5 types of people you want on your LEED project team
The journey to achieving LEED certification—at any level—begins and ends with a team. Assembling a strong LEED project team is crucial to the project’s success and it’s important to be as inclusive as possible from the start.
That begins with applying an integrative design process, which takes a collaborative approach to building by including key stakeholders in different disciplines and backgrounds from inception to completion. LEED v4 places a renewed importance on the integrated design process by awarding projects for using it. While there's no one-size-fits-all model to forming a fruitful team, having these types of people will be a huge asset in the certification process:
1. The Believer
An out of the box thinker, they love coming up with ideas to make the LEED project exceptional. Anything is possible. They want to push the envelope, and innovate as much as they can. No matter what, the Believer does not lose hope, so if obstacles arise or the group looses momentum they motivate the team to never give up.
2. The Pragmatist
All projects come with their own set of constraints and the pragmatist understands this best. A helpful balance to the Believer, they take a realistic approach. Their ideas and opinions are grounded in real world concerns, like the bottom line.
3. The Expert
These are the subject matter experts. They have a wealth of LEED project experience, and are a resource to everyone. They are innovators in their own, right providing insight on how to mitigate potential cost premiums. The experts educate the team on best practices.
4. The Doer
Every LEED project comes with a to-do list that stretches across multiple disciplines. Detail-oriented, enjoys the documentation and certification process; these attributes come naturally to the Doer. The Doer finds pleasure in crossing items off the list and as they leave no stone unturned they play an invaluable role in quality control.
5. The Diplomat
Collaborator-in-chief, they get everyone to work together. If differing opinions become a hindrance to the project the diplomat helps smooth out issues. They allow others to see the importance of jointly working towards one common goal.
Just as one person may fill several roles (Architect, Designer, and LEED Project Administrator), one person may have several traits (the believer, the expert, the diplomat). Ultimately the strength, and thereby success, of a LEED project team comes from the collaboration of its entire membership. As Helen Keller once said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”