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September 21, 2011

Allison Beer McKenzie of SHP Leading Design to Lead Education Session at Greenbuild 2011

(Cincinnati) – Allison Beer McKenzie of SHP Leading Design has been selected to lead an education session titled “Reinventing Habitat for Humanity: How sustainability can be affordable for everyone” at Greenbuild 2011, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The session plans to explore how a sustainable housing contest sponsored by the Ohio AIA created an affordable, sustainable housing solution for Habitat for Humanity.

McKenzie, AIA, LEED AP, director of sustainability at Cincinnati-based SHP Leading Design, who won the Affordable Green Home Design competition sponsored by the AIA Ohio last year, worked closely with Habitat for Humanity throughout the process. In an interactive educational session, McKenzie is going to highlight the design strategies and environmentally friendly materials used to successfully see the project to completion. Her presentation was selected from among hundreds of proposals for educational sessions at this year’s Greenbuild, which expects attendance of more than 10,000 architects, designers and construction professionals from around the world.

Co-presenters Andy Corn of RWA Architects, creator of the competition, and Adam Nelson, a representative of Habitat for Humanity, are also going to be on hand to discuss how this design standard is serving Habitat for Humanity’s future efforts, identify how to use a building as a teaching tool, and analyze social responsibility.

“The presentation covers the journey of a sustainable home model for Cincinnati Habitat for Humanity,” said McKenzie. “I think it is a great opportunity to simultaneously demonstrate how nonprofits like Habitat for Humanity can contribute to the sustainable design movement while showing that sustainable strategies don’t have to be cost-prohibitive.”

McKenzie, Corn and Nelson plan to present “Reinventing Habitat for Humanity: How sustainability can be affordable for everyone” Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The session is listed as “communities education session RD04” in session track one.

Greenbuild is going to be held Oct. 4-7, in Toronto, Ontario, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. For more information about Greenbuild, visit