US Green Building Council - Ohio Chapter - Southwest Ohio Region

Four USGBC Ohio Chapters to consolidate and integrate with USGBC Posted by admin on 08/8/16 in Chapter, Uncategorized

This fall will mark an important milestone for the USGBC SW OH Region and our mission in Ohio.   As you may know, leaders from the four USGBC Ohio chapters (Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest) have been meeting since late last year to consolidate our efforts into one state-wide entity: USGBC Ohio.

After years of collaboration, we are pleased to announce the four USGBC Ohio Chapters (Central, Northeast, Northwest, and Southwest) will consolidate efforts this Fall (2016) to form one statewide entity: USGBC Ohio!

Why the Change?

In order to more effectively serve each of the four USGBC Ohio Regions, this statewide organization will offer our members:

  • Greater access to education, events and programming.
  • Enhanced impact and influence of our statewide advocacy efforts and greater benefit to our supporters and sponsors.
  • Consolidated and professional staffing support for Regional programming and Statewide advocacy and fundraising

The USGBC Ohio Chapter will be a subsidiary of the national US Green Building Council. While we still have a local volunteer leadership advisory board, we will now have full access to greater resources, programs, and staff from USGBC allowing us to go further, faster in realizing our vision of green buildings for all within this generation.

While we will be consolidating our efforts, most things won’t change on a local scale.  Our local work will still occur as it does now through the work of our local boards and committees.   As we consolidate, USGBC Ohio will also be integrating our efforts officially with USGBC on a national scale.

This integration will provide full access to numerous resources, programs, benefits, and staff from USGBC while reducing operational redundancies.  Working together as a state-wide entity in full partnership with USGBC will allow us to go further, faster in realizing our vision of green buildings for all within this generation.

We look forward to officially launching USGBC Ohio later this year and your continued engagement in helping us reach our shared vision.  Your participation will be more important than ever as we chart the future for green building and sustainability in Ohio together.

f you have questions about the Ohio consolidation or integration with USGBC please contact us through this website and we will answer any questions you may have.

It is an exciting time for the SW OH Region and for green building and sustainability in Ohio.  We look forward to a bright and green future together!

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Wellness Center Renovation Earns LEED Gold! Posted by admin on 05/5/16 in Building, Certified, LEED

The Wellness Center Renovation at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio achieved LEED Gold May 12, 2016. The Curl Gymnasium has served Antioch College since 1928. Contractors rehabbed or reconfigured the 44,745-square-foot facility, preserving historic architectural elements of the building while upgrading for improved functionality and energy use.
The 44,000 square foot Wellness Center includes and indoor swimming pool, studio spaces for group classes and a fitness room. It also is home to a large multipurpose room. Green  features incorporated into this project include:
Sustainable Sites
  • Integrating a rain garden and dry wells into the landscape around the Wellness Center helps to reduce pollutants and returns storm water runoff into the ground instead of overwhelming the municipal storm water system.
  • Bike racks near the entrance to the building encourage users to ride their bikes to the Center.
  • The new roof’s highly reflective material mitigates creating a heat island effect

Water Efficiency

  • Low-flow fixtures installed throughout the building reduce water usage 20%-40% compared to a similar non-LEED building.
  • The pool’s UV filtration system safely eliminates toxic chloramines and other disinfection by-products, requires less energy to operate and reduces water consumption resulting in a safer, greener, and easier to manage pool.

Energy and Atmosphere

  • A campus-wide central geothermal plant heats and cools the building, working in conjunction with large, high volume fans in the gym spaces to increase efficiency.
  • Energy efficient LED and fluorescent fixtures are installed and controlled by occupancy sensors to further reduce energy use.
  • The original building is renovated and reconfigured to minimize waste and to preserve historic architectural elements. Demolished materials have been recycled instead of going into landfill.
  • New materials like steel, concrete, carpet and flooring are made from recycled materials and come from regional manufacturers promoting the growth of the local economy while reducing transportation costs and energy.
  • Wood used in the building is from certified suppliers and harvested sustainably.

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • The building’s systems have been designed to ensure the delivery of fresh air into the building.
  • All materials used in the building, from paints to carpeting, are low-emitting with little or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • The building has been “flushed out” prior to occupancy to remove any harmful compounds that may have accumulated during construction.
  • The larger gym spaces have operable windows to allow for additional outdoor air on demand.

Innovation and Design Process 

  • The heat from the central geothermal plant along with waste heat from the pool dehumidification unit heats the pool water instead of using natural gas or electric energy.
  • Heat from the central geothermal plant will also pre-heat the domestic hot water in the building.
  • Strategies have been employed in the pool area to maximize daylight to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting

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Photos by MacLachlan Cornelius & Filoni Architects



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Cincinnati Zoo Africa Exhibit Earns LEED Gold Posted by admin on 05/5/16 in Building, Certified, LEED

AFRICA-LION-LOGO_RGB-131x150 The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was awarded LEED Gold certification April 22, 2016 for its Africa exhibit. The Zoo’s newest and largest exhibit includes naturalistic spaces for lions, cheetahs, painted dogs and mixed hoof stock. A 400,000-gallon underground detention tank below the Painted Dogs Valley collects rainwater that’s filtered and used to feed the streams, waterfalls and tanks in Africa and other Zoo exhibits.

Other green feature include:

  • Drought tolerant landscaping
  • Efficient plumbing fixtures including faucets, toilets and waterless urinals
  • Diverted over 95% of the construction waste to recycling centers and away from landfills
  • 12% of materials used were recycled
  • Used low VOC materials on the interior of the buildings
  • Used solar tubes for natural lighting of the animal holding areas
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UDRI 1700 ETM Labs Earns LEED Gold! Posted by admin on 05/5/16 in Uncategorized

Information provided by Sumeta Sachdeva, Heapy Engineering

The University of Dayton Research Institute Energy Technology & Materials Labs achieved LEED Commercial Interiors Gold certification February 4, 2016. The labs, offices and cubicles are located on the 3r floor, north triangle wing at 1700 South Patterson Blvd. The overall area of renovation is 24,326 square feet. Over 30% of the furniture and furnishings (including cubicle components) were either salvaged, reused or refurbished items. Several of the construction materials contain recycled content including metal doors, ceiling tiles, insulation and drywall.

View Energy Technologies and Materials Lab Sustainability Map and Tour here. LEED Certification Map_rev1ET & M 1

ET & M 2

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