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Solar Windows and How They Can Make Buildings Net Zero – Greenbuild 2019

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At Greenbuild 2019 last week we learned about many new products that will help buildings to be completely independent of the energy grid. Most solutions included solar panels and battery systems. Of course you have to start with a very well designed building with particular attention to the details of insulation and air tight sealing. The following are interviews of …

President Obama at Greenbuild 2019

President Obama Offers Hope at Greenbuild 2019

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President Obama was the Keynote speaker on the first day of Greenbuild, the sustainable building and environmental education expo and conference from the U.S. Green Building Council, in Atlanta thru Friday. Here are some video snippets and the transcriptions. Unintended Consequences – President Obama’s Reflections at Greenbuild 2019 President Obama remembers his childhood and how it shaped his Sustainable Journey, …

Exclusive offer for Greenbuild alum

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Good Day! This is your last chance to take advantage of an exclusive offer for Greenbuild alum. Use code GB19ALUMNI by the end of day for your 20% discount from a four-day, three-day, or single day pass at Greenbuild 2019. Remember, prices go up once we’re on-site so reserve your seat now. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta! …

Nelson Doench Residence Cincinnati LEED Certified

You Can Design and Live in a Smaller Home, It’s a LEED Benefit

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Several years back, Naomi Nelson and Lou Doench were living in a loft-style, high-ceilinged industrial loft across from Old St. Mary Church in Over-the-Rhine. And at the time, it was a perfect setup for the young couple. But when they wanted to start a family, they moved north — to Northside – and into a 120-year-old home. Their new neighborhood …

Camden Homes Cincinnati LEED Certified Homes

Camden Homes Works Uniquely with Each Homeowner to Achieve Their Personal LEED Platinum

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Achieving LEED Platinum isn’t an easy thing to do in any size home. Normally it requires solar panels and a rainwater catchment system. And Camden Homes has done that for one of their homeowners but for another that didn’t want solar panels they found other ways to achieve the highest LEED Certification for the maximum tax abatement in the City …

Bunge Residence LEED Certified Home in Cincinnati

What Do Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, IM Pei, Zaha Hadid and Annabelle Selldorf have in common with a Cincinnati LEED Platinum home?

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They were all influencers to the owners, Janet and Joe Bunge, whose design incorporates the aesthetics of all of these modernists. Janet took the lead on the project and through frequent meetings with the architect Mike Wentz and the design team at Aubrie Welsh Interiors, the home came to life. Blurring the lines between inside and outside is a major …

You Can’t Save What You Don’t Measure

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If your thermostat isn’t programmed, you could be wasting around $173 a year. But many of us don’t program our thermostats – they’re just too complicated.

Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy is a NEST Partner, not so much to sell thermostats but to stay on the cutting edge of in home and office energy measurement and responsive programming. LEED Version 4 makes a major effort to award credits to energy measurement and monitoring. Will the NEST take on this role, we’ll see. A simple clip on the wires going to your fuse box could communicate with NEST.