As the region's recognized sustainability expert, emersion DESIGN was invited by the Over-the-Rhine Foundation (OTRF) to be a part of a holistic, multi-disciplinary team charged with bridging the gap between green and historic. This Integrated Design Team (IDT) consisted of a group of industry professionals, government officials, and local educators who were harnessed together to discover and analyze potential challenges and opportunities for incorporating “green” building design into a historic renovation project.
In essence, the OTRF sought to thoroughly investigate four buildings in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine district to determine whether they could be restored to become LEED certified, within specified government standards, in a cost-effective manner. The resulting “OTR Green-Historic Study” found that, when all disciplines work in harmony, it is feasible to unite sustainable design and historic restoration in a beautiful and affordable way.
LEED Tax Abatement
Historic Tax Credit
Historic Building Analysis
Merging Historic and Sustainability Guidelines