Role of LEED Consultant

The roles of the Spartan LEED Consultant

LEED Consultants, while not required for LEED Certification, are often tasked with managing the certification process. This includes assisting the design team with sustainable strategies that may be incorporated, clarifying specific issues relating to the technical requirements for certification during the design and construction, and submitting the documentation required for certification.
The scope of LEED consulting services range widely, but are always intended to assist the project team – not to guarantee that the project will achieve LEED certification. Ultimately, the design and construction team’s expertise and support will be required for adequately documenting credit opportunities, meeting the prerequisite requirements, and delivering the information in a timely manner.

The Commissioning Process
The Commissioning Process includes tasks for each stage of the planning, design, construction, and operation of a facility. Whether commissioning the HVAC Systems or the Building Enclosure, these tasks are largely the same. The National Institute of Building Standards (NIBS) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) have developed the widely accepted process for Total Building Commissioning. This Total Building Commissioning Process is described by several published guidelines that are intended to be implemented together to illustrate the Commissioning Process for several building systems.

Process Tasks by Phase
Commissioning activities and associated tasks begin early in the development of a facility and continue through the end of construction.

Pre-Design Phase
Develop Owners Project Requirements (OPR)
Scope Commissioning Activities
Develop an Initial Commissioning Plan

Design Phase
Verify Basis of Design (BOD) meets the OPR
Update the Commissioning Plan
Include Commissioning in the Project Manual
Develop Draft Construction Checklists
Define the Requirements for Training
Perform a Commissioning Design Review

Construction Phase
Update the OPR
Update the Commissioning Plan
Verify that Submittals Meet the OPR
Develop Test Procedures and Data Forms
Verify that Systems Comply with the OPR
Verify Training of Owner’s Personnel

Occupancy Phase
Produce Systems Manual
Complete Seasonal Testing of Systems