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									Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
   for Certification Providers
            to Support the
    LEED for Homes Rating System




         November 2007
                      Request for Qualifications
                      for Certification Providers
      to Support the LEED for Homes Rating S ystem


This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) includes both background information on the LEED for
Homes Program, the submittal instructions for organizations interested in applying to be
selected as LEED for Homes Certification Providers, and a six-page submittal form.
Submittals are due to USGBC by 5 PM EDT on Wednesday, November 28, 2007.
Submittals that are not complete will be disqualified.


Overview
         The largest and most active area of green building has been in the residential market.
         While the numerous local and regional green building programs have made great strides
         in serving hundreds of home builders, thousands and thousands of other builders have
         not had access to a strong green building initiative that provides third-party verification,
         comprehensive education and brand recognition.
         In November 2007, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is planning to launch a
         national LEED for Homes program. The purpose of this program is to:
                 Recognize and reward the top 25% of new homes, in terms of environmental
                  stewardship; and
                 To educate builders and related industry professionals on how to build homes
                  that utilize best practices, such as those included in the LEED for Homes Rating
                  System.
         The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to solicit approximately 20
         organizations to apply to become LEED for Homes Certification Providers1.
         New LEED for Homes Certification Providers will be selected primarily based on
         their demonstrated ability to train and supervise green raters. If your organization’s
         core business model is not the training and supervision of green raters, then please do
         not apply to be a Provider.2
         Ideally, LEED for Homes Certification Providers will be highly knowledgeable about
         green home building and the LEED for Homes program and have strong business
         relationships with builders of high performance green homes in their local markets.
         USGBC recognizes that there are many highly qualified existing organizations that are
1
  Note that USGBC plans to select new 10-20 new Certification Provider organizations every year, depending on
market demand.
2
  Organizations and individuals that are directly involved in the design of green homes, green home building
consulting, and/or the rating of energy efficient and green homes are expected to be active participants in the LEED
for Homes program. These vital stakeholder roles (other than a LEED for Homes Certification Provider) are briefly
described on page 5 of this RQF.

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        already actively supporting local and regional green home building programs. USGBC
        invites these candidate organizations to compete for the opportunity to also be Provider.
        Over the next couple of years, it is expected that each Provider will manage a team of
        10-20 green raters who are delivering LEED for Homes verification services over a multi-
        state area.


What is the LEED for Homes Program?
        Building on the success of the USGBC’s LEED rating systems for the commercial sector,
        LEED for Homes has been designed to target the residential market. LEED for Homes
        is a voluntary program, in a pilot development phase through the fall of 2007. Its
        purpose is to actively promote the transformation of the mainstream home building
        industry towards more sustainable practices. LEED for Homes is a collaborative
        initiative that is actively working with all sectors of the home building industry. LEED for
        Homes can be applied to single and multi-family homes (currently, up to three stories)
        and is intended for both market-rate and affordable housing. USGBC is also running a
        pilot for mid-rise housing (4-6 stories) through the end of 2008.
        When the pilot demonstration is completed, the LEED for Homes Rating System will
        become part of the comprehensive suite of LEED assessment tools offered by the
        USGBC to promote sustainable design, construction, and operations practices in
        buildings nationwide.
        The LEED for Homes program includes 4 key components:
            The LEED for Homes rating system;
            A delivery system – via the LEED for Homes Certification Providers, and their
              team of green raters;
            A comprehensive educational program; and
            A national brand awareness program.

    Program Goals
        LEED for Homes is targeting the top home builders (the innovators and the market
        leaders) – those who build new homes that incorporate best-practice environmental
        features. In the long term, USGBC’s goal is to certify 25% of all newly constructed
        homes annually. One primary mechanism for achieving this goal will be to establish at
        least one designated LEED for Homes Certification Provider in each of the major cities in
        the United States.
        In the short term, USGBC plans to establish LEED for Homes Certification Providers in
        local markets that show the greatest growth potential, based on the combined
        assessment of the following factors:
             Largest number of annual housing starts;
             Established presence of the ENERGY STAR for Homes Program, and related
                home energy rating capability;
             Established presence of local green home building expertise;
             Established presence of a local USGBC chapter; and
             Substantial numbers of home builders interested in participating in LEED for
                Homes.


