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What is LEED?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Back in 1993, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) was established to promote sustainable building practices. To market their concept of “building green”, they had to create a system to introduce their ideas to the industry – one that has measurable performance standards and strategies to create sustainable buildings. Thus, LEED was born. LEED is essentially a rating system to measure the sustainable performance standards of different kinds of buildings.

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), was formed in late 2007 as a part of the USGBC to manage all aspects of the LEED Professional Accreditation program including exam development, registration and delivery. Additionally, the GBCI has recently begun to administer LEED project certification.

That means that you will be dealing with the GBCI when earning your credential, as well as when certifying LEED projects after you pass.

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7 Comments On This Post

  1. Would like to get LEED certified, my question is “where do I begin?” and what source is the best to use for preparation? I know its a loaded question– but there are so many websites and info that I want to use the USGBC recs. THANKS!!

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    • Hi DA,

      It is indeed a lot of information to take in, and there are many websites and resourced out there that may confuse a lot of people.

      To get started, i think you’ve come to the right place. Going through the FAQs on GreenExamAcademy.com (formerly intheleed.com), will help you understand the process and what you need to know for the exams.

      Please feel free to ask any questions and I and other people will be here to answer them. Thanks and best of luck to you!

      -Pat

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  2. Hey Pat! No doubt that your blog is a good reference to anyone interested in LEED, many thanks for that!!
    my question is; being outside the US (in Spain) what options do i have to apply for the exam, in other words, i haven’t found any info about exams of LEED AP or centers outside the US, can you help me with that or give me any hint?

    many thanks again! and best wishes!!! :)

    Ali

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  4. Hi pat,
    plz tell me that being a resident of india how can i apply for green associate exam?

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  6. Hi Pat,
    I am a student pursuing masters in Building Engineering & Management in Delhi, India. Are there any test centres for green associate exam here?

    Reply

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