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2014 Green Business Awards winner: Greensource Cincinnati

Mar 7, 2014 12:05:06 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Greensource CINCINNATI

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Greensource President Ez Housh transformed this Eighth Street townhouse into a LEED Platinum showcase while maintaining its historic character.

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Greensource President Ez Housh transformed this Eighth Street townhouse into a LEED Platinum showcase while maintaining its historic character.

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greensource Cincinnati LEED® Platinum Presentation Aug 21

Jul 8, 2013 7:11:10 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Greensource CINCINNATI

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Chuck Lohre, Ez Housh, Laure Quinlivan and Andy Holzhauser pose with the LEED Platinum Certificate for the camera of Brewster Rhoads.

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.

Please join us in celebrating our latest achievement, "LEED Platinum," Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Open House. Presentation of certificate, cocktails & hors d'oeuvres will be served. Tours of the building will be provided. Please register on our website http://www.greensourcecincinnati.com/leed-platinum-certification-celebration-event/. 19 East 8th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202. Questions? Please contact: Rhonda Bailey 513-685-8051, rbailey@greensourcecincinnati.com.

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.

The 1875 building was completely renovated with the latest in energy efficient building materials and HVAC equipment. The urban location provided benefits because of access to alternative transportation, location in a neighborhood with an average density of 142,621 square feet per acre and no need for additional parking, receiving 12/14 points. Water use reduction is extremely low because of the state-of-the-art gray water and rain water harvesting for sewage conveyance and low flow fixtures to reduce potable water use, receiving 5/5 points. The rain water harvesting system is the first in Cincinnati. From the high efficiency windows and the spray foam insulation the building demonstrates very low air changes per hour. Energy modeling verified 34% improvement over USGBC baseline for HVAC performance, receiving 12/17 points. Rounding out this building’s outstanding achievement is very high indoor air quality through the use of MERV 13 filters, 30% more fresh air ventilation and low emitting finishes, receiving 11/15 points. The project also earned 5/5 points for Green Cleaning, Green Education and exemplary performance. Ez Housh was the LEED AP on the project. Chuck Lohre was the Green Building Consultant and championed the LEED Platinum goal. Learn more at http://www.usgbc.org/projects/eighth-street/

“LEED certification identifies greensource Cincinnati as a pioneering example of sustainable design and demonstrates your leadership in transforming the building industry”, said S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chairman, USGBC

“Congratulations to our Eighth Street neighbors greensource on achieving the highest rating for LEED buildings – LEED Platinum. This is not a surprise as they continue to strive for excellence in promoting green building practices, materials and education. As a green building advocate I am proud to have them in our community”, said Andrew Plogstead, Senior Associate, GBBN Architects, Inc.

LEED Certification of greensource Cincinnati was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and the broader community.

greensource Cincinnati will be presented with this certification plaque on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. They would like to invite all who wish to attend this celebration to register on the their website: www.greensourcecincinnati.com/events

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About greensource Cincinnati

Greensource Distribution, (dba greensource Cincinnati), is a manufacture’s representative for several companies. These companies include: Schneider Electric (APC) (Square D), SubZero Engineering, Vycon, Carel, ACR , Global Velocity and Above Air Technologies. They deal in critical power and cooling applications, primarily in the data center environment. Their territory goes from central Ohio south and includes the state of Kentucky.

greensource Cincinnati provides engineering assistance, equipment selection, project management and service contracts for the products that they sell. Their sales channels include distributors, IT resellers and contractors and verticals include healthcare, manufacturing, higher education, government, financial, entertainment and co-location facilities.

U.S. Green Building Council

The Washington D.C. based U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

With a community comprising 80 local affiliates, more than 18,000 member companies and organizations, and more that 167,000 LEED Professional Credential holders, USgBC is the driving force of an industry that is projected to contribute $554 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product from 2009-2013. USGBC leads an unlikely diverse constituency of builders and environmentalists, corporations and nonprofit organizations, elected officials and concerned citizens, and teachers and students.

Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption, 13% water consumption and 15% of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potiential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.

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LEED

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for thedesign, construction and operation of green buildings. Over 100,000 projects are currently participating in theLEED rating systems, comprising over 8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reducegreenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the largercommunity.

USGBC was co-founded by current President and CEO Rick Fedrizzi, who spent 25 years as a Fortune 500 executive. Under his 15-year leadership, the organization has become the preeminent green building, membership, policy, standards, influential, education and research organization in the nation.

For more information, visit www.usgbc.org.

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Greensource CINCINNATI uses Schneider Electric Measurement and Verfication Equipment to reach LEED Certification

Oct 23, 2012 3:59:10 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Greensource CINCINNATI

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The following is a press release about Schneider Electric most recent LEED Certified project. Greensource uses similar technology for their LEED Certification documentation.