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    Program Status
        The pilot demonstration phase of the LEED for Homes Rating System started in August
        2005. During the pilot phase, 12 LEED for Homes Certification Providers have been
        providing certification support services to pilot projects.
        Currently, there are over 10,000 registered LEED Homes in the pilot. Generally, it takes
        about 10-12 months for a newly registered project to be designed, built and certified.
        Over 350 LEED Homes have been completed and certified. Approximately 500 builders
        have also registered to build these LEED Homes.
        The national roll-out of the LEED for Homes Program is planned to coincide with the
        Greenbuild International Conference & Expo on Nov 7-9, 2007. At that time, USGBC
        plans to have in place:
             LEED for Homes Faculty members, to deliver introductory, intermediate and
                advanced courses on LEED for Homes
             About 80 Chapter members trained as residential green building advocates to
                assist in the outreach to local stakeholders.
        Shortly thereafter, 20 new Certification Providers (selected under this RFQ) will be
        trained to begin to deliver LEED for Homes to the home building industry.


    Designated Service Areas
        Based on submittals received under this RFQ, USGBC plans to make two types of
        selections for new LEED for Homes Providers to support the largest local markets in the
        United States. These target markets for new LEED for Homes Certification Providers
        are shown in Exhibit 1.
        These 2 types of selections include:
            1. LEED for Homes Certification Providers. New Certification Providers will be
               selected for the markets shown in Exhibit 1 only, at this time. The selected
               Certification Providers are expected to attend a Provider training in January 2008
               (approx. 3 weeks after the Provider selections are announced).
            2. Candidate LEED for Homes Certification Providers. USGBC plans to create
               a short list of candidate LEED for Homes Certification Providers for other rapidly
               growing markets (in addition to those shown in Exhibit 1). These candidate
               Certification Providers will be notified by USGBC as to when they can be
               scheduled for training and then begin to deliver verification and certification
               services. The timing of this notification will depend on local market demand over
               the next 6 to 12 months.
        Each LEED for Homes Certification Provider will be selected by USGBC to provide
        verification and certification services in a designated service area. Each designated
        market will include all communities in a state-wide area surrounding a major city. In
        many cases, Certification Providers will be asked to support a multi-state region.
        USGBC may select more than one LEED for Homes Certification Provider for some
        markets, if a Provider cannot meet USGBC’s goals for that market. Further, any Provider
        that substantially fails to meet their performance goals (per their Provider agreement
        with USGBC), may have their Provider Agreement rescinded. USGBC reserves the
        right to select new Certification Providers in any market at any time.

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                                           Exhibit 1
                                    List of Target Markets
                        for new LEED for Homes Certification Providers

                                  Region                   Target City
                                             United States
                                   AL              Birmingham-Hoover
                                   CO              Denver-Aurora
                                   FL              Miami, Ft Meyers
                                   IA              Des Moines
                                   KY              Louisville-Jefferson
                                   LA              New Orleans, Baton Rouge
                                   MN              Minneapolis-St. Paul
                                   MO              Kansas City / St Louis
                                   NC              Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord
                                   NC              Raleigh-Cary
                                   NC              Wilmington
                                   NE              Omaha-Council Bluffs
                                   NM              Albuquerque
                                   NV              Las Vegas
                                   OH              Cincinnati / Columbus
                                   OH              Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor
                                   PA              Pittsburgh
                                   SC              Myrtle Beach
                                   TN              Memphis / Nashville
                                   UT              Salt Lake City / Provo
                                   WI              Milwaukee, Madison
                                               Canada
                           British Columbia        Vancouver
                                 Alberta           Calgary / Edmonton
                                 Ontario           Toronto
                                Quebec             Montreal
                          Atlantic Provinces       Regional Presence




        Additional LEED for Homes Certification Providers will be selected each year, depending
        on the level of market demand for the program in each local market.
        Within 24 months, USGBC expects to have multiple Certification Providers in all major
        markets. No Certification Provider will be allowed to have an exclusive delivery
        territory.


    LEED for Homes Certification Providers in Canada
        Under this RFQ, USGBC will select LEED for Home Certification Providers for Canada,
        in collaboration with the Canada Green Building Council. These Canadian Certification
        Providers will implement the emerging Canadian pilot version of LEED for Homes.


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        Preference will be given to applicants who are geographically proximate to the largest
        markets in Canada.


