Friday, July 10, 2009

How Is The USGBC like Google?

Shari Shapiro muses on the complexity and potential legal minefield of LEED certification and annual performance standards to maintain such. As a “good idea before (its) time,” energy and water reporting requirements are being mandated before methods of complying are developed or established. I would suggest that we look at an existing (though still developing) framework and the capabilities of the IT industry for an answer.

Initial LEED certification relies on the participation of Owners, Architects, Engineers, Contractors, and Subcontractors. Operations and monitoring of energy savings relies additionally on Facilities mangers and Tenants. The complex relationships might best be managed like the equally complex BIM contractual agreements currently fashioned for design and construction. To tie it together, a cloud-based Building Operations Management system which could be accessed by all the involved entities and which could have different levels of informational security for privacy might be viable. (No doubt someone at Google is already working on this.)

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