The easiest and most tangible benefit when you're working on a LEED project and have a LEED AP is that you gain one bonus point, and every point can sometimes be worth thousands of dollars. That one bonus point helps an awful lot.
Another thing is with a LEED AP, you have more of a holistic design rather than every trade trying to do the best they can on their scope of work. Having a LEED AP is usually someone that kind of steps back and looks at the whole project. And usually, a LEED project is best if the LEED AP is the one that's kind of organizing or pushing everyone in the project, saying "All right, I need this documentation for this credit. I need this one for this credit."
A LEED certification is usually is a nice boost to the company's image. There are positive news headlines for those projects. Employees tend to have higher morale with it. The buildings usually have a higher resale value. With the LEED project, you just try to focus on the whole of the building. You try to take down the silos between the trades.
By Bill Swanson
Sr. Electrical Engineer
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