LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the accepted standard for green building in the United States.

Is LEED Really Leading?

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:57

The New York Times recently published an article discussing whether or not LEED Certification is actually beneficial to the environment. The Times suggested that buildings labeled as LEED certified have not lived up to their "green" expectations. Some LEED-certified buildings, in fact, are not very energy efficient. In the wake of all the changes abounding from the USGBC about LEED, the Times brings up an interesting discussion: Is LEED really leading, or is there a better green model?

What is LEED Online?

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:47

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LEED Online is a rating system selector. It manages project details and shows how common details of your project fit into various credits. Here are some of LEED Online's other features:

Evaluating LEED Consultants

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:44

A LEED consultant is someone who discovers and sets LEED goals for a project. He or she works with a group or team to develop effective strategies for reaching the group’s LEED goals. The consultant would ultimately be responsible for compiling all documentation, calculations, and submittals required for LEED certification. He or she would also draft and submit the LEED certification application to the USGBC.

Quick Thoughts About LEED v3

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:38

 Here are some things you need to know if you’re thinking of becoming a LEED  AP under the new system:


6 Commonly Mistaken LEED Terms or Processes

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:26

Over the last few months, there has been much confusion regarding not only LEED in general, but the transition from LEED v2.2 to LEED 3.0. Here is a quick summation, or clarification, of some of these commonly mistaken points:

1. LEED vs. LEEDs: Leeds is a city in England, while LEED is a rating system used to distinguish high-performing, sustainable buildings.

Register Today for USGBC-Houston’s Mayoral Debate

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:24

TODAY (Tuesday, July 21) IS THE DEADLINE to register for USGBC-Houston’s Mayoral Debate. Join the chapter as the four major contendors for Houston Mayor speak about their views on topics of interest to the commercial real estate market, the economy, green initiatives, transportation, taxes, etc.


The Mayoral Debate is designed to help members and non-members choose the best person to become the next mayor of Houston. Nancy Sims of Pierpont Communications will moderate.


LEED and Renewable Energy Tax Incentives

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:20

LEED-certified buildings are typically entitled to substantial tax benefits, and tax professionals should recognize LEED building proposals as tax planning opportunities.

The following two web sites are both great resources for finding out what tax incentives are available in different areas for LEED and renewable energy. 

LEED Terms and Acronyms

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:14

Many people get confused by the various LEED terms. Here is a listing of some of the organizations and acronyms.

Organizations and Agencies:

AIA American Institute of Architects

ANSI American National Standards Institute

ASHRAE American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc.

ASTM American Society for Testing Materials

AWEA American Wind Energy Association

LEED Call for Ideas

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:13

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) invites the public to participate in a LEED Call for Ideas. This call is meant to provide a way for new ideas to be brought forward to help inform improvement to the LEED rating system. USGBC is looking for input on improving existing technical criteria, proposals for new credits and feedback on LEED’s overall effectiveness and rigor.

Preparing for LEED v3

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:11

Hi everyone, this is Chris from Everblue. I was Chaz’s instructor a few months back. I’d like to answer two questions that hopefully anyone interested in taking new exams likely has:

1) What is v3 LEED all about?
2) How do I prepare for the test?

First question. Unlike the old v2.2 exams, the v3 exams are broken into two tiers. The Tier I exam is called the LEED Green Associate exam. After passing that exam, you will be a LEED Green Associate. The GA test was available in the U.S. starting May 18.