LEED

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

How to Find a LEED Job

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Thu, 2017-12-07 12:46
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Those looking to get into the sustainability industry usually begin with researching qualifications, such as education, certifications, and licensure. Then they look for corresponding job titles.

What’s unique about LEED is that the phrase itself represents a skill set as opposed to an occupation.

In some cases, LEED will specifically be referenced in the job title, but more often than not, you’ll find LEED listed among eligibility requirements and knowledge areas.  Read more: How to Find a LEED Job »

How to Become a LEED Silver Certified Contractor

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Let me first start by saying that a “LEED Silver Certified Contractor” is not a thing.

You must be thinking, “How can that be? Why does the title of this post talk about becoming something that doesn’t exist?”  Read more: How to Become a LEED Silver Certified Contractor »

What's New in LEED Version 4?

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At the Greenbuild Conference & Expo next month, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) will reveal its new flagship product, LEED Version 4 (v4). The creation of LEED v4 is the culmination of years of feedback from various members and users, all of whom influence the adoption of new green building concepts in the marketplace. Given the USGBC’s mission to maintain a consensus and market-driven approach to the LEED standard, the new version will feature new and innovative credits that will propel green building forward.

What’s New?  Read more: What's New in LEED Version 4? »

LEED for Homes Green Raters and NAHB Green Verifiers

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From builders and buyers to consumers and corporations, the motivation to go green is everywhere. As a result, a number of certifications exist to pursue and verify green building and design. Two of the more popular green home building programs are the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED for Homes Program and the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) National Green Building Certification. Both programs require third-party verification from a LEED Green Rater or NAHB Green Verifier.  Read more: LEED for Homes Green Raters and NAHB Green Verifiers »

Getting a Job With Your LEED Certification

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LEED Certification Makes You An Invaluable Asset in the Exploding Green Building Industry

Pop quiz. Who wants a job? Now who wants a job that pays well?

That’s what I thought.  Read more: Getting a Job With Your LEED Certification »

What is LEED Online?

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:18
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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:  Read more: What is LEED Online? »

LEED Accreditation vs LEED Certification

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Wed, 2018-03-28 17:31
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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.  Read more: LEED Accreditation vs LEED Certification »

LEED Terms and Acronyms

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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  Read more: LEED Terms and Acronyms »

Laws, Mandates, and Ordinances Requiring LEED

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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.  Read more: Laws, Mandates, and Ordinances Requiring LEED »

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

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

 

You know it’s time to take the LEED AP exam when…  Read more: You Know It’s Time to Take the LEED AP Exam When… »