Key Roles for Stakeholders
    What is a Certification Provider?
        LEED for Homes Certification Providers are organizations that will manage certification
        services for USGBC.
        The long term viability of the LEED for Homes program depends primarily on the skills
        and experience of the LEED for Homes Certification Providers, and their ability to deliver
        consistent, high quality certification services in each market across the country. Hence,
        USGBC plans to tightly manage the selection and performance of their Certification
        Providers.
        Providers are expected to offer five primary types of LEED for Homes support services:
            Recruit builders to commit to build homes that meet the LEED for Homes
               requirements;
            Facilitate the training of green home raters in both green home building practices
               and the LEED for Homes program requirements;
            Facilitate the verification of LEED Homes by trained green home raters.
            Certify that these LEED Homes, in fact, meet the LEED for Homes requirements;
               and
            Assist builders and raters to promote the LEED for Homes brand and related
               sales messaging.
        It is anticipated that LEED for Homes Certification Providers (and their teams of green
        raters) will negotiate market-based fees for these services with their builder customers.
        USGBC also requires that each Provider will have a well-defined quality assurance
        program for the verification of LEED Homes. Each provider may develop its own quality
        assurance program. However, at a minimum the quality assurance program should
        include:
              The use of fully trained and qualified green home raters who will verify
                 compliance of the builder’s homes with LEED for Homes requirements;
              Formal certification of the home as LEED for Homes compliant and conferring
                 the LEED for Homes rating (certified, silver, gold, or platinum);
              A formal record-keeping system and data storage/sharing protocol that will be
                 used to provide USGBC with information about each program participant (data
                 storage/sharing protocol to be defined and developed by USGBC);
              A statistically-based set of analysis procedures to summarize and interpret the
                 certification data (i.e., most common and least common measures adopted, most
                 common failures); and
              A third-party (hired by the Provider) to provide random spot-checking of the rater
                 reviews for LEED for Homes certifications (including paperwork, field inspections,
                 and performance testing).

        Certification Providers will be held to USGBC’s established quality assurance
        (QA) processes. At any time, USGBC reserves the right to further formalize the QA
        requirements for Providers as the QA processes are updated and enhanced.

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    Other Important Roles for Stakeholders
        There are several important stakeholder roles needed to support the LEED for Homes
        program, other than the LEED for Homes Certification Provider. Certification Providers
        are expected to offer only one of the many types of support services that will be needed
        by the green home building industry.
        Each Certification Provider will be expected to work with a team of 10-20 subcontracted
        green home raters. Each green home rater may work with 10-30 builders. Many
        projects will also need green home design and consulting services. There will also be a
        substantial need for a broad range of green home builder educational services.
        In your decision to apply as a LEED for Homes Certification Provider, please consider
        whether your organization excels at:
                Managing large teams of green homes raters,
                Or
                Excels in some of the other roles described below.
        Each of these other stakeholder roles (separate and distinct from the Certification
        Provider’s role) is briefly described below. Please review the other roles listed below to
        determine if any of these types of stakeholder roles aligns with your organization’s core
        competencies.
        Also note that USGBC plans to enforce a policy that individuals involved in the design of
        a LEED for Homes project may not be involved in the verification and/or certification of
        that project. The 3rd party nature of the LEED for Homes verification and certification
        process will be strictly enforced.

        Green Home Raters
        The LEED for Homes Certification Provider has full responsibility for the hiring, training,
        supervising and performance of a team of green home raters. However, the Certification
        Provider’s primary role is not to be a green home rater. The Certification Provider must
        review and approve the green rater’s verification work, and then formally certify each
        LEED Home. A green home rater provides in-the-field inspection and performance
        testing services at each and every LEED Home.
        Green home raters are encouraged to team with organizations that choose to submit a
        response to this RFQ. Certification Provider’s must submit qualifications for team
        members (either an employee or subcontractor) that have the following minimum
        qualifications for a green home rater:
           1. Participation in a LEED for Homes orientation training;
           2. At least six classroom days of green home building training or equivalent;
           3. At least one year of experience with a green home building program or
                equivalent; and
           4. At least one year of experience with residential performance testing, including
                blower door testing, duct leakage testing, and air flow testing.
        Ideally, above and beyond these minimum qualifications, a Provider’s green home
        rater(s) will be able to demonstrate a high level of competency in several broad areas,
        including:
            1. Technologies and practices used in green home building;

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            2. The documentation requirements of the LEED for Homes program;
            3. Effective methods of marketing and selling LEED homes; and
            4. Customer service to builder customers.
        RESNET Certified Home Energy Raters with green home building experience, or
        individuals with equivalent training, are encouraged to be a part of a Provider’s team.
        Green home raters serving in existing green home building programs (with appropriate
        training in diagnostics) are also encouraged to be part of a Provider’s team.

