LEED is always improving their standards and this will occur in the next version of the LEED Green Building Rating System known at "LEED v4."

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Course Itinerary:

Introduction to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

  • How LEED is used to reduce the foot print of our built environment
  • How LEED contributes to a more economical building and healthier lifestyle for its occupants
  • Who created LEED and what is the process to certify a building including the point system
  • The tools and standards incorporated into LEED which result in a holistic green building standard
  • How to market yourself as a LEED professional and understand LEED impact categories

Location and Transportation

  • How to reduce your building’s impact on the environment due to automobile dependence
  • Incorporating your building with existing infrastructure and public transportation
  • Where to build the project in order to reduce its environmental impact and halt urban sprawl
  • How to select the correct project site to maximize LEED points and mitigate environmental impact

Sustainable Sites

  • The benefits of open space on your project site and having occupants interact with said space
  • Reduction of storm water runoff and curbing the heat island affect to reduce cooling loads
  • How to reduce light pollution to minimize energy loss and off-site disturbances

Water Efficiency

  • How to reduce potable water consumption by installing low flow fixtures and reusing water
  • The benefits of properly monitoring your water consumption and possible incentives
  • How to reduce potable water use for irrigation and treat waste water on site

Energy and Atmosphere

  • Using building modeling software and on-going metering to estimate and record energy usage
  • How to reduce energy losses from the building and how to source energy from on/off-site renewables
  • The necessity of building commissioning and refrigerant management for LEED

Materials and Resources

  • How to reduce construction demolition waste and allow for occupant recycling when occupied
  • LEED’s Building product disclosure and optimization unique approach for material selection
  • The function of Environmental Product Declarations and benefits of local materials

Indoor Environmental Quality

  • How to reduce indoor air pollution to increase occupant comfort, health and productivity
  • How points are awarded for lighting and thermal control and comfort
  • How to incorporate daylight and views to positively contribute to the indoor environmental quality

Innovation in Design and Regional Priority

  • How LEED rewards sustainable strategies which are out of the scope of LEED
  • How to receive exemplary performance points for exceeding existing credit requirements
  • How LEED rewards points for satisfying credits of utmost importance to specific regions

Exam registration, materials overview and Exam taking tricks

  • How to self-study for the exam and the exact procedure to ensure the highest passing rate
  • How to register with the USGBC and find the best location to take the exam
  • How to use the most effective strategy during the exam