LEED for Building Design + Construction Exam Preparation Study Group
This study group covers the concepts and strategies of the LEED for Building Design + Construction Rating Systems and is intended for design, construction and real estate professionals, building owners, and anyone who wants to develop their knowledge in this area.
The course will prepare students to earn the LEED for Building Design + Construction Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C) credential from the Green Building Certification Institute. This exam is the second of in a two-part series of exam, the first of which is the LEED Green Associate exam. The LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Study Group is offered separately from this course.
The LEED AP BD+C exam tests the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design, construction and major renovations process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the LEED application and certification process. Please note that though experience on a LEED project is no longer an eligibility requirement to sit for this exam, it is strongly recommended.
Students examine case studies of LEED for Building Design + Construction certified projects, concepts of integrative design, third-party verification and the LEED administration process.
In each of the first seven Units we cover all Task Domains and Knowledge Domains in the specification sections listed by the Green Building Certification Institute as exam content areas. The final Unit focuses on exam preparation.
To be successful in this course and on the exam I recommend you view all the presentations, thoroughly read and understand all the readings, successfully pass each of the Unit's quizzes and engage in the discussion forums with your fellow students and me.
REQUIRED READING: BD + C Reference Guide
From the creators of the LEED Rating System, USGBC is the leading authority for LEED green building education. This guide will provide you with detailed credit and prerequisite information. You’ll also gain access to resources, documentation guidance, standards and implementation information.
Eight week course, Kelly Gearhart, LEED AP B+C, LEED AP O+M, instructor.
Introduction; Location and Transportation; Sustainable Sites
Access to Quality Transit
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
Site Design and Development
Water Efficiency; LEED Project and Team Coordination
Outdoor Water Use Reduction
Indoor Water Use Reduction
Water Performance Management
Rating System Selection
Identification of Potential Costs
Energy and Atmosphere; LEED Process
Alternative and Renewable Energy
Energy Performance Management
Energy Model as a Tool
Different Avenues to Achieve LEED Goals
LEED System Synergies
Prerequisites and Minimum Program Requirements
Evolutionary Characteristics of LEED
Materials and Resources
Environmental Concerns of Materials
Indoor Environmental Quality; Integrative Strategies
Indoor Environmental Quality
Occupant Comfort, Health and Satisfaction
Thermal Comfort Design
Quality of Views
Integrative Project Team
Value of Collaboration
Project Surroundings and Public Outreach; Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating Systems
Communicate the Values and Benefits of Green Building
Communicate the Benefits of using LEED
Understand Potential Trade-Offs
Identify Basic Categories of Incentive-Types
Identify the Need for Environmental and Economic Analysis
Educate Others and Self
LEED Certification Process; Analysis Required for LEED Credits
Ensure Compliance of Minimum Program Requirements
Select Appropriate Rating System
Identify Regional Priority Credits
Identify Team Responsibilities
Access and Manage Credit Forms and Templates through LEED Online
Coordinate and Disseminate Addenda
Submit Technical Questions to USGBC
Maintain LEED Scorecard
Estimate the Cost of LEED Certification
Manage a Project’s LEED Review Process
Verify Technical Work Products
Identify Synergistic Credits
Research Green Building Products and Strategies
Understand Value of Energy Modeling as Tool
LEED AP BD+C Exam Preparation
Registering for Your Exam
Day of the Exam
After the Exam
About online learning
Online learning is a fun, enjoyable and very productive way to learn. Millions of people are learning online each year. You will engage with the instructor and other participants. You will get to know your instructor and other participants. You may make friends. It’s easy. It’s fun.
How the Course Works
It is easy to participate in your online course. After you register, you will be given a web address to go to get into your online classroom. You will have a password and use your email address and password to gain access.
Once inside the online classroom, here’s what you can expect.
Participate when you want
You can participate any time of day or evening. The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
There are no live real-time requirements or meetings. You decide when you participate.
For the best learning, participants should log into the course on 2-3 different days of the week.
What you will do
For each Unit, you will:
Access the online readings
Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants
For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.
The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.
The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing and can be made at any time of the day or night.
Your instructor will log into the Discussion area at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to comments by you and the other participants.
We encourage you to make 2-3 comments each day to maximize your learning and enjoyment of the course.
It’s easy. It’s fun.