        Green Home Designers and Consultants
        Many home builders are unfamiliar with green home building strategies and
        technologies. These builders will all require some degree of assistance as they change
        their home designs to become increasingly green. The design and consulting
        community are expected to play a vital role in providing detailed design and in-field
        consulting services to these builders.
        USGBC is planning to develop a new accreditation for these green home designers and
        consultants. Details will be announced soon.

        LEED for Homes Faculty
        USGBC has selected and is training 13 LEED for Homes Faculty to deliver all USGBC
        authorized LEED for Homes educational workshops. Additional Faculty will be selected,
        as determined by market demand. For additional information on how to become a LEED
        for Homes Faculty member, please direct your questions to faculty@usgbc.org.
        USGBC will require that all LEED for Homes faculty members sign a non-compete
        agreement related to any and all “LEED for Homes” trainings.
        USGBC highly encourages other organizations to provide green home building related
        trainings to the home building industry. Organizations that specialize in offering
        educational programs may choose to partner with USGBC as an Educational Provider.


Why be a LEED for Homes Certification Provider?
        The benefits of being a LEED for Homes Certification Provider include:
            Market Differentiation - be the first LEED for Homes Provider in your market to
               promote and support the LEED for Homes brand;
            Grow Your Business - demand for green homes is growing, and LEED offers a
               recognized and meaningful national brand;
            Influence - provide valuable and needed input to the early development of the LEED
                for Homes initiative; and,
            Recognition - be acknowledged as an early adopter and leader in green home
               building through national promotional efforts by the USGBC.




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USGBC’s Commitment to Support the LEED for Homes Certification
Providers
        The USGBC is committed to the success of the LEED for Homes program. USGBC
        intends to empower Certification Providers to work directly with home builders to assist
        them to successfully meet the LEED for Homes requirements.
        USGBC is committed to supporting their LEED for Homes Certification Providers in the
        following ways:
            National Green Standard. USGBC has developed and will maintain a consensus-
               based set of green home building standards.
            Consistent National Implementation. USGBC will ensure that the LEED for Homes
              Providers have a consistent understanding of the latest interpretations of the
              consensus-based LEED for Homes Rating System, including any recent rulings
              by the LEED for Homes Committee and its technical advisors;
            Facilitation of Training. USGBC will ensure consistent national delivery of training
               for all LEED for Homes program participants through the exclusive, centralized
               facilitation of USGBC approved LEED for Homes Workshops.
            Branding. USGBC will restrict use of the LEED for Homes brand. Providers will be
               the only USGBC-authorized certifiers of LEED Homes.
            Recruiting. USGBC will actively assist in recruiting builders of LEED Homes.
            Marketing. USGBC will actively promote Certification Providers.


Selection Criteria for LEED for Homes Certification Providers
        The USGBC will select approximately 20 LEED for Homes Certification Providers in
        preparation for the expansion of the LEED for Homes program into new markets in the
        fall of 2007. It is anticipated that these Providers will be distributed across the U.S. and
        serve various types of home builders in these markets (e.g., custom, production,
        affordable, and multi-family builders). Further, USGBC anticipates working with various
        types of Certification Providers (e.g., interested existing green home building programs,
        state and local governments, utilities, non-profits, the U.S. military, etc.). USGBC’s
        intent is to select organizations that can capably and actively support the verification and
        certification of LEED Homes. More specifically, the USGBC will select Certification
        Providers with the demonstrated skills sets presented in Exhibit 2.

                                        Exhibit 2
                Recommended Skill Sets for LEED for Homes Certification Providers


  Selection
                                                  Critical Skill Sets
Requirements

                         Skill Set #1        Skill Set #2        Skill Set #3         Skill Set #4
                           Program           Green Home          Other Green        ENERGY STAR
                      Administration and       Building         Home Building         for Homes
                      Staff Management        Verification     Support Services       Verification


