This course covers the fundamental concepts of green building and is intended for design, construction and real estate professionals, building owners, or anyone who wants to develop their knowledge in this area. The course will prepare students to earn the LEED Green Associate credential from the Green Building Certification Institute. Students examine case studies of LEED certified building projects, concepts of integrated design, third-party verification and the LEED administration process.
In each of the first seven Units we cover all specification sections listed by the Green Building Certification Institute as exam content areas. The final Unit focuses on exam preparation.
To be successful in this course and on the exam I recommend you view all the presentations, thoroughly read and understand all the readings, successfully pass each of the Unit's quizzes and engage in the discussion forums with me and your fellow students.
You will examine case studies of LEED certified building projects, concepts of integrated design, third-party verification and the LEED administration process. Kelly Gearhart, your instructor, holds the designations LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, and will answer your questions in the online discussion.
Supporting Topics in all Units include:
- Primary references
- Case studies of LEED certified building projects
- Concepts of integrated design
- Project team approach
- LEED champions
- Third-party verification
- LEED administration process
- Exam Preparation
Acquisition, Installation and Management of Project Materials
Locally Harvested and Manufactured Materials
Construction Waste Management
Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Indoor Air Quality During Construction
Indoor Air Quality Before Occupancy
Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation & Project Surroundings and Public Outreach
Integrated Project Team Criteria
Durability Planning and Management
Innovative and Regional Design
- LEED Certification Process
- Project Requirements and Resources
- Project Resources
- Green Associate Exam Preparation
- USGBC and GBCI
- Exam Application and Eligibility Requirements
- What to Expect on Exam Day
- After the Exam