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Construction Specifications to incentivize LEED

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Construction Specifications to incentivize LEED

April 14, 2014

I do a lot of work with a large university that has "optional" sustainability requirements. This is frustrating for contractors - what happens if they miss, say, 75% construction waste diversion? At the same time, an Owner wants to know the Contractor will perform the actions that result in a LEED rating.

Of course we can say "Contractor SHALL do this and that" in the specs. But have you worked on a project where there were teeth in the LEED specs - what if the contractor misses a construction waste diversion threshold, or brings a jug of high VOC paint onto the job - have you built penalties into the specifications to help incentivize the Contractor? What specifically have you done on your projects?

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HVAC system changed after certification completed

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HVAC system changed after certification completed

April 14, 2014

Our project (LEED NC 2009 Gold) was certified 3 years ago. Now the new landlord would like to add humidification to AHU. Is the certification affected? Can you name a few sources?

Thanks

Johannes

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USGBC Credit Library Access

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USGBC Credit Library Access

April 12, 2014

Hello All,

I am preparing for the LEED AP BD+C exam and I tried to access the Credit Library on the USGBC website and for some reason when I get inside the credit library - Commercial Interiors-Regional Priority it doesn't allow me to view the Regional Priority. It says " You are not authorized to access this page". I had no problems accessing the same page few days ago. Does anyone know the problem? Thanks a lot.

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Precertification in LEED-CS v4

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Precertification in LEED-CS v4

March 19, 2014

Hello,

Is there any information available about precertification process in LEED-CS v4?
Since the precertification guide has been excluded from the appendices in the reference guide of BD+C v4, I have a feeling that the possibility of precertification itself has been eliminated with the version upgrade. Even the word 'precertificate' is not mentioned in the whole reference guide or relevant USGBC webpage.

Do you know anything about it?

Thank you in advance

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Precertification

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Precertification

March 17, 2014

good morning,

I would like to ask a question with two sections.
If a CS project has been precertified as platinum in a previous rating system (ie Version 2.0 ) :
a) Can the final certification be less ie Gold
b) Does the final certification have to be in LEED V4 or LEED 2009 or it can also be certified in previous LEED ratings?

Thanx in advance

Ioannis Ladopoulos,LEED AP BD+C

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Documentation for Existing Certified Projects on Campus

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Documentation for Existing Certified Projects on Campus

February 27, 2014

I'm working on documenting a project on a community college campus. The Owner does not have the documentation from the previous project which was LEED certified. I would like to know if there is a way to get hold of the documentation for the adjacent project on campus to understand how decisions made by them might affect this current project; such as parking, boundary, and shower rooms. Can you point me in the right direction? Thank you!

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Project partially sold after certifcation

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Project partially sold after certifcation

February 10, 2014

A project (consisting of four separate buildings on a shared parking garage) will be certified according to v2009 NC. The building owner will occupy approximately 80% of the total building and rent out the rest (one of the buildings).

The question arose what would happen with the LEED certification if the owner would decide to sell the rented building? Would have any impact (after certification)? Are both parts (with different owners) still certified, or would they have to be reconsidered separately? I haven't thought of such a scenario before and cannot find any logical answers thus far... I would be grateful for any kind of help!

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My thoughts on v4 ID+C

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My thoughts on v4 ID+C

February 9, 2014

One of my clients is interested in v4 ID+C, so I have been reading v4 ID+C reference guide. As I am reading the reference guide, I think v4 ID+C reference guide is just poorly made.

1. v3 ID+C rg had some helpful information for projects that were limited by existing or base system. However, v4 ID+C rg a ctrl+C, ctrl+v version of the v4 BD+C, and doesn't have the information that I found helpful on the
v3 version.

2. v4 BD+C MR Building Product Disclosure and Optimization credits require 20 products to comply with the project. ID+C, usually whose project size/scope is much smaller than BD+C, requiring same number of products as BD+C doesn't make any sense to me.

I like to hear from some people who had a chance to read ID+C, and hear their thoughts on v4 ID+C.

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LEED Green Associate test in spanish

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LEED Green Associate test in spanish

January 30, 2014

Hello everyone,
A group of professionals in our office is planning to take the LEED Green Associate test but they have the doubt of whether to take it in english or spanish (we are from Chile). We would really appreciate the feedback from all those of you who took it in this language.
Thanks!

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wrong registration rating system for leed campus

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wrong registration rating system for leed campus

January 29, 2014

how to change the rating system for a leed campus resgistration

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