Guidebook to the LEED Certification Process: For LEED for New Construction, LEED for Core & Shell, and LEED for Commercial Interiors

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Proven Strategies for Getting a Project LEED? Certified

Here is the ideal guide for architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, facility managers, and building owners for understanding the project certification process for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED?) for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED NC), LEED for Core & Shell (LEED CS), and LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) rating systems of the U.S. Green Building Council...

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Guidebook to the LEED Certification Process: For LEED for New Construction, LEED for Core & Shell, and LEED for Commercial Interiors

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Overview

Proven Strategies for Getting a Project LEED® Certified

Here is the ideal guide for architects, engineers, interior designers, project managers, facility managers, and building owners for understanding the project certification process for the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design (LEED?) for New Construction and Major Renovations (LEED NC), LEED for Core & Shell (LEED CS), and LEED for Commercial Interiors (LEED CI) rating systems of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC?). Written by an expert who is the President of Design Management Services, a LEED consulting firm—Guidebook to the LEED Certification Process engages readers by outlining the steps, roles, and responsibilities of the team members in a straightforward, chronological manner that helps streamline the certification process.

With the release of the LEED v3 rating systems and a new version of LEED-Online, the Guidebook to the LEED Certification Process helps project teams to streamline the project team efforts and outlines the role of the LEED consultant and project administrator. Written for LEED AP professionals and building owners that need guidance navigating a project through the process, this book outlines each step in the design and construction phases including programming and post-occupancy. Serving as a valuable resource for anyone seeking information on how to get a project LEED certified, Guidebook to the LEED Certification Process features:

  • An overview of the integrative design process.
  • Understanding the role of a LEED consultant.
  • How to build a successful team for a project pursuing LEED certification.
  • How to register a project with Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).
  • Common pitfalls to avoid during the LEED certification process.
  • Checklists to use during design and construction to keep the team on track.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470524183
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/15/2011
  • Series: Wiley Series in Sustainable Design Series , #42
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,248,282
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Cottrell, LEED AP, is Vice President and Director of Education at Green Education Services [greenedu.com], where she is responsible for curriculum and course development. She is also the founding principal of Design Management Services, a LEED consulting firm that supports project teams through the certification process from design through construction. A LEED Accredited Professional, Cottrell has more than ten years of experience specializing in commercial projects as a sustainable design and LEED consultant.

Other Michelle Cottrell titles available from Wiley:

  • Guide to the LEED Green Associate Exam
  • Guide to the LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD+C) Exam
  • Guide to the LEED AP Operations and Maintenance (O+M) Exam (forthcoming)
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Table of Contents

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

PART 1: Key Concepts  1

Chapter 1 Measuring Green 3

THE LEED RATING SYSTEMS 3

THE KEY CONCEPTS OF LEED 5

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: Going for Gold 11
M. Christie Smith

THE LEED CERTIFICATION PROCESS 12

THE NEXT STEPS OF COORDINATING A LEED PROJECT 19

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: Two Questions Every Owner Must Answer for Their LEED Project 20
Chet M. Roach

Chapter 2 The Integrative Project Delivery Process 23

CONSTRUCTION MANAGER’S PERSPECTIVE: From Design to Reality 24
Bassam Tarazi

THE DIFFERENCES OF A TRADITIONAL PROJECT VERSUS AN INTEGRATIVE PROJECT DELIVERY 25

GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: The Importance of Integration for the Success of LEED Projects 26
Travis Hall

GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: Involving a Construction Manager during Design 33
Michael J. Parnell

ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Integrated Design and Collaboration 34
Robert Diemer

LEED AND IPD 35

Chapter 3 Building A Project Team 37

THE TIERS OF THE CREDENTIALING PROCESS 37

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: Building a LEED Team 38
Bill Stoller

WHAT IS A LEED COORDINATOR? 40

ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: The LEED Challenge and the Role of Project Coordinator 41
Wayne Howell

SELECTING THE REST OF THE TEAM MEMBERS 43

PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE: The Value of Certification 44
Mark Hanson

ATTORNEY’S PERSPECTIVE: The Risks of Green Building 48
Stephen T. Del Percio

THE STRUCTURAL ENGINEER 51

ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Offsetting the Costs of Energy Modeling and Commissioning 51
Paul Meyer

