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Dovetail Solar and Wind Achieves LEED Certification

Oct 24, 2014 11:04:06 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED 2009 - A quantum leap in inclusiveness


Dovetail Solar and Wind
Renewable energy. Enduring value.

Siobhan Mary Pritchard
Regional Development Manager

5011 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, OH 45227

Dovetail Solar and Wind’s office in Madisonville has earned LEED Certification. Dovetail Solar and Wind worked with Chuck Lohre as the LEED AP, Kevin Kluender of Drawing Department Architects, Michelle Andersen of Flourish Landscape Design, Bayer Becker Civil Engineers and KLH Electrical, HVAC & Lighting Engineers to renovate the former grocery store and apartments into office space. Other contributors included: Mike Deming, general contractor; Ryan’s All-Glass, windows, Robert Jones Plumbing; Acanthus Group for interior woodwork; Molloy Roofing; Heine Masonry; Westside Renovators for painting; and HVAC installation, Jonle.

Project Background
Established in 1995, Dovetail Solar and Wind company is now one of the oldest and largest renewable energy firms in the Ohio area. It's one of the few alternative energy consultants that provides all three major renewable technologies: solar electric, solar thermal and wind. Dovetail Solar and Wind recently added an office in Cincinnati and decided to pursue LEED certification to obtain the LEED tax abatement.

Strategies and Results
The 1955-era masonery building sat empty and dilapidated for decades. Its last use was as a grocery store, which was long gone. But the structure had a solid foundation and a good location, though the interior left much to the imagination. Contractors discovered original hardwood flooring and after applying love, sanding and low VOC sealant, the hardwood floors shine again. In fact, 98 percent of the hardwood was kept in place. Dovetail Solar and Wind used reclaimed oak barn lumber as trim along wall partitions, providing a rustic complement to the hardwood floors.

Because Dovetail Solar and Wind is a renewable energy firm, it only made sense to include solar panels. It was a great opportunity to save money and energy while showcasing what Dovetail does best. This also contributed to receiving LEED points for onsite renewable energy. Adding LEDs and CFL light fixtures was another easy feat for reducing energy needs.

Dovetail Solar and Wind’s location within Cincinnati city limits allowed for development density and community connectivity credits. Situated on the main drag of Madisonville, a walkable historic city neighborhood planned before the advent of automobiles, the community is well served by public transportation making those credits achievable.

Some of its green features include:
• PV solar panels
• energy efficient lighting
• low-VOC finishes
• native, drought-tolerant landscape design
• water conserving fixtures
• reclaimed oak barn lumber
• reserved parking for hybrid vehiclesDovetail Wind and Solar, Siobhan Mary Pritchard, Regional Development Manager, 5011 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227, 513-535-7445, spritchard@dovetailsolar.com
Project Team

Project Owner: Siobhan Pritchard, Camargo Capital
Civil Engineer: Michael Dooley and Greg Kock, Bayer Becker, Inc.
Architect: Kevin Kluender, Drawing Department Architectural Firm
Electrical Engineer and HVAC: Kyle Waymeyer, KLH Engineers
Landscape Design: Michelle Andersen, Flourish Landscape Design
LEED AP: Chuck Lohre, Lohre & Associates
General Contractor: Mike Deming
Windows: Ryan’s All-Glass
Plumbing: Robert Jones
Interior Woodwork: Acanthus Group
Roofing: Molloy Roofing
Masonry: Heine Masonry
Painting: Westside Renovators
HVAC installation: Jonle

5011 Kenwood Guided Tour

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Banning LEED in Ohio sound like a bad idea? Fight SCR 25 with us!

Feb 16, 2014 6:06:56 AM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED 2009 - A quantum leap in inclusiveness


Ohio is #1 in the U.S. in green school construction thanks to state policy for new public school buildings to earn minimum LEED silver certification. A small but well-funded faction of vinyl, plastic, chemical, and other carbon-intensive industries argue that the latest evolution of LEED, called “v4,” puts them at a competitive disadvantage. We need your help to convince our State Representatives to keep our successful, nation-leading green schools program and vote NO on SCR25!

