Green Advantage and the LEED® Innovation Credit

“… projects utilizing larger percentages of workers with the (Green Advantage) credential … are more likely to spot problems that would affect green building performance, identify cost cutting opportunities, and increase the prospects of attaining LEED certification at, or higher than, the level sought.” 

Charles Kibert, P.E., PhD
Professor & Director
Powell Center for Construction & the Environment
University of Florida

The LEED Rating System recognizes the value of having a significant percentage of a project’s supervisory workforce be Green Advantage Certified Practitioners (GACPs), and has approved a LEED Innovation Credit 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 have two options for additional guidance in developing bidding documents or specifications*:

1)    Use the Specification Requirements Guide Divisions 00 and 01.
2)    Use the Non-proprietary Specification for Workforce Certification (packaged as a single division).*

Regardless of whether a project is pursuing LEED certification, project teams can use the language in these specification documents to set a standard for green knowledge, best practices, and leadership.
Please note that interpretations of LEED Credits are determined solely by USGBC, not Green Advantage.  Additional information about the LEED Innovation Credit for Green Advantage can be found on the USGBC website at LI #5413.

* These specifications are also designed to be useful to governmental bodies that need to avoid sole source designations. Without being directly specified, Green Advantage certified supervisory personnel can be used to meet these requirements because the GACP is an ANSI accredited personnel certification.