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

Laws, Mandates, and Ordinances Requiring LEED

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:07

LEED is a voluntary rating system, just as the USGBC is an agency independent of the federal government. Federal initiatives, however, are underway to require LEED certification of buildings. Most regulations requiring LEED are currently at the local level.

Please note that this post is from 2009. We've published a 2015 update to this post. Please see the new article about Cities Requiring or Supporting LEED.

Applications Available for LEED AP ID&C and LEED AP BC&C Exams

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:05

The LEED AP Interior Design + Construction and LEED AP Building Design + Construction exams will be available on September 15, 2009. Applications for these exams are now open.


You Know It’s Time to Take the LEED AP Exam When…

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:04

Check out what these posters on the ARE Forum are saying!


You know it’s time to take the LEED AP exam when…

Last Day of LEED NC v2.2

Thu, 2009-09-24 01:03

Today is the last day of LEED v2.2, so there are 5-10,000 people taking the LEED Exam today. We’ve been watching the last-minute chatter on the ARE Forum, a resource for the learning community on the web with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching. Traffic on the forum has jumped from about 26 users at any one time to 160 last night, as people crammed for the exam.


The leader of the pack appears to be chaznsc. Chaz wrote the following after learning about his LEED AP passage:

LEED at the University Level

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:59

Do college students know what LEED is? No, but they know what sustainability is. Sustainability is the hottest word on college campuses across the country. It has been proclaimed by administrators, professors and students. College students probably hear the word “sustainability” more often than they hear the word “party.”

Upgrading from LEED AP to LEED AP Specialty

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:57

As a LEED AP, you may be wondering if it will be to your advantage to opt into the new LEED 2009 certification path, thereby becoming a LEED AP+ Specialty.

From the Green Building Certification Institute:

Thank you, Everblue, for helping me pass the LEED Exam!

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:56

Attention: Chris Boggiano, LEED, AP

Reference: Everblue LEED Training Course Applause

Dear Chris,

I am writing to inform you that I passed my LEED AP examination with a score of 194! About two-thirds of the way through the examination, I was aware I was going to pass; however, I was shocked at how high my score was.

Interesting LEED Related Links

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:43

LEED.net - LEED.net provides articles that cover LEED certification and green building technologies, and a directory of LEED construction links, provided by U.S. Green Building (USGBC) Member Bob Moore Construction in Dallas / Fort Worth DFW Texas.


New York Times Green Inc Blog 

LEED Professional Accreditation Passes 100,000 Mark

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:42

More than 100,000 green building professionals have now earned the LEED Accredited Professional (AP) credential, according to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI).

During the economic downturn of the past year, the increase in LEED APs outpaced GBCI’s most aggressive projections, doubling in the last year, the Institute said.

What is LEED?

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:39

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The LEED Rating System was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization committed to expanding sustainable building practices.