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

Who Inspects LEED Buildings?

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Wed, 2019-07-31 09:51

We often get inquiries from people asking how they can become a LEED certified inspector. Sadly, though, that job title doesn’t officially exist.

I understand what they are looking for - someone who evaluates green buildings and ensures that the systems:

were installed correctly,

work properly,

and are actually as energy-efficient as advertised

This type of job does exist. It's just not called a LEED Inspector.  Read more: Who Inspects LEED Buildings? »

Overview of LEED Certification Levels

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Wed, 2019-05-08 09:57

Here’s your quick and dirty guide to the LEED certification levels.

First, you should know that LEED Certification is a label for buildings.

Additionally, LEED Accreditation is a label for people.

Which are you looking for?

(yes, there are levels to both pathways)

LEED Certification

LEED Accreditation

  Read more: Overview of LEED Certification Levels »

How Difficult is the LEED Exam?

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Thu, 2018-11-29 11:25

Well, that's a subjective question, isn't it?

And yet, there are some facts about the LEED exam that make it inherently challenging, which we'll get into below.

But a realistic answer from me to you about how hard the exam is, is this: You'll get a different answer from each person you ask because the answer depends on...

a candidate's level of experience

time spent studying  Read more: How Difficult is the LEED Exam? »

How to Find a LEED Job

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Thu, 2017-12-07 11:46

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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Mon, 2017-11-06 13:29

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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Wed, 2018-04-25 10:06

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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Fri, 2018-08-17 15:37
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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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Thu, 2018-03-29 09:42

Last Updated: 2017-04-13 11:17

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 09:18

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 16:31

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 »