It happened to me again. I met an architect who had designed and built a great Green building. It was so green in fact, that she was sure it would meet LEED® certification standards.
Congratulations as going green – but caution in trying to certify your project.
Registering and Certifying a project near or after completion is a very difficult challange: the LEED process is proof and document based.
I refer you to my previous article on why LEED projects go awry. Even with an advanced Integrated Design Process, it is difficult to get all the documentation required after the fact.
Here are just two examples of how a project may fail to meet LEED certification standards retroactively:
1 .It is necessary to not only separate all waste but also to document that the separated materials were appropriately disopsed of. Receipts indicating weights of disposal must be kept. Unless the disposal company is aware that they are working on a LEED project, maintains the integrity of bin contents and requests detailed documentation from the landfill or recycling center, credits are left on the table.
2. Commissioning is required throughout the construction process, not only at completion. These critical credits may go unfulfilled because these in-progress calculations are not made or are not properly documented.
The best way to build a LEED project is to engage the client at the outset, form your integrated team, designate or hire a LEED coordinator and Register your project before you finish designing it.
For full LEED information visit www.cagbc.org