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"The only continuing education classes which even come close to the value of information you offer are Building Code related or, of course, collecting of fees related. Not since I studied for and sat for my registration exam has my brain received more exercise than taking your class and passing the LEED AP exam. This intense effort has been worth the “sweat”. Not that I have received LEED projects but I can look more in depth at design and construction decisions and how they affect the earth and the people using with care what the earth has to offer. Yes, your class is a lot of time but you don’t get something for nothing. Yes, you could have the class without being on a job site but when I think of sustainable sites, water efficiency, or any other of the tabular explanations, I don’t visualize the table; I visualize an example of what you pointed to that I could physically touch. Thanks again."

John R. Grier, AIA, Architect, LEED AP
John R. Grier, Architects


LEED AP and LEED Green Associate Exam Course Information

Group course -  Includes in-depth study of the Reference Guides, Credit Interpretation Ruling case study exercises, LEED On-Line, USGBC.org website, GBCI.org website and Greenexamprep.com. The class includes a case study of Ohio's first LEED Platinum project – the Fernald Preserve Visitors Center in Harrison, OH and our own LEED Commercial Inrterior Platinum office in OTR.

Intensive Individual Tutoring – Three day course that includes tours of all Cincinnati LEED projects open to the public on the first day. The second day will be at Greensource Cincinnati where we will review all of the LEED Platinum documentation we did for the project. The final day will be at the student's home, office or other site selection where we will prepare basic LEED documentation and certification strategy for that location.

Internships - Work on a LEED Project for your LEED GA and AP. It's and unpaid internship but we pay for your study guides, practice tests and test fees. You will work on our LEED projects for 100 hours while studying for the GA and another 100 hours while studying for the AP. We will coach you on passing the tests. Learn more at www.green-cincinnati.com. Internships are dependant on our having an appropriate ongoing LEED Project.

Please contact us with any questions or more information on custom courses or presentations.

Who Should Come: Anyone studying to become a LEED Accredited Professional. The course uses the actual class location as well as all the regional LEED projects as examples. Through in-depth research into the Reference Guide’s resource sections, we pull out the visual illustrations and historical examples that help you learn. You will be able to experience first hand the guidelines and principals. Touring LEED projects is the best way to learn about the rating and credit achievement process. You will leave the course with an in-depth knowledge of the Green Buildings in the Cincinnati Region and have an understanding of what sustainability and environmental benefits can be achieved by Green Building techniques.

Focus: The focus will be on the LEED which includes NC, CI, CS and Schools.

Instructor: This training is led by Chuck Lohre, LEED AP ID+C and 2009 Board Member and PR/Media Chair of the Regional Cincinnati Chapter of the USGBC. Chuck has extensively toured and promoted many national and regional LEED projects. LEED Credit Checklists for many regional projects will be used for the class. These include all regional LEED Registered and Certified projects including: Our LEED Platinum office, Fernald Preserve Visitor Center LEED Platinum, Neyer Properties’ Keystone Parke LEED CS Silver and registered CI, Schott Education Center Cincinnati Zoo LEED NC Silver, Fire Station No. 9 LEED NC Certified, Pleasant Ridge School LEED NC Certified and Cincinnati Magazine Design Home, Great Traditions Builder, LEED Residential Gold, the two Northside LEED Silver homes and more everyday.


Q: Should I register for this training?

A: This training is intended for anyone who wants assistance preparing for the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) exam, especially those without an architectural or engineering background. It will provide an interactive method to learning the material that is required to pass the LEED AP exam. The LEED AP exam is primarily focused on the LEED Rating System. While it does cover general green building principles through the lens of LEED, much of the exam is about learning the LEED credits, documentation process and other LEED-specific knowledge.

Q: Will I need to do anything besides participate in the training to pass the LEED AP exam?

A: Study time outside class is essential. How much will depend on the individual. The training will provide guidance and structure, tips and techniques, sample questions and homework exercises to help you prepare. It will also be necessary to study the entire LEED Reference Guide because that is the primary material tested on the exam. The USGBC and GCBI web sites and LEED On-Line are also covered.

Q: Do I need to purchase the LEED-NC Reference Guide or any other track reference guide you are studying for to participate in the training?

A: Yes. We do not sell the LEED Reference Guides but you can purchase them from the US Green Building Council at www.usgbc.org, Ebay, Amazon or other.

Q: After participating in the training, when should I take the LEED AP exam?

A: You should allow sufficient time after the last session to review the material and prepare for the LEED AP exam. It is recommended you take the test within two weeks after finishing the class depending on your familiarity with LEED, your test-taking skills, and the amount of time you spend studying between classes.

For More Information contact Chuck Lohre by phone at w513-961-1174, c513-260-9025 or by e-mail.

