LRK LEED Pros Share How It's Getting Easier to Build Green
Memphis Business Journal - Would you rather invest in a company with audited or unaudited financial statements?
Tony Pellicciotti, principal at Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK) — a full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm — used that analogy to explain the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process.
“The companies that investors put the most confidence in have their financial statements reviewed and audited by an independent third party,” Pellicciotti said. “In the sustainability world, this is LEED.”
LRK has been involved in nearly 20 LEED-certified projects since the program began in 2000. One of its most notable was Crosstown Concourse, which was certified LEED Platinum.
As specific LEED practices have become industry standards, Pellicciotti said jurisdictions have started to adopt them into building codes.
“The regulatory world catches up with LEED, so then the next iteration of LEED has to go a step forward and advance the sustainability,” he said. “It becomes a progression that has been good for the country.”
Memphis Business Journal recently chatted with LRK team members Pellicciotti and associate Krissy Buck Flickinger to get a better understanding of LEED.
MBJ: For builders, architects and contractors who want to do green builds, what is the best way to get started?
LRK: Start the conversation early in the project. Hold an integrative process meeting with the whole team to see what the project goals are and how sustainability can align. Hire a LEED AP consultant if there is not already one on the team.
The specific sustainability approach in LRK projects is ultimately driven by the specific project program and our client’s goals. In many cases, this is mission-oriented; in others, it is business or civic-oriented. The magic is in using a project’s funds efficiently to achieve the best holistic outcome. Read more.