Chuck Lohre, president of Lohre & Associates
, has received LEED AP status from the U.S. Green Building Council
LEED APs (Accredited Professionals) must demonstrate a thorough understanding of green building practices.
As a Cincinnati-based marketing and communications consultancy, Lohre’s firm serves engineers, architects and the building and materials trades.
Lohre studied for the LEED AP examination earlier this year for the benefit of his clients.
"Even though building products are not eligible for LEED certification, there's a tremendous opportunity for manufacturers to get their green message across to architects and developers," he says. "Manufacturers can provide the necessary information about the recycled content, location of manufacture, VOC content and other details builders are looking for when specifying products for their green projects."
His certification means that he can also consult with architects and firms needing knowledge on achieving LEED status for their projects.
Lohre’s certification comes at a time of increased awareness of green design and construction methods.
Of Ohio’s 36 LEED-certified buildings, 12 are located in the greater Cincinnati area with another 30 already in the works.
In 2007, a Cincinnati ordinance created significant financial incentive through 15-year tax abatements for commercial and residential developers to build to LEED standards.
And recently, the state of Ohio has mandated that schools must be LEED-certified to receive funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission
More than 43,000 people have received the LEED AP credential since the program was launched in 2001.
Lohre & Associates, celebrating its 70th anniversary, is the only marketing communications firm in the region whose principal has achieved LEED AP status.
Writer: Kevin LeMaster
Source: Chuck Lohre, president, Lohre & AssociatesPhoto by Art Dickinson, provided by Chuck Lohre