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Lead exposed: A public crisis comes home

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/02/16 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home renovation

If Flint, Michigan's lead poisoning crisis cracked the nation’s eyes open to what being exposed to a pervasive toxin means, public officials could see it coming. Lead exposure has been unfolding across America, particularly in its urban centers, for decades. While Lead had a lot of advantages for manufacturers—paint makers liked it because it sped drying and increased durability—health experts had...

<br />Lead paint peeling and exposed on a house in Cleveland. Image: GCBL.

Kitchen's courageous: Make it a Green DIY

Marc Lefkowitz  |  06/01/15 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Home renovation

It took a week to connect with the nearly lost art of do-self renovation in the kitchen of our almost century home. Our goal was to save money, not expand but improve. And as the incoming president of the board of Home Repair Resource Center, I wanted to see if I could walk the talk on the do-self empowerment model.

<br />A DIY kitchen renovation can be green, cost effective and good looking.

South Euclid again stays ahead of vacant properties, plus, wetlands grew at the edge of Lake Erie

Marc Lefkowitz  |  01/14/14 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Vibrant cities, Home renovation, Plants & animals

A round-up of sustainability stories and opportunities for January 14, 2014.

Greening the suburbs<br />One of seven home rehabs that the city of South Euclid used  federal funds to bring back on the market.Wetlands watchers<br />Wetlands at Old Woman Creek in Lake Erie's west basin.

Emptied the oilfield in our attic

Marc Lefkowitz  |  03/18/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Home efficiency, Home renovation

Hopefully, your e-filed taxes are bearing fruit this week (woot! direct deposit refund). For my part, I was surprised by the parsimoniousness for energy efficiency.

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Cracking the code on better buildings

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/16/12 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Building new, Home renovation

What's so striking about the ratcheting up of building codes in Ohio is not that it took a few more years than average for the Buckeye state to adopt the 2009 standard from the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). No, the bigger revelation may be how—at the behest of city council and sustainability advocates—Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson willed his city's tax...

Going deep<br />An old home in Cleveland undergoes a Deep Energy Retrofit That's a wrap<br />The CMNH SmartHome's permanent foundation includes Insulated Concrete Forms

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