Everything. Mr. Wright's rules of Organic Architecture embraced the natural siting facing the sun, smaller footprint with 98 sq. ft. bedrooms, rainwater use with no gutters, native landscaping by preserving the trees, regional resources with concrete and block, natural light with the clerestory windows, natural ventilation through the four ten foot doors, and natural materials […]
Lohre & Assoc. will be sponsoring events at the Boulter House that allow potential owners and developers to meet LEED owners and developers of some of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana's LEED and other energy and environmental design sites. The goal of these events is to help create a community of energy and environmental design leaders. […]
CF3 is a non-profit modern design forum whose mission is to promote, preserve, educate, document, enjoy, and raise awareness of Modern Design in and around Cincinnati. Through educational and social events as well as its website http://www.cf3.org/site , CF3 will bring together a modernist community to protect this design aesthetic. CF3 welcomes all Modern design […]
From the site: The Springs Preserve is a 180-acre non-gaming cultural and historical attraction designed to commemorate Las Vegas' dynamic history and to provide a vision for a sustainable future. Known as the birthplace of Las Vegas, the site of the Preserve was once home to bubbling springs that were a source of water for Native Americans living here thousands of years ago. It also sustained travelers of the Old Spanish Trail and Mormons who came to settle the West.
Myself and another interested couple toured this installation in December 2007.
Mt. Airy Rain Catchers is a US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) project that enlisted the help of Mt. Airy neighborhood partners to install rain gardens and rain barrels in their yards. EPA's goal is to evaluate how these individual, household actions can improve local water quality. To measure this, EPA will be monitoring the health of local Shepherd Creek before and after the installation of rain barrels and rain gardens.
The Rain Catchers project offered home owners the chance to receive an exciting, natural landscape feature that uses less water, fewer chemicals and, most importantly, less time to maintain than the average lawn. The installation was free of charge including three years of maintenance!
The Fergus Street Homeownership Project is an effort by local non profit CNCURC to increase homeownership opportunities in a targeted area of the Northside neighborhood. The group is working to build new homes and renovate existing structures using sustainable materials and practices. The first phase of this project consists of two identical houses built side by side at the corner of Chase Avenue and Fergus Street, a former site of drug activity.
In 2007 the Checco's installed geothermal HVAC and started work on the new studio garage which has its south facing roof at the proper angle for future solar panel installation.Gerald Checco, Cincinnati Park Board Superintendent of Operations and Land Management spoke at the May 2007 LEED event at the Boulter House.
The Cincinnati Park Board Headquarters, in Eden Park, installed solar panels and a wind turbine in 2007. A nice feature is the computer display in the lobby that illustrates how much energy is being produced by the solar panels and wind turbine.
Barb Yankie of Homes +, Inc. took infrared photos of the home in the Spring of 2007 and provided a detailed report indicating where sealing work needs to be done. I plan to have all the corner and flat glass resealed before next winter. For the corners I'm using Lexel Clear Sealant from Sashco Sealants, Inc., 103300 East 107th Place, Brighton, CO 80601, 1-800-289-7290 which is the clearest I've found. Thanks to Stan Beck of Beck's Hardware for tipping me off about it. The last set of photos show the radiant coils in the living room floor.