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Top Tips by Experienced LEED Consultants to Guide First-Time LEED Teams

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: May 27th, 2013

As the number of LEED projects have begun to increase worldwide, the major role and burden falls upon the shoulders of experienced LEED consultants, who have learned some valuable lessons all through their journey and now successfully apply it to all the forthcoming projects. While a LEED analysis team may come together to create a green or sustainable project, how well they manage the process and documentation depends largely on whether it earns LEED certification. A dynamic and successful team understands from the very start that LEED projects require a complete-systems design approach, which depends thoroughly on interactive, collaborative and multidisciplinary teamwork.

Top Tips by Experienced LEED Consultants to Guide First-Time LEED Teams

Here are Few Tips by Expert LEED Professionals to Guide the First-Time LEED Teams:

Cost of Green Building:

It has been observed that the cost of green building is generally lower if done from the initial stages of modeling, and design. But if green design has to be incorporated in the existing buildings then the costs of sustainable building may increase. This is an obvious fact. Another important point to note is that an additional 3% project costs in the design phase can reduce the cost of construction by 10% which is an advantage.

1) Always Plan Early:

One of the most common mistakes by the first-time LEED teams is trying to work LEED goals into a project that is too far along in the design process. Design strategies must be developed collaboratively right from the start. The first-time LEED teams must take the decision to practice LEED certification as early as possible, preferably in pre-design. The best results can be achieved when the design is a consequence of the sustainable objectives and goals of the team, rather than trying to chase points to make them fit or shoehorn LEED features into a set design.

2) Hire or Delegate a LEED Manager:

A LEED Manager is aware of where you need to go and the means of getting you there. It is extremely essential for first-time LEED teams to have an experienced LEED Manager. The most vital thing is to have one qualified professional responsible for tracking, coordinating and reviewing the LEED requirements as well as submittals for the entire team all along the way.

3) Get some (or more) LEED Training:

LEED Analysis services providers must arrange for a private seminar for the office or those team members who are new to LEED – the first-time LEED teams must attend a LEED workshop.

4) Hire experienced LEED Consultants:

LEED has bred a new field of specialists who help you achieve sustainable LEED goals. LEED specialists can include energy modelers and analysts, daylighting/electrical engineers, sustainable technology designers, sustainable design charrette leaders, commissioning authorities, and the LEED consultant or manager.

5) Bring-in the Commissioning Authority Early:

An experienced LEED consultant advises teams new to LEED to overlook the requirement to bring the Commissioning Authority during the early design phase in order to document the client’s energy-related project requirements. Make sure that you comprehend who is qualified to serve as the Commissioning Authority.

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About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.