Cleveland native retrofits first nationally LEED-certified green residence

Submitted by lmcshane on Mon, 11/12/2007 - 10:23.

In Chicago...See page 20 of Benedictine High School's most recent publication for an account of how Smog Veil Records founder Frank Mauceri bucks convention in Bucktown.

Flat roofs

  Cleveland has enough of these flat roofs.  Do we have the wind and solar energy to compare with Chicago?

Mauceri Residence

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Frank and Lisa Mauceri
Smog Veil Records

Wilkinson Blender Architecture

The Mauceri Residence is a 2-story, 5,600 sf renovation of an existing masonry building into a live/work single family home. This is one of several higher-budget residential projects demonstrating many unusual green elements, including 3 Aerotecture wind turbines, 30 solar electric panels, and geothermal heating and cooling.

Use of the wind turbines required an amendment to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance (17-17-0311-B Limitations on Rooftop Features) which would now allow similar projects to use the same strategy. The geothermal wells are drilled in the basement/garage area because no outdoor space was available. Several Chicago-area contractors are exploring low-clearance drilling rigs that allow this type of installation.

Other strategies employed include the salvage of existing masonry for structural reconfiguration, salvage of existing roof joists for architectural applications, and terrazzo floor containing recycled glass and owner-supplied vinyl albums. Roof runoff water is captured and recycled for irrigation. The project earned a two-star rating in the Chicago Green Homes pilot rating system and was selected for a Chicago Department of Environment Green Roof Grant.

Construction is currently underway and is scheduled for completion July 2007. Other project team members include structural engineer Enspect Engineers, mechanical and electrical engineer Eta Engineering, lighting consultant Mitchell Kohn, and landscape architect Douglas Hoerr.

Solar, Wind & Green Roofs (That Don't Have To Be Flat)

"Cleveland has enough of these flat roofs.  Do we have the wind and solar energy to compare with Chicago?"...


We have as much sun and wind as Chicago.... Maybe more!!!

 Go to Oberlin and see their 100 kw solar array over their parking lot at the environmental center.

Ask the Science Center how their solar panels are working.... or ask the Jake about theirs.....

What about the solar panels on the roof of the Cleveland Environmental Center, or on the back side of the Doty & Miller (converted Post Office) building in Bedford.

Take the GEO Solar Tour next October, you might be suprised how much solar has been installed in and around here.


Wind??? "They" want to spend how manymany billions of dollars putting 1000 wind turbines on the lake... I would say that we have a much better location for wind than they have in Chicago.


And.... here is a link to some green roofs in Iceland, that aren't flat.....

The green roof at the West Woods Nature Center in Geauga county isn't flat either.

Go to: and click on the Green Roof Building  link to download a PDF on it.


Good news today

German company will relocate HQ to Cleveland OH.  See John Funk's Top Story in the  PD: Solar-panel maker builds HQ in Cleveland.

New wave of German immigrants?

I hate the idea of Cleveland hosting a Medical Mart - the last thing I want is a bunch of drug, CAT Scan and rectal-probe salesmen and hospital administrators lurking around town, asking directions to the Hustler Club.

But I love the idea of a Green Mart that would be a forum connecting all companies in the alternative energy and environmentalism fields, in all respects. This is the industry-cluster of the future - not meds. Add to that lots of green design and production facilities here - 1,000s of companies would be nice - and we become the ultimate living green demonstration and knowledge sharing city in the world.

Welcome IBC!!!!

Are your products currently for sale or installed anywhere in NEO?

Disrupt IT

Green building to watch

  The Baker Electric Building/Carpenter Press Building at East 71st and Euclid.  GreenCityBlue picks up the story. 

When I lived in University Circle, Dick Pace was my landlord, and he was an architect and a super nice guy who cared about restoring beautiful old buildings.  I am glad to see that he is still less about ego and more about respecting good design.