Owners & Developers

 

Green and Resilient Residential and Commercial Construction

How to Improve Project Delivery and Boost Your Company’s Marketability at NO COST

Do you want to improve your company’s project delivery capabilities and marketability, regardless of the green building rating system, standard or code utilized on a project? 

Consider credentialing your construction workforce in green and resilient construction!

Green Advantage, a non-profit certification body, offers the only two ANSI-accredited green builder certifications specifically designed for construction field personnel across trades:

  • The Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP®). Targeted to construction supervisors, the GACP certification exam requires familiarity with state-of-the-art green construction means, methods, materials, and over 800 green building best practices.
  • The Green Advantage Certified Associate (GACA®). Targeted to construction trades personnel, requires familiarity with a subset of the GACP standards, with over 300 green building best practices.

Piloted research shows that Green Advantage Certified teams 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.

And there is some great news about credentialing your construction team — At NO COST to you as an owner or developer, you can prefer or require the use of ANSI-accredited, green-credentialed construction workers in bidding documents. A commemorative plaque is awarded to owners and developers who meet or exceed this exemplary leadership goal in green and resilient construction. (Click on the “Suggested Bidding Language” tab below for more information).

Intrigued? Please take a few minutes to see how Green Advantage Certification can make a difference for your company.

  • Internationally recognized
  • ANSI-accredited
  • Applicable across building trades
  • Compatible with multiple green building rating systems, standards and codes
  • Evidence-based: Research piloted by the University of Florida found that Green Advantage Certified worker teams that had at least 30% of contractor and subcontractor supervisory personnel certified realized improvements:
    • in reaching environmental and health building goals in worker attitudes
    • Results-oriented, promoting achievement of:
    • Health, safety and productivity goals
    • Successful delivery of green buildings and accompanying infrastructure technologies, methods, and best practices
    • Enhanced quality of the production, installation, and operation of construction-related products
    • Disaster resistance/resilience
    • Building security and blast resistance
    • Problem-spotting in the field
    • Insurance and financial claim reductions
    • Cost containment goals and reduced callbacks
    • Reduction of building operational and maintenance costs
    • Enhanced work communication, coordination, collaboration, and efficiency within and among trades.
  • LEED Innovation Credit
  • 5-year certification
  • Credential holders can:
    • Display the GACA or GACP signifier (example: John Smith, GACP)
    • Post their profile on the Green Advantage website directory
    • Help achieve LEED Innovation Credit on LEED projects

Visit pages 2 & 3 of the GACA/GACP Certification Handbook to learn about Certification Requirements.

See page 6 of the GACA/GACP Certification Handbook to review the Registration Agreement.

Visit this page to learn about how to maintain certification by taking approved courses or taking the most current GACP or GACA exam. 

Visit this page to learn about reinstatement by taking approved courses or taking the most current GACP or GACA exam in the event the GACP or GACA certification lapses.

Suggested Bidding Document Language

Note: Owners or developers who successfully meet or exceed the credentialing goal described in the “Suggested Bidding Language” by using Green Advantage credentialed personnel will be awarded a commemorative plaque that can be displayed in the building that achieved this exemplary leadership goal. If requested, Green Advantage will also assist with press releases regarding the award. Contact the Green Advantage office at ces@greenadvantage.org for further details.


Register & Pay

Click here to register and pay to take a GACP or GACA exam. Upon payment, you will receive a comprehensive Study Guide that includes all of the information that you need to know in order to take and pass the exam.

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Healthcare Construction

A NO COST Way to Mitigate Risks, Improve Construction Results & Boost Company Reputation

In today’s world, hospital and long-term healthcare construction have many risks to workers, occupants and the general public. Among them are infection, dust, vibration, noise, waste management, utility outages and life safety measures.

The good news is that there is a construction personnel credential that can help reduce these risks, improve construction results and boost your company’s reputation.

That credential is an ANSI/ASTM-accredited Pre-construction Risk Assessment/Infection Control Risk Assessment (PCRA/ICRA) Certificate Program for construction personnel.

By prompting use of this risk reduction credential, you can ensure that construction workers on your next project are familiar with state-of-the-art best practices to protect patients, staff, visitors, workers and surrounding communities.

