Green Advantage Field Personnel Standard & LEED Innovation Credit
Green Advantage Field Personnel Standard and LEED® Innovation Credit
A LEED Innovation Credit is approved for eligible commercial projects registering under LEED-NC v2.2, LEED 2009 BD&C, and LEED v4.
Projects seeking LEED certification that wish to pursue the Innovation Credit may:
1) Develop their own language to use in bidding documents and/or specifications.
2) Use the GA30 or GA3030 specificationsto require compliance with the Green Advantage Innovation Credit approved by USGBC.
3) Use the specifications supplied by Axiom Sustainability Consulting. (See below).
However, regardless of whether your project is pursuing LEED certification, any project team may use the language in these documents to set a standard for green knowledge, best practices, and leadership.
GA30 and the Enhanced GA3030 Construction Specifications
The GA30 specification outlines the use of 30% of key supervisory personnel on a project possessing the Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP) credential. The GA3030 specification outlines the use of 30% of key supervisory personnel on a project possessing the Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP) credential and 30% of non-supervisory personnel on a project possessing the Green Advantage Certified Associate (GACA) credential.
In addition, Axiom Sustainable Consulting developed a specification for the inclusion of Green Advantage personnel on projects. Instead of naming Green Advantage specifically, it is written around the ANSI/ISO/IEC17024 requirements. It therefore might be useful to governments or others that prefer avoiding sole source designations.
The Axiom specification has been packaged under one division number so that it can be added on a project-by-project basis with relative ease. Axiom is permitting its use on projects, subject to the terms listed in Section 1.3. Note that Green Advantage, Inc. is not endorsing or warranting this specification, but providing it as another source of information.
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If you’d like to view a presentation about the rationale for the use of Green Advantage certified personnel on projects hosted by the Construction Specification Institute, click below.
A LEED Innovation Credit based on the GAFPS has been approved for eligible commercial projects registering under LEED-NC v2.2 and LEED 2009 BD&C. Use of Green Advantage Certified Practitioners under the Green Advantage Field Personnel Standard has been approved as a LEED Innovation Credit for eligible projects seeking LEED® Certification under the newest version of the rating system, LEED v4.
(USGBC LEED Interpretation 5413 for Credit IDc1, Innovation in Design, as posted 2/28/2011 and revised 4/1/2011 on the USGBC website: Click here and then click on "expand all" to read the full document.)
This Innovation Credit recognizes the merit of having a significant percentage of a project's workforce Green Advantage Certified (GACP Only) prior to and throughout construction.
Green Advantage® certifies design and construction practitioners in sustainable design and construction practices. Green Advantage Certified Practitioners (GACPs) demonstrate their practical knowledge of current green building principles, materials, and techniques as well as the rationale for green building.
Interpretations of LEED Credits are determined solely by USGBC, not Green Advantage.
GAFPS™ and LEED® Innovation Credit Criteria
1. Prior to and throughout the construction phase of the project, 30% of the General Contractor's or Construction Manager's personnel will be Green Advantage Certified Practitioners. Personnel must be actively involved in the day-to-day activities and of the following classifications as applicable:
b. Construction Manager including Project Executive
c. Project Manager
d. Project Engineer
e. Quality Control Manager
f. Mechanical/ Electrical/Plumbing (MEP) Coordinator
h. Assistant Superintendent
i. General Foreman
2. Prior to and throughout the construction phase of the project, 30% of Subcontractor personnel will be Green Advantage Certified Practitioners (GACPs). Personnel must be actively involved in the day-to-day activities and of the following classifications:
a. Project Manager
c. Project Engineer
d. Quality Control Manager
e. General Foreman
f. Trade Foreman
2. Provide a complete list, aggregating Subcontractors' personnel, noting each person's role in the project and who is a Green Advantage Certified Practitioner. (For multiple-prime contracts, provide separate lists for each Prime Contractor's Subcontractors.) Calculate the percentage of Green Advantage Certified Practitioners (GACPs).
3. For each Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP), provide a copy of the Green Advantage certificate.