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                                                 Services           (e.g., training,          Services
                                                                   consulting, etc.)
Level of             At least 3 years       At least 1 year       At least 1 year        At least 3 years
Experience
                     Provider supervision   (Including at least   Including at least     Including at least
                     of at least three      one green rater,      one staff (or          three energy
                     green or energy        having completed      consultant), that      raters, each
                     raters.                approx. 20            has delivered          having completed
                                            certified green       additional support     approx. 60
                                            homes.                services (e.g.,        certified ENERGY
                                                                  training,              STAR Homes.
                                                                  consulting, etc.) to
                                                                  at least 5 local
                                                                  builders.
Training             Provider must have     Green raters must     N/A                    Energy raters must
                     completed at least     have completed at                            have completed at
                     16 hours of            least 16 hours of                            least 16 hours of
                     classroom training     classroom training                           classroom training
                     on green home          on green home                                on the Home
                     building.              ratings.                                     Energy Rating
                                                                                         System (or
                                                                                         equivalent).
Organizational       Submit ½ page          Submit ¼ page         Submit 1/4 page        N/A – included in
Commitment           description of         description of        description of         Organizational
                     Provider’s             quals for each        quals for each         Commitment for
                     Management Plan,       staff member (or      staff (or              Skill Set #2
                     including:             contractor) that is   contractors) that
                      1. Training plan,     proposed to           are delivering
                          and budget        deliver LEED for      other support
                                            Homes verification    services for LEED
                      2. QA plan and
                                            services.             for Homes (or for
                          budget
                                                                  other GHB
                      3. Marketing plan                           programs or future
                          and budget                              plans).


        USGBC will select LEED for Homes Providers using the following additional criteria:

             Ability to Open Up New Markets for LEED for Homes (20 Points)
              Ability to enlist and serve builders willing to construct a minimum of 500 LEED
                Homes per year
              Ability to enlist at least five affordable housing projects a year
              Ability to serve a market that is not currently served by a LEED for Homes
                Provider (see list of new target markets for LEED for Homes in Exhibit 1).

             Management and Organizational Experience (30 Points)
              Experience in managing a team of raters
              Ability to develop and successfully implement a quality assurance process for
               your team members to ensure the consistent delivery of high quality ratings
              Willingness to work with USGBC to deliver LEED for Homes trainings for raters,
               builders, and other market stakeholders

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            Industry Experience of Team (30 Points)
             Experience in and knowledge of green home building, overall
             Familiarity with LEED for Homes
             Experience in the home building industry
             Specialized green building experience (e.g., energy efficiency, sustainable
               materials, etc.)
             Experience working with various types of builders
             Experience working with various types of organizations

            Commitment and Flexibility (20 Points)
             Commitment to attend a LEED for Homes Provider orientation in early 2008
             Ability to participate in quarterly meetings with USGBC, and to provide bi-weekly
              e-mail updates to USGBC on problems encountered
             Prominently market LEED for Homes on their website, and marketing materials
              (per USGBC’s communication guidelines)
             Ability to adopt USGBC’s data storage and data sharing protocol for LEED for
              Homes projects, and to provide this information to USGBC on a regular (i.e.,
              monthly) basis
             Ability to assist USGBC in showcasing the LEED for Homes program
             Completeness of information provided

        Generally, LEED for Homes Certification Providers are expected to work in concert with
        USGBC to ensure a positive experience for builder participants and to enable USGBC to
        make effective use of the participants’ experience in the program to further refine the
        LEED for Homes program. This will require regular consultation with USGBC staff and
        cooperation in the creation of case studies and marketing materials featuring LEED for
        Homes projects. These activities will constitute part of the Provider Agreement between
        USGBC and Certification Providers.

        While USGBC has every intent of rolling-out the national LEED for Homes
        program in the fall of 2007, it reserves the right to cancel this solicitation without
        cause.

        Provider’s agreements are non-exclusive in terms of territory, clients or services.

        Providers will be evaluated on a quarterly basis to determine their continued role
        in the LEED for Homes Program.


    Provider Licensing
        USGBC is offering to license the use of the LEED for Homes Rating System and LEED
        brand (per the USGBC’s branding guidelines) to LEED for Homes Certification
        Providers.
        As part of the Provider agreement with USGBC, LEED for Homes Certification Providers
        must agree to the following upon their selection by USGBC:

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               Complete a Provider agreement with USGBC for the state(s) in which the
                Provider was selected to perform LEED for Homes-related services. The
                Provider agreement will include a non-compete agreement related to any and all
                “LEED for Homes” trainings that all Providers must sign.
               Monitor the fees paid to USGBC for builder participation and project certification,
                including: project registration and certification fees.
               Establish annual performance goals, in collaboration with USGBC (see “Action
                Plan” below).
               Have a senior team member trained as a LEED for Homes Certifier, and work
                with USGBC staff to complete the approval of the first 25 LEED for Homes
                projects and a random sample of projects thereafter.


