NC-2009 IPpc81: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers

  • Deploy green construction practices in the field

    The intent of this pilot credit is to support and encourage the knowledge and understanding of green construction practices by those implementing design in the field. In this way the benefits and goals of green building, currently often unknowable by just reading construction documents, will be clearer to the construction team, and more easily, and completely, implemented throughout the construction of the project.
    Requirements

    To meet the requirements of this pilot credit, employ contractors, subcontractors, & building trades who are certificate holders under a qualified green building training program prior to the commencement of the work of the individual’s trade on the project.

  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations

    IP Pilot Credit 81: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers

    Intent

    To support and encourage the knowledge and understanding of green construction practices by those implementing design in the field. In this way the benefits and goals of green building, currently often unknowable by just reading construction documents, will be clearer to the construction team, and more easily, and completely, implemented throughout the construction of the project.

    Requirements

    To meet the requirements of this pilot credit, project teams must use a qualifying training program. Complete the application here. Qualifying programs and program requirements are listed on the Resources tab.

    Employ contractors, subcontractors, & building trades who are certificate holders under a qualified green building training program prior to the commencement of the work of the individual’s trade on the project. The minimum percentage of certificate holders is as follows:

    • Option 1: 30% Contractor. At least 30% of contractor and subcontractor management personnel working on the project are certificate holders.
    • Option 2: 15% Contractors & 15% Trades. At least 15% of contractor and subcontractor management personnel and 15% of tradespeople working on the project are certificate holders.
    Qualifying Contractors, Subcontractors, and Building Trades

    Only personnel working the following minimum number of workdays on the project are qualifying contractor, subcontractor, or building trades who may count towards achievement of this credit:

    • For projects under 50,000 square feet, worked a minimum of 1 work day on the project
    • For projects 50,000 square feet or over, worked a minimum of 5 work days

    Contractor Personnel:

    • Contractor
    • Construction Manager, including Project Executive
    • Project Manager
    • Project Engineer
    • Quality Control Manager
    • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) Coordinator
    • Superintendent
    • Assistant Superintendent
    • General Foreperson
    • Estimator

    Subcontractor Personnel:

    • Project Manager
    • Superintendent
    • Project Engineer
    • Quality Control Manager
    • Trade Foreperson
    • Estimator

    Building Trades Personnel:

    • Bricklayers (includes tile marble and terrazzo)
    • Boilermakers
    • Carpenters
    • Electrical Workers
    • Elevator Constructors
    • Heat and Frost Insulators
    • Iron Workers (includes structural, ornamental, derrick and riggers, metal lathers)
    • Laborers (includes helpers, mason tenders, building and excavation, asbestos and lead abatement, concrete)
    • Operating Engineers
    • Plasterers and Cement Masons
    • Plumbers and Steamfitters
    • Painters and Allied Trades (includes glaziers, drywall tapers, paper hangers and decorators, bridge and steel painters)
    • Roofers and Waterproofers
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Teamsters
    • General Pilot Documentation Requirements

      Register for the pilot credit

      Credits 1-14

      Credits 15-27

      Credits 28-42

      Credits 43-56

      Credits 57-67

      Credits 68-82

      Credits 83-103

      Credit specific
      • Identify the Green Building Training Program(s).
      • Identify whether the project is under 50,000 square feet or 50,000 feet and larger, demonstrated by construction drawings, tax records, deed or government-issued documentation.
      • Provide verification of any claimed training through copies of certificates or wallet cards or a report from the training body. *Note: Training for mechanical trades, electricians and plumbers must include a trade-specific certificate.
      To apply for 30% Contractor (Option 1):
      1. Complete the template below. Identify all qualifying contractor and subcontractor personnel. Indicate which of those personnel are also certificate holders and identify their certificate(s). The titles of the contractor and subcontractor personnel listed in the template should correspond with those identified in the list of qualifying contractor and subcontractor personnel in the credit.
      2. Provide notarized payroll reports as follows, demonstrating the names and total number of qualifying contractor and subcontractor personnel:
        1. A report that identifies all qualifying contractor personnel provided by the general contractor or an accountant representing the general contractor.
        2. A report that identifies all qualifying subcontractor personnel provided by each subcontractor or an accountant representing the subcontractor.
      To apply for 15% Contractors & 15% Trades (Option 2):
      1. Complete the template below. Identify all qualifying building trades. Indicate which of those trade personnel are also certificate holders and identify their certificate(s). The titles of “Building Trades” listed in the template (for example, “Plumber” or “Electrician”) should correspond with those identified in the list of Building Trades Personnel in the credit.
      2. Provide a notarized payroll report from each subcontractor or an accountant representing the subcontractor that identifies the number and names of all qualifying Building Trades.
      Additional questions
      1. What other quality programs are not on the list that you would recommend adding?
      2. Which option did you choose and why?
      3. About how many different contractor organization did you work with on the project?
  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations

    IP Pilot Credit 81: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers

    Intent

    To support and encourage the knowledge and understanding of green construction practices by those implementing design in the field. In this way the benefits and goals of green building, currently often unknowable by just reading construction documents, will be clearer to the construction team, and more easily, and completely, implemented throughout the construction of the project.

