Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification

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LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser BuildingGreen, Inc. Oct 15 2012 LEEDuser Moderator Post a Comment

Are you involved in a LEED Volume Program project? LEEDuser has opened up this forum as a dedicated place to post your questions and comments on this process. Please post below!

What is LEED Volume? Here's a key quote from the USGBC LEED Volume webpage:

"The LEED Volume Program streamlines the certification process for multiple buildings of a similar type. For organizations planning to certify a large number of new construction projects, the LEED Volume Program simplifies LEED documentation and speeds up the process. The volume program is available for both new construction and existing buildings seeking certification of their operations and maintenance."

 

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robert lohr Sr. Director of Construction DSW, Inc.
Jul 22 2016
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Anyone who can help,

I am currently working on a LEED v2009 Retail: Commercial Interiors Volume Project and am wondering how often I need to be citing the work done druring the pre-design phase, design development etc.

Everything about the project is fairly cut and dry, once the prototypes are finalized and approved it is all about "fitting" them into the spaces we are leasing..

Is there a way to eliminate repetitive or redundant work and still provide the necessary documentation, checklists etc.

Any and all feedback/guidance is greatly appreciated

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Stefanie Young Director, Technical Solutions, USGBC May 05 2017 LEEDuser Member 188 Thumbs Up

Hi Robert,

I know we touched on this when connecting through other channels, but for others to reference, the amount of documentation and validation needed at the project level is dependent on the amount of uniformity and management controls identified in the owner's prototype. It is also dependent on the amount of standardization and alignment with LEED requirements that are built into the design specs, construction policies, vendor contracts, etc. The more commonality and control an owner has in ensuring the requirements will be consistently met, the more opportunity to reduce and streamline the documentation on an ongoing basis.

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April Rice Sustainability Director RDG Planning & Design
Sep 15 2014
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25 projects?

Do you have to have a minimum of 25 projects involved in your portfolio to utilize the Volume program?

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Stefanie Young Director, Technical Solutions, USGBC May 05 2017 LEEDuser Member 188 Thumbs Up

Hi April,

We find that the best metric for success in the LEED Volume program is for owners who are certifying approximately 25 projects in a 3-5 year timeframe. Owners that have a somewhat lower set of projects to certify are still eligible but we'll want to ensure other program goals and objectives can be met. Owners that have a much lower set of projects are still encouraged to reach out to USGBC so we can find other opportunities for streamlining and working more closely with your team. Please contact us via your USGBC Account Manager or http://www.usgbc.org/contactus

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Marco Abdallah
May 29 2014
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LEED VOLUME for Core & Shell in v4 available?

Hi,
we are going to certify a businesspark consisting 30 buildings of the same type under LEED C&S in v4. Therefore the volume program seems to be very applicable.

However USGBC states on http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/volume that it is only available for NC, CI, RN, etc. but not for CS.
Is this information still valid, especially for v4?
What is the reason to exclude CS?

Thanks ind advance.

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Melissa Gallagher-Rogers Director, Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council Jun 04 2014 LEEDuser Member 148 Thumbs Up

Marco,

There is flexibility in the LEED Volume certification program to find customized solutions. We'd be happy to follow up with you directly to determine if the LEED Volume certification can work for your project. Please send a note to volume@usgbc.org and let me know how to reach you so that we can talk further.

Thanks!

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Grace Ming Senior ESD Consultant
Sep 04 2013
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Some questions on LEED volume program

I need some advice on the LEED volume certification program.
1) In the LEED volume program, we can include projects from different locations (even outside US) owned and managed by the same organization. Am I right to say that?
2) Do we need to achieve the same level of LEED certification (as per pre-certified Prototype) for all 25 project registered for LEED volume? Or can we have different certification levels since some projects may be eligible to score some credits depending on the project locations.

Appreciate your advice.

Thanks much,
Grace

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Micah Silvey USGBC/GBCI Jan 09 2014 LEEDuser Member 39 Thumbs Up

Hello Grace,

Our apologies for not responding to this post earlier on, but I think I can answer your two questions above.

1) Yes, you can include projects from different locations (even outside the US) provided that the projects fall within the limits of uniformity (design and/or management) that you’ve set up within your prototype.

2) No, not all projects need to achieve the same level of precertification that the Prototype does. The Prototype should theoretically represent the maximum certification level for a given project (a menu of available credits), but individual projects don’t have to use all the available credits if they don’t apply.

Thanks, hope that helps!

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Grace Ming Senior ESD Consultant
Sep 04 2013
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LEED Volume Program - Submittal Guidance

Hello all,

I am looking for the following documents regarding the LEED Volume certification:
1) LEED Volume Program: Submittal Guidance for Design and
Construction
2) LEED Volume Program: Submittal Guidance for Existing Building: Operation & Maintenance.

Appreciate your advice. Thank you.

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Katie Peterschmidt Associate Director, CORE Steward, Cooper Carry Jul 17 2014 LEEDuser Member 259 Thumbs Up

I am also looking for the LEED Volume Program Submittal Guidance for Design and Construction. This info sheet's links do not work:
http://www.usgbc.org/Docs/Archive/General/Docs8024.pdf
I get: "The requested page could not be found. " or my browser crashes.

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Ashley Catlett USGBC/GBCI Jul 30 2014 LEEDuser Member 32 Thumbs Up

Hi Grace and Katie,

Project teams and portfolio Owners interested in pursuing LEED Volume Certification may utilize the contact us page at http://www.usgbc.org/contact to set up a call directly with our team to discuss the program guidance documents and program admission requirements. Katie, given that you've cited interest here, I will email the program guidance documents and next steps at the email address we have recorded for you. Grace, please use the contact form to relay your current email address and we'd be happy to send the program documents to you directly as well.

Hope this helps!

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Kuntal Thakkar ECSG Oct 09 2014 Guest 121 Thumbs Up

Ashley. If you would be so kind. I am looking for the LEED Volume Program: Submittal Guidance for Operations and Maintenance doc as well.
Thank you

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Ashley Catlett USGBC/GBCI Oct 13 2014 LEEDuser Member 32 Thumbs Up

Hi Kuntal,

We would be happy to send you the LEED Volume Submittal Guidance for Operations and Maintenance. Please send us an email directly at http://www.usgbc.org/contact as it does not appear that USGBC has an active email address for you on record. If you have any other questions regarding Volume certification or would like to set up a call with our team, please feel free to let us know in your email.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Michelle Cottrell President, Design Management Services Jun 18 2015 LEEDuser Member 1084 Thumbs Up

Hi Ashley- I'm also looking for the LEED Volume Program: Submittal Guidance for Design and Construction document. I put in a request 2 days ago and have not received anything. I tried calling the 800 number and unfortunately they do not have access to the document. As you can tell I am very eager to receive some more literature about the Volume program to help kick start the effort with a very interested client. I am hoping this document will provide us with the information we are looking for in order to understand the process better. Your assistance is greatly appreciated!

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