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PNC SmartHome is first certified Passive House in Ohio

David Beach  |  07/09/13 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings, Projects

PNC SmartHome Cleveland, a project of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, has become the first building in Ohio to achieve passive house certification, the world’s most rigorous building energy standard. The certification was approved in June by the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS), the nonprofit organization committed to making high-performance passive buildings the mainstream market standard in the United...

On exhibit<br />The PNC SmartHome was built next to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in 2011 as an exhibit of energy-efficient design.Showcase for green building<br />The SmartHome exhibit was fully decorated to show that  extremely energy-efficient homes can also be beautiful and comfortable. Moving day<br />After a successful run as a museum exhibit, the SmartHome was moved through University Circle to a vacant lot on Wade Park Avenue.Neighborhood investment<br />The SmartHome was installed permanently at 11601 Wade Park Ave. at the edge of Cleveland's University Circle neighborhood. In 2012 the home was sold to a family.

Weighing the future at Cleveland's biggest landmarks

Marc Lefkowitz  |  12/12/12 @ 1:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings, Projects

Cleveland's natural history museum is held in high esteem—especially by families—as a colorful and larger than life space to fill your mind. When the museum announced it was time to retire the dusty dioramas and build in a way that moves the institution in to the 21st century, cheers went up— the building and its exhibits would reflect the enthusiasm...

Greenest of them all<br />The Bullitt Center in Seattle earns the honorific, greenest commercial building in the world.Green on top<br />The North Carolina Natural Science Museum earned a LEED-Platinum rating.In balance<br />The Hawaii Prep Academy Energy Lab is one of three Living Buildings in the world.Green to the Cleve<br />A green roof helps The Cleveland Botanical Garden join the Sustainable Sites Initiative.A part of nature<br />The California Academy of Sciences completely green roof and indoor rain garden lead many to call it the greenest museum in the worldGreen and clean<br />the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas has a green roof and a much lower energy profile than even the Cal Academy building.

Action alerts for transportation and building

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/20/12 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Transportation choices

What will it take to create a more sustainable Greater Cleveland? How can we shape the major funding and planning opportunies here today to ensure a more fulfilling future for ourselves and our children?

New ideas for bike lanes<br />Bike Cleveland would like Lakewood to paint a bike lane with hatch marks indicating door zones on Madison Avenue Access for all<br />ODOT is looking for ideas for Ohio's transportation systemImproving Cedar Hill<br />The Circle-Heights Bike plan considers how to make Cedar Road more bike friendly

Students, builders, museum trustees hear about the leading green buildings in the world

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/19/12 @ 9:00am  |  Posted in Green buildings, Projects

The Bullitt Center in Seattle has been called the greenest building in the world. Its developer, Chris Rogers of Point32, credits the Bullitt Foundation, which subscribed to the Living Building Challenge, a paradigm shifting green building process that Rogers says, "goes way beyond LEED."

Greenest building in the world, this week<br />The Bullitt Center in Seattle under constructionGreen roots<br />The Lewis Center in Oberlin helped launch a green building movement

Museum hears inspired ideas from its architect

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/18/12 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Green buildings

"We want a building that itself embodies how we can live in the future, in a highly sustainable way," Cleveland Museum of Natural History Director Evalyn Gates explained to 450 attendees the purpose of the museum's Building with Nature symposium, a free and open to the public event at the museum on October 18, 2012.

Green museum<br />A green roof at Raleigh Nature Research Center. Photo by Kathy Hanrahan for WRAL.com

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