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ZweigWhite Reveals Valuable Green Building Lessons


WAYLAND, MA – Green building has become an integral part of the A/E industry, but many design and construction professionals feel intimidated by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System. A/E professionals who’ve worked on successful green building projects encourage their peers to change the way they look at LEED and green building in 5 Must-Know A/E Lessons in Green Building, ZweigWhite’s latest publication.

“Don’t get bogged down in LEED points. Decide what’s best for the site, the owner, and the project. And then disregard LEED points if they aren’t what’s best,” explains Sam Batchelor, designLAB architects project manager and project architect for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) World Headquarters building in Yarmouth Port, MA. “LEED provides a great framework for evaluation and comparing buildings but it’s in service of your goal, not the goal itself.”

Often, a green building project involved in LEED certification can benefit from working with a LEED consultant. These consultants also encourage design teams to stop looking at LEED as a burden.

“[The design team] saw LEED as limitless instead of being overwhelmed by the experience of this rating system. They used LEED as a measurement tool and not as a design standard,” says Colleen Soden, director of technical assistance at The Green Roundtable/NEXUS and LEED consultant for IFAW World Headquarters.

5 Must-Know A/E Lessons in Green Building offers an update on today’s green building market along with five, 360-degree case studies that let A/E professionals learn from all of the key players in these successful green building projects. Among other insider tips, the book pinpoints collaboration and open communication as key traits in successful green building projects.

About ZweigWhite
ZweigWhite is one of the nation's leading sources of business management services for architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms. The ZweigWhite team consists of experts in strategic business planning, business valuation, ownership transition, human resources management, finance and administration, mergers and acquisitions, market research, marketing, project management and project delivery methods who collectively produce a comprehensive suite of products and services, including newsletters, industry reports, executive training, business conferences, and advisory services covering virtually every aspect of firm management. The firm is headquartered in Wayland, MA, with additional offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

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