2008 MFE Awards
Best Use of Technology

Submitted by: Wood Partners Marietta, Ga.-based Wood Partners' Green Evaluation Model (GEM) is a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet developed to assist preconstruction managers, developers, and estimators in the process of designing multifamily communities to green building standards.

The GEM enables users to view how standard building practices will be measured in three different green building rating systems?EarthCraft House, the National Association of Home Builders' National Green Building Standard, and LEED for Homes. The system incorporates 498 unique measures in each rating system enabling a prescreening to identify the appropriate standards applicable to Wood Partners' developments.

The initiative, which cost only $10,000 to develop, delivered great returns on projects that have been included and has also proven to be a great team-building tool.