We love hearing from our students and getting feedback about their LEED exams. We recently heard from a student from our Boston LEED training class.
She sent a note to our instructor, Joan Darvish-Rouhani, that she passed the LEED Green Associate exam with a score of 190 (out of 200!). She also supplied some tips for her classmates to help them avoid the often-seen procrastination stage. We wanted to share these words of wisdom with you all…
We have some very exciting announcements for this quarter’s installment of need-to-know sustainability news! While this is, of course, not a comprehensive listing of important recent news, we thought you all would agree that these items were definitely of particular importance! To chat about other recent news stories in the sustainability industry, visit our Facebook page or tweet us @everblue.edu. Now, let’s get into it!
I recently came across a timeline on the Building Performance Institute’s website, showing how BPI has grown and impacted the home performance industry since its inception in 1993. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend you check it out. There’s a wealth of information there, and it’s interesting to see how the organization’s passion for energy efficiency has enabled it to prosper over the last 20 years.
The timeline concludes with accomplishments earned in 2012.
So what’s driving BPI Certification now?
We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.
If you’re reading this post, that means you’ve completed a LEED exam prep course from an approved USGBC Education Partner like Everblue. Now, you may be wondering, what do I do next?
Paying for Your LEED Exam
Last month, the U.S. Green Building Council released its annual list of the top 10 states for LEED green building. The list looked at the overall square feet of LEED-certified buildings per state resident and then ranked the states accordingly. This week, the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) published a similar report relevant to the number of homes in the U.S. that were energy rated and issued a HERS score.
Many moons ago, when LEED credentials were first established for green building professionals, there was a designation called LEED AP. It stood for LEED Accredited Professional. Things were simple back then. If you wanted to pursue a LEED credential, you became a LEED AP.
Remember when you were in high school, and you were expected to take the SAT exam? Some students prepared for this difficult exam by reading an SAT prep book. Others participated in a live SAT prep class.
We wrote about this exact same topic back in 2010, but we thought it made sense to revisit it now, considering so much has changed with these two programs. In some ways, the overlap between BPI and RESNET is still there, but in other ways, the two programs are starkly different. That statement probably sounds very confusing, so let’s go ahead and dive into the major similarities and differences between BPI and RESNET.
We commonly hear from professionals that they’re not sure where to get started with LEED. Here’s hoping that we can provide some clarity on what it takes to earn a LEED credential, from the accreditation process to the financial commitment.
Once you’ve decided that you want to take your interest in green building to the next level, your first official step will be to work toward a LEED Green Associate Accreditation. Everyone must start at this level, regardless of education, occupation, or experience.