Lohre and Associates
The desire of Lohre and Associates, a marketing firm, to meet LEED Platinum status for its Cincinnati, Ohio, office came out of work preparing students for the LEED AP exam through its sister company Green Cincinnati Education Advocacy. Meeting LEED-Commercial Interiors certification meant sending zero construction waste to landfill along with installing some unique features.
A $3,500 sawdust pellet stove, placed front and center in the offices, occupies the second floor of a three-story building, in order to demonstrate renewable energy. To avert landfill waste, carpet scraps were sent to a recycler in Seattle and scrap wood was composted. Costs were kept down through reuse, such as by making old aluminum blinds fit by snipping some material off the ends.
Among unique water-saving features, the office now features an adapter that creates a hand-washing station on top of a toilet, funneling that water into the toilet basin. All in all, aside from the pellet stove, Lohre and Associates expects a four-year return on investment along with a 25 percent energy savings.
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