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Bidding a LEEDS house4/22
After 40 years in the business I have been ask to bid cabinets in a LEEDS Certified house.
I'm not sure what part of the country you're in, but for at least 2 companies where I estimated LEED/FSC projects, the administrative would run 4-7% and the material purchases and storing would add another 7-10%. That's boilerplate rule-of-thumb. Your material supplier can let you know the actual cost difference; and the administrative could be minor.
That all depends on which LEED level the owner desires. Silver and Gold levels that follow MRc7 requirements insist that everyone in the chain is FSC certified and possesses a Chain-of-Custody number. If the owner can hit their numbers without everyone having a CoC number, then your costs would be less. But, if the owner needs every item possible to hit the total credits, then everyone in the line has to be certified.
It's not difficult to become certified...takes about 10-20 weeks in some cases, and if your shop's volume is small enough, the cost should be around $2,500.00 per year.
If you run a higher-volume shop (2mil, IIRC) the annual cost is around $5,000.00 or so.
Hope this helped.
The COSTS YOU WILL INCURE are strictly related to the LEED standard they require and how LEED knowledgeable your suppliers can be.
Basically for every $50,000 I would think you should add an extra week of administrative work.