Supporting Advancement II

Discussion (9)

  1. KSUDrummer

    A firm only needs on LEED AP in the event a LEED project comes their way. Anybody can work on the project so long as there’s an AP overseeing and doing all the documentation. It’s a credential Ponzi scheme too.

    • SleepyArkitetk

      No, actually, LEED APs aren’t required for a LEED project. Anybody can work and upload to LEED online. LEED AP’s however, earn an extra point for being on the project

  2. Jenn

    But it looks good when you move on to a firm that does do LEED!

  3. ArchAddict

    You want Credentials that matter when you move on to another firm, Try AIA and CSI,

    LEED is such a waste of money.

  4. Tim D

    I’m a LEED AP and I’ve worked on 3 LEED Certified Projects in 4 years (all in the first year of receiving my credentials). We get asked about providing the services, but when the client learns of the cost, interest wanes quickly.

  5. E Architect

    LEED is 20 years old (starting in the summer of 1993) – Back then the inspiration for forming it sounded great, but over time it has devolved into a money making, product driven, credential heavy and overly arbitrary process that few clients want to entertain and a growing number of professionals are moving away from. The changes made in 2009 really made it clear that it has become mostly a source of revenue for the USGBC and how far it has drifted from the original intent.

    In 2007, fourteen years in, there were only 1000 LEED certified projects. Think about that…
    (source: USGBC, Green Source July+August 2013 & Letter from S. Richard Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair USGBC)

  6. Jim McDonald

    I have been a LEED AP since 2009 and achieved my BD+C in 2010. I have worked on a few LEED projects. The concept of LEED is great but I have been more interested in Energy Star lately because it goes beyond the initial construction and requires continued evaluation to make sure the building continues to perform as designed.

    In Ohio, schools are required to obtain LEED Silver or above certification. Also, my current firm does a lot of Federal Government and DOD work where LEED is a requirement as well.

    I agree LEED has become a money maker for USGBC and LEED Accreditation is becoming a money maker for GBCI but I do believe having the credentials help with the job search process.

  7. E Architect

    Jim I agree – between the two “systems” I would have to say that Energy Star is superior not only for the reasons you mention but it also it is much more systems based and deals with the interactions of the design decisions through the life of the project/building.

    I did my first Energy Star certified school in 2007 after reviewing the ES or LEED option and approach with the Client it was obvious that the Energy Star was better, more affordable and simply could substantiate its claims of responsible Architecture.

  8. Jeromy

    Don’t forget about ICC certifications! A certification in Commercial or Residential Energy Code is affordable and can be achieved by passing an open book test.