The Great Green Debate

Wednesday, November 8: 10:45am – 12:15pm

How green should affordable housing be? Where is the cost-benefit line? How far can technology push us towards renewable and sustainable design? Come hear the housing and architectural experts opine on these topics and more!

Session Materials:

The Great Green Debate Presentations (6.28 MB Adobe PDF File)


Kip Lewis, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
Mr. Lewis joined Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH) in March 2005 as an Asset Manager. Two years later, he was named the Director of Construction Management. As Director of Construction Management, he is responsible for managing all aspects of the Construction Management Department including the contracting, oversight, training, and coordination of over 30 consulting architectural firms who perform third-party construction monitoring services in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Lewis' responsibilities include construction risk mitigation, the development of departmental policies and procedures, construction standards, construction monitoring processes, issue tracking and resolution, reviewing plans during the application and development stages, reviewing contracts as part of the closing process, managing third-party service contracts, evaluating budgets, reviewing draws and change orders, ensuring schedule and budgetary compliance, and assisting Asset Management and Partners in resolving construction and capital needs issues.


Kevin Brown, PIRHL
Kevin Brown is a Vice President of Development at PIRHL with over nineteen years of real estate development experience in low income communities. A licensed architect and LEED accredited professional, Kevin also holds a Master of City Planning degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He has developed or directed the development of over 2,250 units of multifamily and single family affordable housing including new construction, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse. Additionally Kevin redeveloped a 39,000 SF shopping center in Cleveland's Central Neighborhood. This body of work represents an investment of more than $350,000,000.

Kevin Dreyfuss-Wells, RA, LEED AP, RDL Architects
Kevin aims to produce rich designs that respond to context sensitively and simply. As a Senior Project Manager at RDL, Kevin manages design teams with a focus on housing at multiple scales and types. His housing experience includes market-rate single-family homes, townhomes, apartments, and condominiums, along with LIHTC affordable housing projects in several states. His interest in innovative design has earned him a reputation as a 'green pioneer' in Northeast Ohio. Kevin's integration of sustainable design principles has contributed to projects earning a broad range of certifications throughout the region, including: Enterprise Green Communities, First Ohio LEED Neighborhood Development Stage Two project, First Ohio LEED for Homes Gold multi-family building, LEED Commercial Interiors, LEED New Construction, National Green Building Standard. Kevin has a unique depth of experience in adaptive re-use and historic preservation. He has designed more than 3.3 million square feet of restoration projects such as hotels, apartments, and retail spaces, including the renovation of three of Cleveland's historic downtown arcades. Kevin has been a speaker at the National Passive House conference and USGBC Greenbuild national conference, APA conferences, and a guest lecturer at Kent State and Cleveland State Universities. A former US Peace Corps volunteer, Kevin believes in continuing a tradition of life-long service, both in attention to client needs and as a member of numerous non-profit and community boards.

Ray Demers, Enterprise Community Partners
Ray Demers is a program director with Enterprise Green Communities. He co-led the technical team updating the 2015 Green Communities Criteria – a national green building standard developed exclusively for affordable housing. Ray delivers technical trainings, works with policymakers to advocate for equitable development practices and supports Enterprise integrating sustainable practices and technologies across business lines. He also serves as a research associate with the Sustainable Native Communities Collaborative – a group of designers focused on supporting culturally and environmentally sustainable affordable housing in Indian Country. Through technical assistance, research, and design services, the collaborative helps tribal communities reduce their impact on the natural world, gain self-sufficiency and provide solutions for culturally appropriate, healthy and affordable homes. Prior to joining Enterprise, Ray worked at Erdy McHenry Architecture in Philadelphia and as a project manager at Harvey Construction Corporation in Manchester, New Hampshire. He has a master's degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Lehigh University.

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