    Requirements

    To meet the requirements of this pilot credit, project teams must use a qualifying training program. Complete the application here. Qualifying programs and program requirements are listed on the Resources tab.

    Employ contractors, subcontractors, & building trades who are certificate holders under a qualified green building training program prior to the commencement of the work of the individual’s trade on the project. The minimum percentage of certificate holders is as follows:

    • Option 1: 30% Contractor. At least 30% of contractor and subcontractor management personnel working on the project are certificate holders.
    • Option 2: 15% Contractors & 15% Trades. At least 15% of contractor and subcontractor management personnel and 15% of tradespeople working on the project are certificate holders.
    Qualifying Contractors, Subcontractors, and Building Trades

    Only personnel working the following minimum number of workdays on the project are qualifying contractor, subcontractor, or building trades who may count towards achievement of this credit:

    • For projects under 50,000 square feet, worked a minimum of 1 work day on the project
    • For projects 50,000 square feet or over, worked a minimum of 5 work days

    Contractor Personnel:

    • Contractor
    • Construction Manager, including Project Executive
    • Project Manager
    • Project Engineer
    • Quality Control Manager
    • Mechanical/Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) Coordinator
    • Superintendent
    • Assistant Superintendent
    • General Foreperson
    • Estimator

    Subcontractor Personnel:

    • Project Manager
    • Superintendent
    • Project Engineer
    • Quality Control Manager
    • Trade Foreperson
    • Estimator

    Building Trades Personnel:

    • Bricklayers (includes tile marble and terrazzo)
    • Boilermakers
    • Carpenters
    • Electrical Workers
    • Elevator Constructors
    • Heat and Frost Insulators
    • Iron Workers (includes structural, ornamental, derrick and riggers, metal lathers)
    • Laborers (includes helpers, mason tenders, building and excavation, asbestos and lead abatement, concrete)
    • Operating Engineers
    • Plasterers and Cement Masons
    • Plumbers and Steamfitters
    • Painters and Allied Trades (includes glaziers, drywall tapers, paper hangers and decorators, bridge and steel painters)
    • Roofers and Waterproofers
    • Sheet Metal Workers
    • Teamsters
    • General Pilot Documentation Requirements

      Register for the pilot credit

      Credits 1-14

      Credits 15-27

      Credits 28-42

      Credits 43-56

      Credits 57-67

      Credits 68-82

      Credits 83-103

      Credit specific
      • Identify the Green Building Training Program(s).
      • Identify whether the project is under 50,000 square feet or 50,000 feet and larger, demonstrated by construction drawings, tax records, deed or government-issued documentation.
      • Provide verification of any claimed training through copies of certificates or wallet cards or a report from the training body. *Note: Training for mechanical trades, electricians and plumbers must include a trade-specific certificate.
      To apply for 30% Contractor (Option 1):
      1. Complete the template below. Identify all qualifying contractor and subcontractor personnel. Indicate which of those personnel are also certificate holders and identify their certificate(s). The titles of the contractor and subcontractor personnel listed in the template should correspond with those identified in the list of qualifying contractor and subcontractor personnel in the credit.
      2. Provide notarized payroll reports as follows, demonstrating the names and total number of qualifying contractor and subcontractor personnel:
        1. A report that identifies all qualifying contractor personnel provided by the general contractor or an accountant representing the general contractor.
        2. A report that identifies all qualifying subcontractor personnel provided by each subcontractor or an accountant representing the subcontractor.
      To apply for 15% Contractors & 15% Trades (Option 2):
      1. Complete the template below. Identify all qualifying building trades. Indicate which of those trade personnel are also certificate holders and identify their certificate(s). The titles of “Building Trades” listed in the template (for example, “Plumber” or “Electrician”) should correspond with those identified in the list of Building Trades Personnel in the credit.
      2. Provide a notarized payroll report from each subcontractor or an accountant representing the subcontractor that identifies the number and names of all qualifying Building Trades.
      Additional questions
      1. What other quality programs are not on the list that you would recommend adding?
      2. Which option did you choose and why?
      3. About how many different contractor organization did you work with on the project?

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Patricia Lloyd Sustainability Manager Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Feb 15 2017
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Achieving Same Pilot Credit Twice?

Project Location: United States

Is it acceptable to attempt the same pilot credit on more than one project? For instance, I achieved PC81 on one project. I was wondering if it is acceptable to attempt it on another project? Would I be able to achieve it using the exact same situations as before - for instance no one would give up their payroll records (showing time, pay rate, etc) for this credit. Would I be able to achieve it again without payroll records?

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Feb 15 2017 LEEDuser Expert 5715 Thumbs Up

Hi Patricia, you can absolutely attempt the same pilot credit on multiple projects. I'm not sure about the specifics related to PC81 that you've mentioned, but it should be okay if GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). accepted it on another project.

