LEED Project Profile Submission

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SUBMISSION GUIDANCE

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Overview

The U.S. Green Building Council’s (“USGBC”) LEED project profiles engage the green building community in contributing to and learning from LEED projects to advance green building knowledge.


Create a LEED project profile and establish yourself as a leader in green building. Share your successes, strategies, best practices and lessons learned. Profiles are featured in USGBC's LEED project directory and will link from the Green Building Information Gateway. 

 
 Submission Requirements

1. Creating a LEED project profile is an exclusive opportunity provided to project teams connected to USGBC membership. Learn more about membership »

 

2. Only projects certified under the most recent version of LEED (v2008 for Homes; v2009 for all other rating systems) will be accepted. Projects certified under prior versions of LEED can create project profiles using this overview submission form.

 

Thoughtful, well-crafted submissions will be published to the directory. USGBC reserves the right to reject a submission based on quality of content.

 

Project profiles are evaluated for alignment with market needs and USGBC priorities, and select project teams may be invited to contribute to other USGBC programs. Invitations for further engagement may be offered after profile submission.


Profile facilitators and authors are eligible for 3 LEED Specific GBCI Continuing Education (CE) credits pending publication of the profile.

 

Submission Best Practices: A Facilitator’s Guide

It should take 2 to 4 hours to gather or create the information used in creating the profile and completing the submission form.

 

Submission Details

        If you do not complete the submission in one session, save it by creating a username and password.

        You must submit a signed legal release before your profile can be published on usgbc.org.

        Only one person can be in the form at a time; multiple people cannot access it simultaneously.

        Many questions are mandatory and are noted as such. Answering optional questions may increase the likelihood of your project being selected for additional USGBC programs.

        Before beginning your submission we recommend that one person create your profile by coordinating with all project stakeholders (e.g., owners, design team members, contractors and sub-contractors, operations team members, tenants, and community members). It may be helpful to circulate questions to the stakeholders who can best answer each of them.

 

STEP 1: Begin the Submission

        To avoid losing your work, save your progress every time you exit the form, using your username and password.

        Enter your project’s rating system in the ‘Project Basics’ section to populate rating system-specific questions throughout the submission form.

 

STEP 2: Provide Project Information

        Read every question and prompt carefully. Prompts become highlighted when you click within a response box.

        If boxes are too small for your response, expand them by clicking and dragging the bottom right-hand corner.

        To submit multiple graphics, duplicate fields by clicking “Add” in the section’s bottom right corner. To remove a duplicated section, click “Remove.” 

 

STEP 3: Create Project Stories

        View a reviewed and published project profile to guide your narrative responses.

        Engage a diversity of stakeholders and collaborate with owners, project team members (including consultants), operations staff and tenants. Consider presenting our authorship tips for what makes a strong profile author.

        Consider your audience. Individuals reading your profile will primarily be established professionals, decision makers, or students who have intermediate to advanced green building knowledge. Readers are looking for implementation level technical details and process challenges with actionable guidance they can apply to their own work. Sharing this type of content will result in increased views of your profile.

        Focus on your project's most meaningful, successful, unique and innovative aspects. Share stories that expand on these details. More depth on fewer topics is better than less detail on every topic. Consider what makes your project notable and will be compelling. Avoid green washing.

        First-hand stories offer educational guidance and insight to others pursuing LEED projects. Consider the strategies, processes and challenges of your project that will have the most impact on others practicing LEED.

 

STEP 4: Provide Feedback                                                                 

        Use the optional “Comments and Suggestions” at the bottom of the form. Questions? Email leedstories@usgbc.org.

 

STEP 5: Submit Your Final Profile

        When you have finished your submission, click “Submit” at the bottom of the form; this will enable you to print and review your comprehensive, completed submission. At the bottom of the screen, select, “Print this page,” or to make adjustments, “Make a correction.” When satisfied with the submission, click “Confirm” to submit it to USGBC for review.

        You must also submit a Project Profile Release Form, signed by whomever has the legal rights to approve the comprehensive submission; email it to leedstories@usgbc.org. Note: in many cases, the project owner must sign this form.

        We recommend printing and maintaining a hard copy of your final submission and release forms for future reference and archival purposes.



Please refer back to this guide as you go through the form. You are solely responsible for the content of your submissions. However, while the U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. (“USGBC”) does not and cannot review every submission and is not responsible for the content of these submissions, USGBC reserves the right to delete, move, not publish or edit submissions that it, in its sole discretion, deems abusive, defamatory, obscene, in violation of copyright or trademark laws, or otherwise unacceptable.