    Action Plan
        After selection as a LEED for Homes Certification Provider, each organization will be
        expected to work with USGBC to develop an annual action plan with the primary goal
        being to establish sufficient infrastructure to deliver at least 200-300 LEED Homes in
        their designated target market(s) in the next 12 months. Each Provider’s Strategic Plan
        must be submitted using a standard USGBC template that includes info about the
        projected number of registered LEED Homes and registered builders in 2008, as well as
        the names of the green raters that will be trained to verify these homes.
        USGBC will compile the annual plans from each Provider into a national USGBC plan.
        USGBC will adjust regional estimates, based on USGBC’s best estimates of market
        potential for LEED for Homes.
        USGBC will meet with each Provider on a quarterly basis to review their performance to
        date. This meeting will include a review of the unique needs of the local market, and any
        additional support that may be needed from USGBC. Any Provider that does not meet
        at least 75% of their minimum goal in each market will be required to justify the reasons
        for the underperformance of that market.
        Per USGBC’s discretion, additional Providers may be selected in any market that is
        underperforming. USGBC will only do so after conducting a fair review and evaluation
        process with the existing Provider(s).


Grandfathering of Pilot LEED for Homes Providers
        Pilot LEED for Homes Certification Providers will be allowed to register with USGBC in
        each state where they have established builder relationships (i.e., completed Builder
        Agreements, builder trainings, and preliminary ratings). These grandfathered pilot
        Providers do not have to respond to this RFQ, but will be automatically selected as
        USGBC Certification Providers.
        Each member of the Northeast team and the Portland team will also be allowed to
        register in those states where they have established builder relationships.




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Application Procedures
        Please complete the attached six-page submittal form. You may also submit up to 5
        pages of additional supporting info (e.g., resumes, continuous learning plans,
        descriptions of related experience, etc.).
        Please fax, e-mail, or mail your completed application along with resumes for team
        members and two references no later than Wednesday, November 28, 2007 to:

            Batya Metalitz
            LEED for Homes, Program Coordinator
            US Green Building Council
            1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 300
            Washington, DC 200036
            Fax: 202 828-5110
            Email: bmetalitz@usgbc.org

        For further information about the LEED for Homes Program visit the USGBC website:
            www.usgbc.org/LEED/Homes
        or contact: Jay Hall at 410 263-3162, or jayh@buildingknowledge.net.




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                                           Form for
                 Submittal of Qualifications
          For LEED for Homes Certification Providers

      Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 28, 2007


Information about your Organization
    1) Your name:


    2) Name of your organization:


    Your title / role in this organization:


    3) Your contact information:
            Address:
            City:                 State:        ZIP:
            Phone:
            Fax:
            Email:
            Website:

    4) Please indicate your highest level of formal education:
                High School
                Associate’s degree         Please specify discipline:
                Bachelor’s degree          Please specify discipline:
                Master’s degree            Please specify discipline:
                PhD                        Please specify discipline:

    5) How many years have you been working in the green building industry or an allied field?

        % Full time equivalent over that time?
        You may provide additional info on a separate page (see note 1 below)




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    6) What is your depth of current technical knowledge in each of the five green credit
         categories? (5 = national expert, 3 = reasonably conversant, 1 = basic knowledge)
                 Credit Category               Depth of Knowledge
            i)   Sustainable Sites
            ii) Indoor Environmental Quality
            iii) Water Efficiency
            iv) Sustainable materials
            v) Energy Efficiency


    What is your depth of knowledge of the LEED for Homes rating system?
    (5 = national expert, 3 = reasonably conversant, 1 = basic knowledge)
    Please describe your role related to LEED for Homes:


    What is your depth of knowledge of the ENERGY STAR for Homes program?
    (5 = national expert, 3 = reasonably conversant, 1 = basic knowledge)
    Please describe your role related to ENERGY STAR for Homes:


    7)    List other green home building rating systems or programs with which you are familiar,
         and characterize your depth of current knowledge of each.
         (5 = national expert, 3 = reasonably conversant, 1 = basic knowledge)

                         Name of Program                                  Depth of Knowledge




    8)    Summarize your direct experience in administering and managing a green home
         building program in the past 2 years.
            i)   How many years have you been involved in this activity?
            ii) Estimated hours spent in this activity over the past 2 years?
            iii) How many staff do you have to directly support this activity?
                             (FTEs)
            You may provide additional info on a separate page (see note 1 below)



