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Real Life LEED 2012-06-20 18:43:00
After a year and a half working at Harvard Green Building Services as the resident rookie, we have finally had some turnover and a full-time Senior Project Coordinator position has gone live today! I will certainly vouch that Harvard in general, and GBS specifically, is an amazing place to work, hence the fact that no one wanted to leave in almost …


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Real Life LEED 2011-01-10 22:42:00
You may have noticed Real Life LEED has taken a rather lengthy hiatus, and I feel like it probably time to fill you in. Since my last post I've left my position as a researcher at LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD., moved over a thousand miles from Charleston, SC to Cambridge, MA, and took a job as a High Performance Building Specialist in …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-18 18:29:00
Scott Horst, Senior VP of LEED for USGBC, kicked off this session with what is starting to feel like an obligatory mea culpa about the state of LEED-Online v3 when it was launched, but quickly moved on to say that the current state of the system is strong and that the major bugs have been worked out. The session was led …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-17 21:42:00
Though largely overshadowed in press by the hubbub around the Center for Green Schools launch, in my opinion the biggest news for practicing LEED APs is the relatively obscure technical development of a platform for third party companies to integrate directly with LEED-Online. The USGBC is calling it LEED Automation (official press release here), and it will hopefully result in an …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-17 20:09:00
This is a session review of the presentation from Amy Keller, M.Arch, EDAC and Anjali Joseph, Ph.D, EDAC, who are researchers with the Center for Health Design. Operating under a USGBC research grant, they have identified common metrics, developed a standard for collection, and then set out to develop industry benchmarks to establish a link between (surprise!) healthcare facility designs and …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-17 15:16:00
Well folks, Greenbuild is officially underway, as the opening plenary just wrapped up in McCormick Place! Not having been to Chicago since I was quite young, I'm already enamored with this city and can't wait to explore it over the course of this week. No photography inside the plenary, so enjoy a view of Lake Michigan instead! The Opening Plenary Right off the …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-17 04:59:00
I recently stumbled on the GBCI Announcements feed, and it's already led me to discover a few helpful tools that I wouldn't have otherwise known existed (CMP Wizard, anyone?) While some of the feed is the press release variety, many posts cover tools and updates to the documentation process to make it worth scanning at least once a month or so. They …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-05 15:08:00
Shortly after complaining about changes about new policy documentation from the GBCI, it occurred to me that the USGBC also published a much needed updated to their Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects (2010 AGMBC) that does a good job of clarifying how to document 'weird' site conditions. The previous 2005 edition did not have much guidance for …


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Real Life LEED 2010-11-04 13:40:00
Alert reader Eric Johnson of Gardiner & Theobald just pointed out that the latest edition of the LEED Certification Policy Manual (September 17, 2010 Release) has increased the period for which you must allow the GBCI access to utility data from a minimum of 5 years to at least 20 years: "It is the intent of GBCI to review ongoing project performance …


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Real Life LEED 2010-10-12 21:53:00
My good friend Stephen Del Percio over at the Green Real Estate Law Journal just broke the fact that perennial LEED critic Henry Gifford has filed a class action suit on behalf of "consumers, taxpayers, and building design and construction professionals" against the USGBC for:monopolization through fraud, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, false advertising, wire fraud, and unjust enrichment. Wow... A full copy of the filing is available …


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Real Life LEED 2010-10-05 21:42:00
I've been looking at LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) in some detail lately, as evidenced by posts examining the system's fees and also my first experience planning the certification process. While I'm starting to get a feel for the system, my efforts pale in comparison to the work of Brendon Slotterback over at NetDensity.net: Areas Meeting LEED ND Minimum Eligibility Requirements in …


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Real Life LEED 2010-09-30 22:30:00
So I took some time today to go ahead and lock in my sessions for Greenbuild 2010, and thought you might like some guidance on the bewildering array of choices available. Last year I know the popular sessions filled up, and there will be someone at the door scanning your badge so it's not like you can simply stroll in anyway. …


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Real Life LEED 2010-09-09 14:40:00
Today I was tasked with determining the implications that pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certification would have on current, preliminary plans for a roughly 100 acre mixed use development including a retail center, offices, and a mix of single- and multi-family residential. Though generally aware of LEED-ND this is the first time I've tried to apply the rating system to …


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Real Life LEED 2010-09-01 21:10:00
I just locked down my hotel/flight/ticket to Greenbuild 2010 in Chicago, IL, and I can't be more excited! I'll be posting about the best sessions to attend later, but in my searches for places to stay I noticed the options were getting more limited every day and I wanted to give you a heads up... Where to stay?Last year in Phoenix I …


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Real Life LEED 2010-08-24 14:42:00
Kaid Benfield over at the NRDC just posted about a video a colleague of his, Eliot Allen of Criterion Planners, created showing how a sustainable development he studied would be scored if it pursued LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND). The video does a great job of breaking complex calculations into a simple, easy to understand format that would be excellent to …


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Real Life LEED 2010-08-04 20:55:00
You may remember a post from February back where I noticed the USGBC reported a decline in membership on their Member Update newsletters. I noticed today that that membership has declined further, dropping to 16,380 from a peak of 20,000 reported in January 2010. It's worth noting that I've seen no indications that LEED registrations or personal accreditations are declining, and as …


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Real Life LEED 2010-07-23 14:54:00
Tristan Roberts of Environmental Building News* recently wrote an article about how the GBCI is shifting LEED reviews back to the GBCI in an effort to reign in "inconsistencies and poor service that have been frustrating to LEED project teams." I was more interested in a statistic cited later in the article, where GBCI President Peter Templeton "cited internal figures showing …


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Real Life LEED 2010-07-21 20:58:00
I had a few requests today at work for clarifications on LEED fees, presumably because they're a little hard to find or that they require 3-4 clicks to get to from the main website and my coworkers are lazy (just kidding... please don't fire me!) Perhaps an unfair picture for this post, but then again... As a result, I thought all you LEED …


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Real Life LEED 2010-07-20 21:30:00
A few years ago, Chad Ludeman and Nic Darling of Postgreen embarked on a journey "to build a LEED Platinum home for $100,000 in hard construction costs." Lucky for you, they not only succeeded but documented the entire process on their popular 100K House blog! Image credit: Posgreen While their blog covers topics beyond the original project and is definitely a recommended read …


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Real Life LEED 2010-07-15 14:41:00
Though the primary goal of RealLifeLEED is to better inform project managers and others involved in LEED documentation, every once in awhile I put up a rant about some topic that's bothering me in the hopes of bringing attention to something that needs to be fixed. Fortunately, it looks like the USGBC is listening, as yesterday I received a comment from …


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