Filed under: environmental issues, Food for Thought | Tags: developers, good work ethics, LEED, resort design
I don’t know if it’s just my goegraphic location, or if it’s the same everywhere, but it’s extremely hard to get developers on the same page when it comes to LEED certification. Everybody knows that global warming is on the rise and let’s face it… new construction and building efficiencies aren’t the most environmentally and economically friendly things in the world. Am I right?
Resort design tends to be my main focus when it comes to work….primarily because I live in a resort town. Working with developers is huge in resort design and I’ve learned that it’s not exactly the same as working with owners or operators. After being in the industry for just a couple of years, anybody would know that developers only want to build as cheap and as quickly as possible.
One very important thing to know about LEED is that there aren’t going to be any upfront cost savings in the construction process, but the life cycle costs is where the savings are. Not to mention you’re contributing a tremendous amount in helping our planet. Most developers don’t care about this; probably because once the structure is built they’re out of the picture. In most cases that I’ve seen it’s been the owner or operator making the decision to update the building to meet LEED standards later in the game.
This being said, I would like to hear anybody and everybodies professional opionions and/or personal thoughts on how to pursue developers to build up to the USGBC standards. The only thing I can think of is to remind them that they will be practicing good work ethics and I’m sad to say that’s just not going to cut it.
Kelsey – Vail, CO
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