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LEED 101: Green Building Basics & LEED

GBCI: 0090001413

This course is intended for those who are new to green building and looking to learn the basics of green building and LEED.

  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v2009

Published on: March 01, 2014

Average: 3 (1 vote)


The course offers an introduction to USGBC, green building principles and the fundamentals of the LEED Rating System. It includes topics on climate change and building impacts; motivators for green building; and integrative versus conventional approaches – and the associated benefits – to building design, construction and operations.

You will leave this course with a basic understanding of the intent, concepts and terms for each LEED credit category, as well as green building best practices, regulations and incentives. Closed captioning is provided.

This course is also available in Spanish here.


  1. Describe green building and the role of USGBC and LEED
  2. Recognize the intents of each LEED credit category
  3. Explain basic sustainability terms and concepts Identify green building best practices
  4. Recognize cutting edge examples of LEED Discuss cost considerations of green building
  5. Recognize your role in green building
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U.S. Green Building Council
Washington, DC
United States

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7 commentsLeave a comment

labor, Innovative Home Builders

I can't see I'mschool or process in this course

Director of Estimating, WCCI

Worst course I have ever taken, time screws up, multiple answers make it difficult to pass. Take any other course but this one. Complete waste of time and energy . . . no pun intended !

Project Engineer, The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company

Is this information, specifically the sections on credit categories, still relevant for those studying for the V4 exam?

Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Michael,

While this course still provides a helpful overview of LEED, it has NOT been updated to reflect LEED v4. Thanks for checking!

Vice President, TRANSWESTERN

How many hours is this course? 15 or 30?

Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Stephanie,

This course is not eligible for GBCI CE (since it is introductory in nature), but it is eligible for 2 LU/HSW hours with AIA.

Property Manager, Brookfield Properties

Course information was not clear enough in order to answer some of the questions.

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