Residential Workshops

Photos of past residential workshops

dscf1987raingardenVinnie Tremante, Williams Creek
Consulting, describes the use of rain gardens in mitigating stormwater runoff in a residential setting.Want to build a rain garden? Visit Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District for plans and suggested plant lists. Or click here for a pdf of the presentation.
dscf2018gobluetogogreenDescribing the use of Styrofoam sheathing, combined with metal bracing, and Tyvek house wrap instead of traditional OSB, to minimize moisture infiltration and heat loss.
dscf2006-2speakersLisa Frasure, Innerspace Interiors and Nathan Lahr, Fanning Howey Associates gave a presentation on choosing Green building materials. Highlights of their talk (pdf)
dscf2009blower-testThe house passed its blower test with flying colors. All homes in this development must meet the requirements for Energy Star high performance and the more stringent ratings required for the federal energy tax credit.
dscf2017garage-exhaustEvery garage has this ventilation fan that turns on when the garage door is opened and runs long enough to remove exhaust fumes so they aren’t drawn into the house.
Walking tour of the LEED Home pilot project at 258 N. 21st Street, Columbus, Ohio. 43203.
The house was built to the standards required of a platinum level LEED rating.
dscf2028-21st-stThe house is a new build, but is designed to use the same floor plan and styling as other older homes in the neighborhood. dscf2032window_studsStuds are centered on 24″ rather than the traditional 16″, to lesson thermal leakage. Studs are 2 x 6 rather than 2 x 4, allowing and additional 2″ of insulation to be used. Windows are triple pane argon filled; the extra cost of windows is more than offset by the money saved on ductwork – most homes need extra heat ducts by windows to make up for cold air entering through the windows.
dscf2036futurekitchenAn open floor plan. The future kitchen looks out over the back yard. dscf2039future-raingardenA future rain garden – both the back of the house and the garage will drain into this garden, minimizing the home’s stormwater load.
dscf2030basementEven the basement will have insulated walls, eliminating a major source of heat loss.