USGBC's Live with LEED Fellows webcast series continued last month with a discussion of building the right project team for LEED projects. If you missed the live webcast, you can now view a recording of the event, along with bonus resources.
Once again, we received more questions that we could cover in 30 minutes. As a bonus, our lineup of LEED Fellows answered a few more questions that were submitted during the webcast.
Questions for LEED Fellows
"What is most important to pay attention to, in leading the project process, to promote harmony among the project team members and improve collective effectiveness?
- Matt Grace: The single most important aspect to pay attention to is a clear statement of sustainability intent and process; the second is having that 'LEED champion' to dive the bus. For a LEED project, let’s have the whole team really clear on why the project is pursuing LEED. Is it mandated? Are certain credits mandated? Is the client interested in certain elements of LEED more than others? Is LEED for market advantage? If so, what is the value of that to the client? The next layer is to understand how the client wishes to evaluate sustainable design options. Is it payback period, or healthy tenant features or design features that attract attention for green credentials?
"How do you make the case for an integrative design approach on a project?”
- Kristen Callori: We spend about 30 percent of our effort in the early design phase working with the A/E team to advise on decisions that support healthy, high-performing, cost-effective, site-appropriate buildings. This early effort sets the stage for successful LEED certification. This early stage contribution carries the most leverage, when changes are easy to implement and integrate into the overall programmatic response. If sustainability is a fundamental component of the project design, it cannot be value-engineered out later.
- Matt Grace: Sustainability touches on every aspect of a project. Sustainable design is integrated into every decision and process; therefore, a project needs an integrative approach to fully understand the design implications and interactions of each sustainable design measure being considered.
"How do you assemble an integrative team when locked into the process of design, bid, build?"
- Steven Guttmann: Team members enter and exit a project at different times. At any given moment, an integrative team allows for members to be integrated. This requires a process for informing new members about team expectations and norms. There is nothing about the delivery method of the project that should make this process easier or harder, just different.
- Matt Grace: Establish the sustainable design goals early, make them simple, make them clear and repeat them often. State how the client and the project team should go about meeting this, and integrate and get the opinions of the new team members as they join.
The value of an integrative process in LEED
Our next Live with LEED Fellows session will focus on the value of an integrative process in LEED. The live webcast will be on Monday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. ET. Earn 0.5 CE hours and hear from our next lineup of LEED Fellows: Peter Doo, Lisa Matthiessen, and Ralph Bicknese.