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Key submission details:

    • Most fields throughout this form are mandatory.
    • If you do not complete the full submission in one session, you must save it using your username and password.
Legal permission
Upon submitting the final, completed online form, you must also submit the legal release, signed by whomever (in many cases, the project owner) has legal rights to approve the comprehensive submission, by emailing it to leedstories@usgbc.org. Make sure to include the name of the project in your email.
Project Basics


IMPORTANT: Your response to this question will auto-populate later questions to be appropriate to the rating system. 





If you do not check this box, your project, including its street address and the identity of the owner, as well as the project scorecard, will be disclosed and made public, and represented in the Certified Project Directory. In addition, if you do not check this box, upon submission of this form, your project may now be marketed or represented to the general public as being certified.
Project Profile Primary Contact

This primary contact is the person responsible for coordinating this project profile submission. This person will be contacted if USGBC has questions regarding the profile or selects this projects for additional opportunities.   



Please include the contact info for the individual you are working with at the USGBC chapter.





The primary contact or at least one stakeholder represented within this profile must be a member of USGBC National.
Project Details















* Affordable/low-income housing is defined as less than or equal to 80% of the local area median income (AMI) or the local jurisdiction standard of affordable housing.




















This website should include additional information about the project and will be linked from the online project profile.
Project Owner & Team








List project team members to be recognized within the online project profile, indicating individual and company name, plus the role played on this project.

List project team members to be recognized within the online project profile, indicating individual and company name, plus the role played on this project. For Homes projects make sure to include Green Rater, LEED AP, Homes Provider, and Designers/Builders.

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Authorship Tips
Consider: The audience for LEED project profiles are intermediate to advanced LEED/greenbuilding professionals looking for implementation level information they can apply to their own work.

How can a strong project profile author increase the likelihood of publication?


A strong project profile author…

1.       Thinks about what other professionals can learn from project stories, ensuring rich, technical content rather than using the profile solely as a marketing opportunity.
2.       Ensures that all stakeholders respond to questions in the Project Stories section in a complete and concise narrative format, not bulleted lists.
3.      
Ensures that responses in the Project Stories section address how and why the project team pursued a specific strategy or LEED credit, rather than providing only the what.
4.      
Ensures that all questions are answered as specifically and completely as possible; illustrating with examples.
5.      
Gathers input from diverse stakeholders to meet the profiles’ diverse readership of design, construction, and operations professionals, as well as building owners, students, and others who have intermediate to advanced green building knowledge.
6.      
Includes multiple images that highlight the sustainable strategies or technologies addressed in the Project Stories narratives, providing full-sentence descriptions of the sustainable aspects highlighted in each.  


PROJECT STORIES

Overview

The project overview statement should capture your project's main storyline through a high-level summary that will be displayed on the main page of the online project profile. This is what will draw readers into your profile. While some of this information may occur in greater detail later in your submission, be sure to touch on the following: Basic project details (e.g., how many floors; how many tenants); basic site context; basic owner details (e.g., business type, number employees); how the building is used; what makes this project unique to other green buildings; motivations for LEED certification; and the project's most significant successes (e.g., % energy savings, return on investment, etc.)
Goals & Motivations

Do not include earning LEED certification as one of these goals. Instead, what were the higher-level goals that LEED was intended to address?





Strategies

Consider the most successful LEED credits; innovative technologies, effective processes, or synergies that maximized credit achievement; etc. Provide details on why the strategies were selected and how they were implemented.



Lessons Learned

Consider specific LEED credits that were difficult to achieve, team challenges, policy issues, etc. Describe why it was a success.




Consider specific LEED credits that were difficult to achieve, team challenges, policy issues, etc. Describe what the team would do differently if it knew then what it knows now.



Outcomes





Consider tangible outcomes (such as energy savings, ROI, etc) and less measurable outcomes (such as tenant  engagement, important knowledge for future projects, etc).



Key Metrics (optional)

Energy

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline
Water

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline
Construction Waste

Return on Investment

In years

Key Metrics (optional)

Energy

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline
Water

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline

Compared to baseline
Materials Recycled

Return on Investment

In years

List any additional metrics (e.g., increase in asset value, % pre-leased prior to certificate of occupancy, % daylighting, etc.).
Featured Project Photo
Maximum total profile upload: 25 MB.

This image will be the project photo featured on the front page of your online profile. It must be horizontally-oriented and at least 300 dpi. The website can only support the following file formats png, gif, jpg, jpeg





Additional Project Graphics 
Maximum total profile upload: 25 MB. Select images or media that highlight the strategies, processes, and lessons learned on your project. Graphics that depict topics addressed in the above stories are particularly encouraged.
Include additional images by clicking "add additional images" in the bottom right corner.

The website can only support the following file formats png, gif, jpg, jpeg






Add additional images.
Comments & Suggestions

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