Achieving Net Zero Energy in Historic Infill


In 2018, the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) Foundation, in partnership with the Historic Conservation Office, sponsored an infill design competition in order to test the new comprehensive Over-the-Rhine Historic District Guidelines for New Construction. The winning entry not only proposed a distinctly contemporary approach, but one that achieved Net Zero Energy use despite a challenging site. This session will provide an overview of the requirements of the OTR Historic Guidelines and show how these guidelines informed the design of a contemporary, contextually-sensitive building. Speakers will further show how advanced sustainable design elements were not only compatible with the historic guidelines, but in many cases helped to achieve the intent.

CE Credits:
Jul 17, 2022 8:30 AM

Sanyog Rathod

Sanyog Rathod, AIA, LEEP AP Homes, CPHC President & CEO, Sol design + Consulting Sanyog is the founder of Sol design + consulting, a Cincinnati-based firm which provides sustainability consulting and design services. His continuing commitment to architecture, sustainability and preservation spans 30 years. Since the inception of his firm in 2006, he has devoted his advocacy towards affordable housing, green historic preservation, and green building programs. He has earned numerous awards for this work, including: the Over-the-Rhine Infill Design Award; Cincinnati Preservation Association Award; Habitat for Humanity Recognition for Service; and Cincinnati Business Courier’s Top 20 People to Know in Green Business.

W. Kevin Pape

W. Kevin Pape is founder and President of Gray & Pape Heritage Management. He is a nationally recognized expert in cultural heritage management with over 35 years of specialized experience in the delivery of cultural resource services to public and private clients. Mr. Pape is valued by his clients for developing strategic solutions to successfully navigating compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the National Environmental Policy Act for complex projects. He helps his clients achieve open and respectful engagement with Indian tribes and works with project stakeholders to facilitate the consultation process so that culturally appropriate, respectful decisions occur in a way that is satisfactory to Indian tribal nations and sensitive to project requirements. Mr. Pape is actively engaged with community revitalization projects and currently serves as President of Heritage Ohio, Inc., where he is recognized for strong national leadership on the intersection of community revitalization and historic preservation and a recipient of the John H Chaffee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy from the National Trust. He is a member of Ohio’s World Heritage Steering Committee and a former President of the American Cultural Resources Association.


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