And there is more good news….At NO COST you can prefer or require the use of ANSI/ASTM-accredited, PCRA/ICRA credentialed construction workers in bidding documents. A commemorative plaque is awarded to owners and developers who provide exemplary leadership by utilizing credentialed personnel in healthcare construction. (Click on the “Suggested Bidding Language” tab below for more information).

Intrigued? Please take a quick look at the PCRA/ICRA program, its benefits and how you can adjust your bidding documents to prefer ANSI/ASTM-accredited, PCRA/ICRA credentialed workers.

Green Advantage offers the only PCRA/ICRA, ANSI/ASTM-accredited
credential available in the US.

The Joint Commission accredits over 20,000 healthcare facilities in the United States. Accreditation by the Joint Commission strengthens community confidence in the quality and safety of healthcare, treatment and services. Prophetically, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Joint Commission’s “Environment of Care News” publication for November and December 2019, five industry-expert authors urged construction personnel participating in pre-construction, maintenance, and construction activities on healthcare facilities, as a pre-qualification, to demonstrate their competence by possessing a PCRA/ICRA, ANSI/ASTM-accredited credential.

The Joint Commission publication authors pointed to significant emerging global risks. They concluded that these risks exacerbate the need for raising the bar on PCRA/ICRA requirements. They listed climate change, natural disasters, infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance and pollution as examples of these risks. The authors went on to state that these heightened threat levels make the PCRA/ICRA processes increasingly critical—to the point that they should be considered part of emergency preparedness.

The worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus more than ever makes state-of-the-art health care construction paramount. Working toward the high quality represented by this certificate is important for worker health and safety, career achievement, quality building delivery and your company’s marketability. Workers earning the certificate become familiar with best practice precaution and mitigation measures that help address the many hazards that are needed to ensure the safety of the building occupants in health care facility construction, including: infection; noise, vibration; odors; interim life safety measure; waste management, and utility issues.

Demand for healthcare facility construction continues to rise. Hospitals and other healthcare organization owners such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities want to comply with federal, state, and local requirements related to construction. Both regulators and owners seek construction workers who have proven familiarity with current best practices that will ensure healthcare construction delivery that protects the health and safety of patients, staff, workers, and the general public.

For licensing purposes, healthcare facilities are required to have a PCRA/ICRA process established. The PCRA/ICRA is used for any healthcare facility demolition, construction, or renovation. It is a formal protocol used to identify potential healthcare construction risks and create mitigation strategies to reduce or eliminate them. The PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program is designed to assist in meeting the intent and compliance requirements of the Joint Commission standard.

Green Advantage offers the only PCRA/ICRA, ANSI/ASTM-accredited credential available in the US. 

The 12 hours of training have been approved by Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI) toward LEED credential continuing education requirements.

Participating projects will be awarded a commemorative plaque for display in the completed building that utilized credentialed personnel. Click on the “Suggested Bidding Documents Language” button above for details.

The ANSI-accredited Pre-construction Risk Assessment/Infection Control Risk Assessment Certificate Program is designed for healthcare pre-construction, construction and maintenance personnel. For short, it’s called the PCRA/ICRA Certificate Program.  It prepares construction workers to deliver high quality construction within the healthcare arena. PCRA and ICRA are processes that help reduce the risks associated with healthcare construction and healthcare facility maintenance. The focus is on protecting everyone who could be adversely affected – patients, staff, visitors, construction workers and the surrounding communities.

Those who successfully demonstrate their competencies by completing the 12-hour webinar training and passing the exam earn the PCRA/ICRA Certificate.

The exam contains 25 multiple choice questions. Candidates have 50 minutes to complete the exam. Exams are administered through remote proctoring using a PC or desktop that has sufficient wi-fi connectivity. 

Suggested Bidding Document Language

Note: Owners or developers who successfully meet or exceed the credentialing goal described in the “Suggested Bidding Language” by using Green Advantage credentialed personnel will be awarded a commemorative plaque that can be displayed in the building that achieved this exemplary leadership goal. If requested, Green Advantage will also assist with press releases regarding the award. Contact the Green Advantage office at ces@greenadvantage.org for further details.


CLICK HERE to see a schedule of upcoming live webinar training dates.

REGISTER HERE FOR A LIVE WEBINAR TRAINING.


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