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Green Homes Summit 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
11:00 am - 6:30 pm
Cincinnati State Technical Community College
Full Day $50* (after October 15th cost is $60)
*Full day registrations include lunch
$15 each (after October 15th cost
is $30 each)
Author of Restore, Recycle, Repurpose

Randy Florke

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November 13, 2010
1:00 - 2:15 pm
Our keynote presentation will highlight important issues from Mr. Florke's recent book "Restore, Recycle, Repurpose". It will explain how to develop an eye for items that can make your home more beautiful and help save the planet at the same time. His presentation will instill confidence in the audience to only purchase new items when they must and teach them how to repurpose what they already own.

Randy Florke was born and raised in the heartland of Iowa. The purchase of a farm in Iowa led him on his first real estate venture. The results of the renovation led to the purchase of a property in New York State. After moving to New York City in 1981, he started a thriving real estate business, The Rural Connection, which features country homes in Sullivan County, New York.

As a contributing editor to Country Living magazine, Randy's articles advise on issues incorporating design, color and economy. Randy has a made frequent appearances on such programs as HGTV, Style with Elsa Klench /CNN, NY1, the Discovery Channel, MSNBC and the Today Show.

Randy's first book was published in 2006; Your House, Your Home - Creating The Home You Love to Live In. Randy's next book Recycle, Restore, Repurpose was released in 2010. In this book, room by room, Florke presents ideas, examples, and resources that are "shades of green." Through photos and text, Florke helps create a welcoming, lovely, earth-friendly decor - without spending a fortune. The New York Times has dubbed him a "super stylist."
Described as a "jack of all home trades" by Metropolitan Home, Randy gently renovates period gems, collects and refurbishes antiques, transforms interiors with a pared-down sensibility, and matches would-be owners with their dream homes.
Option 1 ($15 for both seminars)
Understanding Home Energy Use - John Robbins
2:30 - 3:30 pm
Robbins focuses clients and audiences on historical energy facts as well as traditional methods to reduce use, regardless of the sometimes distracting policies and incentives. He encourages users to pay most attention to usage and emission volumes, not just the flow rates, program labels and politics. Being in the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), as well as a home designer, and aggressive implementer in his own home, Robbins bridges gaps often found between what we hear from utilities, professionals and consumers.
Greening Your Old House - Margo Warminski
Margo GHS3:45 - 4:45 pm
Much of what we hear about the green movement relates to new construction. But new buildings are only part of the story. One of our country's most urgent tasks is to "green" the buildings we already have. Fortunately, many historic buildings have inherent green features such as durable, natural materials and natural ventilation. Building on an old house's good qualities, owners can improve efficiency and comfort levels, without sacrificing historic character or making costly upgrades. Many features of new "green" homes can be duplicated in older buildings, including efficient lighting, water-saving plumbing fixtures, and high-value insulation. What's more, preservation and sustainability go hand in hand. When you reuse a historic building, you extend the life of the "embodied energy" used to build it: a wise use of resources. And by revitalizing an in-town neighborhood, instead of building a new subdivision miles from the city, you promote a more sustainable, more transit-friendly, less-car-dependent way of life.

Option 2 ($15 for both seminars)
Greening Your Lifestyle - Ellen Hall
2:30 - 3:30 pm

In tight economic times, saving energy and water makes a lot of sense. So if you are ready to reduce costs, live more sustainably, and create a healthier home, you will want to attend this seminar. During this session, participants will learn effective ways to go green. Hall will review straightforward actions you can take immediately to reduce energy and water use, conserve water and minimize waste. She also will discuss simple steps to reduce toxins and improve indoor air quality in your home. You also will leave with awareness of how to evaluate household cleaning products more holistically. By learning and implementing best eco-practices, you will begin to improve health and enhance quality of life for you, your family, and your pets while benefiting the Earth.
Build Green, Save Green - Heather Curless
Heather GHS3:45 - 4:45 pm
Homeowners are interested in making their homes more sustainable, yet the upfront cost cannot always be justified. This course will provide information about how to reduce a home's long-term costs while also increasing its sustainability through the use of smart building products. We will also describe a variety of funding options that are currently available that can help the homeowner finance green building projects.

Option 3 ($15 for both seminars)
SIPs a Green Structural Product - Thomas Moore
2:30 - 3:30 pm
The presentation will define Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs). It will give some history about how SIPs were developed. It will list the types of buildings that can be built with SIPs, including examples and photos. It will show how SIP buildings are built, including the typical assembly details that are used by the industry. It will show how SIPs helps a homeowner save on energy costs, including laboratory test results and real life examples. It will show how SIPs help a building qualify for points under various Green building certification programs. It will explain the design methods that apply to a SIP building project.
Solar Photovoltaics - Dave Boezi
Dave GHS3:45 - 4:45 pm
Solar energy is a mature technology but is just now coming into its own. This presentation will cover the basics of solar technology, why solar is becoming so popular with utility companies, information on how owners of residential solar PV systems can sell energy back to utility companies via Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), federal and state rebates, grants currently available, and how solar energy is proven, practical and profitable for homeowners.
Downtown, Northside and Hyde Park
5:00 - 6:30 pm
What's All Included?
  • Your registration also includes a FREE all-day Expo of green building products and services.
  • Kids are FREE! New this year free educational seminars just for kids
  • FREE Parking!
  • Continuing Education Credits Available!
The Green Home Summit is organized by four local organizations (CORArchitecture, the Cincinnati USGBC, AIA Cincinnati and the Home Builders Association) working together to create a one day event of seminars, product expo and home tours focusing on residential green building strategies. Join us for our second year of the successful Green Homes Summit. You will walk away with a renewed dedication to green building and design.
Marketing Opportunities
Booths are available in the Product Expo for non-profits, consultants, retail suppliers and product representatives. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are also available.
Let me know if you are interested in these opportunities. If so, please call Amy Ostigny at 513-403-0301 or send her an email at