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In LEED 03.31.2014

Sneak peak: Sample questions for the LEED v4 credential exams

With the launch of LEED v4, new LEED v4 professional credential exams will be released on June 30, 2014. Learn more.  In the v4 exams, each item will have two test specification attributes: knowledge and task attributes. Want to know more? Check out the sample questions below to get a sense for the type of content that will be tested. (Answers are followed by an asterisk). Sample questions from the v4 Green Associate exam 1. When applying for innovation credits, a project team Cannot...

In LEED 03.24.2014

The down and dirty of the LEED Professional exam

The LEED Professional exams, for both the LEED Green Associate and the LEED AP with specialty, accurately assess your ability to carry out the responsibilities of an individual supporting LEED certification.  What else? All LEED Professional exams are valid and reliable. This means the exam is able to measure what it is supposed to measure, and it accurately measures a candidate’s skills.  The basics All LEED exams assess candidates’ abilities at three hierarchical...

In LEED 03.19.2014

Your LEED Professional exam is this month. Are you ready?

You've spent the last few months preparing for your LEED Green Associate or LEED AP with specialty exam. Here's what you should know to make sure your exam day goes as planned. One month before Ensure that your first name and last name in your usgbc.org account matches the identification you will present at the test center. If your names do not match, you will not be allowed to test and you will forfeit your exam fee. A week before Confirm that your exam is scheduled for the correct date,...

In LEED 03.7.2014

Coming soon: Translation aids for LEED credential exams

LEED’s impact resonates on a global stage, and its adopters, advocates and practitioners are growing more diverse every day. There are LEED projects and LEED professionals in nearly 200 countries. To serve this demand, GBCI has translated several study resources and exams for the LEED professional credentials into Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and French. Exam translation aid availability Chinese Spanish Portuguese Arabic French LEED Green Associate (2009) Now Now Now...

In LEED 03.25.2014

LEED goes local through recognizing Regional Priorities

Until recently, if you worked on LEED 2009 projects outside of the U.S., you probably noticed that the Regional Priority (RP) credits were the same everywhere. Over the past year, members of the LEED International Roundtable have been working hard to change this through identifying RP credits for their countries.   Comprised of 33 organizations from around the world, the LEED International Roundtable members identified credits for each rating system that best address the most...

In LEED 03.20.2014

Happy first day of spring — Bring on the daylighting

Ah spring — a time of longer days, warming temperatures and budding flora. And it all officially starts today, regardless of Pax, Titan, or Wiley telling us otherwise... Have you ever noticed that you feel better on sunny days? It’s not all in your head. Trust me. Heres's the evidence. Access to increased sunlight has been shown to have positive impacts on both human behavior and health, because it reinforces our circadian rhythms (otherwise known as your body’s clock). Having...

In LEED 03.10.2014

Become a LEED committee member!

Have you considered volunteering with LEED? LEED committee volunteers play a critical role in developing and maintaining the LEED rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council is holding an open call for self-nominations of qualified applicants to serve as members of LEED committees and working groups. The following groups are seeking new members: Pilot Credit Library Working Group (PCLWG) Energy and Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group (EA TAG) Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory...

In LEED 03.7.2014

GBIG Fundamentals: Project Transparency, Market Context, and Timelines

This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing features of the Green Building Information Gateway. Subsequent blog posts will dive deeper into specific applications to help users get the most out of their experience with GBIG.org. GBIG is a global information platform for the real estate industry designed to further accelerate market transformation. It empowers users with relevant market intelligence that highlights companies, products, services and strategies connected to the world...

In LEED 03.24.2014

Introducing the LEED Innovation Catalog

In addition to the LEED credit categories we’re all familiar with (Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency…you know the drill), LEED has always reserved a few points for Innovation – things that aren’t part of the rating system but are right at home in a green building certification program. Over the years we’ve seen some really intriguing (and innovative) ideas brought forward by project teams, and these ideas have earned the projects a point in LEED. But how do we...

In LEED 03.19.2014

LEED, materials and health: Discussions at Berkeley

What happens when you gather 76 passionate and informed professionals in a room to discuss challenges and opportunities at the intersection of health, materials, and the built environment? Progress. That’s how I felt at the end of the day on Thursday, February 20, when USGBC, the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry and the USGBC Northern California Chapter jointly hosted a full day event on that topic. Speakers and panelists representing the fields of design, construction, product...

In LEED 03.10.2014

Interested in becoming a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? What you need to know

You've made up your mind. You're ready to step up your game and become a LEED professional.   Here's what you need to know about the application: First things first: the eligibility requirements LEED Green Associate: You must be 18 years old to take this exam, but beyond that there are no eligibility requirements. However, we do recommended that you have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through education, volunteering, or work experience. LEED AP with specialty: To take...

In LEED 03.6.2014

A new mantra: LEED ON

Beginning this month, you’ll notice leaders from across the building industry peering out from magazine pages, newspapers, usgbc.org and around the web in our new ad series. Their message? LEED ON. What does it mean? Well, pardon our redundancy, but it’s about leadership! LEED ON is a call to action for the entire industry – including us. As we continue to make the newest update to LEED, LEED v4, more understandable, easy to use and accessible than ever, we’re taking up...

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