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Michael Berning of Heapy Engineering of Heapy Engineering Selected as 2015 LEED Fellow Posted by admin on 10/10/15 in LEED, Uncategorized

Michael Berning of Heapy Engineering Selected as 2015 LEED Fellow

LEED Fellows are best-of-the-best in green building design, engineering and developmentMichael Berning

DAYTON, OH – (10-21-15) – Heapy Engineering announces that Michael Berning, a Senior Principal and Sustainability Director for the firm, has been named a 2015 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This year’s 35 Fellows are being honored for their outstanding work as LEED Professionals and for the significance of their contributions to the green building community at large. With only 204 LEED Fellows world-wide, the LEED Fellow designates the most exceptional professionals and it is the  most prestigious designation awarded from GBCI.

“Michael Berning is a remarkable individual who has long been a leader in the green building movement,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO, GBCI and CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council. Michael’s expertise and excitement motivates all of us to continue to look ahead to what’s next and to continue the innovation that has been the hallmark of our movement. Sharing his passion, knowledge and commitment, Michael anchors both the past and the future of our movement.”

To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow evaluation committee.

Heapy Engineering President, Rick Pavlak, made this statement about Michael’s impact on both the firm and the regional built environment: “Michael’s leadership in advocating for and educating on LEED, coupled with his considerable technical expertise in the LEED Rating Systems, was quite transformational for us and the building Owners and Operators we serve.” Rick added, “Michael led our firm, one with a rich 70 year history of providing exceptional MEP Engineering Design Services, to being recognized as one of the Top Green Design Firms in the country.”

Michael’s project and community work related to Sustainability and LEED spans a few decades. As part of his leadership effort to expand awareness of LEED and sustainability in general, Michael developed several annual regional educational events including the Dayton Green Expo, the Symposium on Sustainability in Health Care and the Health Care Innovation workshop. Michael has been published in many trade magazines and for seven years wrote a regular column for Environmental Design and Construction Magazine focusing on the practical application of LEED and sustainability principles for the built environment.

Michael took a leadership role in working with Montgomery County [Ohio] Commissioners to create the Dayton Regional Green (DRG) Initiative. As a founding DRG Co-Chairman, Michael led a team in developing a Green Business Certification Program for the region’s business community. This certification program provides many benefits, including energy rebate incentives and serves as a first step toward pursuing LEED certification. Currently, there are nearly 500 Green Certified Businesses and the program has provided over $500,000 in enhanced rebates, along with dozens of free energy audits for small businesses.

At Heapy Engineering, Michael personally has led over 30 Eco-Charrettes (project kickoff workshops for LEED Projects). He recently served as Project Manager for The Ohio State University Sustainability Master Plan and the Sinclair Community College Energy Master Plan. Currently, Michael serves as the Vice President of the US Green Building Council SW Ohio Region, and will assume the role of Region President in 2016. The 2015 LEED Fellows will be recognized in Washington, DC at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, which is being held Nov.18-20, 2015. For more information about the LEED Fellow, visit


About Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI)

The Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) is the premier organization independently recognizing excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally. Established in 2008, GBCI exclusively administers project certifications and professional credentials and certificates within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating systems as well as the PEER standard for power systems, the WELL building standard, the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) and the GRESB benchmark, which is used by institutional investors to improve the sustainability performance of the global property sector.

About Heapy Engineering

Heapy Engineering, nationally recognized for its leadership in sustainability, provides Mechanical, Electrical and technology Building Systems Design; as well as Energy, Commissioning and Planning Services primarily for the Health Care, Higher Education, Mission Critical, Government and Commercial markets. The firm is involved with over 350 LEED projects, with more than 50% of certified projects attaining GOLD or PLATINUM certification.

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Greenbuild Scholarship Winner Chosen Posted by admin on 10/10/15 in Uncategorized

Courtney Basile recieves check from Jim Ratliff

Courtney receives check from Jim Ratliff

The winner of the $1,000 scholarship to attend Greenbuild in Washington D.C. this year is Courtney Basile from SOL Design + Consulting.  As an emerging professional she is pursuing her architectural license, but is already LEED AP Homes and Passive House Certified.  She expects to work toward her LEED AP Building Design + Construction Accreditation as well.  Her application states that she will present her experience to the EP Member Circle, her firm, and other professionals. Congratulations to Courtney!

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Cincinnati MLS Adds Green Building Tools Posted by admin on 10/10/15 in Building, Green Living, LEED, Uncategorized


Cincinnati, OH — September, 2015 – The Multiple Listing Service (MLS) of Greater Cincinnati recently rolled out a set of enhanced features aimed at helping homeowners increase the value of their home through investments in energy efficiency and other green features. Related to a national Greening the MLS effort, homeowners and their real estate agents are now able incorporate a number of new energy features into the MLS systems via an innovative Energy Efficient/Green Features form. With this form, a homeowner can identify a comprehensive set of energy saving enhancements, including specific building rating information such as LEED, Home Energy Score, HERS rating, and ENERGY STAR. The form is then uploaded into the MLS system and searchable by realtors to share with prospective buyers.

A collaborative effort of organizations that include the U.S. Green Building Council’s Cincinnati Chapter, the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance, Green Umbrella, and Efficiency First Cincinnati, have been working with the Cincinnati MLS over the past two years to build a community dialogue around the value of energy efficient homes in the Cincinnati market. Studies from across the country have revealed that homes with energy efficiency or other green features not only save money, but have a higher average value, in some cases nearly 10% more that their non-energy efficient counterparts.

To test its assumptions and explore options to grow the industry, the coalition convened a series of stakeholder discussions that included a diverse array of local real estate agents, appraisers, home builders, planning officials, and mortgage bankers. The purpose of this dialogue was to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with increasing transparency of green and energy efficient homes. Out of these conversations a consensus began to emerge around the value of green homes and the group developed a series of recommendations to the Cincinnati MLS to help incorporate more green building information into the local database.

Why Add Green Features?

Home energy costs typically exceed the costs of both insurance and property taxes, yet there is no easy way to report on and compare the energy use of homes. Home sellers experience similar frustrations. Those homeowners that have made investments in home energy improvements (such as insulation, high-efficiency heating and cooling, and other energy saving measures), are often unable to recoup their investments due to the inability to effectively communicate these benefits. Incorporating this information into the MLS system is thus crucial in creating value.

Gaining Value with Green

Studies conducted in markets throughout the country have shown that homes with green features have increased value, transact more quickly, and experience lower rates of foreclosure, compared to similar homes without these features. A 2012 study conducted by a pair of UCLA economists found that green labeled homes were selling for a 9% premium compared to non-labeled homes. A 2013 study from the University of North Carolina Center for Community Capital and the Institute for Market Transformation found a 32% lower risk of default for energy-efficient homes. 


Jeremy Faust, Business Development Director

Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance

513.621.4232 x131 |


Paul Yankie,


CFO / Quality Assurance Designee

Green Building Consulting

1401 Main St.

Cincinnati, OH 45202

513.304.4120 – Cell

513.381.1470 – Office

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