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They say all good things come in threes and that certainly seems to be the case for us here at IES right now as we recently found out that we have been shortlisted for – not just one – but three awards!
We are delighted to announce our place as finalists in the following award categories:
VIBES Awards 2016 – Environmental Product or Service Award
The VIBES Environmental Product or Service Award recognises businesses that have developed, or are developing, a product or service that brings notable environmental and business benefits. Our Virtual Environment software and consulting services are currently under consideration and we look forward to welcoming the VIBES judges to our office in the coming weeks for the final stage in the judging process. The winning entries will be announced at the VIBES Award ceremony on 8th November 2016. You can read more at: http://www.vibes.org.uk/news/2016/scotland-s-greenest-businesses-make-the-cut-for-vibes-final/
Glasgow Business Awards 2016 – Creative Marketing Award
You may have read about our awards success earlier in the year when we overcame stiff competition to win the H&V BIM Initiative of the Year Award with our BIM4Analysis campaign. We are thrilled that the campaign has now been shortlisted for a second accolade – this time in the Creative Marketing category of this year’s Glasgow Business Awards! Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Hilton Glasgow Hotel on Thursday 6th October 2016. View the full shortlist here: http://www.glasgowchamberofcommerce.com/glasgow-business-awards/2016-shortlist/
Inspiring City Awards 2016 – Environmental Award
The Inspiring City Awards aim to give recognition to individuals, businesses and organisations who have gone beyond the call of duty to encourage, mentor and support investment and growth in Glasgow. IES have been shortlisted in the Environmental Award category which recognises outstanding contribution to enhance Glasgow’s environment and/or combat climate change within the country. Winners will be announced at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on 8th September 2016. Read more about this year’s awards here: http://newsquestscotlandevents.com/events/inspiring-city-awards/
Wish us luck!
In our last article on project management, we called upon the famous words of Mike Tyson to discuss design team management and achieving your desired certification.
This time we’ll put our boxing analogies aside and instead focus on the insight and knowledge of the team behind IES TaP, our online project management system. They’ve come together to create these five tips for successful management of the LEED® certification process.
1) Plan to succeed
It is important that at the very beginning of the project, the certification goal is identified, measured and communicated effectively to the design team. As simple as this sounds, there is a lot of value in having conversations to make sure everyone is on the same page about the goal and how to get there (realistically).
In the planning stages, it is important to target credits and measure the likelihood of achieving the points within those credits. And yes, IES has a tool for that. IES TaP allows the user to simulate/test multiple scenarios and helps inform the right approach to take on the project to achieve the desired certification goal.
2) Closely monitor progress
It is essential to keep close track of your LEED projects at all times, watching for any issues that may cause a setback to your project achieving its certification goal. Unplanned hiccups hold projects back. Having an understanding of how these mid-project adjustments affect the projects as a whole can mean the difference between earning LEED Gold and Platinum status.
The visual dashboard incorporated in IES TaP allows you to see all of your current projects in one place and monitor their progress toward certification in real time. At the individual project level, you can also view the credit and documentation progress per section and monitor the progress of individual team member responsibilities.
3) Communication is key
The project team must communicate and collaborate well as they work toward achieving the project certification goal, ideally while being managed by an experienced LEED AP. It is important that the project team is clear on their individual responsibilities and the progress the project is making and have the ability to highlight where there may be input from other team members or the project LEED AP required.
IES TaP provides a breakdown of the individual documentation requirements and allows each requirement to be allocated to a team member. With automatic e-mail reminders for project team responsibilities, everyone on the team is kept aware of what is required of them in order to submit the project for certification on time, giving the project manager one less thing to think about. If someone on the project team is not pulling their weight, there is a helpful project notification that the project manager can send which contains all the pertinent information of the project status and team member responsibilities. Everyone knows who has to provide what and by when.
4) Know your credits
Make sure all team members have the relevant guidance from the USGBC on hand, filtered so that the relevant information is available for the credit being worked on.
IES TaP gives you access to the USGBC credit library at credit level, access to LEED Online forms and real-time synchronization with LEED Online. LEED APs can also supply specific guidance on the credit to assist team members through the public commenting system or create additional custom requirements and assign responsibilities as needed.
5) Work smarter, not harder
Make sure the engagement with LEED requirements is no more onerous for the project team than it needs to be. The benefit of using a tool like IES TaP is the ability to cut down the project management workload, helping the design team work in as smart a way as possible.
This article was originally published on the USGBC website.