Cincinnati Habitat Kicks off First Green Build in College Hill

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity ( is set to begin construction on two homes in College Hill.  The Holzberger Family Humanitarian Foundation, Crossroads Church, an anonymous donor, and Xavier University are providing funds and volunteers to help build and rehab the homes.  The double house construction kick-off ceremony will be at  8 a.m. on Saturday, July 10 at 1141 Homeside Ave. Speakers will include members of Crossroads Church and the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA COTE). The community and members of the news media are welcomed to attend.

The home at 1141 Homeside Ave. will be a new green home designed by AIA COTE. The design is the winner of an architecture competition held last year with Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity, AIA COTE, and other Ohio Habitat affiliates. Entries were judged on cost, ability to build, and neighborhood context, in addition to integration of environmental strategies including impact on the site, water efficiency, energy use, material use and indoor environmental quality. The first place winners of each category are being built throughout the 2010 build season in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Newark, Ohio, and the designs will be made available to all 70 Habitat affiliates in Ohio. An anonymous donor will sponsor this Cincinnati Habitat build.

Crossroads Church members will volunteer on the AIA COTE home as well as the rehab located at 1189 Homeside Ave., just a few doors down. Over the past three years, Crossroads volunteers have invested more than 15,000 hours into the rehabilitation of homes with Cincinnati Habitat, and they expect hundreds of volunteers to participate over the course of this four-month build. Xavier University is once again providing their generous support through funding and volunteers for their sixth home being built with Cincinnati Habitat.