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1 Why GREEN Small-scale renovations to large-scale new construction and master planning, owners are embracing sustainable practices in order to lessen their environmental impact and to reduce their operating costs. With each project we strive to balance environmental, social, and financial objectives against program requirements to achieve universal GREEN design solutions that work for our clients for the life of the project. How GREEN Our approach to GREEN design integrates diverse solutions from across the design disciplines and is both holistic and pragmatic. While most firms focus primarily on environmental impacts (ie. LEED rating system), our GREEN design solutions respond to various other key impacts as well including accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, function and operation, security and safety, durability, health and comfort, and context and connectivity. We make GREEN choices that are appropriate for each individual project. No two solutions are the same. We will also work with various federal, state, and local agencies to pursue funding opportunities, such as subsidies, grants, and rebate programs that target capital projects, renewable energy, and design fees, wherever possible. Achieve GREEN By basing our GREEN design solutions firmly in the human and environmental context of each project and by analyzing and integrating site, program, systems, use patterns, budget, and building design, we achieve truly sustainable solutions that balance environmental responsibility and resource efficiency with performance and occupant comfort and well-being. Universal GREEN Design TM Sustainability requires thinking green at every stage of the building lifestyle. Each project objective identified below is significantly important, yet is just one aspect of what it takes to achieve a successful and sustainable project. A truly sustainable project is one where project goals are identified early on and where the interdependencies of all systems are coordinated concurrently from the early conceptual and planning phase. Further, all the project objectives: accessible, aesthetics, cost effective, functional, productive, secure/safe, and environmental and their interrelationships must be understood, evaluated and appropriately applied to the overall design. Step 1: Perform Vision Workshop Identify project goals Understand stakeholder needs Step 2: Define Project Objectives

2 Accessible Provide equal access Plan for flexibility Aesthetics Create image that reflects Utilize integrated design process Cost Effective Utilize cost management Use life-cycle analysis to evaluate design alternatives Functional Account for spatial needs Ensure appropriate product/systems integration Meet performance objectives Productive Integrate technological tools Assure reliable systems and spaces Design for change and flexibility Provide comfortable environments Promote health and well-being Secure/Safe Ensure occupant safety and health Provide integrated security for building occupants and assets Develop total building fire safety system Anticipate risk associated with major natural hazards Environmental Optimize site potential Optimize energy use Protect and conserve water Use environmentally preferable products and materials Enhance indoor environmental quality Optimize operational and maintenance practices Step 3: Outline Design Strategies Site Building Step 4: Evaluate Impact of Project Objectives on Design Strategies Complete Impact Matrix Step 5: Determine Sustainability Factor How Well Do Design Strategies Meet Project Objectives

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4 Diamond Oaks Career Development Campus, Cincinnati, Ohio - Residential District Career Tech Education, Grades and Adult 15% New construction and 85% renovation of a 1973 building, not previously renovated (200,000 sf) Completed August 2011 Integrated team, design charette, building modeling analysis and simulation, commissioning, reuse of existing building, indigenous vegetation and drought-tolerant landscape, storm water management, rain water harvesting, community shared facilities, indoor air quality, efficient fixtures, reflective roof, light pollution reduction, high performance glazing, lighting control and daylight harvesting, efficient lighting, building automation system controls and monitoring, durability, flexibility in use, recycled and reused materials, certified wood, renewable materials, local materials, C&D waste management, connection to outdoors, daylighting and low-emitting materials. Highland Local Schools, Sparta, Ohio Elementary School, Middle School and High School High School New Construction, Elementary and Middle School Renovation Completed September 2011 Anticipated LEED Silver Certification Geothermal with heat pumps, reflective roof, full cut off site lighting, dedicated parking for fuel efficient cars, no potable use or irrigation in the landscaping, high performance glazing, operable windows with integral blinds, light shelves in classrooms to direct daylight further into the rooms, dedicated recycling areas, divert 75% of construction waste from landfills, recycled materials, local materials, renewable materials, certified wood, individual control over lighting and thermal comfort, low-emitting materials, efficient water fixtures for use reduction, school as teaching tool, school curriculum dedicated to learning more about the environment and sustainability and community shared facilities. CINCINNATI COLUMBUS TOLL FREE

5 Xavier University Central Utility Plant, Xavier University - Cincinnati, Ohio Utility Plant Provides centralized utility services and hot and chilled water supply to campus buildings (20,000 sf total building area). Completed Spring 2010 Integrated team, extensive commissioning, development density and proximity to services, maximize open space, indoor air quality, efficient equipment for generation of hot water and chilled water utilities which translates into increased efficiencies for buildings utilizing the plant, reflective roof, high performance building envelope, lighting control an daylighting, building automation system controls and monitoring, high-life cycle, durable building materials, recycled and local materials, C&D waste management, low-emitting materials and monitoring energy use for adjustment and education. Xavier University New Classroom Building, Xavier University - Cincinnati, Ohio New Classroom Building Primarily for undergraduate courses, approximately 56,000 sf on existing development site. Completed Fall 2012 completion Integrated team, sustainability design charette, building modeling analysis and simulation, commissioning, indoor air quality, efficient fixtures, reflective roof, high performance building envelope, lighting control and daylight harvesting, efficient lighting, building automation system controls and monitoring, high-life cycle, durable building materials, recycled, reused and local materials, C&D waste management, connection to outdoors, low-emitting materials, demonstration project for photovoltaic system, educational program for sustainable features and energy consumption. CINCINNATI COLUMBUS TOLL FREE

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