LEED® AP Building Design & Construction Exam Preparation

Course Duration

2 days (16 hours)

Course Overview

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. For professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings, the LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C) exam is designed to measure your knowledge and skill in understanding the LEED Rating System and ability to facilitate the project certification process.  This course helps participants understand and prepare for the LEED AP BD+C exam.  Additionally, the course will provide an advance preview of LEED 2012 and explore as to how LEED compares to the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Estidama program (Jourdan Younis is also an instructor for Estidama).

Course Objectives

This course will be an introduction to the concepts of sustainable, high performance green buildings, as well as methods for designing, constructing and evaluating them. The emphasis will be on reviewing the fundamentals of the LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System and the relevant LEED certification process as per LEED Version-3 requirements.

Accordingly, the course will provide key preparatory information about the needed tools and technical expertise for taking both the LEED Green Associate exam (part 1) and the LEED AP BD+C specialty exam (part 2).  Moreover, the course will provide project teams with the necessary procedures and technical tools for planning, designing and constructing LEED certified projects.

Who Should Attend?

All industry professionals seeking to work on green building projects and more particularly those seeking to become LEED AP BD+C professionals and/or work on LEED 2009 projects, including:

  • Developers
  • Building Owners
  • Client Representatives
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Environmental, Health and Safety Managers
  • Sustainability Managers
  • Facility Managers

It is strongly recommended that course applicants have some level of experience with working on LEED projects within the past three years.

Please review the eligibility requirements for the LEED AP BD+C exam at: www.gbci.org

Course Content

Day One (8 Hours)

  • Introductions
  • Basics of Green Building
  • Different Rating Systems, including local systems 
  • Exam Information
  • Why Build Green? – Cost Benefit/Local Trends/Demand
  • Basics and Goals of LEED BD&C Rating Guide – LEED AP Fundamentals / Green Associate
  • LEED Sustainable Sites Prerequisites & Credits
  • LEED Water Prerequisite & Credits
  • LEED Energy Prerequisites
  • Interactive Session
  • Recap

Day Two (8 Hours)

  • Welcome
  • LEED Energy Credits
  • LEED Material Prerequisites & Credits
  • LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Prerequisites
  • LEED Indoor Environmental Quality Credits
  • LEED Innovation Credits
  • Project Management Tools
  • Brief LEED Cost Analysis
  • Advance preview of LEED 2012
  • How LEED compares to the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council’s Estidama program
  • Interactive Session
  • Sample Exam
  • Recap