How Kosmas Can Help Achieve LEED Certification
LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is a certification program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It has become the leading benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance buildings. Originally this certification was only applied to commercial buildings, however, LEED standards and practices have expanded to all types of construction. LEED certification aspirations aren’t limited to new construction, either. The USGBC now offers LEED certification for existing buildings, which allows buildings over two years old to get certified by making renovations that will make them healthier and more environmentally friendly.
However, the planning and tracking of LEED credits for a construction project is a lengthy, difficult, and time-consuming process. In the past, contractors had to rely either on pen and paper methods or general construction project management software to keep track of all the documents, photos, plans etc. association with LEED accreditation. Luckily, Kosmas takes the guess work out of the process and allows you to manage the process with ease.
Track LEED Credits
Construction Software has been used by the industry for a while, however, it is now a bit more relevant now, especially for firms seeking LEED certification. With Kosmas, users can add information about the origin of materials and how the materials were made. This information is important for planning out credits related to material origin and the percentage of recycled content.
Job Management Tools Show Project Progress
Project management software can help plan tasks and stay up to date with the progress of each job. The tools within Kosmas allow users to monitor the number and type of credits planned for specific projects. With this dashboard view, team members can prioritize which credits to pursue first and which are a lower priority.
Manages Project Tasks & Work Tickets
Once LEED credits and project tasks are prioritized, Kosmas helps to manage the process of assigning tasks to various employees. Several project management systems provide collaborative functionality. This gives the team a snapshot view of the prerequisites for achieving each credit and a plan on how to meet the requirements. The function also allows tasks to be assigned to the most qualified member of the team for efficiency.
Regional Priorities Are Logged
LEED sets a number of regional sustainability priorities, and some areas provide incentives to for reducing energy use beyond the nationally defined reduction level. Because of this Kosmas makes identifying these credits easier by providing a database of credits. These additional credits can help take a LEED Certified Building to a LEED Silver building.
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