Build it LEED
Thank you for your interest in LEED Certification for Homes. AES has developed this document to help clarify the LEED Certification process. We look forward to partnering with you and achieving the triple bottom line of economics, social issues, and the environment.
Step 1- Retain Service Provider & Green Rater
Service Provider functions for your convenience we now offer several packages of bundled services as well as many additional ala carte services. Please see the menu below for pricing and options. Once you have selected the option you desire you can proceed directly to checkout. At a bare minimum each project is required to retain a Service Provider to perform the following functions
- Provide access to online file-sharing infrastructure (aka Box.net) for the project
- Register the Project on behalf of the project team to ensure accuracy
- Review of preliminary drawings, building specifications and supporting documents to assist in the preparation of the LEED for Homes Checklist
- Review of preliminary checklist, durability risk evaluation form and inspection checklist to determine compliance with ID Credits 2.1 and 2.2
- Approve the green rater and facilitate issues with rater
- Perform quality control throughout the project certification process
- Review final project before LEED certification
- Conference call with USGBC for final LEED certification
- Administer any Credit Interpretation Rulings (CIR) or InnovativeDesign (ID) requests
- Manage and pay certification fee on behalf of the project team
- Celebrate projects success by telling your story through or social media networks
- Design Charrette
- LEED APH Consulting + Credit
- Document Processing and Handling
- Additional Training
- Green Consulting
- HVAC Load Calculations
- Trades Training
- Project Administrative Support
|Number of Units||Provider Fee*|
|Single Family < 1,500 Sq Ft*, Gut Rehab or Affordable Housing**||$600|
|Single Family 1,501 – 2,500 Sq Ft*||$650|
|Single Family 2,501 – 5,000 Sq Ft*||$750|
|Single Family > 5,000 Sq Ft*||$1,000|
|Duplex||$600/each unit in one building|
|Triplex||$550/each unit in one building|
|4 – 10 Units multifamily***||$900 plus $100/per unit*|
|11 – 20 Units multifamily||$1500 plus $100/per unit*|
|21 – 50 Units multifamily||$2000 plus $100/per unit*|
|51 – 100 Units multifamily||$2500 plus $100/per unit*|
|101 – 200 Units multifamily||$3000 plus $100/per unit*|
|201 + Units multifamily||$100 / per unit*|
* Follow LEED Home Square Footage Rules
**Discounts apply to non-profit developers, affordable housing or $500.00 for all Habitat for Humanity Projects that are Single Family.
*** Affordable Multi Family receives 20% off the total.
Please fill out our provider registration form which will allows to accurately identify your project and receive an exact quote. If you have a multi – family project or a large single family development please request a proposal.
- Pay online by clicking on the link and using your major credit card. (Note you are not required to have a PayPal account)
- Pay over the phone (call our office and pay by credit card)
- Pay by mail (request an invoice and pay by check or by filling out credit card authorization form)
Once payment is received AES will set up your online file access and invite you, your rater and your project team to collaborate on Box.com. We will also work with you to secure a local Green Rater if you have not already.
Step 2- Pre Construction Plan Review
A plan review must be done prior to construction of home by provider (AES). Five components must be completed and uploaded to your project file for AES to begin the plan review. The first four components are all within the LEED for Homes Excel document as a certain tab:
- Project summary for Completed LEED for Homes Project (Summary tab)
- LEED for Homes Project Checklist (Checklist tab)
- Durability Evaluation (Dur Eval Form tab)
- Durability Inspection Checklist (Dur Insp Chklst tab)
- Floor plans (usually PDFs)
The checklists will need to be completed at the beginning and at the end of the project. It is very important that all contact information be completely submitted including e-mail. Note****Items 1-5 listed above are required for the plan review.
- After you have submitted items 1-5 AES will do a plan review prior to construction.
- After the plan review, any issues regarding the plans and checklists will be e-mailed to the project contact person.
- A preliminary LEED rating will be given upon review. However, any issues identified must be addressed before completion of project to ensure that the preliminary rating will be achieved.
Step 3- Registration of Project with USGBC
|Single-Family Housing||Multi-Family Housing||Volume PRICING|
|USGBC Member||$150||$225||$750||$0.035/ sq. ft.||Call Provider or|
|Non-Member||$225||$300||$900||$0.045/ sq. ft.||request a proposal|
* Volume Registration 10 or more single family homes or Multi-family Buildings is able to discounted.
Registration & Certification fees are nonrefundable.
Step 4- Verification Phase
At this point, project contact should have a GREEN RATER under contract and be communicating directly with the green rater to schedule site visits and testing as part of the construction schedule. The green rater is to communicate regularly with AES on project progress. Mandatory tests and Energy Star requirements are completed during this phase. Please see addendum for required inspections. Photo documentation should be taken during all phases of construction of home. This should be determined by the rater not AES.
Definitions: Green Rater – One or more individuals who visit the building site to ensure that the builder adheres to the integrity of the LEED for Homes program. All Green Raters must be approved by AES. There are four required inspections.
- Pre Drywall inspection – To verify Thermal By-Pass Checklist and quality of insulation installation. A copy of the Thermal By-Pass Checklist can be downloaded from the EPA at: http://www.energystar.gov Search for thermal by-pass checklist.
- Envelope leakage – Blower Door test to verify air infiltration rates.
- Duct leakage – To verify rate of duct leakage to the outdoors.
- HVAC/Refrigeration – Ensures air conditioning has the right amount of refrigerant by weight.
Step 5- Post Construction Review
Post construction, aka Final Submittal. Project manager submits final paperwork to AES. Final paperwork is the responsibility of the Green Rater and the exact needs are specified in the AES – Project Team contract that was signed at the start of the project. All documentation will be uploaded to Box.com final submittals folders, electronically, no physical paper is to be mailed to AES. If this happens a $100.00 fee will be assessed.