LEED-AP Designation Not Just for A/E/C

It’s no surprise that this week’s edition of Crain’s reports an increasing number of real estate brokers, marketing professionals, and, yes, lawyers, who are sitting for the U.S. Green Building Council’s exam in pursuit of the LEED Accredited Professional (“LEED-AP”) designation. (The article is not yet available online). Depending on the industry, though, professionals are [...]

It’s no surprise that this week’s edition of Crain’s reports an increasing number of real estate brokers, marketing professionals, and, yes, lawyers, who are sitting for the U.S. Green Building Council’s exam in pursuit of the LEED Accredited Professional (“LEED-AP”) designation. (The article is not yet available online). Depending on the industry, though, professionals are divided as to whether LEED-AP is a true value-addition. For example, John Seitz, a principal at architectural firm HOK, told Crain’s that “[t]he LEED system is for people who put the building together,” while Sally Wilson, CB Richard Ellis’ global director of environmental strategy, claims that her LEED accreditation has helped her garner five brokerage accounts that are seeking green office space in Manhattan, including one for Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management (as we previously reported here at gbNYC).

Of particular interest to me is that Crain’s perceives the legal industry as recognizing the risks associated with the LEED rating system. It refers to one attorney who has “been studying for the accreditation test because the environmental standards could lead to new types of litigation. He foresees disputes over whether new buildings actually meet the environmental codes and who is responsible if they do not.” The article notes that an architect, who was designing a green residence, retained this particular attorney to draft a contract to protect the firm in the event that construction “doesn’t measure up” to the plans.

Again, these types of issues are not surprising (we’ve written about them previously) but it’s significant that as mainstream a publication as Crain’s is recognizing them in such stark terms. As 2007 begins to draw to a close, it’s clear that professionals across numerous disciplines- real estate and law included- must be well-versed in the new landscape that sustainability is creating. Green counsel is an imperative, as are real estate and marketing professionals who can assist clients in negotiating the increasing number of projects and firms that are making sustainable claims.

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9 Responses to LEED-AP Designation Not Just for A/E/C

  1. Planet Relations Friday, October 5, 2007 at 6:27 am #

    I wrote a similar article for eco-structure magazine back in May 2006. A PDF copy is available at http://tinyurl.com/2uajgk .

  2. Susan Aiello, LEED AP, CID Sunday, February 10, 2008 at 11:38 am #

    Hi,

    I think that part of the growth of LEED AP’s in areas other than architecture, engineering and landscape architecture is due to career changes, rather than to professional credentials. For instance, Sally Wilson of CB Richard Ellis is a professional architect, and a large not-for-profit I work for has recently hired a LEED AP engineer to work in its purchasing department.

    There are only a handful of attorneys in New York who are LEED APs, and of the 50 LEED AP interior designers only a couple of us do not work for very large architectural firms.

    Susan Aiello

  3. plastik Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 4:58 am #

    LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. The Green Building Certification Institute, established with the support of the U.S. Green Building Council, handles exam development and delivery to allow for objective, balanced management of the credentialing program.

  4. kop Sunday, October 19, 2008 at 1:49 pm #

    Going green is a winner …Blogged about at LEED-AP Designation Not Just for A/E/C – greenbuildingsnyc: green real estate, green building, and green business in new york city, KENNECOTT UTAH COPPER CO. has been awarded a LEED Silver Certification by th…

  5. Burun Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 7:14 pm #

    There are only a handful of attorneys in New York who are LEED APs, and of the 50 LEED AP interior designers only a couple of us do not work for very large architectural firms.

  6. Estetik Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    There are only a handful of attorneys in New York who are LEED APs, and of the 50 LEED AP interior designers only a couple of us do not work for very large architectural firms.

  7. Burun Estetigi Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    There are only a handful of attorneys in New York who are LEED APs, and of the 50 LEED AP interior designers for very large architectural firms.

  8. Bursa Ajans Wednesday, December 31, 2008 at 11:11 am #

    For instance, Sally Wilson of CB Richard Ellis is a professional architect, and a large not-for-profit I work for has recently hired a LEED AP engineer to work in its purchasing department.

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