The Cincinnati 2030 District’s mission is to create a network of healthy, high-performing buildings in Cincinnati with an ultimate goal of reducing energy use, water consumption and transportation emissions 50% by the year of 2030. I believe that it is my role as a designer to push sustainability in a project as one of the driving forces. It simply can no longer be a feature we choose to include if budget allows. The future of our communities depends on how sustainable our built environment is.
Keeping up with the daily operations and maintenance costs of aging buildings and infrastructure is an ongoing challenge for many districts. In this paper we address common issues found in older academic buildings and identify ways to plan for and solve these issues in a way that improves building infrastructure, lowers operating costs, and mitigates financial loss.