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Sol design + consulting Looking to Fill Project Manager Postion Posted by admin on 03/3/16 in Green Building Jobs

Project Manager – Green Building Certification


Sol design + consulting is looking for a versatile, hands-on professional with building knowledge and skills to provide design review and analysis, on-site inspections, testing and documentation as part of our green building certification team. Meticulous evaluation, tracking and maintenance of certification data and documents throughout the course of projects is an essential requirement of this role. Sol is a growing business with learning opportunities and room for career advancement in sustainability.



  •      Work on multiple projects in multiple green certification programs including LEED, Enterprise Green Communities, ENERGY STAR, Passive House and other        programs, often on tight deadlines.
  •  Review drawings and specifications to verify that sustainable measures are incorporated.
  •  Extract accurate dimensions and data from project drawings for energy model input.
  •  Conduct construction site inspections and energy performance testing. This can require one or two travel days per week, and overnight travel about two nights per month.
  •  Collect and organize all required documentation for certification from the project design and construction team, clients and other sources.
  •  Pitch in to help colleagues and clients as needed in our small, rapidly growing business.



  •  Degree in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Construction Management or equivalent
  •  Strong AutoCAD, Revit, or other construction drawing software skills.
  •  Aptitude for interpreting architectural drawings and construction specifications.
  •  3-5 years or more of experience in building design, construction or energy rating/consulting.
  •  LEED Accredited Professional, LEED Green Associate, LEED Green Rater, RESENET HERS Rater, BPI certification, NAHB Green Verifier certification preferred.
  •  Ability to effectively communicate technical and program concepts in written and verbal form to people at all levels.
  •  Excellent organization and time management skills.
  •  Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  •  Passion for sustainability.

About Sol design + consulting

Sol design + consulting specializes in energy efficiency and green building certification services for multifamily and commercial developers, owners, builders and architects. Sol provides comprehensive green building services: certification guidance and documentation, energy modeling, testing and verification. We are a LEED for Homes Provider, and also work in ENERGY STAR, Enterprise Green Communities, NAHB National Green Building Standard, Passive House, Living Building Challenge and other state and local green certification programs.

The Sol team is a diverse group of architects, energy specialists and construction professionals committed to excellence in green building and bringing value to our projects. Our key point of differentiation is over 25 years of professional design and construction experience we bring to green building consulting. We make certification simpler and reduce uncertainty for our clients.

Sol has completed more than 100 certification projects (over 4,000 homes) in 15 states and internationally. We recently completed certification on the first LEED for Homes Platinum certification in the whole Middle East region. You can learn more about us at

Next steps

If you meet the qualifications listed above and think you might be a good fit for this position, please send the following materials to

  •  Your resume.
  •  A professional writing sample (1-3 paragraphs) in your email body about what attracts you to this position and how you think you will benefit our firm.
  • At least two professional references


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1431-1435 Elm Street Townhomes Earn LEED Silver! Posted by admin on 03/3/16 in Building, Certified, LEED

Information provided Patricia Bittner, Bilt Architects
The historic property at 1431-35 Elm Street in Cincinnati’s Over the Rhine neighborhood was slated to be demolished. The structure was restored and subdivided into 3 lots, creating 3 zero lot line townhomes. The property achieved LEED Silver on 12/22/15.
The most significant green successes of this project include its location on a high-density, urban-infill site known for its walkability, connectivity and proximity to urban transportation, and its achievements in energy efficiency and water-use reduction.
Rainwater harvesting systems were used to prevent runoff of storm water. Bioretention Planters were installed off the back deck, adjacent to the kitchen. Bioretention Planters are rain gardens contained within an impervious reservoir. Rainwater collected from the roof is directed into the planters.  Permeable pavement was used on all new hard surfaces. Additionally, the property is equipped with low-flow water fixtures and drought tolerant landscaping.
The townhomes are located in easy access to shops, markets, restaurants, services, a park and public transportation minimizing the need for a car.
Additional green features include:
  • Low or no voc paints and adhesives
  • Used original wood flooring
  • Boiler for radiant heat

Visit the Facebook page to view more photos.

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UC Nippert Stadium Pressbox Renovation Earns LEED Silver Posted by admin on 02/2/16 in LEED

The University of Cincinnati Nippert Stadium Pressbox Renovation achieved LEED Silver certification on February 1, 2016. The $86 million renovation of Nippert Stadium adds premium seats to college football’s fifth-oldest facility. The 115,000-square-foot addition includes a new press box, suites and club seats.

Some of the sustainability highlights of the project include high performance glazing, displacement ventilation and  effective lighting design.

Other green features include:

  •   Over 35% water savings due to low-flow water closets, urinals, and lavatories
  •   A low heat-island effect roof and hardscape
  •   26% energy cost savings compared to a standard ASHRAE 90.1-2007 benchmark building
  •  Over 75% of waste generated during construction was diverted from landfill

The stadium’s capacity grew from 35,000 to 40,000 and include renovations to the west concourse such as updates to the concessions stands and restrooms.

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LOGO DESIGN COMPETITION Posted by admin on 02/2/16 in Chapter



The US Green Building Council Southwest Ohio Region wants to capture your creative skills by helping us design a new LOGO! We are a professional, vibrant, energized, growing, progressive  and “green” Organization… We need to show this with our LOGO! (Look up and to the left… what are your thoughts?)

We need your help….We have 22 days….

1. The first rule is… abide by the requirements of the U.S. Green Building Councils’ Logo Guidelines, download them here: . (Note: “For USGBC Chapters with an additional, unique name and/or logo, the USGBC Chapter logo must appear as the primary and foremost logo in any graphical representation of that chapter”).

2. Start with the medallion and use our name: U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Southwest Ohio Region (any abbreviation is OK – it is your recommended design!)

3. We cover the 22 counties in SW Ohio so we need to not focus on one city/area. (It can’t be any more Dayton or Mason or Cincinnati centered/focused than anywhere else).

4. ALSO….. the skyline of CINCINNATI in the masthead, needs to be updated with a new masthead reflective of our entire REGION… for the Website and the Newsletter. (for example you could use multiple skylines in a collage!) . We are looking for your ideas for his item, but it will have no affect the Logo competition should you not provide one.

5. Some “creative” input: Your logo design needs to be simple, crisp, and convey our energy. Logos with faded, multi-layered, multi-colored, fuzzy, etc. elements will likely not be chosen.

And the Winner is:

1. All creative sorts are invited to take on this challenge!! However, any current USGBC SW OH Region Board Members and Member Circle Chairs cannot win this competition!

2. All submissions become the property of the USGBC SW Ohio Region. The SW OH Region will also have the unlimited ability to use any and all and reject any and all submissions or parts/concepts of submissions without any additional compensation to the submitter other than the “Prize” identified in Item 4 below.

3. Winner will be chosen by the 10 current Board Members of the USGBC SW OH Region, (with input from Member Circle Chairs) at the March 1 st Board meeting.

4. PRIZE: Whichever design(s) is(are) chosen, that person and 2 friends of their choosing each receive a 1-year free membership with the USGBC SW OH Region and will be able to attend all 2016 USGBC SW OH Region events for free.

Please submit your “winning” design by: SAT. FEBRUARY 27th, 2016 no later than 5:00 pm EST

To: USGBC SW OH Region Administrator:


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