Residential Green Committee 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.
Green Home Tours: No charge for USGBC Ohio members, $70 per year and you can bring a guest, join the Ohio Chapter. 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.
The Green Home Tours are sponsored by The Sustainable Partnership of Cincinnati, a group of businesses offering environmentally friendly products and services to create sustainable homes and offices. Learn more at www.tspcincy.com.
2018 Tour Planning In Progress
• Sat, Jan 20, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Johnson Residence, OTR. Confirmed. Planning for LEED Platinum. First tour, near finished construction. Part of a common wall, two small home row house arrangement. The project had a simple goal in mind: affordable housing that can be for everyone. The focus is on holistic, sustainable, quality design that aims at long-term cost savings living in a healthy and beautiful home. The project explores tiny home living as a solution to create a market-rate solution for diversely affordable home-ownership opportunities in Cincinnati, OH.
• Sat, Feb, 17, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Ryan Residence, OTR. Confirmed. “The folks at Architectural Digest should check out Jack and Martine Ryan’s place in Over-the-Rhine. It has the “wow” factor the magazine features. The Ryans’ stunning, 6,000-square-foot, certified LEED Gold home is the product of four creative minds coming together as one. Jack Ryan is a Staten Island-born and reared New Yorker and career Procter & Gamble engineer/executive with the kind of pragmatic skills required to co-manage his first new-build home. Martine Ryan is an artistic Frenchwoman and long-time director of business affairs at the University of Cincinnati whose love for the European-city lifestyle steered the 2014-married couple away from the northern suburbs toward Over-the-Rhine. Together they created a bright, sleek and spotless living space,” from Brent Coleman’s article, WCPO Channel 9.
• Sun, Mar 18, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Woeste / Mahle Residence, OTR. Confirmed. Registered LEED Gold. They acquired the property in 2012 directly from a Baptist Church (the church had moved to another location a few years earlier). The church had renovated the three buildings in the 1960s—they connected the three buildings and enclosed the garage with cinderblocks and used the garage as their sanctuary. The first and second floor rooms in the former row houses were used as classrooms, office space and a nursery. The basement contained an industrial kitchen. The 1960s era renovations were not sympathetic to the historic nature of the buildings. Decorative stone lintels over the first floor windows were chiseled off the front and a huge metal screen was installed over the second floor of the 127 building. The garage building featured a cross made of glass block and faux-pebble white paneling. Hopeful to achieve LEED Gold certification through a combination of factors, including, solar panels, low-flow water fixtures, draught-tolerant landscaping, blown cellulous insulation, a high-efficiency furnace and other features.
• Sun, Apr 29, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Tentative Passive House and LEED Platinum home in Hyde Park.
• Sun, May 27, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Painter Residence, Hyde Park, Confirmed. Possible LEED Platinum home in Hyde Park with a Tesla Charging Station and a rainwater harvesting system. It’s not uncommon in Hyde Park for new homes to approach one million. That’s a major reason it’s going for LEED Platinum, the tax abatement is unlimited on the structure. One trick to getting the maximum points is to 100% manage your storm water and a 500 gallon tank on the property does that. It’s too bad Mitch’s Tesla S Model doesn’t help him get more points but it does make for a great conversation starter.
• Sat, Sep 29, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Fletcher / Johnsen Residence, College Hill, Confirmed. The contract for the solar panels has been signed for several months now and installation is scheduled for the 1st quarter of 2018. The house is also passive solar, has geothermal heating/cooling, is super insulated with an Energy Recovery Ventilator. They have two 65 gal rain barrels hooked up to the gutters. Should be certified LEED Gold in the Spring. Located on 4 wooded acres in College Hill. Possible coordination with GEO Ohio Solar Tour.
