LEEDS schmeeds, Who needs LEEDS !
Or Bullshit Baffles Brains:
I wrote this a s a comment to a blog posted today by Jay Markanich; I Have Never Seen This Before .
I agree with Jay. This is potentially a dangerous and unsafe panel installation. The post got lots of comments and then Jay told me (comment #18) that the supervisor/salesman there justified it by saying it was LEEDS certified.
As far as I’m concerned “LEEDS” is just being used as another jargon term that both impresses and confuses consumers at the same time. It has not yet developed into the standard that it might become someday.
It stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Standard”. That’s all. This is developed as a focus for architects and engineers to work toward energy efficiency and sustainable building practices and materials.
It’s not a building standard, but it will become a design standard. It’s to be an evolving reference. What is up to LEEDS rating this year will not be LEEDS rated next year.
Buildings are not LEEDS certified. The building design is LEEDS certified, dated for the completed set of drawings.
That’s nice but it isn’t everything. It is currently an incomplete developing standard for design. It’s a starting point and will take generations to become a high quality reference that it has the potential to be.
But if contractors and developers keep using it as a ‘buzz word‘ then it won’t develop and it will become meaningless.
Drawings are not the building and certified drawings do not mean a certified building. Judicious supervision and frequent inspection will get you to a certified building status. (Building, fire and electrical construction and safety codes.)
Builders are expected to follow the plans, but the plans don’t tell them how to work. As usual they are expected to follow all the normal trade practices as well as all building, fire and electrical codes.
In the process they are must integrate safety into the work place and the construction. Common sense is to be applied.
It just hasn’t been here. (In the case depicted by Jay Markanich’s blog article today which shows a large electrical distribution panel backing directly onto a shower wallboard.)
Plans are always modified in detail through the construction process to accommodate practical limits in materials and space requirements. Sometimes the plans are redrawn and sometimes not. (The changes are covered by annotated addendums and sketches.)
I can give you 2 solutions that would solve the problem and not cost any more money, if they were done at the right point in the build.
Bullshit Baffles Brains. That catchy little phrase has been around for a long time for good reason. So if LEEDS certified is just going to be another buzzword, I say who needs it.
Original blog post on ActiveRain: Link to Blog Post