Frequently Asked Questions

We are well into Design Development—is it too late to attempt LEED certification?

Green Living, LLC (GL) will run a feasibility report.  This is done by reviewing current drawings and site location to determine the project’s viability. We analyze each potential credit to determine whether it is secure or to determine its feasibility by cost. This analysis includes next steps to be taken by design team members to pinpoint the degree of ease or difficulty in attaining each credit, thus proving what level of certification, if any, can be achieved within budget.

What is the cost of getting a project LEED certified?

Our clients’ experience has been 0.25% of construction budget to attain LEED Silver.

Fees for LEED Project Management services vary depending on the complexity of the project, LEED certification level targeted, size of the project, and the scope required during the certification process.

Can the prerequisite of Fundamental Commissioning slow the construction process?

That is not our experience, as we generally perform the commissioning, with the commissioning agent and the LEED project manager.

How long does it take after submission to receive LEED certification?

The Green Building Institute (GBCI) estimates 25 business days for the first review, allowing for an additional one month response time and 15 business days for the final review. However, with complete and accurate documentation, a review can be completed in as little as 25 business days.

How many of GL’s projects have reached their attempted LEED certification level?


What is the most cost-effective way to design an energy-efficient building?

The energy performance of any building is governed by the uses of electricity/fuel to run various building systems such as lighting, equipment, hot water, ventilation, and HVAC to address the basic needs and comfort of building occupants. Thus, the most efficient way to design an energy-efficient system is through optimizing its component energy building systems, which can be evaluated through the use of an energy model. The use of energy modeling in the early design phase helps to assess the relative energy efficiency of possible design alternatives using parametric runs, and gives the design team an understanding of the most cost-effective measures for achieving greater energy efficiency. The resultant building will include a combination of climate-appropriate measures working in synergy to ensure occupant comfort and health.

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