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It’s a LEED/Hate relationship

Tommy Linstroth, LEED AP, Posted 08/01/2014

green badger, tech notes, metal architecture, leed documentation softwareI love LEED. I love what it has done for the building industry. I love what it has done for promoting green buildings and pushing them into everyday conversation. I love that LEED has given me exposure to some great thought leaders. I love that it has become a building block for further reaching programs such as Passive House and Living Building Challenge (neither of which would have gained traction without the popularity of LEED).

But after 10 years and five dozen projects I certified … I hate the documentation process. I hate that people cannot figure out what is required or not required. I hate that reviewers give me different comments on the same exact documentation on every project. I hate that project teams still think it costs an arm and a leg to achieve, and that everyone charges for that thought process accordingly. I hate that in the field, LEED often gets delegated to the lowest rung on the totem pole, often to people that are not equipped to manage the process. These well-intentioned folks can easily cost a project two to three points simply through lack of experience or understanding.

That's why I founded Green Badger. Designing a cutting-edge, net zero building is tough. I know! I could only get my house 50 percent off-grid, and I tried dang hard! Designing and building a LEED-certified building is easy. Documenting it should be straightforward and manageable, and Green Badger seeks to help project teams to just that. Should it be a cakewalk? No-earning LEED certification is well above what happens on every day construction projects-and there has to be rigorous quality control to ensure these buildings are really designed and built green. But there are better ways to do it.

Green Badger is a better way. We exist to create tools to ease the burden

and cost of LEED certification. Owners who want green buildings shouldn't get charged more to have someone prove they actually used the low-VOC paints that were specified.

And you know what? A lot of times what is specified is not what is used. No one deserves that. And that is what the Green Badger LEED Documentation App does. With Green Badger you:

  • Instantly verify VOC content from your phone or tablet in the field.
  • Reduce the head-banging and remove the paperwork.
  • Provide real-time updates to all team members of LEED construction credits.
  • Collaborate with team members around the room or around the world.
  • Manage all elements from phone or desktop with a finger swipe including:
    • Construction waste
    • Sustainable materials
    • Erosion control and indoor air quality reporting
    • VOC verification and tracking

We want buildings that are energy- and water efficient. We want buildings working towards net-positive. We want owners spending money on solar panels-not on paperwork. And we're working every day to try and make that happen. Go to www.getgreenbadger.com/tour to see a three-minute video of how simple, affordable and painless LEED construction documentation can really be.

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Tommy Linstroth, LEED AP, is the owner and founder of Trident Sustainability Group, Savannah, Ga., and founder and CEO of Green Badger. Trident Sustainability Group is a full-service sustainability and green building consulting firm dedicated to creating a more sustainable society for future generations. Linstroth is also the co-author of the book "Local Action: The New Paradigm in Climate Change Policy" and is a contributing author for "The Green Building Bottom Line." To learn more, visit www.tridentsustainability.com and www.getgreenbadger.com.

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