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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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Ideal for architects, engineers, or contractors seeking the LEED Building Design & Construction (BD&C) credential, the book is a clearly organized study guide that includes sample quizzes throughout at the end of each section. Authored by an expert who teaches seminars on LEED BD&C to professionals, this LEED exam prep book stands out from its competitors in its engaging and stimulating approach. Material includes include drawings, charts, and diagrams to help the reader visually understand the concepts.
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Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

PART I: RAMPING UP.

CHAPTER 1 UNDERSTANDING THE CREDENTIALING PROCESS.

The Tiers of the Credentialing Process.

The First Tier of the Credentialing System: LEED Green Associate.

The Second Tier of the Credentialing System: LEED Accredited Professional with Specialty.

The Third Tier of the Credentialing System: LEED Fellow.

The Application Process.

Apply!

Register!

Schedule!

Why Earn LEED Credentials?

CHAPTER 2 SUSTAINABILITY AND LEED BASICS REVIEW.

The Benefi ts of Green Buildings.

The Triple Bottom Line.

The Design and Construction Process.

The Project Team Members.

Conventional Projects versus the Integrative.

Design Approach.

Do Green Buildings Cost More?

USGBC and GBCI.

CHAPTER 3 THE LEED RATING SYSTEMS OF THE BD+C REFERENCE GUIDE.

LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation (LEED NC).

LEED for Core & Shell (LEED CS).

Precertification.

LEED for Schools.

The Categories of LEED.

Prerequisites and Credits.

Credit Weightings.

The LEED Certifi cation Process.

LEED-Online.

Registration.

Credit Submittal Templates.

Credit Interpretation Requests and Rulings.

Certification Review.

PART II: DIVING IN: THE STRATEGIES AND TECHNOLOGIES OF LEED.

CHAPTER 4 SUSTAINABLE SITES.

Site Selection.

Site Location in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Transportation.

Transportation in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Site Design and Management.

Site Design in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Stormwater Management.

Stormwater Management in Relation to LEED Compliance.

SS Study Worksheets.

CHAPTER 5 WATER EFFICIENCY.

Indoor Water Use.

Indoor Water Use in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Outdoor Water Use for Irrigation.

Outdoor Water Use in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Process Water.

Process Water Use in Relation to LEED Compliance.

WE Study Worksheets.

CHAPTER 6 ENERGY AND ATMOSPHERE.

Energy Efficiency.

Process Energy versus Regulated Energy.

Energy Effi ciency in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Tracking Energy Consumption.

Tracking Energy Consumption in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Managing Refrigerants.

Managing Refrigerants in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Renewable Energy.

EA Study Worksheets.

CHAPTER 7 MATERIALS AND RESOURCES.

Salvaged Materials and Material Reuse.

Salvaged Materials and Material Reuse in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Building Material Selection.

Material Selection in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Waste Management.

Waste Management in Relation to LEED Compliance.

MR Study Worksheets.

CHAPTER 8 INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.

Indoor Air Quality.

Ventilation Strategies in Relation to LEED Compliance.

IAQ Practices during Construction in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Prevention and Segregation Methods in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Thermal Comfort.

Thermal Comfort in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Lighting.

Lighting in Relation to LEED Compliance.

Acoustics.

Acoustics in Relation to LEED Compliance.

EQ Study Worksheets.

CHAPTER 9 INNOVATION IN DESIGN AND REGIONAL PRIORITY.

Innovation in Design.

ID Credit 1: Innovation or Exemplary Performance.

ID Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional.

ID Credit 3: The School as a Teaching Tool.

Regional Priority.

ID Study Worksheets.

PART III: STUDY TIPS AND APPENDICES.

CHAPTER 10 STUDY TIPS.

Preparing for the LEED AP BD+C Exam: Week Seven.

Practice Exam Approach.

The Testing Center Environment.

Exam Structure.

When at the Testing Center.

Exam Scoring.

After the Exam.

APPENDICES.

A BD+C Rating Systems.

B Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for BD+C Rating Systems.

C LEED Certifi cation Process.

D Main Category Summaries.

E Related Prerequisites and Credits.

F Sample LEED NC Scorecard.

G Sample LEED CS Scorecard.

H Sample LEED for Schools Scorecard.

I Exemplary Performance Opportunities within the BD+C LEED Rating Systems.

J Referenced Standards of BD+C.

K Answers to Quiz Questions.

L Abbreviations and Acronyms.

M Sample Credit.

CREDITS.

INDEX.

SAMPLE FLASHCARDS.

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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.

Green Education Services (greenedu.com) is a leading provider of green jobs training related to LEED, energy auditing, solar, and more for building developers, architects, engineers, interior designers, planners, commercial real estate brokers, and other construction industry professionals. A national member of USGBC and an approved AIA/CES provider, Green Education Services has helped thousands of professionals throughout the United States prepare for their credentialing exams.

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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.  

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

GUIDE TO THE LEED AP BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (BD&C) EXAM:

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.

GUIDE TO THE LEED AP BUILDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION (BD&C) EXAM

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Publication date: February 14, 2011

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

 

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