LEED Cost Does Not Have to Inflate Project Budget

August 15, 2004 · by DesignIntelligence

A recent analysis of LEED-seeking projects by Davis Langdon Adamson found no significant premium costs for using green products and practice to achieve certification.

A recent analysis of LEED-seeking projects by Davis Langdon Adamson found no significant premium costs for using green products and practice to achieve certification.

"Costing Green: A Comprehensive Cost Database and Budgeting Methodology," by Lisa Fay Matthiessen and Peter Morris of DLA breaks down the methods and costs required in pursuit of each of the seven prerequisites and 69 elective points used in LEED certification. The 27-page study focuses largely on libraries, classrooms and labs, comparing the cost-per-square-foot of 45 LEED-seeking projects with 93 others of typical construction.

"From this analysis we conclude that many projects achieve sustainable design within their initial budget, or with very small supplemental funding," they write. The study may be downloaded as a PDF from the following url:
www.dladamson.com/publications.html

It also includes guidelines for developing budgets to meet sustainability goals. However, variables such as climate, existing state regulations, and the "bidding climate," or contractor's willingness to bid on green projects can affect the budget and overall costs.

Post Comment

Unsettled About Professional Compensation?

Apr 2, 2014 · by James P. Cramer

Innovating in response to evolution and change in professional practices Read full »

Prosperity: The Two-Track Path for Design Firms

Mar 28, 2014 · by Bob Fisher

In order to prosper, firms need to both lead and manage well Read full »

What Are You Worth?

Mar 19, 2014 · by Scott Simpson

Understanding the price, cost and value of design Read full »

Who—and What—Will Customers Become?

Mar 5, 2014 · by Michael Schrage

Innovation transforms the customer as well as the product Read full »

Winning Work Isn't About Who You Know, But Who Knows You

The Owners Dilemma

Topics

DI.net RSS Feeds

DI.net on Twitter

Research Support