• Sun, Oct 28, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Modular Construction: Urban design and creating affordable housing solutions, Evanston. Tentative. Possible development in Evanston using a type of modular construction known as “Industrialized Units.” In this construction, 15’8″ x 60′ boxes are placed on top of or next to one another to form the size of the space that you need. One of the most common misunderstandings about modular home construction is that they are mobile homes. Modular housing is typically a suburbs or rural single-family home, although the potential to build apartments and floating homes exist. Units are fully equipped with power and windows, and utilities are in place before units leave the factory. In a single day, an entire community of homes can be installed. Once they are in place, the interior is fitted out with cabinets, a microwave and dishwasher, lighting fixtures, granite countertops, sinks, finished floors, and more. Boxes need to be reinforced once the units are in place, but the majority of work is complete before the units are brought to the installation location. The benefits of modular construction are numerous, including: Fast construction: A typical home is built in three weeks, reducing costs through minimal financing; Energy Efficiency: Out of the box, these homes are almost LEED ready; Strength: These homes are built using better construction techniques and experience no weather issues while under construction; Replicability: Homes can be rebuilt multiple times without being re-permitted; Lower permit fees; Lower overhead costs; Fewer employees required; Lower liability and lower insurance rates. One of the most important aspects of these homes–beyond the ease of construction and installation–is the need to make the home current and attractive. The rendering shows the final design of a current modular home. Quality materials and windows judiciously make for a house that anyone would be proud to call home.
• Sat, Nov 18, 2018, 10 am til Noon – Warner Residence, Oakley. – Confirmed. New construction to be a LEED certified home by owner/architect Tom Warner.
Future Tour Options:
• Theobald Residence, Covington, KY. Builder and owner of the first private container home in the region. Two shipping containers side-by side will be renovated off site with recycled materials featuring contemporary design for an efficient, flexible and environmentally conscious dwelling. The home isn’t finished yet, but Jerod will have us over when it gets done.
• Passive House in Hyde Park, the first in Cincinnati. Passive House standards require no more than 75 kWhr per square meter energy use for heating, cooling and all other loads combined and a maximum of .6 air changes per hour. Tentative.
• Marion Hall, Avondale, Cincinnati, OH, Cincinnati Preservation Association award for historic preservation. Tentative.
• Abrahanson Residence, LEED Platinum home with solar panels.
• Fickas Residence – Nancy comes from a long history of sustainable homes, “My grandfather built has entire house from shipping pallets for his family of 9. He worked at a door manufacturer and brought home the scrap wood to complete the house and build the furniture. My father worked there to and did the same thing to build my Mother a new kitchen. The Fickas Residence will be built at Amberlin Springs.• Warminski Residence, Newport, KY, 1907 cottage that should have it’s solar panels installed by then. Margo also plans to show off her extensive insulation and air sealing done by the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. As well has her grey water downstairs toilet which ads a lavatory to the small room. • Shaw Residence – Northside, Cincinnati, OH, new construction 1500 sf footprint infill. To be LEED Certified. Age in place and a model for affordable home design.• Carl Strauss designed home in Avondale, renovated to LEED Silver. • Mills Residence in Clifton, a pioneer in radiant heating in 1950, this home has been preserved by owner Scott Knox. • Hammer Residence on Republic St. in OTR. • LEED Gold home in Northside with solar, geothermal and a xeriscaped yard • Nelson/Doench Residence, Northside, potential LEED Gold • 943 Monastery St., LEED Platinum, Passive House • Karen and Brad Hughes new Terry Boling home in OTR, 2019 • Alice Emmonds project on Fergus might be a good tour candidate in 2019, The house is a gut rehab, and NEST (formerly CNCURC) is the developer. It won’t be certified under any program, but was done in accordance with a standard NEST developed to come up with a good range of sustainability goals plus incorporate accessibility features. • LEED Platinum designer home in Mt. Adams • Possible LEED Gold gut rehab in OTR that features solar panels and an interior garage.
• Nov 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Chappel-Dick Residence, Bluffton, OH, LEED Platinum and registered Monarch Waystation. Andy Chappell-Dick, Design/Builder. Learn more.
Here’s an email from Andy,
“We welcome all those willing to make the two hour drive north to Bluffton (I-75 at exit 140.) This house was substantively built in 2013, awarded LEED Platinum in 2015, and details continue in process to this day. LEED for Homes was a powerful guide in the design process since we were aiming for Platinum from the beginning. The regimen was not without controversy and intrigue, and in this small town the unusual construction process was quite a spectacle. I (Andy) am a builder by trade, and did 99% of the work myself. The interior design is a collaboration with my wife Wendy, who also did the landscaping.We wanted the project to be a counterexample to all the new housing going up around us: efficient, small, unique, and natural. The aesthetic might best be described as 17th-century English cottage remodeled with an early 20th-century Arts and Crafts interior, yet built to 21st-century energy codes.
