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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.

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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  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. How to Interpret the Reference Guide9
  • 10. How to Interpret the Reference10 Guide
  • 11. How to Interpret the Reference11 Guide
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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