January 27, 2011
Some years ago when the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Building Certification Institute was in its infancy we explored the idea of getting involved w/ LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) accreditation. After wading through hours of electronic “paperwork” we came to the conclusion that LEED was just another organization using sustainable living as a platform to make money. It certainly didn’t teach us anything new. Nor would it affect the way we live or manage our business. Sustainable design and construction in fact isn’t a way of doing business for us. It is who we are.
Since that time LEED and the US Green Building Council has garnered a lot of clout. We still may question the “nobility” of the organization but we are being won over by a certain valuable asset that comes with LEED credentials. That largely being notoriety. Not long ago explaining our design choices, operating procedures, our choice and use of materials to future clients, friends, family and social acquaintances often resulted in bored or confused stares. The general public is much more aware and invested in the value of sustainable living today.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has done a good job of spreading the word. By being a LEED Professional we would be able to demonstrate to a broader public that sustainable living is indeed a valuable component of our business. We are proceeding with the process of having our first project certified and are moving toward becoming accredited as a professional. Stay tuned!