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August 2, 2011

SHP Helps Kutol Achieve LEED Silver Certification

(Cincinnati) – SHP Leading Design recently received notification that the Kutol Corporation’s new facility has achieved LEED Silver Certification.  SHP provided LEED Consulting services on the project.

The new 160,000 square foot facility boasts space for corporate offices, research & development and manufacturing and distribution operations.  Kutol is a commercial soap products company located just outside Cincinnati in Sharonville, Ohio.

“Kutol came to SHP almost two years ago during the initial design phase” Allison McKenzie, SHP’s Director of Sustainability said.  “They were interested in achieving LEED certification and needed help.”

SHP worked with the design and construction team to help guide them towards sustainable solutions to achieve these goals.  The team included architect Wentz Design, LLC; engineer KLH Engineering; and contractor Cincinnati Commercial Contracting.

“The biggest hurdle to achieving LEED certification was finding the right person to help us navigate the process,” Joe Rhodenbaugh, Kutol Manufacturing President said.  “Working with SHP Leading Design made the entire process very easy.”

The biggest hurdle for the project was applying ASHRAE 90.1 standards to a manufacturing facility.  Facilities like Kutol have very high process loads making it hard to achieve a significant number of points in the Optimize Energy credit, which was important to the project’s owner. The final solution included a geothermal well field to support part of the HVAC load.

“I realize that people are very skeptical being green and sustainable, but it makes good business sense,” Rhodenbaugh said.  “The energy savings alone is a reason why this was a good business decision.”

To help achieve the LEED goal of silver, SHP used its LEED expertise to gain exemplary performance points in two categories, including Protect or Restore Habitat and Construction Waste Management.  Both native and low-maintenance landscape was used and open space for storm water management was incorporated to keep run-off on site.

“The project was also able to achieve exemplary performance points for recycling over 95% of construction waste,” McKenzie added.  “This is among the highest percentages I have seen on any project.”

SHP Leading Design’s extensive knowledge of the LEED rating system as well as sustainable design solutions brings them to the forefront of LEED consulting services. SHP has worked with several clients on a consulting basis to help them achieve LEED certification.  In addition, the firm’s portfolio includes the design of over 40 LEED registered or certified projects.

“My suggestion for a company looking to achieve LEED certification is to find someone you trust to work with.  That’s what we did, and in the end, the process was very smooth,” Rhodenbaugh concluded.


About SHP Leading Design

SHP Leading Design offers a complete line of planning, architecture, interior design, engineering, construction administration and facilities management services. With more than 110 years of experience, the firm is committed to leading the community in innovative architectural design and sustainable design. SHP is headquartered in Cincinnati.