“Through a relatively minor change in specifications, you can simultaneously help your next project succeed and catalyze the essential market transformation from builder to green builder.”
James Brew, AIA, FCSI, LEED AP
Why Specify Green Advantage?
Because it takes a construction team with the latest, cutting edge knowledge and skills to deliver a truly high performance green building. Only Green Advantage certification can ensure that workers across trades have proven competencies in the means, methods, materials, and best practices to successfully deliver your next green building project.
Require Green Advantage* (Specifications Guide) in your bidding documents and specifications, and:
- Achieve your green building commissioning and performance requirements
- Meet environmental, health, budgetary and productivity goals
- Bring value-added input to designs, shop drawings, and change orders
- Ensure team collaboration and efficiency while reducing callbacks and problems in the field
- Earn a LEED Innovation Credit
*To avoid sole source designations, specify the Non-proprietary Specification for Workforce Certification Section II of the Specifications Guide. As an ANSI-accredited, certifying body, Green Advantage can be used to meet these requirements without being directly specified.
How to Specify
This specification calls for 30% certified supervisory personnel to hold a certification equivalent to GACP. Instead of referencing “Green Advantage certification”, the requirement is articulated in the more generic language of ANSI 17024 personnel certification. The equivalent specifies a green builder certification that is:
- ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited
- designed specifically for construction supervisory personnel
- applicable across trades applicable to, neutral to, and independent from prominent green building rating systems, codes, and standards
- focused on means, methods, materials, and results-oriented best practices that apply to the major components of green construction including: sites; water; energy; IEQ; materials; and the process of construction (e.g. sequencing, materials storage, efficiency, and management of green building risks), and emphasizes:
- energy efficiency/alternative energy approaches
- cost controls and reduction of callbacks
- crew collaboration
- health and safety issues particular to green building