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Guide to the LEED Green Associate V4 Exam

ISBN: 978-1-118-87031-0
272 pages
October 2014
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Prepare for the LEED Green Associate v4 exam with an expert who has been there – and passed!

Guide to the LEED Green Associate V4 Exam is a comprehensive study guide for the LEED Green Associate v4 exam. Written by a LEED expert and consultant who actually passed the exam, this guide provides a first-hand account of preparation strategies that work. The book is designed to work with how people study, organized for quick navigation, with sample questions and flashcards throughout. The companion website offers additional study aids, including more sample test questions and flashcards, plus video tutorials that introduce concepts and strategies within each chapter. The book covers all topics and principles included on the exam, and provides all the information necessary to pass.

Passing the LEED Green Associate v4 exam is the only way to get the Green Associate credential, so a complete, comprehensive study guide is essential. The Guide to the LEED Green Associate Exam has been updated specifically to align with the most current version of the exam. Topics include:

  • The three tiers of the credentialing process
  • Concepts and processes of sustainable design
  • LEED design strategies and technologies
  • How and what to study for the exam

Beyond just providing information, this book offers the insight of someone who's been there, and can manage expectations and eliminate surprises. Motivating, engaging, and packed with expert advice, the Guide to the LEED Green Associate Exam helps eager professionals prepare for – and pass – the LEED Green Associate v4 exam.

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART I: RAMPING UP

Chapter 1: Understanding the Credentialing Process

The Tiers of the Credentialing Process

The Exam Registration Process

Register!

Schedule!

Why Earn LEED Credentials?

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 2: Introduction to the Concepts of Sustainable Design

The Benefits of Green Buildings

Systems Thinking

Life-cycle Approach

Do Green Buildings Cost More?

Quiz Time!

Notes

Chapter 3: Integrative Process

The Integrative Approach to Design and Construction

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 4: Third-Party Verification

USGBC and GBCI

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 5: The LEED Green Building Certification Program

LEED for Building Design and Construction (BD+C)

LEED for HOMES

LEED for Interior Design and Construction (ID+C)

LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M)

LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND)

The Categories of LEED

Prerequisites and Credits

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 6: Essential LEED Concepts

LEED-Online

Minimum Program Requirements

The Steps to Certification

Special Projects

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

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

Chapter 7: Location and Transportation

Location

Strategies

Transportation

Neighborhood Pattern and Design

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 8: Sustainable Sites

Site Design and Management

Rainwater Management

Heat Island Effect

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 9: Water efficiency

Indoor Water Use

Outdoor Water

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 10: Energy and Atmosphere

Commissioning

Minimum Energy Performance

Refrigerants

Existing Buildings

Strategies to Satisfy EA Prerequisites and Credits

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 11: Materials and Resources

Conservation of Materials

Environmentally Preferable Materials

Waste Management

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

Chapter 12: Indoor Environmental Quality

Indoor Air Quality

Thermal Comfort

Lighting

Acoustics

Quiz Time!

Notes

Chapter 13: Innovation and Regional Priority

Innovation

Regional Priority

Quiz Time!

Online Resources

Notes

PART III: STUDY TIPS AND APPENDICES

Chapter 14: Study Tips

Preparing for the LEED Green Associate Exam: Week Seven

The Testing Center Environment

Exam Structure

Online Resources

Appendix A: Rating Systems Overview

Appendix B: Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs)

Appendix C: LEED Certification Process

Appendix D: Main Category Summaries

Appendix E: Trade-offs and Synergies

Appendix F: Sample LEED NC Scorecard

Appendix G: Sample Credit

Appendix H: Referenced Standards

Appendix I: Abbreviations and Acronyms

Appendix J: Answers to Quiz Questions

Sample Flashcards

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