LEED as a Business Model of Sustainability Commitment

  • Daniel Tisak
Keywords: environment, energy, LEED certification, sustainability, USGBC

Abstract

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program has become a benchmark for sustainability. Yet most buildings are not LEED certified. The goal of this research study is to assess the LEED certification process as a business model of sustainability for the building market and is based on selected case studies with participatory action research. The case studies involve the LEED certification of 112 projects within the United States from 2004 to 2013 and include ten platinum-level projects. The results of this study determined the percentages and levels of projects which actually attained LEED certification. Seventy-seven of the 112 projects, or 69%, actually achieved LEED certification. Twelve were certified, 32 achieved silver level, 23 reached gold level and another 10 realized platinum level certification. The crucial success factors which facilitated attainment of LEED certification included taking ownership of sustainability, prior LEED project experience, additional training, incorporating LEED goals early, and establishing financial stewardship. One opportunity for improvement of LEED certification is for the rating systems to provide more realistic, consensus-based sustainability goals.

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Author Biography

Daniel Tisak

Dr. Daniel Tisak, Director of Commissioning and Validation for more than 18 years at Bala Consulting Engineers, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, is an associate of one of the top 100 engineering firms in the USA and enjoys diverse sustainable design achievements as a LEED™ Accredited Professional (LEED AP), a Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), a Certified Sustainable Design Professional (CSDP), and an Existing Building Commissioning Professional (EBCP). Dan has served as a subject matter expert for the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and presented at the 2006 Greenbuild event in Denver. Dan is a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) and has served on its committees for schools and education. Dan also is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and is a member of and has presented for two data center organizations (7 x 24 Exchange and AFCOM) and has been a member for 20 years and presenter for the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE).

He has completed various commissioning engineering projects globally as well as throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These include projects for Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Germany, Japan, Kuwait, the People’s Republic of China and other countries. Dan may be contacted at djt@bala.com.

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