Schneider Electric Announces LEED® Silver Certification for LaVergne, Tenn., Facility and Grand Opening of Experience Center
Silver certification commemorated during dedication event with company leaders, local dignitaries and business partners and grand opening of Schneider Electric Experience Center.
LaVergne, Tenn. – October 15, 2010 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced that its LaVergne, Tenn. facility, located at 320 Tech Park Drive, Ste. 100, has obtained silver certification in the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC®) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating SystemTM. The facility is the second Schneider Electric building in Tennessee to receive certification, one of few facilities that have obtained LEED certification in Rutherford County and the first in the city of LaVergne. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance.
The new LEED Silver certified facility is the North America headquarters of Schneider Electric’s lighting and whole-home control business. Schneider Electric used many of the systems it designs and manufacturers within the facility to help achieve the necessary energy and atmosphere points available through the LEED rating system. These systems include occupancy sensors that automatically shut-off lighting when no one is in the area and the schedule-based Powerlink® lighting control system. The company also installed PowerLogic® monitoring systems to establish an energy usage baseline used to monitor and measure performance and help identify future opportunities for efficiency. Schneider Electric’s Andover Continuum® building management system is used to enable the company to review live energy usage and compare information regarding previously used energy. Other Schneider Electric solutions installed in the facility include C-BusTM lighting control network, Juno® lighting products, Integrated Power and Control Solutions (IPaCS)TM equipment and Square D® by Schneider Electric.
“Schneider Electric’s second LEED building certification in Middle Tennessee in under a year further demonstrates their commitment to being an environmentally conscious company and reinforces their dedication to sustainable development practices,” said Ernest Burgess, mayor, Rutherford County. “I commend Schneider Electric for being a leader in the community and continuing to focus on energy management, both for their customers and within their own buildings.”

“Schneider Electric has risen to the challenge and is now a great example of a Tennessee company taking responsibility and making the decision to reduce energy consumption,” said Ryan Gooch, director of energy policy, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. “I congratulate the company on their commitment to sustainability and their ability to use Schneider Electric products to demonstrate that pledge. Their actions will contribute to a brighter future, both environmentally and economically, for Schneider Electric employees and the citizens of Rutherford County.”
The Schneider Electric building improvements consisted of new finishes, new office arrangements and energy management technologies for the 55,000-square-foot facility. Specific improvements included:

Installing bi-level and lower wattage lighting with occupancy sensors to reduce electricity consumption, as well as installing LED exit lights

Utilizing sustainable construction materials, including carpet and flooring made with recycled fiber, low-VOC paint, and wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council

Removal and recycling of construction and renovation waste materials such as carpet, metal, paper and plastic

Making use of recycled office furniture from other Schneider Electric locations as part of a larger company strategy to reduce environmental impact

Encouraging active employee lifestyles by installing bicycle racks, showers, and locker rooms

Commissioning the building systems to ensure optimum balancing of HVAC systems and utility monitoring systems for energy efficiency and maximum occupant comfort

Implementation of a "green cleaning" policy to use only low-environmental-impact chemicals and equipment for janitorial and maintenance services

Water-conserving faucets and plumbing fixtures, which are estimated to save over 40% of the water used by conventional fixtures

Extensive use of recycling throughout the facility
“As a company, Schneider Electric’s goal is to help customers around the world save money and protect the environment by reducing energy consumption,” said Tony Gentile, vice president, Installation Systems & Control for

Schneider Electric. “Using our own products and solutions in our facility to obtain LEED certification sets the example that it really is possible to do more with less energy.”
Today at the LaVergne, Tenn. facility at 10:00 a.m., Schneider Electric will celebrate with a LEED dedication event with employees, company leaders, local dignitaries and business partners. Schneider Electric will highlight the importance of LEED buildings and recognize the impact green business practices have on local employees, the community and the environment. This day also marks the grand opening of the Schneider Electric Experience Center which relocated earlier this year from Orlando, Fla. The Schneider Electric Experience Center is a tangible example of energy efficiency at work and features demonstrations of Schneider Electric’s whole-home and lighting control solutions while serving as an on-site installer training center.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in energy and infrastructure, industrial processes, building automation, and data centers/networks, as well as a broad presence in residential applications. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, and efficient, the company's 100,000+ employees achieved sales of more than $22 billion in 2009, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations “Make the most of their energy.”
http://www.schneider-electric.us/solutions/lighting-and-whole-home-control
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LEED® and USGBC® are trademarks owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and are used with permission.
© 2010 Schneider Electric. All Rights Reserved.

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greensource CINCINNATI Tour & Energy Modeling Presentation

Jan 2, 2012 10:25:25 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Greensource CINCINNATI

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