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Getting started with BD+C

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You've made the big decision—you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system. Now it's time to get your ducks in a row.

We offer many resources for LEED project teams to get you started on the right foot. Here are the tools and resources that can help you succeed with your project. 

General resources


Credit Library

Addenda database

Pilot Credit library

Regional Priority Credit lookup

LEED Online


Reference Guide

LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction 

Rating System Document

Building Design and Construction


Building Design and Construction


LEED 2009

Reference Guides

LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction
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Rating System Documents

New Construction
Core & Shell


New Construction
Core & Shell


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Dear Sir I have done my masters in Botany and working as environmentalist for 15 years. I want to become LEED Green Associate. I am in Pakistan and please suggest me any nearest center for this exam. Regards Zaigham Abbas
Building Official, City of Falls Church
A developer is building a 7 story mixed use residential / Mercantile building. He wants to switch from LEED for Homes Midrise to LEED for New Construction. Would this be appropriate?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your question. I would recommend reaching out to for a more personalized response and support for your certification questions!
Design Associate, Mountain Architecture Design Group, P.C.
I'm working on a 6,000 sf addition to an existing church. Wondering if this type of project would be certified under new construction (Client only interested in certifying the new construction, no retrofitting)? There are minimal areas of overlap between the existing and new. What is the best tool available to help describe the certification process and requirements to the client?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your question. I would recommend reaching out to for a more personalized response and support for your certification questions!
Hello, I have a project to be certified as new office building in North Africa. Is the V3 still available or I have to register the project on the V4? What would be the best rating for an new office building project (BD+C) or other rating system?
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in seeking LEED certification! The BD+C rating system would be the best option for new construction. We currently offer both LEED v3 and LEED v4. After October 31, 2016, we will close registration for LEED v3. Please see the following article for more information on rating system registration closings and sunset information: Depending on your priorities, I would strongly consider investigating LEED v4, which was designed to be much more of an international system. For example, project teams do not need to convert metric to imperial units. This is a huge value for project teams. Another example is the incorporation of regional priority credits. LEED v4 projects are also eligible to have a LEED Coach- a personal guide who can lead you though the LEED process and serve as a dedicated point of contact if you have questions along the way. Staffed by experienced professionals from across several fields within the buildings industry, our goal is to provide a better user experience. For more information about LEED Coach, please read this article: Finally yet importantly, please see if you qualify for free LEED certification.
Hi Melanie, can i use green associate third edition study material for green associate V4 exam preparations. how much difference between in third edition and new update material. I am waiting for your suggestion.
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your commitment to become a LEED Green Associate! We recommend reviewing the LEED v4 User Guide to help inform your choice of using your LEED v3 materials with other resources or deciding to purchase the new LEED v4 study bundle: Additionally, we recommend consulting the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook to review the test specifications and references for the updated exam: Good luck!
Hi Melanie, It is compulsory if i want to write the exam for leed home i have to write green associate and BD+C Building design and construction. I have already bachelor of engineering degree. Note. I don't have any leed certifications. Please suggest me
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