TradeSoft's new ProjectPAK estimating package automates LEED-certified project documentation. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building is designed and built using strategies that improve resource sustainability, energy efficiency and environmental quality, which requires sub-contractors to provide in depth documentation on materials and services provided, as well as cost and time.
Once the LEED credits have been set up in the software, the estimator chooses the correct LEED version and rating for the project. Then, several LEED certification reports can be printed from the estimate. These reports automatically calculate the quantity and price of each individual material used in the estimate and list any required credit input information. These reports go along with MSDS sheets, Chain of Custody papers and specification sheets for each material used.
For more information, visit www.tradesoftinc.com or call 800.289.6326.
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