What is the LEED® AP BD+C ?

The LEED AP (Building Design And Construction) Specialty Distinguishes You As An Expert In The Field And Focuses On The New Construction And Major Renovation Of Residential, Commercial And Institutional Projects. This Course Has Been Designed To Prepare You For The Exam And Includes A Project Experience Component Which Meets The Eligibility Requirements To Take The Exam.

There Are Many Different Paths One Could Take To Become LEED Accredited, Shown In The Flow Chart. However, The LEED Green Associate Is A Mandatory Prerequisite For All The Leed Ap Exams.

The LEED AP+ is the second tier of LEED designation and is a credential in the green building industry! Passing the LEED Green Associate is prerequisites for the LEED AP+ and is the flagship designation for sustainability in the green industry. The LEED AP+ (Building Design and Construction specialty) focuses on major renovations and new buildings is required for actual sustainability consulting work.


Detailed Course Itinerary (10 hours):

LEED AP Building Design and Construction Overview and Process

  • When to use the LEED for Building Design + Construction rating system
  • How to monitor use LEED forms and certify a building starting with registration
  • How to create and implement effective facility policies to ensure operations cost remain low
  • The tools and standards incorporated into LEED and how to comply with/exceed their requirements

Integrative Process

  • How to utilize your team and the tools at hand to make decisions early on in the project
  • Save money and time by minimizes construction delays through proper design decisions

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


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