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Improving Your LEED Project Submittal: Tips for Success

September 21, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am EDT

Join 3R Building Sustainability and GBA to learn tips and tricks for successful LEED projects!


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Every point is vital to your project achieving the desired level of LEED certification! Learn best practices for the successful submittal of commonly missed and challenging LEED credits with long-time LEED reviewers and consultants, Carla Mitchell and Dr. Christine Kuntz. They have seen it all, having poured through design and construction documents, compliance narratives, and credit documentations of LEED registered projects from around the globe. As reviewers, they help the GBCI determine which credits are awarded to project teams, and they offer feedback to those project teams for how they can achieve credits. Join Green Building Alliance for a morning with Carla and Christine as they explain common pitfalls with various LEED credits, as well as suggestions for successfully achieving credits. This comprehensive look at LEED v2009 credit categories can benefit project teams, consultants, students, and building owners alike! Even better, Carla and Christine will also share a few tips for LEED v4 projects. The information shared in this session will focus on BD+C New Construction Submittals. Coffee and breakfast are included.


About the Speakers

Carla 3R

Carla J. Mitchell, LEED AP BD+C, LEED Project Reviewer

Carla Mitchell is a Principal at 3R Building Sustainability. She has over nine years of sustainable design and project experience as part of her twenty-two years of mechanical design experience. The majority of Carla’s career has focused on commercial building projects including commercial offices, multi-family/mixed-use residential, universities, sports facilities, senior living facilities, and medical facilities.

Currently, Carla’s concentration is on the energy components of high-performance buildings. She has six years of LEED review experience, specializing in Commercial Interiors, New Construction, Existing Renovation, Core and Shell, and Schools projects. She oversees a team of energy reviewers and consultants, providing technical guidance and quality control for projects pursuing LEED certification. Carla currently holds the LEED AP BD+C and LEED Project Reviewer credentials.

Prior to joining 3R, Carla was a Project Manager with a large MEP consulting firm which focused on engineering exceptional environments through high performance design. She provided project management and mechanical system design for multiple high profile projects, as well as LEED project documentation and energy modeling.


Christine 3R

Dr. Christine F. Kuntz, LEED AP BD+C and ID+C, LEED Project Reviewer

Christine is a Principal at 3R Building Sustainability and specializes in the location and transportation, sustainable sites, water efficiency, and materials and resources categories of sustainable design. She currently holds the LEED AP BD+C and ID+C specialties, as well as the LEED Project Reviewer credential and has six years of review experience in LEED for Commercial Interiors, New Construction and Major Renovations, Core and Shell, and Schools rating systems. She currently manages a team of both in-house staff and contract reviewers, providing both review process management and technical oversight for projects throughout the world attempting LEED certification.

Christine received her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University in 2000, and went on to Study Environmental Engineering at The George Washington University, where she earned her Master’s Degree in 2002. She worked at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Washington D.C. where her team investigated the feasibility of water efficiency and renewable energy projects for the federal government.

Prior to joining 3R, Christine researched in-situ applications of photon density wave spectroscopy at the University of Potsdam in Germany, where she earned her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry.



8:30 – Register, Grab Breakfast

8:45 – Presentations and Q&A

10:00 – Event Wrap-Up



  1. Gain insight from practicing LEED project reviewers on the types of mistakes commonly seen on LEED BD+C project submittals.
  2. Discover and understand which LEED BD+C credits are most difficult to achieve and why.
  3. Learn best practices for the successful submittal of commonly missed and challenging LEED BD+C credits.
  4. Learn some tips for how to achieve success in LEED v4, the newest version of the rating system.


This event is pending approval for 1.0 LEED BD+C-Specific GBCI CEUs and for 1.0 AIA HSW hours.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


September 21, 2016
8:30 am - 10:00 am
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