Selection of LEED Class Sites - Project Tour Information:

Cincinnati Zoo Harold Schott Education Center, LEED Silver, Corner Erkenbrecher Ave. and Dury Ave., Cin., OH 45220

The Center is at the corner of Erkenbrecher Ave. and Dury Ave, 45220. Please meet us in the lobby. Call my cell phone at 513-260-9025 if you are running late so we can direct you to our location on site.

From the glaserworks (Architect) website:

"The new thirty-eight thousand square foot, three-story Education Center houses the Zoo's Education and Nocturnal Adventures overnight program, Frischs' Animal Outreach program, a greenhouse that contains both a rain-forest exhibit and a hands-on classroom; and a theater / multi-use room that will be used for lectures, large workshops and fund-raising events. Standard high school classrooms and a biology lab are provided for the fifty students attending The Zoo Academy - a collaboration between the Zoo and Cincinnati Public Schools that is now in its twenty-ninth year.

Ten studio classrooms face onto, and are entered from, a central two-story greenhouse "hub" in the form of a truncated-cone. The hub contains a "Discovery Forest" exhibit which features live Central and South American plants and animals, a waterfall, fishponds and a "Shaman's Hut".

The Center is certified LEED Silver. A 20kW photovoltaic array helps reduce reliance on grid-power. Waterless urinals and low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water consumption. Interior finishes and materials are recyclable, rapidly renewable and low-VOC emitting. Roofing materials are high-emissivity / Energy Star rated. Exterior lighting is dark-sky compliant, interior lighting control is automated. Furnishings are Green-friendly."

CARE/Crawley UC Medical Science Building, LEED Gold, 3255 Eden Ave., Cin., OH 45219

At the corner of Sabin and Eden Drives. Please meet in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. From Richard Puff: The celebration opening this building was just held this past week (Sept. 9 and 10). Its name is shortened for Center for Academic and Research Excellence (CARE) and also is named in honor of Edith Crawley, a graduate of the university and its law school who bequested funding for medical scholarship and research. The building contains laboratories and educational, administrative and meeting space, and features a nine-story glass atrium connecting it with the Medical Sciences Building (MSB), the largest biomedical building in the state. You can learn more about this wonderful building by visiting http://health.uc.edu/care-crawley.
Richard Puff
Director of Public Relations and Communications
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center

2801 Erie Hyde Park Condominiums, Cincinnati's first LEED Certified NC Condo:

From the 2801 Erie website, www.2801erie.com,
" The Residences at 2801 Erie Avenue - Located 1 block east of Cincinnati's desirable Hyde Park Square - These residences feature: Location, location, location! Hyde Park Square at your doorstep...; The timeless, contemporary design of renowned architect José Garcia; Unusual and spacious open floor plans. 13 condominiums ranging from just under 2,000 sq. ft. to over 4,000 sq. ft; Registered for LEED Certification meaning the building will be environmentally friendly and each condominium owner will enjoy a 100% tax abatement on the first $500,000 of value for a full fifteen years; Floor to ceiling windows and high ceilings allow each condominium to take full advantage of the green urban setting and abundant natural light; Two reserved parking spaces and a sizable storage unit included with every condominium; Brought to you by the veteran local development team of Bloomfield/Schon + Partners; High-end interior fit & finish selections designed by José Garcia. Professional interior selection consultation provided by the Interior Designers of DIGS".

Emersion Design headquarters, Cincinnati's first LEED CI Platinum, 1775 Mentor Ave., Suite 202, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45212

Learn more: www.emersiondesign.com

Special features:

  • Careful pre planning to assure achieving a Platinum Certification
  • Modular material use to reduce waste
  • Innovative glare control using ceiling tile material
  • Near 100% construction waste recycling (only 12 lbs. of waste)
  • How to use every dollar for more than one LEED Credit
  • Design for portability, almost everything will be removed and taken with them when they expand into a new studio
  • Without losing site of the "cool factor" the project was completed for $27 per square foot
  • Although not a LEED Credit (yet) we'll meet the worms in the coffee grounds compost pile

Cincinnati Firehouse No. 9, City of Cincinnati's first LEED Project, 4379 Reading Rd., Cin., OH 45229

Learn more:
CityBeat article www.building-cincinnati.com/2008/04/inside-cincinnati-fire-station-no-9.html

Special features:

  • Exterior sun shading and interior light shelves improve day lighting and save energy
  • White enamel finish on south facing facade reduces heat gain
  • Clerestory windows in main engine bay reduce lighting requirements
  • Zero irrigation water use for native and adaptive landscaping
  • Recycled and regional materials reduce waste and promote local economy
  • Low emitting paints, adhesives and sealants improve indoor air quality
  • Innovation in Design Credit received for integrated pest management

Joseph A. Steger Student Life Center on UC's campus, LEED Certified, In the center of the campus 45221.

Special features:

  • 61,000+ sf per acre for Development Density
  • Flow device restriction and rainwater harvesting
  • Furniture included in all calculations
  • Near perfect SSE exposure with exterior sun shading
  • Narrow plan for easy day lighting and views
  • It's just a beautiful building that truly embraces the site and smiles across campus.

Cincinnati Art Academy, LEED Certified, 1212 Jackson Street, Cin., OH 45202UC Van Wormer Hall Project, LEED NC Certified, center apex of UC's main campus entrance off Clifton Ave on McMicken Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45219

For more information:
From www.uc.edu/af/sustainability/Our_LEED_Buildings.html
"The University of Cincinnati has a requirement for all new construction, and whenever possible renovations, to be LEED certified projects. This requirement demonstrates the University’s commitment to responsible design and construction. A critical aspect of this intent, particularly by example, is to reduce risks to employee and student health and safety, and to simplify the maintenance and ensure the longevity of buildings and equipment. The ability to foresee and employ technical innovations to achieve this goal becomes even more critical during times of low available operating cash or credit, which can be an inevitable part of higher education financial cycles, and which must be planned for where feasible. Architects: THP Limited and Champlin Haupt Architects, with Beyer, Blinder & Belle of New York, restoration consultant. Project cost: $8.6 million"
From www.charchitects.com
"Van Wormer Hall and Teachers College/Dyer Hall are both existing buildings of historic importance on the University of Cincinnati campus. A major objective of the LEED rating process promoting sustainable and high-performance design is the efficient reuse of existing building stock. In the complete rehabilitation of these campus buildings additional usable space has been developed, mechanical system efficiency improved through commissioning (fine tuning) equipment which is reduced in size due to improvements in the building envelope: insulation, glazing, roofing, daylight control (to reduce lighting load and other mechanical load requirements). Occupant comfort and performance are improved due to improvements in indoor environmental quality through air filtration, more individual controllability of systems and reduction in voc emitting materials. Resource consumption is reduced through reuse of buildings with minimal increase in footprint, reduction in construction and demolition waste, increase in recycled content of materials and use of locally harvested and manufactured materials."
From www.greenenergyohio.org/page.cfm?pageID=261
"UC 8) Van Wormer Renovation (LEED EB - Pilot Program)
The Van Wormer Library renovation, the first major work on the building since 1930, will include updating the structure's mechanical, plumbing, electricity, phone data, technology and other functions in order to meet building codes and future use. The exterior will be restored and the current roof will be replaced with a glass dome. The Dayton architectural and engineering firm of Lorenz + Williams Incorporated will head the restoration. The restored library will house UC's Provost Office as well as the university's Office for Research and Advanced Studies."

EPA Extensions, LEED NC Gold, 26 Martin Luther King Dr W, Clifton, Cincinnati, OH 45220

Special features of the EPA Annex Extensions LEED Gold project are:

  • Significant differences in the facades of the buildings depending on solar orientation
  • Unique day lighting techniques including a "light cone" on the upper floor to direct clerestory light below where it may also penetrate the floor via translucent floor panels
  • Extensive educational signage through out the project.
  • In-floor air circulation plenum
  • Green sedum roof squares
  • Permeable paving
  • Dual flush toilets, up for reduced flush, down for full flush

Please send me an email if you would like to be added to my mailing list for free tours and class information chuck@lohre.com

LEED AP Exam Course
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center
Solar shading at Fernald Preserve Visitors Center, LEED NC 2.2 Platinum.
Schott Education Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens
Benches made from oak trees removed from the site of the Schott Education Center, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, LEED Silver.
Reduced light pollution at Neyer Properties' Keystone Parke
Reduced light pollution way finding lights at Neyer Properties' Keystone Parke, LEED CS Silver.
Great American Tower Rendering
Great American Tower at Queen City Square, LEED Silver, may be one of the largest LEED Core and Shell projects in the US. Image from Eagle Realty Group.
Emersion Desgin
Emersion Design is the Nation's first Architectural and Engineering Firm to achieve LEED CI Platinum. Photo from Chad Edwards.
Univertity of Cincinnati (UC) Recreation Center
UC Rec Center features many innovative material and energy systems that helped it achieve LEED Certification.
Cincinnati Firehouse No. 9
All City of Cincinnati buildings are required to be LEED Certified. The Firehouse No. 9 is the first to be completed. Photo by William Manning.
KLH Engineering headquarters
KLH Engineering headquarters was the first registered LEED Existing Building tour with the class. Image from KLH.
The Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati
The Civic Garden Center of Cincinnati plans a comprehensive LEED learning center for water quantity and quality control.
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's new entrance
The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden's new entrance is trying for LEED NC Platinum. The project site includes EA c2 Renewable Energy solar PV panels.
Lohre & Associates Target Area Map
Lohre & Associates' headquarters LEED Platinum Commercial Interiors office allowed class members to obtain LEED project experience.
Green Source
Greensource Cincinnati, LEED Platinum, energy efficient data center products manufacturer's representative compnay. Lohre & Assoc. did the LEED documentation. Photo by Monroe Mechanical.