All-electric Buildings for an Equitable Low Carbon Future – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohre Greenbuild

Our editorial review, “This session had some very good solutions to eliminating fossil gas from a 100,000 sf building. At the Contemporary Arts Center project of 86,500 sf, we can’t build the building differently  but there are a lot of mechanical solutions for the Midwest’s cold weather and four season conditions. We’ll be following up with John Andary and thank …


Aptera, 1st Gen Honda Insight and ASW 15 Comparison

ChuckLohre Aptera, ASW 15, Honda Insight

What do two cars, two decades apart, and a 50 year old glider have in common? More than you might think. I’m a volunteer Aptera Ambassador and enjoy spreading the word about this cool and innovative vehicle that charges itself! Eight years ago I was looking for a small energy efficient car and found out about the 1st Generation Honda Insight …


The Great Balancing Act: A Candid look at the Business Case for Decarbonization, Material Health and Circularity – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohre Archives, Greenbuild

As the green building movement has matured, and an awareness of the urgent problems at hand – climate crisis, material toxicity, resource depletion, systemic racism, and now pandemic – has expanded, the list of sustainability attributes that clients are requesting has grown to seemingly unmanageable lengths. How can the green building community prioritize, balance, and consolidate market demands for meaningful …


Back from the dead with a COVID comic

ChuckLohre Beatrice the Biologist

(This just in from Beatrice the Biologist, please support her on Patreon “Woahhhhhh, who is this lady? I thought she had gone to Mars or something. But no, I am still on Earth, and I did not die, though you may have wondered. No, I have just been in a cocoon trying to survive the apocalypse. But seriously, after …



ChuckLohre HERS Rating, LEED for Homes, Living Building Challenge, Visitability

This just in from Paul Yankie. Thanks to Paul and all those that helped get this legislation passed. SUMMARY-Cincy CRA Changes 1-1-22 (Changes take effect as of 1/1/22 and are only applicable to “…applications for Residential Improvements where the remodeling or construction commenced on and after January 1, 2022, as either evidenced by permits issued by the City’s Department of …

Greenbuild Closing Event USGBC 2020 Leadership Awards

Greenbuild Closing Event: USGBC 2020 Leadership Awards

ChuckLohre Archives

These Green Leaders don’t know how to take “No” for an answer! #greenbuild The USGBC Leadership Awards Ceremony recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations committed to advancing green building design, construction and operations. Join us virtually to recognize these industry pioneers. From the YouTube video: USGBC is honored to announce the 2020 Leadership Awards recipients: -Chris Castro, director of sustainability …

Embodied Carbon in Materials - Data Visualization & Cost

Embodied Carbon in Materials – Data Visualization & Cost – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohre Greenbuild

Greenbuild 2020 session review: We’re glad clients are now asking if their carbon footprint will be lower if they don’t tear down the old building but renovate it. In early 2019, Gensler San Diego began working closely with Interface in combination with the materialsCAN effort to develop an embodied carbon case study. This initiative focused on reducing embodied carbon on …

Building Science Fight Club

Huber Presents: Airtight, Done Right: Simple and Efficient Solutions – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohre Greenbuild

Our editorial: Air sealing is a major way to improve the HVAC performance for existing buildings. Just a minor adjustment can have huge effects. We’ll be looking at ways we can improve the air sealing of the Contemporary Arts Center’s glass and concrete construction. From the session outline: “Since the 1990s, residential buildings have shown dramatic and consistent improvement in …

Getting from Bio-based Materials to Carbon Negative Products – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohre Archives

Buildings and construction account for 40% of total global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and experts say carbon emissions from the built environment need to peak within 15 years for Earth to have a chance of staying below the global warming tipping point. According to Architecture 2030, the manufacturing of building materials will result in at least half of building-related GHG …

Melanie Silver

The Carbon Diet: Approaches for Reducing Embodied Carbon – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohre Carbon Zero, Greenbuild

Our editorial: The journey to zero carbon will be an awaking to design aesthetics lost in history. The future will be like it was before coal and oil. These cheap fossilized carbon materials have crept into our lives in ways it’s hard to get your head around. In the future you will look at how what you own is recyclable …