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4415 Haight Avenue LEED Gold Posted by admin on 11/11/15 in Building, Certified, LEED, Uncategorized

        Passive solar orientation (see angles of sun below)

Information provided by Casey Moothart , Owner
The home located at 4415 Haight Avenue in Northside earned LEED Gold certification October 22 ,2015. Located  less than a mile from the business district it is within walking distance of public transportation, shops and other conveniences.
This is a modern home design has a number of notable sustainable design features. utilizing corrugated metal fiber cement panels, and cedar on the exterior. Passive solar orientation was implemented in the design of this home. See design above. The walls and roof were constructed of structural insulation panels (SIPs) which make the house extremely well insulated and quiet. It is a very tight construction and meets Passive Home specifications. There is a large south facing white metal roof. It is orientated for future solar panels/home battery installation.
The concrete floor of the home serves as a thermal mass for storing heat. They did not use any XPS rigid foam installation (because of terrible Greenhouse gas potential of the blowing agent used to make it) and instead used EPS. This includes a special high PSI foam board that was placed under the slab of the basement.
An air circulation system (ERV) circulates fresh air throughout the house. This is an ERV (energy recovery ventilation) which works 24/7 to bring a measured amount of fresh air into the house. During the cold months it transfers the heat and moisture from exhaust air to the fresh air for exceptional energy efficiency. It does the same thing in reverse during the warm months of the years.
The exterior design includes No Mow Turf by Prairie Nursery. All the runoff from the yard and downspouts is routed into a retention ponds and then slowly drains to the sewers from there.
Additional green features include:
  • Geothermal furnace for both heating and cooling
  • the house does not use natural gas at all but has a heat pump, hot water heater and induction cooktop
  • has a “smart” hot water recirculation pump
  • a combo washer / condensing dryer (LG) that they don’t have to vent out of the house
  • insulated inside the basement walls with open cell spray foam
  • insulated  hot water plumbing lines
  • all air sealing was done with tape and gaskets and did not rely on foam or caulkHaight Ave
Haight Ave 2

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Pure” LEED Neighborhood Development Posted by admin on 11/11/15 in LEED, Neighborhood Development


“Pure” LEED Neighborhood Development

Written by: Judith A. Lewis, LEED AP, BD+C; Principal, City Lands Development Company;
Author, “The Arbors” LEED Neighborhood Development Stage 1 Certified Plan, Pilot;
Chair, LEED Neighborhood Development, USGBC SW Ohio Regional;
Chair, Lots of Tiny Expo, September 19-20, 2015 in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati


USGBC introduced its pilot LEED Neighborhood Development metrics in 2007.  ND became its 5th portfolio standard, joining BD+C, ID+C, O&M, and Homes.  Any registered or certified LEED project falls into one of these latter 4 rating systems.  ND is a different cut of cloth.   

LEED Neighborhood Development is a platform for every type of LEED building as well as non-LEED structure, its concern being sustainable communities, promoting green infrastructure and engaging public spaces as particular hallmarks.  This scope of vision, so compelling, largely remains absent ‘in the flesh.’  LEED ND is hardly a blip on the USGBC portfolio screen. 

  • ND projects, planned or built to date, comprise one-half of 1% of all LEED presence worldwide (391 ND of all 82,954 LEED) as of October 30, 2015.
  • Ohio’s ND showing is 2.3% of all ND accomplishment (9 ND of all 391 ND).
  • Certified Ohio ND projects originated as ND pilot ventures – a 9 year vintage.

LEED Neighborhood Development got rear-ended by the 2008 national economic implosion.  ND tackled highly territorial entitlement agencies.  Its scale confronted capital challenges.  And, its urban centric preference often made for in-fill limitations at odds with its ambitious scale. 

Cincinnati’s Northside Neighborhood turned up the LEED ND dial by its selection as 1 of 6 US communities to experience a ND ‘diagnostic’ by Global Green USA.  This program is in its 4th award year through the US EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments

Global Green USA

Focus of the Work

“Global Green USA was awarded a 5-year grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Office of Sustainable Communities under the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program to assist 30 communities across the US with sustainable neighborhood planning. The Sustainable Neighborhood Assessments are conducted using a tool built around the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) standard.“ Source: Global Green USA

Local USGBC salutes Northside achievement, symbolizing too its renaissance by dedicated, talented residential and business energies.  Northside bootstrapped its way to its present and that didn’t happen overnight. Local urban core neighborhoods have waxed and waned 20-30+ years.  They offer an existing asset base with add-on capability to reach ND certification. 

  • This long maturation process serves up a built-in critical mass for LEED ND leverage.
  • A LEED ND driver, such as Northside’s planned Metro hub, can be ND transformative. 

As a first “Sustainable Neighborhood Assessment,” Cincinnati regains LEED ND traction that surfaced with “The Arbors” in Pleasant Ridge, a LEED ND certified plan that got mothballed.  How the LEED ND project checklist is now applied is a game changer; it has moved from project specific documentation to neighborhood feasibility analysis.  The “pure” ND model could not exist in urban cores simply because urban cores are already established-not newly minted.

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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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