Preservation + Sustainability


Learn how buildings identified as “Most Endangered” by Columbus Landmarks are being repurposed into productive and sustainable sites.

  1. Learn about the nine most endangered buildings in Columbus – their significance, current condition and how/why they were threatened and how 7/9 are being reused
  2. Examine incentives/economic tools for reusing historic buildings including case studies.
  3. Discuss the impact of demolition: discarding embodied energy; sending materials to landfills; using more energy consumptive materials in replacement construction; loss of economic value inherent to historic sites.
  4. Gain understanding of the niche economic sector of historic preservation including the skilled trades and construction materials required for preservation projects.

Columbus Landmarks is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that advocates for historic preservation and new design excellence. The organization publishes annually a list of Most Endangered Buildings and actively advocates for reuse, relying on architectural/historical significance and sustainability factors to build the case for preservation.

Becky West
Columbus Landmarks

Susan Keeny
Columbus Landmarks

Matthew Leasure
Designing Local

How Architects can Influence Community Sustainability; the Orange Goes Green Certification Program

Learn how architects can engage their communities, they can influence the development and adoption of sustainable building certification.

In 2009, Orange Village, a suburb of Cleveland, adopted a set of sustainable building guidelines through a locally managed certification process. The “Orange Goes Green Certification Program” was promulgated through the influence of a local architect taking on a leadership role in producing the program. That architect has gone on to be come an elected official in the community and contributed to other sustainable building legislation for the community.This program will explore the why and how of producing these catalytic actions for local communities. The presentation will address the program, discuss how it came into being and where it goes from here. Attendees will leave with the understanding of practical strategies for influencing change and embracing of sustainable values.

Judson A. Kline, FAIA, CIVITAD services, LLC

103 LEED v4 & Commissioning: Selecting the Right Option for Your Project

1 GBCI LEED Specific BD+C & ID+C, 1 AIA LU

This presentation will help teams evaluate and select the commissioning options that work best for their LEED v4 project.

  1. Explain the options the USGBC offers for commissioning under LEED v4.
  2. Describe the responsibilities of both the owner and the project team for LEED v4 commissioning.
  3. Identify LEED credits impacted by the commissioning process.
  4. Describe the value of the commissioning process and how it can vary depending on the project.

With LEED v4, the USGBC has consolidated multiple sustainability opportunities under the commissioning process. Projects can now earn up to six credits for Enhanced Cx. For owners, this can be a great opportunity for achieving both LEED certification and ongoing building performance. But when it comes to LEED and Cx, timing and coordination is everything. Without up-front decision-making, great opportunities can turn into lost opportunities.This presentation will help owners evaluate and select the commissioning options that work best for their project. It will also help design professionals ask the right questions to understand the owner’s desired outcomes and incorporate them into the design. Topics to be covered include: Options the USGBC offers for commissioning: Requirements for LEED Cx, both in terms of owner commitment and project team responsibilities; Examples of LEED credits impacted by Cx; Pitfalls if the design team misses components that the CxA needs to earn Cx LEED credits; The value of Cx, which can vary depending on the project, and how it’s put in place.

Darlene Diehl, LEED AP, QCxP, BECxP, CxA+BE
Karpinski Engineering

Joe Hofstetter, PE, CEM, LEED AP
Karpinski Engineering

Darlene Diehl is Karpinski Engineering’s Assistant Director of Commissioning. She collaborates with project teams, helping owners receive projects that meet their design and operational requirements. Darlene’s experience ranges from LEED to retro- to building enclosure commissioning. Her LEED commissioning portfolio includes healthcare, education, and corporate projects. Darlene is a member of ASHRAE and BCA, and she participates in the Cleveland chapter of the Building Enclosure Council. Previous speaking experience includes “Retro-Commissioning: On the Road to Better Building Performance” (2016 KAPPA Spring Meeting).

Joe Hofstetter is Karpinski Engineering’s Director of Building Performance and Sustainability. Joe helps organizations get more value out of their building assets through energy and sustainability improvements. Joe is a member of ASHRAE and participates in the ASHRAE National Technical Committee for Building Energy Performance. Previous speaking experience includes “Retro-Commissioning: On the Road to Better Building Performance” (2016 KAPPA Spring Meeting), “ASSESS: A Green Building Challenge Session” (Cleveland 2030 District and NEO USGBC), and “Energy Savings and Efficiency in Healthcare Facilities” (Electro Expo 2015). 

Sustainable Product Manufacturing: Tools for Measuring Environmental Impacts

 See how LEED v4 and other green building standards reward project teams for the use of tools that measure the building environmental impacts.

Diminishing the embodied energy and ecological impacts of products can reduce manufacturing costs and improve bottom line financially and environmentally. We will explore the case for using transparent measures using the example of one product manufacturer, and in a facilitated exchange, discuss their strengths and limitations.

Jessie Stenftenagel, Sustainability Specialist, DIRTT