Why Build a LEED Team?
convictions aside, there is a strong business case for building green. For example, LEED-Silver certified condos in
Toronto were found to sell at 5.7% to 6.2% more than their non-certified
counterparts. For LEED-Gold certified buildings, condos sold at 12.2% to 14.9%
more. The University of Guelph
and the University of Maastricht found that green buildings provided "significantly
higher levels of tenant satisfaction, increased probability of lease renewals,
and decreased tenant rent concessions”. It’s true that Canadian
environmental sectors are growing and that more and more companies are
beginning to experience the benefits of building green. In order to stay
competitive, companies (like yours) are going to have to start incorporating
LEED principles into your projects.
In addition to being internationally
recognized, LEED is evolving to stay ahead of the game. The newest version of
the rating system, version 4, promotes cutting edge environmental design. LEED credentialed individuals are the most
qualified to work on these projects and CaGBC offers an array of courses to help
train and educate your staff. Keep
reading to learn how to build your own LEED team.
Who should be on the Team?
There are three LEED
credentials that people can obtain. First, there is the Green Associate
credential-this is the starting point for every LEED professional. The Green
Associate credential means, in brief, that this individual is familiar with
LEED concepts and principles. The Green Associate exam tests your knowledge on
the strategies that can contribute to LEED certification, as well as the LEED
structure and process.
Once an individual has
their Green Associate credential, they can challenge a second exam to become a
LEED Accredited Professional (AP) with Specialty. A LEED AP will choose between
5 specialties (listed here), and will write a more rigorous test on specific
credit requirements, referenced standards, and required calculations to achieve
The last LEED
credential is for the environmental stewards of our time. It is the LEED
Fellowship, and you must be nominated for your remarkable achievements in order
to qualify. You can read more about it here.
As a general rule, it
is always good to have a Green Associate and a few LEED APs on a project.
How do I Build a Team?
Build your own educated
LEED accredited team of professionals with CaGBC’s LEED v4 Education. Located
around the country, CaGBC Chapters hold events and workshops designed to help prepare you
for the Green Associate Exam, or to bring you up to speed on what’s new in
version 4. Don’t have the time to spend in class? Check out CaGBC’s webinars and on-demand courses. The Green
Associate Exam Prep Course and the Building
Design and Construction Exam Prep Course are both
online self-paced options designed to help you pass your Green Associate and
LEED AP exams respectively. If you’re already a LEED professional, there are a
number of courses that can help you stay current, like the Introduction to the Changes in LEED v4
Still have Questions?
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