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    9)    Summarize your direct experience in administering and managing an energy efficient
          home building program in the past 2 years.
            i)   How many years have you been involved in this activity?
            ii) Estimated hours spent in this activity over the past 2 years?
            iii) How many staff do you have to directly support this activity?
                             (FTEs)
            You may provide additional info on a separate page (see note 1 below)


    10) Summarize your (or your staff’s) experience in working directly with builders.
            i)   How many years have you been involved in this activity?
            ii) Estimated direct builder contact hours over the past 2 years?
            iii) List the primary type of builders that you have worked with.(e.g., custom,
                 production, affordable, etc.)?
            You may provide additional info on a separate page (see note 1 below)


    11) Identify the types of home building-related organizations that you have worked with by
         indicating below the number of years of involvement and contact hours with each in the
         past 2 years:
                                                      Yrs:        Contact Hrs:
            Architects / Designers
            Green Home Building Consultants
            Utilities
            LEED for Homes Providers / Raters
            Energy Raters
            Home Builder Associations
            Realtors
            Trade Contractors
            Other:
            You may provide additional info on a separate page (see note 1 below)


    12) Summarize any supervisory experience (serving as a knowledge resource to other
         professionals), focusing on green building-related experience.
            i)   How many years have you been involved in this activity?
            ii) Estimated direct contact hours over the past 2 years?
            iii) Estimated number of individuals supervised / mentored?
            You may provide additional info on a separate page (see note 1 below)


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    13) List organizations for which you have provided green building-related services, with
          estimated number of hours worked (or % FTE) for each.




    14)     List any workshops you have attended on other LEED rating systems or other green
          home building programs:




    15)     Describe any opportunities that your role as a Certification Provider would offer for
           promoting or showcasing LEED for Homes (e.g., any noteworthy organizations with
           which you have relationships).




    16) Describe any potential conflicts of interests, e.g., relationships with competing green
           home building programs. (Note: potential conflicts of interests will not disqualify you as
           a candidate.)




    17) Please describe the market area(s) that you plan to deliver LEED for Homes
           Certification services to.
             Location:
             Annual housing starts within 100 mile radius:
             Current Market Saturation of ENERGY STAR for Homes:               %
             Name of Local Green Home Building Program:
             Nearest LEED for Homes Provider(s):




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    18) Please quantify the number of registered LEED Homes and registered builders that you
          anticipate recruiting into the LEED for Homes Program in the next 12 months, for each
          major market identified in Exhibit 1:

                   Market               # of Registered      # of Registered
                                        LEED Homes           Builders
            i)
            ii)
            iii)
            iv)
            v)


    19) Please summarize your experience in managing a team of field raters (or equivalent):

                   Number of raters:
                   Number of builders served per year:
                   Number of homes inspected per year:

    20) Please provide a 1 page Management Plan (attached to this submittal) that describes
          the following aspects of your organization, including:

        i) Training plan for your team of green home raters, and budget for 2008
        ii) Quality assurance plan for your team of green home raters, and budget for 2008
        iii) Market plans for LEED Homes, and budget for 2008


    21) References. Please provide names and contact info for three references. Preferably,
          these should be builder clients that you have provided support services to.

            Name:
            Organization:
            Phone:

            Name:
            Organization:
            Phone:

            Name:
            Organization:
            Phone:




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    Note 1. Please feel free to provide up to 5 additional pages of info, including:

           Resumes for key members for your team,
           Continuous learning plans,
           Descriptions of related experience, and
           Additional reasons why USGBC may wish to select your organization as a Provider.


    I hereby affirm and acknowledge that the information provided above is accurate.
            Signature:
            Name:
            Title:
            Organization:
            Phone:
            Email:
            Date:

    Please fax, e-mail, or mail your completed application along with resumes for team
    members and two references no later than Wednesday, November 28, 2007 to:
            Batya Metalitz
            LEED for Homes, Program Coordinator
            U.S. Green Building Council
            1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Suite 300
            Washington, DC 200036
            Fax: 202 828-5110
            Phone: 202 742-3774
            Email: bmetalitz@usgbc.org

    For further information about the LEED for Homes program, visit the USGBC website:
            www.usgbc.org/LEED/Homes
    or contact: Jay Hall, Acting Director for LEED for Homes, at 410 263-3162 (or
    jayh@buildingknowledge.net).




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