Hi friend,

Winding Walks LEED Home Subdivision

Is consistent with the goals of the City of Cincinnati with regard to increasing property value, bringing home owners into the city, building energy efficient housing, and stimulating community revitalization.

(The venue for April's tour has changed. You'll be given the address after you have registered.)

WHAT: Winding Walks Green Home Tour
WHERE: Saylor ParkCincinnati, OH
WHEN: Sunday, Apr 29, 2018; 10 am till Noon
(From Winding Walks LEED Homes Subdivision's site)

LEED Certification at Winding Walks

All of the homes in Winding Walks will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. This designation will offer home owners a 15 year transferable tax abatement on the value of the homes they build. Meaning construction will be environmentally friendly resulting in extra energy efficient or “green” homes. This provides home owners with lower energy bills for the life of the home as well as eligibility for a 15 year City of Cincinnati tax abatement.

What is the U.S. Green Building Council?
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED — the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world.
Every day USGBC is helping advance spaces that are better for the environment and healthier for us to live, work and play in. Through our community network, continuous collaboration with industry experts, market research publications and LEED professional credentials, USGBC remains a key driving force in the green building sector.

What is LEED Certification?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated. Leaders around the world have made LEED the most widely used third-party verification for green buildings, with around 1.85 million square feet being certified daily. 
LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. Using less energy and water means lower utility bills each month. And in many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes. Some of the most important buildings in the world use LEED. Shouldn’t the most important building in everyone’s world use LEED, too?

What Types of Buildings Can Be Certified?
LEED works for all buildings—from homes to corporate headquarters—at all phases of development. Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum. LEED-certified buildings are resource efficient. They use less water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. As an added bonus, they save money.

What Are The LEED Certification Measurement Categories?  
According to the USGBC, there are nine key areas measured by LEED:
• Sustainable Sites
• Water Efficiency
• Energy and Atmosphere
• Materials and Resources
• Indoor Environmental Quality
• Location and Linkages
• Awareness and Education
• Innovation in Design

How Does The Certification System Work?
The certification system is set up as a series of prerequisites (or requirements) and credit points. Prerequisites are specific standards your home has to meet to even be considered for certification. Credit points are given for a range of optional improvements. The points, awarded for everything from meeting energy efficiency standards to preserving plant-life, add up to a certification score.
• Certified is 45-59 points
• Silver is 60-74 points
• Gold is 75-89 points
• Platinum is 90-136 points
• Total Available Points are 136
Tax Abatement
These 82 new homes will be built to be eligible for a 15 year City of Cincinnati  tax abatement. Taxes will be paid only on the value of the lot while abated, rather than the full value of the property. Offering a compelling tax bill of less than $100 per month. The tax savings equates to greater than $100,000 over the course of fifteen years and is transferable from each homeowner to the next for the 15 year period.

USGBC SW Ohio Chapter 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. Ohio Chapter site.

Committee Chair: Toni Winston, Tiburon Energy

Contact to Volunteer or Participate: Chuck Lohre, Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, chuck@lohre.com

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.
USGBC page about the tours.

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. Dovetail Solar and Wind, GreenBau Design Build, Green Building Consulting, Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy, Greener Stock Sustainable Building Materials & Design, Green Streets Environmental Services, National Heating & Air-conditioning, One Small Garden Planters and Sheds, Patterned Concrete of Cincinnati, and Tepe Landscaping. Learn more at www.tspcincy.com.


Sincerely, Chuck Lohre

If you would like to "Do the right thing," join me for lunch and a...
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What's the best way to learn about Green Building?
Join the local chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council.