THE COMMISSIONING AGENT 52

COMMISSIONING AGENT’S PERSPECTIVE: Selecting a Commissioning Authority 53
Bill Lodato

THE CONTRACTOR 56

CONTRACTS 57

WASTE HAULER’S PERSPECTIVE: How LEED Has Changed the Waste Industry 58
David Cardella

COORDINATOR’S PERSPECTIVE: The LEED Coordinator: No One Understands Me! 59
 Steve Leone

Chapter 4 Site Selection 61

EDUCATION IS KEY 61

TAX CONSULTANT’S PERSPECTIVE: An Introduction to Understanding Section 179D 62
Dennis J. Stilger, Jr.

THE QUESTIONNAIRE 64

INITIAL ASSESSMENT 64

BROKER’S PERSPECTIVE: LEED-Certified Development Properties vs. Traditional Development Properties 65
Marie Taylor

ENERGY PROVIDER’S PERSPECTIVE: Power Purchase Agreements 69
RJ Donnelly

ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Seeking LEED CI Certification for a Hotel: The Challenges and Benefits 71
Michael F. Maurer

BROKER’S PERSPECTIVE: Sustainable Design Leads to Good PR and Improved Bottom Line . . . If Tenants Can Find a Way to Care 78
Scott Steuber

CONTINUING THE EFFORT TO PREPARE FOR THE GOAL-SETTING MEETING 79

Chapter 5 The Eco-Charette 81

ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Collaborative Design 82
Gary Moshier

PRIOR TO THE MEETING 83

CIVIL ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: The Importance of Deciding to Pursue LEED Early in the Design Process 84
Geoffrey B. Nara

THE GOAL-SETTING MEETING 85

CONTRACTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: LEED Certification: Hurdles to Success 91
Holly Hawkins

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: The Execution of a Certified LEED NC Project 96
Mike Barbera

MOMENTUM AFTER THE ECO-CHARETTE 98

PART 2: The Design Phases  99

Chapter 6 Schematic Design and Design Development Phases  101

OWNER’S REPRESENTATIVE’S PERSPECTIVE: What LEED Credits are Right for You? 101
Chet M. Roach

FULL TIME EQUIVALENT OCCUPANTS 104

DESIGN INTEGRATION SESSIONS 104

GREEN ROOF TECHNICAL EXPERT’S PERSPECTIVE: An Overview of Green Roof Assemblies and Benefits 106
Melissa Muroff

ADDRESSING THE PREREQUISITES AND CREDITS 111

ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Managing Passive Loads 112
Gary Moshier

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: A Landscape Architecture Perspective on the LEED Certification Process 119
Aiman Duckworth

CIVIL ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Innovative Sustainable Civil and Site Design for a Nature Center Renovation and Expansion 122
Geoffrey B. Nara

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Use 3D Modeling Tools for a Quick and Accurate Measurement of Tree Shading 124
Aiman Duckworth

LIGHTING DESIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE: The Role of a Lighting Designer on a Project Seeking LEED Certification 128
Faith E. Baum

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Educate Yourself, the Contractor, the Owner, and Landscape Maintenance Staff about the Project’s Planting and Irrigation Approach 133
Aiman Duckworth

ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Mechanical and Architectural Coordination for Energy Efficiency 137
Nathan Ogle

COMMISSIONING AGENT’S PERSPECTIVE: The Benefits of a Commissioning Agent 139
Brian Fronapfel

MEP ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: The Benefits of the OPR and BOD 141
Kent D. Hoffman

MEP ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: EA CREDIT 1: Optimize Energy Performance Compliance Paths 148
William Amann

MEP ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Refrigeration Compliance for LEED 151
Christopher F. Zabaneh

MEP ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Engaging an Engineer 153
Kurt A. Scheer

MEP ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Measurement and Verification for Large-Energy-User Projects 155
Wayne Howell

ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: The National Audubon Society: Selecting Environmentally Sensitive Materials 158
Guy Geier

RAISED-ACCESS FLOOR MANUFACTURER’S PERSPECTIVE: Under-Floor Air Distribution System Contributions to LEED Certification 168
Scott Alwine

