10 Tips for LEED EBOM Effectiveness

July 21st, 2011 | Related: ,

Most building owners are now seeking to achieve the benefits of reduced operating expenses and to attract tenants by upgrading their existing buildings for high-performance, sustainable outcomes. Understanding that LEED requirements for GSA leases* will have a big impact in the Washington DC Metro Area marketplace in the near future, building owners and property managers know that pursuing LEED EBOM will help them to attract tenants. They can also feel good knowing that their actions to improve the existing building stock will reduce our nation’s ecological footprint and help to reverse climate change.

The LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (LEED EBOM) green building rating system is appropriate for existing buildings not undergoing major renovation. It is also a great way to ensure the ongoing performance of LEED certified buildings over time. GreenShape offers these straightforward lessons learned about how to navigate LEED EBOM with the greatest success:

  1. Confirm leadership support for budget, policy, program changes
  2. Identify an internal champion for the project with sufficient time and/or support for effective follow-through
  3. Establish a timeline for meeting prerequisites first
  4. Establish company-wide policies, programs, performance tracking tools and centralized procurement
  5. Determine desired level of occupant engagement and budget accordingly
  6. Educate stakeholders along the way to facilitate participation
  7. Identify and commit to Best Practices
  8. Evaluate ROI to justify deeper-level improvements
  9. Conduct frequent progress meetings with key stakeholders
  10. Phase documentation, starting with non-performance-dependent credits

Click here to read about the projects that GreenShape has helped achieve certification through the LEED for Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance rating system.

*For more information on GSA and LEED visit their Sustainable Design Program webpage.