LEED Automation was announced at GreenBuild 2010 and has the potential to positively impact the industry for many years to come. It provides bi-directional integration with LEED Online, which is the USGBC’s tool for submitting all of your documentation and project certification requirements. LEED Automation allows third-party tools to deliver value to the LEED certification process and is the next phase of the market transformation, ultimately streamlining the process. It improves efficiency, reduces cost and is a natural evolution as the green building industry matures.
Some of the benefits include a streamlined process that will:
- · Help Reduce Errors – Better calculations, automated processes and eliminating a majority of re-keying of data from one system to another is a valuable advantage of LEED Automation.
- · Improve Communication and Collaboration – An increase in third-party products and high quality communications tools will allow project teams to communicate and collaborate more effectively. This will lead to higher quality projects that are more fun to work on.
- · Increase Data Reliability – This allows an increase in the number of project teams using LEED Automation more effectively. This will also help more projects move through the LEED certification process more effectively.
In addition to project team benefits, there are industry benefits:
- · Financial – Spending less time with redundant, repetitive administrative tasks will save project teams time and money. This will allow more time to improve the sustainable attributes of the project, improving the quality and value. LEED Automation lowers the cost and increases the quality resulting in more green buildings.
- · More Product Alternatives – This helps lower costs and increases competition.
- · Better Information Sharing – This allows vendors to work together to create new business opportunities.
There are also societal benefits, which include:
- · Innovation – This helps spur market adoption to a wider customer base interested in green buildings.
- · Reduction in Resources – Higher quality green buildings and a higher volume of green buildings (both new and existing) reduce resource consumption, both in the construction process and the ongoing operations and maintenance of the building.
- · Society as a whole benefits from an increase in green buildings.