As part of an ongoing series, I will be sharing with you many of the Wells Fargo team members who work very hard to support Wells Fargo's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) initiative. In my last post, I mentioned one of our most supportive team members, Brian McNutt, who has worked tirelessly to assure the endurance of our sustainability goals. Today, I am going to tell you about an invaluable group of Wells Fargo team member—our LEED Advocates—who work just as tirelessly and render amazing results. (—Sheri)
As anyone will tell you, it takes quite a bit of support to assure the quality of a LEED building. For one thing, the amount of documentation that is collected and reviewed takes more than just one set of eyes in order to confirm the "greenness" of a building's design and construction. In fact, whenever we build a new store, nearly every step—from design to occupancy (and beyond)—requires some form of documentation.
For instance, when an architect is first brought on board, he or she is presented with a document called the Owner's Project Requirements (OPR) detailing Wells Fargo's design intent. In response, the architect provides the Basis of Design (BOD) that essentially affirms Wells Fargo's requirements. This is before the architect even hits the drafting table. And from that point on, the documentation continues to roll in.
All of this documentation is not only to prove that we are walking the talk. It is also to assure that our goals—reduced energy use, reduced natural resource depletion, and increased occupant comfort—are realized.
About those sets of eyes: Many LEED building projects have a team member called the LEED Consultant—a very important role that serves to help determine the project goals and provide quality assurance for many of the components and documentation. These Consultants also carry an important credential called a LEED Accredited Professional, or LEED AP for short.
In light of the sheer volume of LEED projects undertaken by Wells Fargo, and our commitment to continuing LEED as our building standard for banking stores, we decided to internalize the LEED Consultant function. All new Wells Fargo banking store projects include LEED Consultants—though in our world we call them LEED Advocates—and they're involved from the moment the project is approved to months after the team members have moved in and opened doors for business.
I don't know what we would do without them!