What is LEED:

“LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is redefining the way we think about the places where we live, work and learn. As an internationally recognized mark of excellence, LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. “ Check out the link to the USGBC website for more detailed information.

LEED Reference guides and Sections:

Reference Guides will be the go-to reference material for LEED project teams as they will provide step-by-step guidance on how to complete and document the credit requirements. This will include calculations and examples along with information for non-U.S. and campus projects. Information about a credit’s referenced standards and a more in depth explanation of the intent behind each rating system credit will be a part of each credit section as well.

Here is a look at the 2012 reference guides posted by the USGBC

All Reference Guides are broken down into the following section:

Prerequisites: Your project must achieve all prerequisites – these are required for project certification.  Prerequisites do not have any points, because they are required for the project.  The project team should verify that the prerequisites are met as early as possible, because without meeting the prerequisites your project cannot earn LEED certification.

Credits: Each LEED rating system has slightly different credits.  Be sure you are using the correct rating system for your project, and do not confuse the requirements of one rating system for another.  It is possible a credit for LEED for Commercial Interior has a different threshold for achievement than the same credit in LEED for Building Design and Construction.

Projects do not have to achieve all credits

Your project does NOT have to achieve all credits.  Your project only needs to achieve enough credits for the certification level the project is aiming for – certified, gold, silver, or platinum.  Some credits will not apply to some projects.  For example if a project is in a suburban area, the project may not be able to achieve SS Credit 4.1 Public Transportation Access.

LEED Sections: LEED six sections of credits + 1 added 2009 + 3 added 2012 for a total of 10 sections:

  1. Integrative Process (IP) as of 2012
  2. Location and Transportation (LT) as of 2012
  3. Sustainable Sites (SS)
  4. Water Efficiency (WE)
  5. Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
  6. Materials and Resources (MR)
  7. Indoor Environmental Quality (EQ)
  8. Performance (PF) as of 2012
  9. Innovation (IN)
  10. Regional Credits as of 2009 LEED 3V

All Section have :Prerequisites, Credits, Intent of the credit, Requirements to achieve the credit, Potential Technologies and Strategies to achieve the credit, Submittals needed for LEED certification and Supportive Sections that have such information as Calculations, Terms and definitions, Exemplary performance and Decision makers

LEED – There are 3 Levels or Tiers of expertise to be achieved:

Tier I – LEED Green Associate: This would be a person that knows the basics of LEED information.

NOTE: If you chose to go to Tier II, this test will be the first part of your test that is in 2 parts, see below for more information.

Green Associates – Step by Step on how to apply on the GBCI website

Green Associates and AP+ Candidate Handbook – requirements and information needed to be a LEED Green Associate

Tier II – LEED AP + Specialty Track: What this means is that a title will be given to LEED AP with the specialty test they are taking.  You will have to take the Green Associate Exam to take the LEED AP+ exam plus have worked on a LEED project.

Information on current Specialty Tracks and LEED professional credentials application and more would be found on the GBCI website at the following link “LEED PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIAL”

Tier III – LEED AP Fellow:
This would be the elite class of leading professionals that have years of experience and undergo peer review. The credentials for this level are still being developed.

GBCI Resource page includes the following links:
  1. Candidate Handbooks
  2. Credential Maintenance Guides
  3. Glossary of useful professional credentialing terms and definitions
  4. Chapter Toolkits include informational credential graphics and a CMP presentation
  5. LEED Professionals at a Glance
  6. Disciplinary and Exam Appeals Policy
  7. LEED Professional Logo Guidelines
LEED Project Info:

USGBC Resource page of Project Profiles.  Shows projects from all specialty tracks, certification achieved and what the project team did.

LEED Registration and Certification Fees Link on the GBCI website – Registration is a flat fee paid up front at the time of registration; rates are based on the date of registration. The certification fee is based project’s rating system and size; it is calculated and paid when the project team submits documentation for review in LEED Online.  This link has information for all rating systems.

LEED on line is where you manage the entire Project Certification process.  Using LEED Online you can:

  1. Submit documentation to USGBC for review
  2. Document compliance with LEED Credit Requirements
  3. Coordinate resources among project team members
  4. Manage public facing project details
  5. Submit technical inquiries regarding LEED Credits
  6. Track progress towards LEED Certification

Credit Templates and Forms – is a link to USGBC’s information for:

  1. Form Data Matrix – A catalog of form content and data linkages, sorted by rating system
  2. Form Updates – A catalog of all forms corrected in LEED Online
  3. Sample Credit Forms – are public versions of the dynamic credit templates within LEED Online v3 which are available to registered project team members