I am a Electrical Contractor, is there any information that LEED can offer me, to be competent on the going green campaign with respect to electrical. -Rodger
All projects ranging from commercial plants, hospitals, schools and government buildings are now starting to require LEED certification in many states. I know from personal experience in retrofitting an existing building we used a wiring method to reduce the lighting capacity when the developer purchased lighting material that did not meet the minimum requirements of LEED certification and thus we turned a bad situation into a better one. By wiring zones/controls/motion sensors, we overcame the multiple point loss that jeopardized the minimum energy requirements of becoming a LEED certified building.
The other advantage of your LEED accreditation (certification is for buildings) is that your participation on a newly registered project would provide your developer with an automatic point and for a newly registered project you need to be having someone under the new system to become a LEED AP specialty. Many people that did not apply for the free LEED AP upgrade have opted to become a LEED AP legacy because they skipped the free upgrade. They will need to retake the LEED AP exam to add specialties or hire someone onto the project with a LEED AP under the new specialty.
That means your certification would be more valuable if you get one for the specific type of building or project you work on. The requirement for the LEED exam is experience on any LEED project. We offer our LEED Experience Program to help you understand the complete process. You are required by us to contribute to 3 credits. Your electrical experience would be an easy fit considering each project has multiple energy questions. In fact the whole section of credits dealing with energy and atmosphere would be right up your ally.
Mechanical Engineer, LEED AP BD&C
Green Work Experience Team