Rusty White: LEED-ing the Way

It has been three months since Rusty White joined Carlton Construction as Sr. Project Manager/Business Development, and he has made quite an impact in that short time. One of the critical skill sets Rusty has brought to Carlton is that of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, or LEED AP.

LEED is the creation of the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), a non-profit organization committed “to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.” The LEED building rating systems offer “practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.”

Earning the LEED AP designation means that the individual has advanced knowledge in green building practices and can specialize in a particular LEED rating system. To do so, today a candidate must have had documented experience on a LEED project and pass a rigorous two-part examination on concepts, terminology, and the specialty rating system, including energy calculations.

“I became interested in green building techniques a number of years ago, when I worked with an owner who wanted what he termed a ‘healthy house,’” said Rusty. “He was concerned about the environmental effects of living and working in and around the residence. Now with LEED, I’m able to continually feed that interest and stay in front of the latest ideas and trends, and learn as much as possible about the science of green building.”

Having a LEED AP on staff gives Carlton Construction some added credentials as well as benefiting our clients.

“A LEED AP can help with all the design elements, technology and materials that will go into a green building,” explained Rusty. “There is also the familiarity and insight into the process and documentation needed if an owner would like to have his building LEED certified.”

In a recent blog we told you that Carlton Construction was selected by the USGBC – North Florida Chapter to build out their Sustainability Mobile Unit (SMU), a traveling mobile resource built using green techniques, materials and systems that will help educate the public on green issues. Besides the build out itself, Rusty has been able to contribute his thoughts on the SMU program and displays.