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Six Things LEED Consultants Do Wrong in Specs

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 04, 2012 09:57 AM
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by Tristan Roberts last modified Jun 01, 2012

Author name:  Mark Kalin, FAIA FCSI LEED BD+C Blog Category:  Mister Tristan Talks LEED GreenSpec Insights Mark Kalin   LEED consultants are paid to lend their expertise to achieve a project’s LEED certification goals. Their decisions focus on achieving credits and their participation is absolutely vital to the project, but some can actually work against the project's sustainability goals. Here are the top six problems I see. #1 Discouraging bidding by specifying unrealistic LEED requirements When a specification requires a regional source, a recycled content percentage, and certain certifications for a product, the specifier has to be certain that conforming products exist. On a recent project, the only bidder for the doors couldn’t actually meet all the requirements and put in a premium price. Other bidders declined to bid citing the requirements of the specifications. The worst outcome was a project that decided to abandon certification because of unnecessary requirements in the specifications that pushed the project over budget. read more






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