CleanEdison LEED BD&C: How to Interpret the Reference Guide


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If you're interested in becoming a LEED Accredited Professional in the Building Design and Construction category, this might be a good place to start.

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CleanEdison LEED BD&C: How to Interpret the Reference Guide

  2. 2. Course Goals2  Introduce students to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) programs.  By thoroughly covering all necessary material, prepare students for the LEED for BD&C Accredited Professional (AP) exam.
  3. 3. Course Outline – Day 13  Introduction to USGBC and LEED rating systems  Exam Overview  How to Interpret the Reference Guide  LEED Logistics and Process  LEED Online Documentation Requirements  Sustainable Sites  Water Efficiency  Energy and Atmosphere
  4. 4. Course Outline – Day 24  Materials and Resources  Indoor Environmental Quality  Innovation and Design  Regional Priority  Prerequisites, Synergies, Referenced Standards, and Responsible Parties In-Depth  Exam Tips and Suggestions.  Practice Exam  Q&A
  5. 5. LEED AP BD&C Exam5 Overview  Registering for the Exam:  “Apply” to take the exam with GBCI (  Upload your document of attestation demonstrating professional experience on a LEED registered project  Pay $100 application fee  Once your registration has been approved you will receive an “Eligibility ID”  Use this “Eligibility ID” to schedule your exam with Prometric (  Pay exam fee - $150 for USGBC members, $250 for nonmembers
  6. 6. LEED AP BD&C Exam6 Overview  Exam Format:  Short (10 minute) tutorial to go over computer based exam software  Multiple choice question exam – some of the questions are “multiple selection” (i.e. choose 3 out of 5)  10 minute satisfaction survey  Exam is entirely computer based
  7. 7. LEED AP BD&C Exam7 Overview  Types of Questions  Recall  Simple definitions and memorization  Application  How to apply a LEED BD&C requirement to a certain situation  Analysis  A step further than application, multiple requirements and multiple situations
  8. 8. How to Interpret the Reference Guide8  What is the Reference Guide and how is it organized?  Reference Guide covers the entire LEED program  Broken down into several categories, each containing multiple credits and prerequisites  Each credit and prerequisite consists of a list of requirements and strategies for fulfillment
  9. 9. How to Interpret the Reference Guide9
  10. 10. How to Interpret the Reference10 Guide
  11. 11. How to Interpret the Reference11 Guide
  12. 12. How to Interpret the Reference12 Guide  Prerequisite and Credit Format:  Intent: Identifies the main sustainable goal or benefit of the prerequisite or credit  Requirements: Specifies the criteria  Benefits and Issues to Consider: Environmental benefits, life cycle costs, estimated savings  Related Credits: Trade-offs and synergies  Summary of Referenced Standards: Required standards per credit
  13. 13. How to Interpret the Reference13 Guide  Prerequisite and Credit Format (cont):  Implementation: Methods or assemblies that facilitate achievement  Timeline and Team: Identify who should lead an effort and when the tasks should begin  Calculations: Offers sample formulas, computations. Most calculations are facilitated in LEED-Online.  Documentation Guidance: First steps in preparing the LEED-Online documentation requirements  Examples: Illustrates strategies for credit achievement
  14. 14. How to Interpret the Reference14 Guide  Prerequisite and Credit Format (cont):  Exemplary Performance: If applicable, details the level of performance needed for the award of additional points  Regional Variations: Outlines concerns specific to the geographic location of the building  Resources: Suggestions for further research, examples, illustrations, detailed technical information relevant to credits, websites, online materials, books, articles, etc.  Definitions: Clarifies terms relevant to credits, specific to LEED for New Construction, Core & Shell, and Schools.
  15. 15. Intro to LEED for BD&C15  Intent of LEED: Assist in the creation of high performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound buildings  Types of buildings:  New Construction – Commercial, Institutional, Residential of 4 or more habitable stories  Schools – Academic building on K-12 grounds  Core and Shell – No control over tenant fit-out
  16. 16. Building LEED Exam Prep Other Green Performance • Green Associate Test • RESNET HERS Rater Institute Prep P • Green 101 Certifications • Building Design and • Lead Renovator Construction Test Prep Training • Building Analyst • Operations and • Geothermal Installer • Envelope and Shell Maintenance Test Prep and Driller • Heating Specialist • Interior Design and • Solar PV Installer • AC/ Heat Pump Construction Test Prep • Solar PV for Sales • y Multifamily • Homes Test Prep p • Solar Thermal Boot • Manufactured Housing • Continuing Ed Camp • Installer • Hybrid Auto245