The experience of watching the use and development of the LEED™ project implementation process has been an amazing thing to behold. Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc. (GHP Environmental + Architecture) has been a member of USGBC since 2001 back when LEED™ was largely an unknown acronym and commonly, yet incorrectly, pronounced with an errant ‘s’ on the end of it. At that time, there were only about ten LEED™ Accredited Professionals in the Middle Tennessee area and we all had that “deer-in-the-headlights” look about us wondering if this initiative was going to take hold. Something needed to be done as looming environmental threats became more publicized and we realized the adverse impact that the buildings we created made on the environment. There were others, and some colleagues, who challenged us with the assumption that LEED™ was just a fad. Well, fast forward to today and here we are with LEED certification quickly becoming the norm for validating sustainable design and while other forms of sustainable design validation exist, none have taken hold or are used to the extent of LEED™.
In 2009, GHP Environmental + Architecture was delighted to guide several projects to LEED™ Silver Certification. Of those, one was completed by way of the third-party LEED™ Facilitation process. This process establishes GHP Environmental + Architecture as the LEED™ facilitator for the project as a complement to the entire design team; meaning that your usual architectural and engineering design professionals are the respective professionals of record while GHP Environmental + Architecture spearheads all of the LEED™ administration. The actual list of services that can be handled by GHP Environmental + Architecture can be customized to the needs of your project and according to those necessary to complement the team, but can include any combination of the following:
Preliminary LEED™ Point Planning, Assessment, and Allocation
LEED™ Online Administration
LEED™ Online Template Input
Preparation of Energy Models – usually by a GHP Environmental + Architecture consultant
Fundamental, Enhanced, and/or Retro Commissioning
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing and Verification
Sustainable design not only makes a positive impact on public health and the environment, but it also reduces operating costs, enhances building and organizational marketability, increases occupant productivity, and helps create a sustainable community. GHP Environmental + Architecture is excited to utilize its LEED Accredited Professionals for many of our current and future projects.