Many companies and people building homes and offices in California want to ensure that the building is energy efficient and environmentally friendly. There are different ways to ensure this occurs, but one of the most common is to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building. In order to receive this certification, there are many requirements that the building must meet.
If the building does not meet these requirements the building will not receive LEED certification and the builders will need to make the necessary corrections in order to meet the requirements. This can be costly financially and time consuming as well. Sometimes the mistakes that were made were due to builder mistakes, but some of them were not the fault of the builders who may have simply been following a poor design. If this occurs the architects or designers may be liable for the damages.
Common errors that affect LEED certification
There are different errors that can occur, but some are more common than others. Common ones include:
- Manual J calculations do not meet the actual building design.
- Ducts are not sealed properly and there is too much duct leakage.
- Poor duct work that has too many bends or too long of a run that does not allow proper air flow.
- Bath and kitchen exhaust fans do not meet the testing requirements or there are issues with the exhaust controls.
- The home is not sealed properly from the outside.
- The insulation is installed unevenly or does not meet the required R-values.
It is becoming more and more common for people in California to want their homes and other buildings to meet LEED standards. If it is not done correctly and requires additional time and money, the owner of the home or building may be able to seek compensation for the errors and recover for the damages. Therefore, it is important to do this correctly. Experienced attorneys understand the litigation that can occur and may be a useful resource.