LEED for Existing Buildings
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized program of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance ("LEED EBOM" or "LEED EB") establishes uniform standards for existing buildings that focus on environmentally-friendly operations and maintenance. An existing building that achieves LEED certification, whether at the Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level, demonstrates high performance as “green building” in five major categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. LEED EBOM certification is highly achievable for a number of different building types, and is becoming increasingly popular as building owners and managers seek to distinguish their spaces from among those of their competitors.
Sieben Energy Associates (SEA) is well-equipped to assist your business or organization with the LEED EBOM certification process. From project registration through final submittal, SEA’s dedicated team of LEED APs maintains thorough knowledge of the latest LEED protocols from the USGBC and applies a methodical approach to every project. For firms interested in reducing their energy costs, implementing sustainability strategies, and optimizing building operations according to LEED principles, SEA provides high-quality LEED project management and administration. LEED EBOM certification is often a complex, overwhelming task for those who are not involved with it on a daily basis. SEA simplifies the process for you, leading the project team, streamlining credit documentation, answering questions, implementing innovative solutions, and delivering confidence that your LEED EB goal will be achieved.
If you are just beginning to think about what certifying your building might entail, consider our gap analysis services. If you are ready to register and start your LEED EBOM project, our consultants can help you translate your LEED vision into reality.
Before pursuing LEED EBOM certification, SEA recommends conducting a feasibility study, called a LEED gap analysis. LEED gap analysis helps building owners determine the efforts and cost that would be associated with each level of LEED certification (Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum). Our team will identify the path from existing facility operations to sustainable operations that meet LEED requirements. Gap analysis will gauge a building's LEED potential and inform what LEED EBOM certification goals would be achievable. When a team decides to pursue certification for a building, the LEED gap analysis report serves as the perfect roadmap for managing a successful LEED EBOM project. Download our LEED gap analysis brochure to learn more about the value of this service for your business or organization.
Consulting for Certification
LEED EBOM certification begins with characterizing current operating practices to develop a well-rounded picture of your building. SEA designs a custom approach to achieve your desired level of LEED certification. Our responsibility is to guide the LEED project team through the certification process with hands-on project management, customized tools, regularly scheduled project meetings, and broad expertise regarding sustainable practices that meet LEED requirements. We work closely with building ownership, management, and staff, as well as contractors and vendors, to achieve LEED credits. In addition, our energy engineering team is proficient in conducting the energy audits necessary to meet LEED certification requirements.
Our objective is to achieve your certification goal using a streamlined approach that stays within budget and on schedule. SEA consulting services for LEED EBOM projects incorporate project registration, strategic sustainability consulting, project documentation management, and LEED Online administration. SEA will guide your team through the LEED EBOM process from project initiation through application review and building certification.