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Sustainability 2015, 7(10), 13351-13377; doi:10.3390/su71013351

LEED Credit Review System and Optimization Model for Pursuing LEED Certification

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Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1 University Station C1752, Austin, TX 78712, USA
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Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Iowa State University, 498 Town Engineering, Ames, IA 5001, USA
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 25 August 2015 / Revised: 22 September 2015 / Accepted: 24 September 2015 / Published: 29 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Engineering and Science)

Abstract

Incorporating sustainability in construction can result in desirable building attributes and project life cycle. The Leadership in Engineering and Environmental Design (LEED®) Rating System helps project teams make the right green building decisions for their projects through a process. However, in current practice, project teams do not have a systematic procedure or tool for choosing the LEED credits appropriate for a particular project. The researchers have developed a tool, which support the LEED integrative process during a charrette, and developed an optimization model that can be utilized to assist project teams determine which credits to pursue for LEED certification, taking into account potential benefits associated with any LEED credit. The tool enables owners to incorporate sustainability in construction by helping the project teams make the right green building decisions for their projects through an integrated procedure. View Full-Text
Keywords: LEED; green construction; sustainability; optimization; project information management system LEED; green construction; sustainability; optimization; project information management system
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

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Choi, J.O.; Bhatla, A.; Stoppel, C.M.; Shane, J.S. LEED Credit Review System and Optimization Model for Pursuing LEED Certification. Sustainability 2015, 7, 13351-13377.

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