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LEED Gap Analysis: Water Efficiency and Energy and Atmosphere Gap Analysis

GBCI: 0920000568

This self-paced reading activity contains an analysis of the WE and EA LEED credits strategies and approaches for green building projects in Jordan.
Eligible for 2 CE HOURS.
  • 2 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

LEED version: v2009

Published on: July 07, 2014

Average: 3.7 (3 votes)


This course covers the Water Efficiency and Energy Atmosphere section of the report “LEED Gap Analysis: Respecting Diversity through the Localization of the LEED Rating System in the Region - Jordan as a Case Study”

While reading this report it cannot be stressed enough that the applicability of the analysis completed goes just as well for the region as it does when taking Jordan’s codes and regulations as a case example, with little if any modification. The criteria adopted and methodology applied allowed for such flexibility, keeping in mind the added value of any modification taking regional contingencies into perspective.

This course aims to localize the rating systems pulls us away from this path of being perceived as foreign and allows us to focus on local priorities that re-instill the developers’ belief in the importance of moving forward with sustainability requirements. Clarifying the payback of initially higher capital costs with significantly lower operating costs and environmental impacts, makes the life of the engineers/architects much easier to approve and finalize their designs.

The reading also includes the Methodology for this report and the analysis of the Water Efficiency and Energy and Atmosphere credits and their application in the Middle East and North African (MENA) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions

Download the reading material in the Additional Resources section to the right.


  1. Understanding the priority of water credits and energy in the MENA and GCC regions
  2. Recognize the methodology used to create the LEED Gap Analysis report
  3. Analyze the suitable approaches for Water Efficiency credits in the MENA and GCC context.
  4. