Guide to the LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD&C) Exam

ISBN: 978-0-470-89042-4
384 pages
January 2011
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February 07, 2011

Guide to the LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD&C) Exam

The volume of construction projects that are sustainably designed, engineered, and LEED-certified is expected to continue to increase this decade. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) refers to its internationally recognized green building certification system, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®), as the “nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.” LEED professional credentialing exams, including those for LEED Green Associate and LEED AP credentials, measure a person’s ability to understand and support green design, construction, and operations generally, and specifically assess a person’s understanding and knowledge of the specific LEED rating system and ability to facilitate the certification process. Now, John Wiley & Sons, a leading publisher for architecture, design, and engineering references, is releasing two new books to help architecture and construction professionals understand the LEED 2009 for New Construction rating system, and prepare for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD+C) exams.

            GUIDE TO LEED 2009 ESTIMATING AND PRECONSTRUCTION STRATEGIES ($80.00, January 2011) presents the techniques for estimating the actual costs, in time and money, for building green. This book, which carries the trademark of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), walks professionals through LEED 2009 for New Construction step by step, guiding the reader in techniques for accurate cost and schedule estimating at the pre-construction stage, offering the construction manager better estimates and better bids, and owners better buildings. Author Thomas Taylor, LEED AP BD+C, has over 20 years of green construction experience on more than fifty LEED registered or certified projects, including serving as the green building consultant for the construction of the Alberici Group Headquarters, the world's only LEED Platinum and 4 Green Globes certified building.  Content includes:

  • An introduction to preparing project execution plans, estimates, and schedules
  • The latest version of the LEED rating system , LEED 2009 for New Construction
  • Real world case studies to demonstrate the techniques and concepts
  • Project documentation, a project-critical aspect of LEED certification
  • Costs and schedules to help the reader understand the real costs of building green

For those interested in taking either the LEED Green Associate or LEED AP Building Design and Construction (BD+C) exams, Wiley has published guidebooks that are engaging, comprehensive, and easy to digest for busy professionals. Both GUIDE TO THE LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM ($55.00; September 2010) and GUIDE TO THE LEED AP BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (BD&C) EXAM ($75.00; February 2011) are written Michelle Cottrell, LEED AP, vice president and director of education at Green Education Services, who wrote the books based on the learning methods she has developed in teaching hundreds of LEED exam prep sessions.  Clearly organized with sample quizzes, drawings, charts, and diagrams to help the reader visually understand the concepts throughout, and a set of sample flashcards in the back, each exam guide augments exam preparation content available from the Green Building Certification Institute.

            In today’s competitive environment, LEED certifications are more important than ever. Having the best study guides can give professionals an advantage as they prepare for the challenging LEED exams.  



Michelle Cottrell, LEED AP, is vice president and director of education at Green Education Services, where she is responsible for curriculum and course development. She is also the founding principal of Design Management Services, a LEED consulting firm that supports project teams through the certification process from design through construction. A LEED® Accredited Professional, Cottrell has more than ten years of experience specializing in commercial projects as a sustainable design and LEED consultant.


Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication date: February 14, 2011

$75.00; Paperback; 384 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-89042-4