This was a residential infill lot, close to the bustling downtown of our village. The shell, 18’x28′, consists of Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), a foam sandwich engineered to be entirely self-supporting without interior framework or embedded studs. Walls are 6.5″ thick, roof is 10.5″. There is a full finished basement (poured concrete), first floor, and second floor with 12′ cathedral ceiling. There are two bedrooms and two full baths. Depending on how it’s measured, square footage is either 960 or 1,450. Windows are Marvin Ultrex casements. Exterior is full-thickness southwest Ohio limestone veneer and slate roof. HVAC consists of two 9kBTU Fujitsu minisplits and a ducted heat recovery ventilator (HRV.)
Energy performance is fun to brag about. Initial blower door tests revealed airtightness below the device’s detectable limits–a second investigator measured 0.5 ACH50. The house is all-electric, and our annual energy bill (including heating, cooling, water heating, cooking, lighting… everything) has been about $800. Future plans include solar PV to achieve net-zero energy consumption.
In this relatively conservative corner of Ohio, interest in energy efficiency among contractors and their clients is dispiritingly low. Building codes are not enforced here, and with energy prices low there is little incentive to innovate. Bluffton is a college town with a robust local economy and a growing retirement population; so in spite of the evidence we hold out hope for a greener future.”
• Nov 4, 2017, 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm, – Artichoke, OTR, 1824 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, possible LEED Gold retail home goods store renovation. From their site, “Artichoke is thrilled to have received a Merit Award from the 2016 Cincinnati Design Awards! We were fortunate to work with Terry Boling as our architect and Design Build as our general contractor. This stellar team produced an amazing result with the highest level of design and craft. The Cincinnati Design Awards (CDA) program recognizes the best built-environment design produced by Cincinnati area creative firms and promotes the social and economic value of good design in our community, selected by a distinguished nationwide jury of design thought leaders and eminent practitioners.”
• Oct 21, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Yankie Residence, Madeira, OH, possible LEED Platinum renovation. Paul Yankie of Green Building Consulting, owner and house captain. This renovation is an example of how to achieve LEED Platinum in the suburbs without solar, geothermal, a complete gut rehab, no easy access to community services. And a large lot size was detrimental to achieving LEED credits.
• Sep 16, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Melink Residence, Indian Hill. Steve Melink is the owner of Melink Corp. net-zero manufacturing facility. Melink designed and constructed the solar array at the Cincinnati Zoo. The home has many energy efficiency features including a solar array. Learn more from Brent Coleman’s WCPO.com article.
• May 27, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Morales Luginbill Residence, Oakley, possible LEED Gold home. It is 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. There were two large oak trees on the site that had to be taken down. We harvested the lumber from them on site and have used it for the trim and stairs in the house. Here’s the house web site, “On what had been a small patch of grass in Oakley, stands a comfortable and efficient home. LEED for Homes was the tool that measured the success of its ambition to be environmentally sustainable.”
• May 3, 2017 – 6:30 till 8:30 pm, Tour of tiny home manufacturer’s display site. Our sponsor, One Small Garden offers custom made cozy “Get Away” Cabins, as well as adorable potting sheds which were featured at the Cincinnati Home & Garden Show. Their full line of custom storage and tiny homes are made to order. Many types and models are in display at their Milford Shopping Center display lot at the corner of State Route 50 and 131, Milford, OH 45150.
• Apr 26, 2017, 6:00 till 8:00 pm, – Earnshaw Ecohouse, Mt. Auburn, 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. Learnmore.
• Apr 15, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Hamilton Residence, Sandra Hamilton’s Tiny Home in Northside, Cincinnati, designed by Edward Wright, our March 2015 host. 480 square foot (first floor), it was built on her property for her 89 year old Mother. Sandra designed it after a year of research on Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Edward refined her plans to get it thru building and zoning. Learn more about the 10-year tax abatement Cincinnati’s Visitability certification from this AARP article.
• Mar 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Hampton Residence, Walnut St. OTR gut renovation to LEED Certification, Jenifer & Steve Hampton of GreenBau owners/architect. The building was originally built around 1860 as a typical residential tenement with 6 units. Vacant for decades, it was completely rehabbed in 2015-2016 as a single family residence with three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms, home office, and roof deck. While it was a gut rehab that created a modern floor plan, a number of historic features were retained including the original staircase, some original plaster, some trim, and the large number of window openings. It is currently seeking LEED Silver certification, with key options such as new insulation on exterior walls, roof, and floor slab, 95% efficient gas boiler providing radiant floor heating and domestic water heating, white membrane roof, sustainable product selection, low flow water fixtures, and more. Here’s a list of products and services used in the home. And an article about the tour from Krista Atkins Nutter.
