In June 2014 PBP+W approached Sentinel, who had already been providing LEED Consultancy support with PBP+W on a number of projects, to establish a training programme for over 40 of its senior leadership team, including practice principals Jack Pringle, Chris Brandon, John Drew and William Poole-Wilson, through the LEED Green Associate and Accredited Professional credential process.
The programme was designed specifically to minimise impact on project and design commitments whilst providing enough support to ensure the highest possible pass rate of the robust GBCI exam process. The results to date have been impressive with all candidates achieving the LEED GA credential and, the first group expected to achieve the full LEED AP credential by Christmas 2014. As a result the programme is due to be expanded across the entire UK practice in 2015.
PBP+W understands that green building requires new skills and knowledge, as well as new attitudes and mindsets. The skills required for a green building practice are not just knowledge of new strategies, materials, or equipment, although these are necessary. Green building practitioners need to learn how teams work, how to facilitate or participate in a productive discussion, how to work with people with different backgrounds and skills, and how to think outside their normal comfort zones when developing ideas.
LEED recognises this, which is why an AP is an ‘Accredited Professional’ and not an assessor.
Whilst LEED might not be the most widely used certification system in the UK or Europe the GA and AP credentials confirm each individual’s skills and understanding in Green Building and Workplace design. As Sustainability becomes even more embedded in the day to day design and operational process this is proving to be an exceptionally worthwhile investment by Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will.
Sentinel Director, James Pack commented: ‘Despite the principals of Green Building becoming increasingly embedded in everyday workplace design and operation there is still more talk than action. In implementing this programme PBP+W are backing up its commitment to Green Design with a globally recognised professional credential and are clearly demonstrating that they are as much walk as talk!’
Principal, William Poole Wilson, said: “We’re committed to providing our clients with the best of the best and that includes a team which fully understands the principals of green building and sustainable workplace design. We’ve involved Sentinel to provide our staff with the opportunity to achieve the LEED Green Associate credential. Sentinel has understood our requirements and already we have seen a great success rate and hope this continues throughout the programme into 2015.”