Energy conservation is on everyone’s minds in recent years, but few people find it a bigger concern than architect and designer Pete Spittler. He has made a career of sustainable and green-building technology and, as Pete Spittler has found out, many times green building really means simple solutions. These can include the use of white roofing materials to deflect heat and sun, installing skylights for daytime lighting, planting native-species shade trees to provide shade during the hottest part of the day, or using old-style high ceilings to keep rooms cooler, explains Pete Spittler.
Pete Spittler is well-versed in the standards for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliance. LEED is a non-compulsory, market-driven set of benchmarks for energy-efficient building features; however, LEED compliance also can bring incentives from the municipal, state, county and even federal levels. A prominent Pete Spittler project was the remodel of the Chronicle-Telegram’s building in Elyria, Ohio. With Pete Spittler leading the way, the Chronicle-Telegram headquarters became the first fully LEED-compliant positioned newspaper plant in the country. Technology like capturing the heat from the printing press to warm the building, or installing furniture and carpeting that don’t off-gas chemicals from their adhesives; all Pete Spittler features.
Other LEED-compliant details that Pete Spittler recommends integrating into building design include waterless urinals, water-efficient landscaping plants, or preferred parking for bikes and hybrid cars. In the case of the Chronicle-Telegram, an early-20th century Rust Belt feature was put back into play. Pete Spittler recalls that the building originally had “sawtooth monitors,” the tall vertical skylights often seen on older factories and warehouses. Pete Spittler directed that they be uncovered, providing natural light and radiant heat into the building’s interiors.
Pete Spittler acknowledges the resistance that investors and builders sometimes show to green-building ideas, but has also seen that they are often convinced when they see the big picture of government incentives and energy savings in the long run. Pete Spittler has a proven track record in successful energy-conservation and green building designs, and has become a respected consultant and opinion leader in the field.
Pete Spittler has been the designer of many sustainable and green-building projects in the United States and abroad. Pete Spittler is a member in good standing of the American Institute of Architects; also, Pete Spittler is an alumnus of the architecture program at Kent State University. Pete Spittler has a membership in the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards as well.