Working on a building project and need to quickly and efficiently make sure your materials are LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified? There’s an app for that.
“It really started as a side project,” said Tommy Linstroth, founder and CEO of Green Badger, an app that aims to streamline and automate the construction process for environmentally friendly building projects.
“I was just going to have an app where you could scan a barcode and it would tell you if it was LEED compliant or not and once I had that built, I thought, if it can do that, it really could manage the entire construction process.”
Linstroth’s background in LEED consulting, development and green building spans more than a decade, and he’s worked on more than 70 projects that have achieved LEED certification. He is also a LEED Fellow, which designates professionals in the green building industry and is awarded by the Green Building Certification Institute. There are fewer than 200 fellows worldwide.
He said LEED certification is pretty straight forward, but due to factors like high turnover and prolonged construction things can fall through the cracks.
The subscription-based app, which works from a smartphone, tablet or computer eliminates the need for stacks of paperwork and cumbersome data bases. The app will instantly verify volatile organic compounds, provide real-time updates and export reports and documentation for certification.
He likens the former process of LEED certification to filing your taxes on paper versus new convenience of an online tool like TurboTax.
“The methodology that people are still documenting this process is hugely cumbersome. There are thousands of data points to track and report on. It’s like filing your taxes but for a $20 million building on steroids,” he said.
“LEED is here to stay, it’s a reality in the world, but still, people are ill prepared to manage it, and that’s exactly where Green Badger comes in.”
Users pay a subscription price for each LEED project, which gives the entire team unlimited access to the app, which launched in March 2015 and is already being used by seven of the top 10 contractors in the country, including Skanska, Whiting-Turner and Holder Construction Co.
“People who use it love it. Even people who don’t use it and see it love it,” he said, adding that a new version of LEED is on the horizon
“All that familiarity and comfort of how they’ve been doing, that all goes away because it’s going to be a whole new ballgame, and we’re the only tool out there that can really streamline and automate the process.”
In May, Linstroth will travel to Atlanta to pitch Green Badger to a panel of judges at the 11th annual Biz Launch Competition, which is sponsored by The Technology Association of Georgia, Venture Atlanta and Metro Atlanta Chamber.
He was chosen from a pool of more than 100 applicants and will be competing against 14 other finalists for a shot at $50,000 in cash and more than $350,000 in services.
“We’ll have six minutes (to pitch) and two minutes of questions to hopefully rise above the top of the other great companies in Georgia,” he said.
“I think fortunately for us, we’ve got a lot of traction, because we’re out there, we’re in the market and people are paying to use it and it’s not just a concept. Our product works and people love it, so we’re going out there to make our case and hopefully we win... It would be a huge boom to get those types of resources as well as just the recognition.”
On the web
For more information on Green Badger, go to www.getgreenbadger.com.
WHAT is LEED certification?
LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification.