Understanding the Design Impacts among LEED Certification Credits


The design and construction of a new building is a complicated process that is ultimately driven toward providing the building owner with a finished product that meets their expectation of value. A commissioning authority (CxA) is often hired by the owner to verify that the design team and the construction contractor design and build to meet the owner's expectations. If the owner also requires certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program the design and construction process is further complicated. Many of the credits within the LEED system can have negative impacts on other credits. These impacts are not always obvious. This paper intends to provide insight into the complicated nature of the LEED system and to demonstrate the opportunity for utilizing the House of Quality (HOQ) as a means for quickly understanding the impacts among the LEED credits. The design team and the CxA will then have a greater opportunity to provide the building owner with the final product that is expected.

Meeting Name

IIE Annual Conference and Expo 2013 (2013: May 18-22, San Juan, Puerto Rico)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Second Department

Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Commissioning; Construction; House of quality; LEED

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Article - Conference proceedings

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Publication Date

01 May 2013

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