LIGHTING DESIGNER’S PERSPECTIVE: Benefits of Computer Daylight Simulation 172
Magdalena L. DiDomenico

PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATION REVIEW 173

ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: N20-HDR-CUH2A’s New Second Office 174
Simon Trumble and Jorge Rodriguez

IN SUMMARY 177

Chapter 7 Construction Document Phase  179

GREEN ROOF TECHNICAL EXPERT’S PERSPECTIVE: Quality Assurance of a Green Roof 179
Melissa Muroff

COMMISSIONING 181

MEP ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Energy Modeling Pitfalls 182
Aaron Dahlstrom

WHOLE-BUILDING SIMULATION 184

SPECIFICATION AND PLAN REVIEW 185

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Design Water as One System 188
Aiman Duckworth

LEED-ONLINE DOCUMENTATION REVIEW 192

GBCI REVIEWER’S PERSPECTIVE: Top Five Tips for Submitting a LEED Project to GBCI 195
Martin Mechtenberg

MANUFACTURER’S PERSPECTIVE: A Manufacturer as an Owner Pursuing LEED 202
Julie Smith

NEXT STEPS 205

ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE: Experiences of Gaining LEED Certification 207
Scott Bowman

PART 3: The Construction Phase 209

Chapter 8 Coordination with the Construction Team  211

BID REVIEW 212

GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: Compliancy with LEED during Construction 213
Easy Foster

TRAINING THE CONSTRUCTION TEAM 214

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: The Importance of Collaboration 216
David Anderson

THE LEED IMPLEMENTATION PLAN 218

WASTE CONSULTANT’S PERSPECTIVE: Construction Waste Recycling: Where the Real World Meets LEED 219
Wayne DeFeo

TASKS DURING CONSTRUCTION 221

GENERAL CONTRACTOR’S PERSPECTIVE: LEED during Construction 223
Michael J. Parnell

Chapter 9 Monthly Reports 225

MATERIAL TRACKING: GETTING STARTED 225

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: Procurement Strategies 227
Steve Martorana

MANUFACTURER’S PERSPECTIVE: A Manufacturer’s Approach to LEED 230
Melissa DeSota

SALVAGED MATERIAL BROKER’S PERSPECTIVE: Overcoming the Challenges of MR Credit 3: Materials Reuse 233
Nathan Benjamin

CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT 241

CONSTRUCTION INDOOR AIR QUALITY: COMPLYING WITH SMACNA REQUIREMENTS 242

MONTHLY REPORTS 244

OWNER’S PERSPECTIVE: Pursuing LEED Certification 245
Charley Ryan

Chapter 10 Construction Completion  249

TASKS AFTER SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION 250

PRE-CLOSEOUT MEETING 251

COMMISSIONING ACTIVITIES 251

EDUCATING THE BUILDING OCCUPANTS 252

TRAINING THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE STAFF 253

LEED ONLINE: DOCUMENTATION REVIEW 256

RECS PROVIDER PERSPECTIVE: EA CREDIT 6: Green Power—Some Common Misconceptions 258
John Powers

SUBMIT FOR USGBC CONSTRUCTION REVIEW 262

ARCHTECT’S PERSPECTIVE: Staying High Performance: Sustaining the Sustainability of Buildings
Michael B. Lehrer

LEED AFTER OCCUPANCY? OR OCCUPANCY AFTER LEED? 267

Appendices 269

APPENDIX A: LEED RATING SYSTEM SCORECARDS 269

APPENDIX B: PREDESIGN SITE SELECTION CHECKLIST 273

APPENDIX C: PROJECT TEAM MEMBER ROLES AND DOCUMENTATION RESPONSIBILITIES 275

APPENDIX D: DESIGN VERSUS CONSTRUCTION PREREQUISITES AND CHECKLISTS 281

APPENDIX E: OWNER’S PROJECT REQUIREMENTS TEMPLATE AND BASIS OF DESIGN SAMPLE 295

APPENDIX F: SAMPLE CONSTRUCTION IAQ MANAGEMENT PLAN 305

APPENDIX G: CONSTRUCTION MONITORING AND REPORTING FORMS 311

Endnotes 319

Index 321

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