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Win That Next LEED Project – 5 Key Tips

March 9, 2016

Winning project work is tough, and having LEED in the mix can make it even more challenging. Here are 5 tips to make your LEED case more compelling and set you apart from your competition.

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Two Key Tips for VOC Management

March 2, 2016

In an ideal (LEED-based) world, all products would come with a giant stamp right on them, or on the first page of a submittal, with big bold wording stating things like VOC content, FSC number or recycled percentage. For better or for worse, that certainly isn’t the case. What I am amazed with, however, is how some submittals can contain absolutely zero relevant data. I mean, I know people don’t like extra paperwork, but is the answer really just forward on as much crap as you can pull together? Unfortunately, this happens more often than naught!

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How to Not F@*K Up IEQc3.1

February 23, 2016

There are some LEED credits that are easy to implement and hard to document, some that are hard to implement but easy to document, and some weird combination in between. IEQc3.1 falls somewhere in the middle. One on hand, implementationshould be easy – none of it is rocket science. If there is ductwork onsite, keep it covered. Once it is installed, tape it off. Don’t keep a dirty jobsite that your mother wouldn’t be proud of. Keep drywall dry. Don’t let the carpet get wet. DUH!

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Thanks…for Actually Giving Me What I Need!

February 16, 2016

Why can’t all product submittals be this nice? Screw it – more Waxed Hanging Baskets on every LEED job! Who is with me???

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Does your Job Site Trailer Look Like This?

February 9, 2016

You know, we give a presentation called Stopping Surprises, Managing the LEED Construction Process (which is GBCI approved if you need CEs!) a good bit, and one of the tips we mention is that communication is pretty important across a lot of the LEED credits (duh). We’ve written in the past about signage on construction waste dumpsters, and alluded to it on VOCs.

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Regulators…Mount Up!

February 2, 2016

With all do respect to Warren G and the Regulators, this post is all about….commingled waste recycling! Whoa, bet you didn’t see that coming! But, its a topic top of mind based on a phone call with a project team the other day. If you haven’t been reading the reference guide lately and all the fun addenda that have come out over the years, this one might have slipped by.

You’d think commingled recycling would be the easiest thing since sliced bread. Throw all your materials in one bin, send it to the recycler, get a neat little report back – bam! LEED points rain down from the heavens. And it really can be this easy – if, and only if, the commingled recycling facility is doing project specific diversion data for your waste.

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Whoever said the more the merrier wasn’t talking about LEED submittals…

January 26, 2016

197 pages… I’ve read books shorter than 197 pages. What was it – the latest cutting edge green building journal? The newest tweener vampire book? The beer list atHops and Barley? None of the above – it was the submittal that was sent in when LEED documentation for hollow metal doors and frames was requested. Shop drawings, schedules, handle locations, specifications, installation instructions, technical data – I thought putting together LEED paperwork was bad, but whoever has to detail out hundreds of doors must look at LEED Online with envy!

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Let’s Get a Decent Materials Submittal

January 19, 2016

I’ve said it before, I’ve said it again, but getting the correct pieces of information from subcontractors early and often makes life sooooo much easier for managing the LEED construction process. When you’ve got to chase them from there to the moon, well after their scope of work is complete, it can be dang near impossible to get that last piece of required info. Shoot, I’ve been on a project where we couldn’t get the drywall sub to give us the damn material cost and drywall was hung 5 months ago! Just to get one freaking dollar value! For the love of all things warm and fuzzy (do badgers come to mind?), it is a simple question!

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Construction Waste Management – LEED v3 vs v4

January 12, 2016

Greenbuild is over, the holidays are upon us, and the clock is officially ticking on LEED v4 becoming the one and only option for new LEED projects. Just a short 10 months away! Its like counting down the ball drop on New Year’s Eve – or something like that.

Since LEED v4 will be the new reality, the Badger is taking some time to help detail what the new requirements are on the construction side of things, and how that will begin to impact general contractors and project teams, and we’re starting with construction waste.

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TSG Principal Receives Prestigious Recognition

October 6, 2014

Tommy Linstroth, Principal of Trident Sustainability Group and founder and CEO of Green Badger LLC. has been awarded one of the most prestigious honors a LEED professional is able to receive: LEED Fellow by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). This honor is awarded to less than 50 LEED professionals annually in recognition of important contributions to the green building movement.(48 honorees in 2014)

The LEED Fellow is the most prestigious designation awarded by GBCI. This designation honors outstanding professionals who have demonstrated mastery-level technical knowledge and skill; exceptional leadership in the green building community; a history of sharing best practices through teaching, mentoring, or research; and an ongoing commitment to service and advocacy for green building and sustainability. As a LEED Fellow, you will serve as an ambassador, applying your knowledge and experience to advancing the vision of green building for all within this generation.”(Quote, Mahesh Ramanujam President, Green Building Certification Institute). www.gbci.org

“The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building to engage their colleagues, clients and communities to create a better built environment throughout the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “We recognize Tommy Linstroth’s commitment to LEED and celebrate his individual achievements.”

Mr. Linstroth has demonstrated expertise in green building over the past ten years, helping certify over 65 LEED projects, as well as starting and heading the local USGBC Savannah and Georgia chapters. To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

Mr. Linstroth and the 2014 Class of LEED Fellows will be recognized at the Leadership Awards Luncheon on

Thursday October 23, 2014 during the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in New Orleans, LA.

“I am extremely honored to have received this recognition for my work and my contributions to the LEED movement,” said Tommy Linstroth upon notification of the news. “While it is extremely gratifying to receive this award, it is also an accomplishment of so many people I’ve been fortunate to collaborate with over the past decade – I’m just happy to have had an opportunity to contribute.”

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