Software Helps Manage LEED Project

When building a construction project to meet certification standards, managing and tracking data associated with the credits is key. These days, construction companies are using software to help collect all the information and perform calculations associated with green-certification credits.

Consider LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, as an example. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., LEED provides a framework for implementing measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. In order to obtain the certification, AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) teams need to register the projects by providing documentation from the project.

As an example of this on a recent project, Obayashi Corp.’s, www.obayashi.co.jp, Minato, Tokyo, Technical Research Institute received LEED Platinum certification for the Techno Station facility under the USGBC LEED for Existing Buildings and Operations Maintenance rating system.

Webcor Builders, www.webcor.com, San Mateo, Calif., served as the LEED consultant on the project. Together the companies worked together closely using cloud-based software from iLiv Technologies, www.iliv.com, Montreal, Que. With the online collaboration tool, the team was able to collect and share the data necessary on the project, while maintaining communication and tracking project tasks.

The end result is the building has received LEED Platinum certification, as well as certification under Japan’s Green Building Rating System, CASBEE for New Construction.

As more buildings are constructed to meet green-certification standards, construction teams will need to effectively manage the documentation associated with the certification process. Software enables project members to store all the data in one central repository, while also ensuring collaboration throughout the building process.