Chic Spotlight: Zobrist Design Group

Chic Spotlight: Zobrist Design Group

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A local design and build firm offers a one-stop-shop for residential and commercial projects to meet environmental standards and LEED certifications.


Zobrist Design Group designs and builds LEED-certified homes and buildings in Cincinnati. Photo: Zobrist Design Group

Cincy Chic: What is Zobrist Design Group?
Kurt Zobrist, President of Zobrist Design Group: Zobrist Design Group is a design & build firm specializing in high end residential projects, multifamily, and commercial projects. We offer a “one stop” approach to our clients where we can coordinate every aspect of their project including the architecture, interior design, landscape design, master planning, construction, and even marketing if need be. We are able to understand and approach a project from an owner, contractor, or developer’s perspective while at the same time producing great designs. We provide a wide range of services on a variety of project types, and see those projects through from initial concept, to design, all the way to the finished product.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind it?
Zobrist: The inspiration behind ZDG really comes from the true talent and love that I have for architecture and design.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Zobrist: Kurt Zobrist is the President of ZDG. He started the company after collage and has grown it over the years to produce high end residential renovations and homes along with commercial projects. We have several employees that makes our process seamless; from Interior Designers and Architects, to Project Supervisors.

Cincy Chic: How are you incorporating LEED design into new projects?
Zobrist: Zobrist Design Group incorporates LEED design from the beginning of the project. When a customer comes to us to design and build their home, we coordinate all the aspects from the beginning to make sure their home meets LEED certification. Zobrist Design Group is dedicated to making the building process “more green.” When our customers decide to build a green home, we work with them to pick environmentally friendly materials. Using these materials, the home becomes more energy and water efficient and exemplifies good indoor air quality with reduced toxins. We also consider reducing the amount of wasted material when ordering building materials and implement ways for these materials to be recycled. The home owners can take the building green process to another level.

Cincy Chic: How many LEED projects have you completed thus far?
Zobrist: We have completed 2 homes with LEED certification. Both are Platinum LEED certified and featured on our website.

Cincy Chic: For those who might not know what LEED is, can you kind of break that down for us?
Zobrist: LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a certification process that was set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify green homes. LEED details the code that all architects, builders, developers and subcontractors follow when designing and building a home or structure. There are four levels of LEED certification; Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

When Zobrist Design Group builds your home for LEED certification, we follow the guidelines to attain points throughout the process that add up to one of the four levels of certification. There are nine areas measured by LEED according to the USGBC. They are:

  • Sustainable Sites

  • Water Efficiency

  • Energy and Atmosphere

  • Materials and Resources

  • Indoor Environmental Quality

  • Location and Linkages

  • Awareness and Education

  • Innovation in Design

  • Regional Priority

There are many benefits for building green; environmental, economic, social, and a possible tax abatement in  the city of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Zobrist this year?
Zobrist: Zobrist Design Group continues to grow with its high demand for construction of residential homes and renovations while incorporating many aspects and benefits of building green.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along?
Zobrist: Please visit our website, our Houzz page, and our Facebook page.

Sara Elliott
Editor & Director of Strategic Communications - Sara is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with a bachelor's degree in English literature. Sara started as an editorial intern before working her way up to assistant editor and then editor. She also serves as the Director of Strategic Communications, running Cincy Chic's social media sites. When she's not working for Cincy Chic, Sara is a mom to her toddler, Audrey. To contact Sara, send her an email at