3 Keep a “Watch List,” by specification
section, of green building components
that currently carry a small cost premium.
Verify on an annual basis that the cost premium still exists. When it is eliminated, add it
to the standard Green Building Specification.
www.greenspec.buildinggreen.com is a
great place to get started.
4 Know what materials questions to
ask when designing and documenting
products. Use the Product Sustainability
Worksheet in the Resources section of the
A.R.E. web site as a guide.
5 Document green building as it occurs
through construction submittal processes.
Add the person handling green building documentation to the submittal distribution list.
Use a submittal form specifically for green
building components. See the Contractor
Submittal Form in the Resources section of
the A.R.E. web site.
6 Sustainability is not an added layer
to a project; it is the type of project. Don’t
forget to include sustainability experts in
design charrettes and value-engineering
exercises. Their knowledge base will help
reduce project costs, and their familiarity
with the project will reduce the time needed
to document a project for sustainability.
7 Hire contractors, subcontractors, and
manufacturers known for their work in
sustainability. The more experienced your
team is, the more smoothly the work will
go and the less administrative work and site
visits will be needed from the sustainability
8 Use uniform documentation whenever multiple companies will be completing green building documentation. For
example, demolition waste and construction waste must both be documented and
are often handled by different contractors.
Find a construction waste documentation
template under the resources section of the
A.R.E. web site.
9 Take advantage of modern technologies as they develop. Did you know there
is an app for retailers doing LEED buildings?
10 Find answers at www.LEEDuser.com
to your questions regarding LEED documentation and what the GBCI is looking for.
Lisa A. Wynne, LEED AP
BD+C, EDAC, is a sustain-
ability and Evidence Based
Design expert at EcoScapes
LLC, a company focused
on developing sustainable
designs and strategies for its clients. E-mail
her at email@example.com.
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