“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. The Green Advantage Certified Professional and the Green Advantage Certified Associate credentials, are the only ANSI accredited certifications  that are applicable across trades, regardless of the green building rating system, standard or code being pursued. These certifications 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 Specifications Guide contains suggested specification requirements and language for projects to be constructed in compliance with the GA30 and the enhanced GA3030, and the Non-proprietary GA30 Equivalent standards. Green Advantage offers these workforce specifications for the inclusion of a strong percentage of certified green builders on a building project. 

1. Workforce Specification: GA30

The GA30 calls for use on a project of 30% of key supervisory personnel who hold the Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP) credential. Upon meeting this specification, a LEED Innovation Credit is approved for eligible commercial projects registering under LEED-NC v2.2, LEED 2009 BD&C, and LEED v4 by USGBC.   

2. Workforce Specification: GA3030

The GA3030 includes the GA30 specification and in addition, requires that 30% of non-supervisory personnel on a project hold the Green Advantage Certified Associate (GACA) credential. Because this specification includes the GA30, upon meeting this standard, a LEED Innovation Credit is approved for eligible commercial projects registering under LEED-NC v2.2, LEED 2009 BD&C, and LEED v4 by USGBC.

 3. Workforce Specification: Non-proprietary GA30 Equivalent

 Governments or other organizations that prefer to avoid proprietary, sole source designations, such as specifically naming Green Advantage Certified Practitioner, can instead reference an equivalent ANSI accredited 17024 construction supervisory personnel certification that meets the specifications detailed below.

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