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Vegas Paul
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Don't know if this is too off-topic for this forum, but I recently passed my LEED AP certification. I have reviewed many LEED (Green Building) projects lately, and expect to see many more in the future.

Just curious, any others LEED certified in the Building Departments? (I know that many design professionals are, but I was mainly curious about Code Officials).

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Mark Randall
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Good Job!

Would you like to share your reasoning in getting LEED certification?

Being an Architect, I will eventually get certified. I've worked on several LEED projects and am the LEED administrator for the last couple projects. Because of my role, I see a reason to get certified even though I haven't had to thus far(have had other project team members who are certified), but I just don't see the motivation for someone working in the building department.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great you went for it. I just don't quite understand why you would.

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Vegas Paul
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Mark - I decided to get the cert. after becoming involved in the plan review for our new city hall, which is applying for LEED Silver certification. There is actually no rational reason for me getting the cert other than satisfying my curiosity about the program. for instance, I will never be involved on the design end of the process, however this gives me more insight into the basis for many of the design decisions. Additionally, I have run out of ICC certifications to get!

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one more box to check.. [Smile]

Congrats, Paul...

It's on my "to do" list as well.. but as a 3rd party provider, not a municipal employee.. it has a little more use for me.

Having said that Paul, if you are ever looking for a new position, we have an energy division.

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I was studying to take the test but getting laid off changed things. Having to pay the full price of testing wasn't high on my to do list.

It's still there but IIRC they are/have changed the test info.

Congrats on passing.

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I think the problem is that many people feel like Peach here. One more box to check. Congrats btw. But the truth is that we probably have more LEED certified people than we do LEED certified buildings and I don't see that changing any time soon. As a DP I have avoided the LEED hysteria. I don't see the point of it I suppose. As a plans examiner I have yet to see a project come into this office. I'm not certain what, if any, role I would play in it either.

On a side note, I tell a lot of people, either employed or not(mostly not), to work on other certs. because today with or without LEED on it, it looks just like everybody elses resume. I push them to find something other than LEED which makes them stand out. Of course you did it for yourself so again congrats.

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Frank Castelvecchi
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Might want to hold up on LEED Cert

There is an ICC Green Building--Residential Examiner Certification available.

http://www.iccsafe.org/certification/inspector/g1.html

And with the forthcomming development of the ICC Green Standard a commercial version will be in the works.

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LEED is a USGBC thing... not ICC..

while the two may recognize each other at a cocktail party, they won't engage in a conversation..

I say that because USGBC and the LEED certification are totally different than green globes, NAHB green certification and ICC.. they are better than we are..

not better.. better known.. having LEED AP after your name means more than having to check the ICC website for the ICC green building residential examiner.. it's a trademark thing..

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Folks,

A clarification:

In the USGBC worlds, Buildings/homes are certified.
People are accreditted.

Becoming a LEED accredited professional (LEED-AP) may come in handy as a plan review and inspector, if for no other reason than presumably you'll have a greater understanding of what the LEEP-NC certification will require. By extension, you may have a better idea of the innovative ways that these buildings may be designed, where they may conflict with ICC codes and/or local ordinances and what the overall intent of the provisions may be.

As both, you may be able to suggest or recognizes attempts to use alternatives that will meet the intent of both sets on instructions. This might be the best reason for becoming LEED AP or LEED-H AP. Otherwise, the new designation for Green Associate might be best. Or consider the Certified Green Professional Designation from the NAHB.

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The primary reason I decided to get this accreditation (and the associated knowledge that accompanied it) was due to the large number of LEED projects submitted for my review. I have not seen any submittals claiming to be compliant with the ICC Green Building Code (of course, no jurisdiction around here has adopted that code either).

A lot of the major commercial projects submitted lately and all of the public building projects are required to be LEED certified in their contract specifications. Consequently, they contain new design strategies that I desired to know more about. Nothing more, nothing less.

Perhaps when the ICC Green codes become mandated by our jurisdiction, I will explore those as well.

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I had planned on becoming LEED certified - although it wouldn't help me as a commercial plan reviewer.

The reason why I am dragging my feet now is that I am under the belief that in order to maintain the LEED AP+ certificate, you must actively participate in a LEED project every so often.

But there's no guarantee that I can find a client who cares about being green. And, if I can't volunteer for a team that needs me, then I lose the certification. Is that true under the new 3.0 system?

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NewSchool,
I don't believe that is quite accurate. There are a number of changes that I'm a little familiar with in the new testing system.
1. There are continuing Education type requirements (15 hours every two years).
2. Taking the test now requires the applicant to have participated in at least one project prior to examination.
3. There are also different levels of accreditation: See the following link for information on accreditation types:
http://www.gbci.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=28

Interested building officials may be able to be accredited as LEED Green Associate. This is a category kind of designed for people in the material supplier industry. I'm not sure, but I think building official might qualify as well.

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Code enforcement officials in California will need to be familiar with green building requirements as the California Green Building Code takes effect in a little over two weeks.

California willl adapt it on August 1st, however much of it will still not be mandatory as the State is trying to ease people into it. Eventually it all will be mandatory, and plan checkers and inspectors will need to enforce it. Much of the California green code's sections are nearly identical to LEED requirements, and probably also very similar to whatever ICC is doing with green building.

In case anyone is interested, the new California green code can be viewed at the following link:
http://www.documents.dgs.ca.gov/bsc/2009/part11_2008_calgreen_code.pdf

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I am commercial and residential plans analyst and also passed my LEED test last election day. I did the test in order to become the one LEED AP person in our Community Development group. We have a City Jail Addition under design which is required to be LEED certified and I am helping oversee that process (I am not the official LEED person though). We also have an 11 story private building which is going to be LEED certified. It is a demanding test but one well worth taking - especially since the ICC ANSI 700 residential green building code is modeled after the LEED process and I would suspect that the new commercial green building code that ICC is starting will also be modeled after the LEED process. Finally it sure does not hurt to have this on resume if ever needed.
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Arlene Z Stewart
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Vegas Paul, please note that ICC-700 is a standard, not a code. ICC just started work on a International Green Construction Code on June 29, what? three weeks ago. They probably have a long way to go.

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