.
Cooper doesn’t have additional sites for more tiny homes at this point, but he has learned ways to bring the prices down. By building more tiny houses at one time, as well as getting smaller lots or building multiple tiny homes on the same lot, he believes he would be able to bring prices down.
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Jaws dropped around the modern kitchen in the two-story home in Mount Airy.
Visitors were there for a tour of the energy-efficient three-bedroom, three-bath home – equipped with an office, woodshop and garage. They’d just learned that heating and cooling the house cost only $300-$400a year.
“You want to go see it?” owner Edward Wright asked, referring to the geothermal system in the basement which pulls heat from down in the ground in the winter and circulates cooler temps up from below in the summer.
Heads vigorously nodded. And Wright led the group into the basement to see how green energy works on a small-scale.
There are no gas lines running to the airtight home, architect Wright continued to explain, everything runs on electric. Much of the cost will be made up in energy savings and tax abatement, he said.
The Wrights were the latest homeowners to open their doors to a tour started at the end of last year by Chuck Lohre, a marketing professional and Clifton resident with apassion for green living.
Lohre is a volunteer and former board member of the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, an organization on a mission to “transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life,” according to its website.
These tours show the public what is possible, Lohre said, and they help individuals understand what sort of tax breaks are available when going the green route.
Brad Cooper’s tiny home – a winner of a $100,000 grant from People’s Liberty – is on the tour in November and a farmhouse in Verona, Kentucky, where a woman is growing edamame will be featured in September.
On the first tour, visitors saw the Kinsman home in Northside. LEED Silver certified, it was built with a tight form and heated with solar hot water panels on the roof, Lohre said, which send warmth into the floor on the first and second stories of the house. There is no furnace.
“I’m trying to start a movement for the general public to learn that there are better ways to live – and your home and community should be a central part of it,” Lohre said. “I have gotten to know just about all of the architects, engineers and developers in the region but the public still wasn’t learning about these better ways to plan, build and live.”
Spots are still available for the free tours coming up this year. To register, email [email protected], or call, 513-260-9025.
The tours include:
The Nutter residence in Mount Carmel, March 21 is fully booked.
Imago for the Earth Conscious Community in Price Hill, April 25, 9-11 a.m.
The Fritz residence at Sun Sugar Farms in Verona, Kentucky, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to noon
The Fischer residence in Milford, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to noon
Wright Residence – Free, Green Home Tour Feb 21 10 am till Noon
This Mt. Airy / Northside home has achieved the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification
They should save about $40,000 over the additional five year period of the tax savings, easily paying for the approximate $20,000 in better materials, systems and fees.
This home is designed so the owners can age-in-place, accessibility and adaptability are planned into the project. Zero-step entry, Doors are wider, wider hallways and bathrooms.
Thanks to Owner/Architect Edward Wright of Wright Design for inviting us into his home. Attendees receive a great swag bag including info about the local U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Living Member Circle, edible Ohio Valley Magazine, Park+Vine, Cincinnati Metro, Building Value and a gift basket raffle chance with items from Method Home, edible Ohio Valley Magazine Subscription, Cresbi Crate and more.
Please join us at the Wright Residence Feb 21, 2015 from 10 till Noon – There’s no charge for the tour, max of 20 people, registration required, email [email protected] or call 513-260-9025 to register. Address will be provided after you register.
Nov 6 FREE ReSource Shred Event for Non-Profits8:30 am to 4 pm Help divert thousands of pounds of paper from local landfills by volunteering to help with ReSource Shred Event. Contact Chuck Lohre 513-260-9025 to select the morning or afternoon shift. Non-ReSource member organizations…
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