For the past months, a diverse group of Ohioans have been standing up to these special interest lobbyists at the Ohio Statehouse to protect this policy that prudently invests tax dollars into public school buildings that are 35% more efficient, use 37% less water than buildings built to previous standards, diverted over 188,000 tons of construction waste from landfills, and sourced 35% of their materials from regional sources, benefitting the region’s economy while curbing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions. Can you help us by calling or writing to your state Representative? Tell them to vote NO on SCR25.

More information is available at http://leedworksoh.nationbuilder.com. See also:

Read the bill: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/res.cfm?ID=130_SCR_25

Ohio Green Building Law: Angry, Rich, and Wrong: The Fight to Ban LEED in Ohio (v2) by David Scott(2/11/14)

USGBC: Today’s Truth check: Green Building Is Good for Ohio! (2/4/14)

The Hannah Report (2/11/14)

USGBC Press Release: Ohioans Stand Up to Out of State Interests (2/5/14)

USGBC Press Release: USGBC Members Continue to Offer Testimony in Support of Green Buildings for Ohio(2/11/14)

In early February, expert witnesses from across Ohio’s diverse green building industry were joined by a USGBC National representative, a school district superintendent and one plucky high schooler to tell state legislators that LEED works for Ohio. A handful of DC-based chemical industry lobbyists flew in (for the second time) to say that it does not. Green building supporters testified in Columbus at a hearing before the Energy and Natural Resources committee. They are considering the following flowery language that lauds green building and energy efficiency, states, “RESOLVED: That the LEED v4 green building rating system no longer be used by Ohio’s state agencies and government entities…”

Simply put, this resolution if passed would pull the plug on our state’s green public building programs, including the state’s remarkable green schools work, banning the use of LEED on all future state-funded projects. We need your help to fight this misguided resolution.

What can you do to help?

  1. Call your State Representatives’s office and voice opposition to SCR 25
    1. Offer to clarify information about LEED (see talking points below)
  2. Facebook/Tweet this blog, and urge others to contact Ohio Representatives and/or sign the petition

Points to clarify: Below are some talking points that you can stress with respect to SCR25 when you call or write your State Representative.

  1. Banning LEED v4 is in fact preventing the use of LEED completely in the future. Many Representatives do not realize in 18 months, version 4 will be the only LEED system available; banning it effectively bans the use of LEED altogether although legislators continually claim to like parts of LEED and its outcomes.
  2. LEED is good for Ohio – we are the #1 state in U.S. in green schools. On average, Ohio’s 100+ LEED schools are 35% more energy efficient & use 37% less water usage than buildings built to previous standards (more efficient), they obtain 35% of material from regional sources (benefitting Ohio’s economy) and they diverted over 188,114 tons & 57,000 cu. yds. of construction waste from Ohio landfills (less waste) - source
  3. LEED v4 encourages innovation without unfairly penalizing any product, material, or industry. The MR credits that are the focus of the out-of state groups merely “encourage the use of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts,” and “reward raw material manufacturers who produce products verified to have improved life-cycle impacts.” One could still get LEED platinum without any credits they’re unhappy with.
  4. Those lobbying for the ban claim LEED is not a consensus standard and was developed behind closed doors. LEED v4 is result of 22,000 public comments across 6 public comment periods, and it was approved by 85% of the vote by 1200 member companies & organizations. The General Services Administration found LEED is a “voluntary consensus standards body” based on guidelines from the Office and Management and Budget.
  5. And anything else you’d like to add!

Thanks to Nadja Turek, for her contribution to this and the Cincinnati Chapter of the USGBC web site.

Learn more from this post by Laura Collins.


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LEED 2009: A quantum leap in inclusiveness

Oct 17, 2009 6:22:33 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in LEED 2009 - A quantum leap in inclusiveness


The new handbook is bigger, better organized and chock full of real-life case study examples complemented with many new, easy-to-comprehend illustrations. In fact, it's now all inclusive. For example, many of the questions concerning earlier Credit Interpretations Requests have been integrated into the handbook. And the new system recognizes built environment professions such as engineers and landscape architects offering them simplified sign-off procedures on credits. There's something for everyone (meaning schools, neighborhoods and community planning) in the new text. Also introduced on usgbc.org is "LEED User," a third-party reference guide. LEEDuser has well designed charts and graphs will help all parties understand the LEED process. We're teaching with the new LEED 2009 Reference Guide covering commercial New Construction, Core & Shell and Schools. Next class starts in January.

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