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Affordable housing green standard, NEO first LEED-Gold school opens, surveying state legislature candidates on green building

 |  09/02/10 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings

  • At a time when more and more low-income Ohioans are in need of housing they can afford, the Ohio Green Communities initiative is working across the state to help ensure that as many apartments as possible meet an energy efficient green standard. With the support of PNC, three community development entities - Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise), Ohio Housing Financing Agency and the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing – have for the second year announced that more than half of all of their combined affordable housing developments, 750 homes in 20 communities across the state, will adhere to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, the first national framework for green affordable housing.
  • Ringing in the new school year, last weekend the community of Fuchs Mizrachi School (FMS) celebrated the school's grand opening. FMS is the first school in Northeast Ohio to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The new facility includes incorporated geothermal heating, solar hot water panels, high-efficiency lighting, water-efficient landscaping, and alternative energy systems to reduce water and energy use. The design and construction process integrated 20% recycled materials while reusing, recycling or diverting 94% of construction waste.
  • The Central Ohio Chapter of the USGBC recently distributed a survey to every candidate in the upcoming Ohio's House and Senate elections to measure attitudes and perceptions of green building. The results will be announced on October 28 at the Chapter's monthly "Lunch & Leaders" luncheon in Columbus.

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