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Getting started with Homes

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You've made the big decision—you're going to pursue LEED certification using the Homes 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 Homes Design and Construction 

Rating System Document

Homes and Midrise (ballot version)


Homes Design and Construction


LEED 2008

Reference Guides

LEED for Homes Reference Guide

Rating System Documents

Home California
Midrise California


Homes California
Midrise California
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9 commentsLeave a comment

How long is a certification valid?
green building consultant, CHINA GREENTOWN
what is Green Rater and Home Provider? If I'd like to register a LEED-home project, should I take the exam and become the green rater? Or just appoint a green rater and homes provider when registering?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
HI Yifan Yang Thank you for your interest in becoming a Green Rater. For more information, please check out this article:
Hi Nora, it is compulsory if i want to write the leed home certification exam before i have to write the green associate and building design and construction certification. already i have bachelor civil engineering degree . please suggest me note-: i don't have any additional certifications
., U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED AP Homes credential holder. Yes, we require candidates for the LEED AP Homes who do not currently hold the LEED Green Associate to take the combined exam. Because our eligibility requirements are degree agnostic, we do require that even professional with advanced degrees in architecture, engineering and other related disciplines take both the LEED Green Associate as a stand-alone exam or as part one of the combined exam. I would recommend taking the Green Associate exam first, which means taking the exams separately. However, here are some pros and cons that help inform your decision: Pros: 1. The combined exam offers a direct path to earning the LEED AP with specialty. 2. You may find it convenient to test on the same day. There is a normal delay in posting your exam results to registering for the next exam seating. Cons: 1. This could require more studying at one time. 2. You must pass both parts to earn the specialty. This is true, even if you pass the specialty exam (part 2) and fail the Green Associate exam (part 1). However, if you take the specialty exam and only pass part 1, you can become a Green Associate. Finally, you can learn more about the LEED Green Associate exam here: You can learn more about the specialty credentials in the respective candidate handbook here:
Manager, Perspectiv.A
Is there any live course for getting the LEED+Home Certificate in Los Angeles area?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Please check with your local chapter (, or consider the many LEED for Homes courses online (
how do I register a project?
Digital Marketing Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Yoko, please visit LEED Online to register a project.

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