When you hear about LEED® green building, sustainable energy or anything else having to do with “green”, it always goes hand in hand with “environmental benefits”. Unfortunately, no matter whether you care about the environment or not, what it really boils down to in most business owners’ heads is “cost”. Environmental benefits are all well and good, but how much is it going to cost me? It’s okay; it’s an understandable area of concern. What if you spend a whole bunch of money on going green and then lose the company because it cost so much? Then again, you may be looking around at other business owners in Texas, wondering how they managed to avoid squashing their bottom line. The real bottom line is that going green with LEED® certification for Existing Buildings may not cost as much as you think, and has some excellent cost-cutting benefits to boot.Let’s set aside environmental impacts for a […]
Many business owners throughout Texas and the United States believe that LEED® certification is a little out of their reach. This belief is generally based on the misunderstanding that they’d have to gut their existing building and start from scratch. Complete redesign is costly in time, resources, money and lack of tenants during reconstruction.
LEED-EB is the industry name for LEED® certification for Existing Buildings. If you’re a business owner of an existing building and interested green building or LEED® certification, you don’t want to start by just replacing building systems you think need to be replaced. There are steps to be followed, information to glean and rules to learn. Step 1 – Research. Obviously, you’ll want to know what LEED® EB certification involves. The Green Building Council website will give you more information about LEED® EB, as well as case studies to download and read, FAQs and a review of the rating system. Step 2 – Read the LEED® EB checklist .The LEED® EB checklist is a comprehensive listing of point possibilities. Once you look it over, you’ll need to decide what level of certification you want to reach: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Basic Certification Step 3 – Join the U.S. Green Building Council. By joining the Green Building […]
What Is LEED® EBOM?Are you a business owner with an existing building? Are you interested in turning your property into a green building, gaining LEED® certification and helping the environment, but you don’t know how? You need to know about LEED® Certification for Existing Buildings, or LEED® EB.Green building with new construction seems relatively easy. The building contractors are starting from scratch, so there’s no remodeling to be done, no upgrades to make. Green building for existing structures however, is a little bit harder, but not as bad is it may seem.LEED® for Existing Buildings deals with cleaning and maintenance issues for complete structures, recycling programs, exterior maintenance programs and system upgrades. It’s a tool, designed to teach and reward business owners for using current best practices, using less energy, water and natural resources, improving the indoor air quality and uncovering operation short-comings. In short, LEED® EB helps to transform your building into a sustainable […]
A LEED® Accredited Professional is an individual in the building industry who has voluntarily participated in the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) accreditation and certification program. They have demonstrated a complete understanding of green building and the LEED® Green Building Rating System, and have gained the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate the LEED® certification process. There are currently over 60,000 individuals who have passed the exam and hold accreditation.There are no prerequisites for taking the LEED® Professional Accreditation exam, however, the following are recommended:• Building industry knowledge and tenure in green building• Familiarity with the documentation process for LEED® certified projects• Knowledge of LEED® credit intents, requirements, submittals, technologies and strategies within your discipline• Practical experience working with multiple design disciplines• Understanding of life cycle costs and benefits of LEED®• Familiarity with LEED® resources and processesThere are three exam tracks you can take when approaching your LEED® AP certification: LEED® for New Construction, Commercial […]