You can easily earn this point, simply by including a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) as an integral member of the project team. Since the LEED certification process relies on detailed understanding of LEED, having a LEED AP on board benefits the project and can save significant time and effort, while earning your project a point with this credit.
The LEED AP needs to be involved as a “principal participant” from the start of the project, according to the credit language.
The LEED AP credential program was overhauled in spring 2009. Anyone becoming a LEED AP before then is equally eligible to contribute to this credit.
One of the features of the new LEED AP system is “LEED AP+” specialties corresponding to the different LEED rating systems. For an EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems. project, a LEED AP O+M (for “operations and maintenance”) should have specific EBOM knowledge and project experience, and is probably worth seeking out.
A LEED Green Associate is a lower-tier credential compared to a LEED AP and will not earn the credit.
Becoming a LEED AP will lead to some costs related to exam preparation, the exam registration fee of several hundred dollars, and any training manuals or classes. However, unlike other credits that may require capital investments, these expenses may be considered normal professional development, and will benefit the project building in many ways as the individual applies their LEED and green building knowledge.
Identify if any integral member of the project team has obtained LEED Accredited Professional status.
While you are not required to prove that a LEED AP has been integral to the project team, a LEED AP should be significantly involved throughout the project.
A LEED-EBOM project team is generally made up of facility managers, property managers, engineers, owners reps, and members of environmental sustainability departments or committees. Some projects will also include commissioning agents or energy auditors, LEED consultants, and representatives from service contractors. Any of these individuals may be a LEED AP, or may find it worthwhile to become one.
Any type of LEED AP can qualify the project for this credit, but a LEED AP with a specialized operations and maintenance credential (LEED AP O+M) would be the ideal choice for a LEED-EBOM project.
A team member holding the LEED Green Associate credential would contribute to the project with background knowledge in green building, but this lower-tier credential does not qualify the project for this credit.
The LEED AP credential program was overhauled in spring 2009. Although the credential is now being administered very differently, anyone becoming a LEED AP before then is equally eligible to contribute to this credit.
A LEED Accredited Professional who has worked on LEED-EBOM projects will be more effective than one who has worked on projects under the older LEED-EB rating system or on no projects at all.
If project team does not include a LEED AP, consider hiring a LEED AP to assist with the project, or asking one or more team members to become LEED APs. The LEED AP credential should be earned prior to the start of the project. Doing so ensures that person’s availability in assisting with planning before the start of the performance period.
Becoming a LEED AP will lead to some costs related to exam preparation, the exam registration fee of several hundred dollars, and any training manuals or classes. However, unlike other credits that may require capital investments, these expenses may be considered normal professional development, and will benefit the project building in many ways as the individual applies that green building knowledge.
There is no formal training required to pass the exam and become a LEED AP. The cost of exam preparation can be reduced through independent studying and use of free information on green building.
Provide a scanned copy of the LEED AP certificate, confirming the LEED AP status of a project team member.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
To support and encourage the operations, maintenance, upgrade and project team integration
required by LEED to streamline the application and certification process.
At least 1 principal participant of the project team shall be a LEED Accredited Professional (AP).
Engage a LEED AP within the organization.
Have someone in your organization study the LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Rating System and LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Operations & Maintenance, 2009 Edition and successfully complete the LEED Professional Accreditation exam.
Hire a LEED AP to support the project. Consider selecting a LEED AP experienced with sustainable best practices in the operations and maintenance of existing buildings.
GBCI is the organization running the LEED credentialing programs, and provides information on obtaining LEED AP+ designation, including test registration.
I am currently working on a project in conjunction with my MBA studies regarding LEED EB certification. It has been determined that if the company we are working with decides to move forward they would require a LEED AP consultant. I am curious how many hours on average are required to help an organization achieve LEED status? Also, does anyone know or have estimates of what the hourly rate would be or any other fees that the organization may incur? Some background information on the project. It will be a LEED EB, distribution center, 340,000 sq. ft. and currently only has 4 prerequisites, 4 credits and an ENERGY STAR score of 52. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Rodney, it's fine to ask, but I very much doubt you will get many quantitative answers to this post. The detail is helpful but there is a lot more needed to know what it would take to achieve EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating sytems.. Every consultant has their own approach and fee structure, and it depends a lot on the organization and their approach, etc. Fees are easy—see the LEED certification fees on GBCI.org. There is a lot of information on this website on what it takes to approach each credit, and cost tips.
I have the fees from GBCI.org, but thanks. I figured I wouldn't get much of an answer. I have reached out to a number of consultants with no real answer. The only thing I have found is a White Paper by the Leonardo Academy of 13 surveyed LEED EB buildings.
The IOc2 form has no place to upload a scanned copy of the certificate do you happen to know where you would upload the scanned copy of the certificate?
Rachael, I don't see a place to upload this, either. I guess that means they don't expect to see the certificate. I would just make sure that the person selected as the LEED AP appears in GBCI's online directory.
Rachael and Tristan, it's possible to upload the certificate: in the scorecard page on leedonline you have to press the botton at the top page "your account" and at the page "update personal information" at the title "Leed Accredited Professional information" you can upload the Leed AP Certificate.
In the reference guide it states on the bottom of page 474 to track the LEED AP's role and participation in the project design and developent process. I don't see anywhere on LEED Online where I could upload any tracking documentation.
There is not always a one-to-one match between what is required and what you have to document. If they don't ask for this, you don't have to provide it.
I'm wondering if USGBC/GBCI would require me to be a LEED O+M AP in addition to being a LEED BD+C AP. Has anyone not earned this credit because they weren't a LEED O+M specialty?
Kelly, as it's stated in the Checklists section just above:
"Any type of LEED AP can qualify the project for this credit, but a LEED AP with a specialized operations and maintenance credential (LEED AP O+M) would be the ideal choice for a LEED-EBOM project."
In other words, you don't have to have the specialty to earn the credit.
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