Question: Nicolas asks: I have just passed my LEED BD+C exam and would like to know the following: 1- What is the best approach to establish a LEED AP consultancy firm 2- How and best approach to promote my new credentials, since being an architect 3- Where to find how to use the LEED AP BD+ C logo size etc. to insert in business cards.
Hi Nicolas, thanks for your question. First of all, congratulations on passing your LEED exams!
Regarding establishing a LEED consulting firm, first you’ll have to acquire liability insurance to protect yourself from any issues that should arise from the building owner. Also liability insurance is required by law to do business with your clients.
The next thing to do is (depending on where you are) join the USGBC or AIA local chapter and really get involved – build up a network with colleagues that will be your clients and business partners in the future. For a business to succeed, building relationships is the life-blood.
You need to have an open mind when entering into the LEED business as each project and client vary. To differ yourself from other LEED consulting firms, noting your background as an Architect is vital as it would clearly show potential clients that you are well-informed and experienced in the A/E/C industry.
As for the LEED AP BD+C logo, simply sign yourself into the GBCI.org website (Green Building Certification Institute). Once you receive your LEED accreditation certificate, there will be a number assigned to you, that should help with the logging in process.
Then go to “Log into My Credentials” and click on “Download your LEED Professional Logo(s)” to download the LEED AP BD+C logo.