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Patricia Lloyd Sustainability Manager Leopardo Companies, Inc.
Aug 04 2015
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PC 81 - Clarifications

Project Location: United States

Our project just completed the pilot credit for this on an interiors project. Will be interested to see the GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). review on it. Because the project was a short, phased project, with a small field staff we had a hard time identifying people who would actually qualify under the 30% Contractor and Subcontractor Management criteria. Other than the general contractor there were no trades that were on the job from the beginning to the end - each came in at their time in the schedule and did their work. I felt like the management criteria was important to the five days a week on job requirement- as for each trade there was no one more consistently on the project than the foreman or superintendent of each trade.

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Tiffany King
Jun 30 2015
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Does the 5 days/week requirement apply for the project duration?

In the calculations for >50,000 SF project, it says you have to count all personal that work a minimum of 5 days/week on the project. Do those individuals have to work 5 days/week through the duration of the entire project, or just their scope of work? For example: do I have to include the steel erection foreman in the calculation because he works every day for the first 5 months of a 16 month project? Or do I exclude him from the calculation since he is only on site for 5 of the 16 months? Thanks!

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Sep 21 2015 LEEDuser Expert 5715 Thumbs Up

Hi Tiffany, I'm not 100% sure but my best guess is that you'd consider people based on the time that they're involved with the project.

But it would be great if someone else can chime in that's more familiar with this pilot credit than me!

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Asa Posner Senior Sustainability Consultant Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
Jan 25 2015
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Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?

Project Location: United States

Having worked for a green building educational non-profit and now working for a green building educational (for-profit) company that also provides LEED administration and consulting.... I see many similarities in the work of both organizations -- including -- free educational resources, being good stewards of the community, etc.

This pilot credit seems perfect for the current organization in which I'm working for.... with the only exception being classification as profit instead of not-for-profit.

Any insight / advice on our potential application would be appreciated!

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jan 25 2015 LEEDuser Expert 5715 Thumbs Up

Hi Asa, the first requirement for the Green Building Training Program is that it "is developed and maintained by a not-for-profit organization...." (http://www.usgbc.org/node/2737915?view=resources), so I think for-profit orgs are out of luck here.

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Ellen Honigstock Director, Construction Education, Urban Green Council Jan 25 2015 Guest 39 Thumbs Up

Hi Asa and Trista,

The non-profit requirement is only for the organization that develops the green building curriculum being taught.

Any organization can apply for the pilot credit by delivering a qualifying curriculum. At the moment, the only qualifying program is GPRO (www.gpro.org), developed by Urban Green Council.

I'd be happy tell you more about the program and connect you with a GPRO Delivery Partner if you like.

Ellen
917-806-0331
eh@urbangreencouncil.org

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jan 25 2015 LEEDuser Expert 5715 Thumbs Up

Thanks for chiming in Ellen!

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Asa Posner Senior Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Investment Group (SIG) Jan 26 2015 LEEDuser Member 1372 Thumbs Up

Thanks. I will reach out, Ellen. I'll send an email and copy a person or two in our company. Appreciate the feedback~

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Abena Darden Project Director Thornton Tomasetti / Sustainability
Apr 29 2014
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Pest Control During Construction

I seem to remember coming across a credit similar to the clean construction pilot credit, but geared to specific environmentally benign pest control measures practiced during construction. This would be distinct from the typically-used ID (and EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.-related) credit geared to post-occupancy IPMIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) is an eco-system-based pest management strategy that relies on natural pest control strategies to achieve long-term prevention of only the target organisms. (IPM uses pesticides as a last resort.). Has anyone run across this before? I now can't locate it. Thanks. (PS wasn't sure where to post this question.)

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Ara Massey Sustainability Director Hord Coplan Macht
Aug 13 2013
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Does LEED AP/GA Count?

If the Qualifying Contractors, Subcontractors, and Building Trades have passed the LEED AP or GA test does that meet the requiremetns of this Pilot Credit?

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Candace Small Architect, VOA Aug 20 2013 Guest 261 Thumbs Up

I worked on a project that submitted for 30% of subcontractors to be Green Advantage Certified. The comment from GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). was all personal, including the general contractor or construction manager also needed to be included in the calculations... so keep that in mind!

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Ellen Honigstock Director, Construction Education, Urban Green Council Sep 19 2013 Guest 39 Thumbs Up

Hello,

This credit is designed for the contractors and operators, so the green building training program needs to be geared to that community. GPRO (developed by Urban Green Council) is the first such green building training program to qualify.

You can see more information here: http://gpro.org/gpro-qualifies-for-leed-pilot-credit-81/

Ellen Honigstock
Director of Construction Education
Urban Green Council

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Heather DeGrella Sustainability Design Leader, Opsis Architecture Feb 03 2014 LEEDuser Member 1894 Thumbs Up

The USGBC website says they provide a list of qualifying programs on their resource tab, but I don't find it there. http://www.usgbc.org/node/2737915?return=/pilotcredits
Has anyone else located it?

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Batya Metalitz Technical Director, LEED, USGBC Mar 07 2014 LEEDuser Expert 3854 Thumbs Up

Hi Heather -

The list of qualifying programs can be found on the resources tab: http://www.usgbc.org/node/2737915?view=resources in the blue box at the top

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Heather DeGrella Sustainability Design Leader, Opsis Architecture Mar 19 2014 LEEDuser Member 1894 Thumbs Up

Thanks Batya!

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