With the demand for green buildings on the upswing, it’s no surprise that achieving LEED certification—the “Holy Grail” for green buildings—is a top sustainability goal.
From money-saving rebates to zoning allowances and energy savings, green buildings are worth their weight in gold.
Green Building Facts
Because knowing is half the battle, here are a few more green building facts:
- Energy-efficiency financing has the potential to climb from $20 to $150 billion annually. When that happens, over one million jobs could be created. (Cha-ching!)
- From 2011 to 2012, the number of LEED-certified federal building projects in America increased by more than 50 percent.
In other words, buckle up, folks: The demand for energy-efficient buildings isn’t going away anytime soon. To win bigger and better business, now’s the time to beef up on LEED.
LEED Lessons From The Pros
Review LEED Expectations During The Pre-Bid
If your bid doesn’t reflect the work at hand, timelines get stretched out, profits take a nosedive, and everyone scrambles to keep up. Guess who eats the loss? That’s right, you.
While today’s contractors are pretty comfortable with LEED, oversights still happen. According to Gibney, many contractors neglect to evaluate their required LEED tasks when bidding. To make sure your proposal lines up with a project’s LEED requirements, I recommend you go over everything in detail during the pre-bid process.
Get Clear On LEED Goals
According to Gibney, too many projects list a certain LEED rating as a project goal, not requirement. That kind of ambiguity doesn’t exactly compel the construction team to meet any level of certification—and therein lies the rub.
Before you get started on a LEED project, make sure everyone’s on the same page. Is LEED listed as a requirement in the project manual? Should it be? When push comes to shove, having everything down on paper can help you reduce contractual uncertainties.
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About The Author
Todd Reed, National Market Manager
Husband to a professionally licensed architectural engineer and lighting designer, and son-in-law to an electrician, Todd knows the importance of efficiency, safety, and productivity for electrical contractors. Todd is a seasoned professional, with 5 years’ experience within a family-owned distribution business and 10 years as a senior Graybar employee. As National Market Manager at Graybar, Todd’s goal is to find the best products and solutions to help contractors work more efficiently, stay safe on the job, and win more productive and profitable business.
Sources & Credits
U.S. Green Building Council: Green Building Facts
Building Design + Construction: Top 10 LEED lessons learned from a green building veteran