LEED certifications are much more than a niche market today. Did you know that 2.2 million square feet of LEED certified projects are built per day? This fast-growing segment of the construction industry is an opportunity almost any contractor can learn to capitalize on.
What is LEED?
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, “LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building project types, from new construction to interior fit-outs and operation and maintenance, LEED provides a framework that project teams can apply to create healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement.”
In order to earn a LEED certification, your project team must demonstrate compliance with all mandatory prerequisites and select a number of optional credits to pursue.
For example, you must meet several requirements to earn a LEED commercial building certification, including:
- Comply with environmental laws
- Build a complete, permanent structure
- Commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
3 Tips to Score more LEED Certification Projects
If you want to win the next available LEED bid, you will need to at least have a waste management plan and an indoor air quality management plan. Your internal strategy should identify:
- who is responsible for this task,
- how it will be communicated to your team
- what actions you will take to reduce waste and improve recycling
The ability to communicate clearly can help you score a lucrative LEED project. You will benefit from being prepared to talk about how LEED policies will be communicated and enforced.
To give yourself an edge, you could schedule a collaborative session to discuss solutions to issues that might impact LEED compliance. This initial session will then improve communication channels throughout the project’s duration.
3) Map your Progress
You could put yourself in a position to win the next big project, if you also have examples of how you will implement your LEED plan. For example, you should be able to show what tracking tools you have available to manage sustainable material submittals during construction. If you have your process all mapped out beforehand, you will have a better shot of winning more LEED business.
The U.S Green Building Council must approve your LEED certification before you can start building. It must be renewed every five years.
Visit the USGBC’s website to find out more about how to get your next project LEED certified.