Posted by: lcowie | August 13, 2009

Evaluating LEED Consultants

A LEED consultant is one who discovers and sets LEED goals for a project. He or she works with a group or team to develop effective strategies for reaching the group’s LEED goals. The consultant would ultimately be responsible for compiling all documentation, calculations and submittals required for LEED certification. He or she would also draft and submit the LEED certification application to the USGBC.

How does one become a LEED consultant? Volunteer for a project. The more experience that a LEED-certified person has, the more knowledgeable he or she will be about LEED practices. A team without a consultant approaches LEED project certification by completing tasks that will get them the necessary credits. A consultant has the knowledge to know which credits are most valuable and long-lasting.

There has always been somewhat of a negative connotation associated with consultants for any industry. Employees often feel the anxiety of an outsider reviewing and criticizing their work. However, a consultant can save a business time and money. Rather than making blind attempts to achieve a goal, a business can utilize the knowledge and experience that comes with hiring a consultant.

Everblue is a full-service LEED consulting firm. Our goal is to provide clients with the knowledge and services necessary to make your LEED project successful.

Our consulting services:

  • Provide LEED training for Team members, staff, and contractors to facilitate the certification process.
  • Advise and review building detail to determine feasibility of LEED Certification for the project.
  • Advise and assist in determining which points to pursue to achieve certification based on budgetary requirements and goals.
  • Organize and coordinate the LEED Team for documentation and process management.
  • Provide LEED Team members with direction, sample documents and templates, and resources.
  • Direct LEED Team members to all applicable CIRs (Credit Interpretation Rulings) relevant to the project.
  • Conduct required LEED meetings with LEED Team and Commissioning Agent. Write and distribute meeting minutes.

We can assist you with the final submittals to LEED On-line, which includes the Letter Templates as provided by the USGBC, the LEED Checklist, all narratives, including the overall narrative, and documentation for each prerequisite and all anticipated credits.

To learn more about LEED consulting, visit the Everblue Training Institute web site.

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