Leadership Energy and Environmental Design, Associate Professional (LEED GA) Exam Preparation Course–USGBC, USA


Leadership Energy and Environmental Design, Associate Professional (LEED GA) Exam Preparation Course–USGBC, USA

Course Name:                    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Exam Preparation Course

Certification Body:            U.S. Green Building Council - USGBC, USA

Training Hours:                 16 Hours


LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. The LEED Green Associate credential designates individuals who have a documented, up-to-date understanding of the most current green building principles and practices. The LEED Green Associate is a foundational credential and for many it is the first step before earning advanced credentials such as the LEED AP with specialty. The LEED Green Associate exam preparation course will give you knowledge of green building practices for both commercial and residential spaces and both new construction and existing buildings as well as how to support other professionals working on LEED projects

Target Audience

Product Manufacturers, Engineering Students, Real Estate Professionals & Contractors, and all those who are directly or indirectly involved in Green Building projects


There is no pre-requisite.

Course Content                  


  • Organization fundamentals (e.g., mission/vision; non-profit; role of USGBC/GBCI)
  • Structure of LEED rating systems (e.g., credit categories; prerequisites; credits and/ or Minimum Program
  • Requirements for LEED certification)
  • Scope of each LEED rating system (e.g., rating system selection; rating system families [BD+C, ID+C, O+M,ND, Homes])
  • LEED development process (e.g., consensus-based; stakeholder and volunteer involvement; rating system updates/evolution)
  • Credit categories (e.g., goals and objectives of each [LT, SS, WE, EA, MR, EQ, IN, RP]; synergies)
  • Impact categories (e.g., what should a LEED project accomplish?)
  • LEED certification process (e.g., certification levels [Certified, Silver, Gold, Platinum]; LEED Scorecard; third party verification; role of documentation submission; LEED Interpretations; Addenda; awareness of different system versions [e.g., LEED Online]; components of LEED Online and Project Registration)
  • Other rating systems (e.g., in general, what other rating systems are out there?)


  • Integrative process (e.g., early analysis of the interrelationships among systems; systems thinking; charrettes)
  • Integrative project team members (e.g., architect; engineer; landscape architect; civil engineer; contractor; facility manager, etc.)
  • Standards that support LEED (e.g., breadth not depth of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers [ASHRAE]; Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association [SMACNA] guidelines; Green Seal; ENERGY STAR®; HERs; Reference Standards listed in ACPs, etc.)


  • Site selection (e.g., targeting sites in previously developed and brownfields/high- priority designation area;
  • avoiding sensitive habitat; located in areas with existing infrastructure and nearby uses; reduction in parking footprint)
  • Alternative transportation (e.g., type, access and quality; infrastructure and design)


  • Site assessment (e.g., environmental assessment; human impact)
  • Site design and development (e.g., construction activity pollution prevention; habitat conservation and
  • restoration; exterior open space; rainwater management; exterior lighting; heat island reduction)


  • Outdoor water use (e.g., use of graywater/rainwater in irrigation; use of native and adaptive species)
  • Indoor water use (e.g., concepts of low flow/waterless fixtures; water-efficient appliances; types and quality)
  • Water performance management (e.g., measurement and monitoring)


  • Building loads (e.g., building components; space usage [private office, individual space, shared multioccupant spaces])
  • Energy efficiency (e.g., basic concepts of design; operational energy efficiency; commissioning; energy auditing)
  • Alternative and renewable energy practices (e.g., demand response; renewable energy; green power; carbon offsets)
  • Energy performance management (e.g., energy use measurement and monitoring; building automation controls/advanced energy metering; operations and management; benchmarking; ENERGY STAR)
  • Environmental concerns (e.g., sources and energy resources; greenhouse gases; global warming potential; resource depletion; ozone depletion)


  • Reuse (e.g., building reuse; material reuse; interior reuse; furniture reuse)
  • Life-cycle impacts (e.g., concept of life-cycle assessment; material attributes; human and ecological health impacts; design for flexibility)
  • Waste (e.g., construction and demolition; maintenance and renovation; operations and ongoing; waste management plan)
  • Purchasing and declarations (e.g., purchasing policies and plans; environmental preferable purchasing (EPP); building product disclosure and optimization [i.e., raw materials sourcing, material ingredients, environmental product disclosure])


  • Indoor air quality (e.g., ventilation levels; tobacco smoke control; management of and improvements to indoor air quality; low-emitting materials; green cleaning)
  • Lighting (e.g., electric lighting quality; daylight)
  • Sound (e.g., acoustics)
  • Occupant comfort, health, and satisfaction (e.g., controllability of systems; thermal comfort design; quality of views; assessment/survey)


  • Environmental impacts of the built environment (e.g., energy and resource use in conventional buildings; necessity of green buildings; environmental externalities; triple bottom line)
  • Codes (e.g., relationship between LEED and codes [building, plumbing, electrical, mechanical, fire protection]; green building codes)
  • Values of sustainable design (e.g., energy savings over time; healthier occupants; money-saving incentives; costs [hard costs, soft costs]; life cycle)
  • Regional design (e.g., regional green design and construction measures as appropriate; regional emphasis should be placed in Sustainable Sites and Materials & Resources)

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