Collaboration Technology Helps with LEED

October 23, 2013

The concepts of green and lean building typically boil down to building a project with minimal waste, as well as improving overall efficiency of a facility. While many construction companies seek to build in this type of manner, only some look to obtain green certification. Keeping documentation organized could be key to achieving a certification.

In the early days of green building, many construction companies initially turned to spreadsheets to capture data, and then shared through FTP sites or email. Now, construction companies are finding there is a better way to manage the documentation required on a construction project.

The construction team working on the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, for example, is targeting a Platinum certification for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C.

The project, which is scheduled for completion in 2015, will house the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park. The cultural center is being built by a joint venture between the Impregilo Group, www.impregilo.it, Milan, Italy, and TERNA of Greece, www.terna.gr, Athens, Greece.

In order to manage project information, the team implemented the Aconex Online Collaboration Platform from Aconex, www.aconex.com, San Jose, Calif. With the technology, 150 team members from 18 different organizations in Europe and the United States are able to exchange project documents. The team also uses Aconex Mobile construction apps to access and update project information on a jobsite.

One of the big benefits for this project team is the technology provides access to the same project data, which reduces the risk of errors and delays on the project. Additionally, Panagiotis Siapchas, QA/QC and LEED manager, J/V Impregilo-TERNA, says the team is confident the successful delivery of the project will ultimately lead to LEED certification in Greece.

Construction projects seeking green certifications need to be able to manage documentation, while also ensuring visibility to project data throughout the course of the build. A Web-based documentation and collaboration portal to share the data can address these needs.