• Feb 18, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Swing House, Artist Mark Dejong has created a sculptural intervention in a house in Camp Washington replacing all of the interior structure in a thoughtful way that both provides the infrastructure for a swing and highlights the history and material of the building. Learn more.
• Jan 21, 2017, 10 am till Noon, – Laure Quinlivan and Greg Ruthman Residence, Mt. Lookout, Cincinnati. A LEED Gold home rebuilt on the site of their homestead for not much more than a major renovation and now they have 1/3rd more space but 1/2 the HVAC cost. Laure was instrumental in improving the Cincinnati LEED Tax abatement during her term on Cincinnati City Council. Learn more, Brent Coleman’s WCPO article.
• Jan 11, 2017, 6 to 8 pm, – 1333 Pendleton St. Row House “2017 USGBC Green Home Tours Kick Off Party,” This home in the Pendleton Neighborhood was saved from demolition and painstakingly remodeled by Chris Lacey of A and L Properties. Features include: rooftop deck with city views, multiple exterior entertaining areas, garage access from rear alley, gourmet kitchen, wine cellar, hardwood floors, and high efficiency systems and fixtures. Anticipated LEED certification with 10 year property tax abatement. Interior design services and finishes for the project were provided by one of our sponsors, Heather Curless, of Greener Stock. Another sponsor, Green Building Consulting, is providing the LEED certification services.
November 19, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Walters Residence, East Walnut Hills – Samuel Hannaford Home restoration and LEED Certified. Learn more, photo from Brent Coleman’s article for Channel 9. Also a Cincinnati Refined post, “The J.H. Rhodes House in Walnut Hills is one of the most beautiful examples of Romanesque Revival architecture in Cincinnati. From the foyer’s arched double doors to the dining room’s coffered ceiling, everything looks perfectly preserved from the days when the house was built, by none other than famed architect Samuel Hannaford a century ago.”
October 8, 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. The Frederick and Harriet Rauh House in Woodlawn became the first Modernist residence in the state to be honored with a Preservation Merit Award by the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO).
May 21, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Bacher Residence, Norwood, Ohio – 990 sqft home with an organic garden. 1940s construction of poured concrete offers excellent air sealing. Since convincing her mom to set-up a recycling center in their home as a young child, Stephanie Bacher has had a passion for recycling, conservation and learning and teaching the facts. At the tour she’ll share her knowledge of recycling, household items and health and beauty aids that perform beautifully but don’t harm the environment. Learn more at Stephanie’s Facebook page “Gradually Going Green.” And her web page GraduallyGoingGreen.com. Here’s a blog post about the tour.
April 16, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Holzhauser Residence, OTR Downtown Cincinnati – Andy Holzhauser and Janice Liebenberg and daughter Olivia moved in six months ago to their redeveloped townhome on Elm near Washington Park. Their home has 3 beds, 2.5 baths with a study as well as an apartment below it. It was a 5-year project, culminating with the conversion of a 120 year-old home that had historically been used for tenement housing, and then vacant for the last decade. The home hopefully will be rated LEED Platinum, the highest designation for sustainable development. Andy and Janice want it to be considered a demonstration project to prove that our community’s oldest buildings can be converted to a new form that minimizes energy use through efficiency and solar, and maximizes clean air and healthy living. As Olivia has just turned 2 years old, Andy and Janice plan to join the growing contingent of OTR residents that choose to raise their family in the neighborhood. Andy and Janice both walk to work and are a 1-car family. The Enquirer posted a few photos from the OTR Future Leaders Holiday Home Tour. Sanyog Rathod was House Captain. And here is another article about the home from Brent Coleman with Channel 9.
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. Sanyog Rathod, House Captain.
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 was House Captain.
January 16, 2016; 10 am till Noon: Spicknall 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. Cincinnati Enquirer article by Shauna Steigerwald, “Cool Homes: In Northside, Minimalist Goes Green.” Learn more.
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.
September 12, 2015, 10 am till Noon,Sun Sugar Farms, Fritz Residence, 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. October 31, 2014 article by Cincinnati Refined. Learn more from Greener Stock’s Houzz page.
May 16, 2015, 10 am till Noon,Boulter Residence, A Frank Lloyd Wright designed home, 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.
January 17, 2015, 10 am till Noon,Gaitan Residence, 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,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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