It’s a LEED/Hate relationship
I 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
- Instantly verify VOC content from your phone or tablet in the
- Reduce the head-banging and remove the paperwork.
- Provide real-time updates to all team members of LEED
- Collaborate with team members around the room or around the
- Manage all elements from phone or desktop with a finger swipe
- 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.
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.