Sustainability Success Stories – Net Zero and LEED Platinum Case Studies in the Ohio Valley Region

ChuckLohreAmerican Institute of Architects

Course offered by the Academy.

Who Should Attend: Licensed Practitioners, Emerging Professionals, Building Owners, Construction Managers, Project Managers
Dates/Times: December 5, 2012 (8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
Location: Sharonville Fire Station 86, 11637 Chester Road, Sharonville, OH 45241
Instructors: David Dorfman, RA, LEED AP BD+C – Project Architect, BHDP Architecture; Jim Porter, PE, LEED AP BD+C – Associate, HAWA, Inc. Consulting Engineers; John Isch, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP Homes – RWA Architects, Inc.;
Kenneth L. Siebert, PE – President, CMTA Consulting Engineers
Cost: $75 AIA Member; $90 AIA Member Staff; $125 Non-Member (incl. coffee/drinks)
Registration: RSVP by: December 3, 2012
Course Description: This course highlights three projects that have achieved the highest levels of sustainable achievement. The projects have been selected by the Academy for their accomplishments and represent a diversity of scale and scope. The architects and engineers who worked on each project will share their experiences and challenges.
– Net Zero Visitor’s Center: this 2,500 sf building in central Ohio serves as the visitor’s entrance to the campus of a private research institute; the institute (which prefers to remain confidential) is involved in energy research, from fuel cell technology to carbon dioxide storage. As a demonstration of their commitment to a sustainable future, the institute has built an energy-efficient building that produces more electricity through a combination of on-site solar and wind power generation than it consumes – a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB).
– Grandin Road Residence: A LEED Platinum certified Single Family Residence located in Cincinnati serves as the case study for this session. The project, a 6,553 sf residence for a family of five, was the first privately built and financed residence to achieve LEED Platinum in the state of Ohio. Traditional in design this house is not aesthetically compromised in its integration of systems such as photovoltaics and rainwater collection systems. The session’s learning objectives are to identify Best Practices for energy conservation and sustainable building practices for a single family residence, to examine lessons learned in the LEED for Homes process, and to share feedback gained from post occupancy evaluation of the project.
– Richardsville Elementary: This 72,000 sf building in Bowling Green, KY was the first net zero energy school in the nation. In addition to the high performance design, the building serves as a teaching tool. “What really makes Richardsville Elementary stand out—beyond the sunlit corridors and cutting-edge technology—is how conservation is woven into the fabric of everyday learning.”
Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss architectural challenges associated with NZEB design in this region
2. Evaluate benefits from integrated design process in optimizing sustainable architectural and HVAC
3. Analyze sustainable material and system selections and their impact on design and energy use
4. Share lessons learned related to integrating on-site renewables with the design

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