EBO&M Success and Performance Through Quality Control
By: Trevor Schatz, LEED AP & Project Manager @ The Spinnaker Group
This presentation addressed ways to improve building performance through accountability, quality control, and LEED education. The presenters were from Intercontinental Hotels Group, General Services Administration and CBRE.
Intercontinental Hotels, the largest 5 star hotel consortium in the world has achieved LEED EBO&M in over 60 hotels worldwide. David Jerome, with Intercontinental Hotels Group reported that the average cost to achieve LEED EBO&M on these projects was 24 cents per square foot.He says that the decision by Intercontinental Hotels Group to pursue LEED certification is most often associated with marketing and surrounds clients expectations predominantly, so essentially their perception is often more important than the tangible savings accomplished through LEED Certification.
David Gray, from US GSA went on to say that predominant challenges inherent in his projects include creating effective collaboration within the LEED team, relating sustainability efforts to building occupants, and creating a climate and framework for sustained efforts toward energy efficiency. He also reports that on his projects, optimizing setpoints is the one of the most effective means of reducing energy consumption, along with operable windows and adapting the building to seasons.
Gary Thomas, of CBRE, the world’s largest commercial real estate services firm discussed how innovative portfolio-wide sustainable operations practices are transforming the hospitality, government and commercial office markets.He says that as LEED evolves so should expectations concerning the cost, time, and effort associated with acquiring LEED certification. Popularly held beliefs are no longer always accurate. The longer LEED has been practiced the more efficient project teams have become, in some cases exponentially more so. He contends that this especially extends to cost. While the time and energy needed to document many LEED credits was considerable in the past, increasing systemization has rendered many credits low or no cost.
Finally, all the presenters agreed that increased stakeholder involvement in innovation is changing the market in new and exciting ways while not merely improving, but recreating the process of increasing sustainability.