Lohre & Associates / Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy #1 or #2 on the 2017 Green Building Cincinnati list for six years in a row
Thanks again for your superb ranking of the Greenest Projects in the Tri-State. We'd also like to thank you for including our O-T-R office (in the top two) since your list's inception. I’m pleased to see the Zoo receiving recognition and it's not hard to imagine the impression their programs are making on children, who will soon grow to shape our city and environs.
The Cincinnati Zoo deserves the top spot not just for the Entry Village, but because of the African Painted Dog House, a new project now underway and taking part in the Living Building Challenge. By way of background, the Living Building Challenge (SM) is a certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy defining the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment today. The Living Building Challenge is much harder to achieve than the USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard. For instance, the Living Building Challenge does not for allow any hydrocarbon combustion on site, no gas heating boiler or water heater on site. The Zoo will dedicate 20 percent of its solar array to the African Painted Dog House to achieve a Living Building Challenge Landscape Petal.
Your readers should know the sustainable landscape is continuously changing. Standards are evolving and getting tougher. The Zoo achieved LEED Platinum in Version 2 for the Entry Village, but the U.S. Green Building Council is on Version 4 now. If my LEED Platinum Version 3 office, No. 2 on your list, was to attempt LEED Version 4, it would only achieve LEED Silver.
Next year, I predict that the Greenest Building in the Tri-State will be the City of Cincinnati’s District 3 Police Station whose goals are to achieve net-zero energy consumption and LEED Platinum status Version 3. It did this for only 5-percent more initial costs and savings of millions every year in the future. Watch a preview of a PBS Show on the station, produced by Laure Quinlivan.
Your list will help Cincinnati get the recognition it deserves for having more LEED Certified projects than any other city in the world (per population). It’s also one of the few that powers their city with renewable energy and one that rejuvenates their downtown with development that includes rail and green space. This has a positive impact on the city's image and the health of our residents.
Also, one other thing. Ez Housh should be the designer/consultant for Greensource No. 5. I did the LEED documentation but it was Ez who was the LEED AP on the project. Please get in touch with me about helping with next year's list, if you want some advice.
Here's a link to our response last year, "It's Lonely Being a Green Marketer in Cincinnati,"