University of Cincinnati architecture professor John Hancock’s passive solar design includes south-facing windows in the living and gallery rooms, center, and the master bedroom and lower-level professor’s studio, right. By Brent Coleman | [email protected] Photos by Cara Owsley/The Enquirer. He and his artist wife, Marcia Alscher, believe their modern Clifton home will earn LEED platinum certification, the highest in the energy and environmental design program.
Published Jan 3, 2014 CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER By Nikki Kingery, Projects Editor- Cincinnati Business Courier Our greenest buildings list includes several large projects for major institutions, such as the Longworth Wing of the Cincinnati Art Museum. But LEED certification doesn’t have to mean big bucks. In fact, the cost of the No. 1 project – Lohre and Associates’ office …
July 8, 2013, Cincinnati, OH – greensource Cincinnati announced today that it has been awarded LEED® Platinum established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
In 2008, company president Ez Housh had the idea to purchase an old building in downtown Cincinnati, renovate it to LEED Platinum standards for energy-efficiency, and give people a place where they could go to see “green” technology in action. Thus greensource Cincinnati was born. What began as an idea to use the first floor of the building as a “showroom” quickly blossomed into a robust technology showcase on all 4 floors. Manufacturers and technology partners heard about the concept and the most viable renewable technologies were hand-selected for space in the building.
On Friday April 26th, 2013 Cedarville University will dedicate its large-scale solar power system that converts sunlight into clean electricity to help meet the growing power requirements of the campus. The 2,154 kilowatt solar array was built on the southwest edge of the campus by Cincinnati-based Melink Corporation, which was also responsible for the development, engineering, construction, and operation of the system.
Since the completion of the installation, power has been flowing directly into the University’s distribution system. This energy is capable of supplying an average of 10% of Cedarville University’s demand, making it the largest solar system directly connected to a university in Ohio.
“Melink is proud to serve as the developer for this very significant solar array,” said Steve Melink, the President of Melink Corporation. “We would also like to acknowledge our partners: U.S. Bancorp, Union Bank & Trust Company, DP&L Energy, Yellow Springs Renewable Energy, TMI Electric, and the Village of Cedarville, who provided tremendous support. It is our hope that this success will inspire other schools and universities to consider clean and affordable renewable energy solutions.”
Greater Cincinnati is on the leading edge of the green movement – maybe not in showy ways like curbside composting or light rail, but in the green you don’t see.
Cincinnati is the largest city in the country to get all of its electricity from alternative energy sources, and it has the third-most homes certified under the U.S. Green Business Council’s Leadership in Engineering and Design standards. The region is also a leader in LEED-certified schools.
“This is a happening place,” said Brewster Rhoads, executive director of the Green Umbrella. “We’re turning Mark Twain’s adage on its head. In many ways we are 10 years ahead, particularly compared to other Midwest cities.”
The following is an outline for a series of classes to pass the LEED for Homes Accredited Professional exam.
We’re creating a series of tours that focuses on how families are living sustainably in their homes. Our goals will be to learn the LEED for Homes Sustainable Categories.
How to design and use a kitchen to make healthy food for your family, while easy to use and clean.
What does a landscape look like that is easy to maintain and grows food? While composting too.
Bathrooms that uses less water and energy, how does that look and feel?
Living rooms that uses less energy and is a multi-use space. What kind of furniture do you need to make a space multi-functional? A place for children to grow up and be themselves?
A garage that can also be a work shop and storage.
How do you use plants to lower the C02 in your bedroom?
How can a homeowner understand the HVAC and water systems in their home? What is it like living with renewable energy?
By planning ahead you can LEED Certify your home or office for little or no additional expense. At Lohre & Associates, we self documented our own offices to the LEED Platinum level for only $12 per square foot for the complete office makeover including application fees. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGCB), a non-governmental, non-profit agency founded in 1993. LEED has become the most widely accepted Green Building standard.
Green Building products and services marketing communications are more educational and brand focused. The marketing cycle stages are the same: audience, investigation, comparison, negotiation, sales and follow up. The Green Building movement has a passion and an involvement which is shaping the industry. The people that are receptive to Green marketing believe that Green products and services are better than others. Consumers select the standard that they believe in: The U.S. Green Building Council, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with their product certifications, Department of Energy (DOE) with their Energy Star Certifications and many other organizations are being adopted as trusted brands by the public.
Cincinnati offers the most generous tax abatement in the country for LEED Certification, and it’s about to go to the next level. City Council will vote Wednesday on an ordinance to give a better tax break to those who invest in the most energy-efficient building they can afford.
The City of Cincinnati leads the region with the most energy-efficient buildings. With the most generous tax abatement in the country for LEED Certification, the City encourages residents and commercial developers to build ‘green.’ To incentivize people to invest in the most energy-efficient building they can afford, Councilmember Laure Quinlivan sponsored changes to the city program’s structure.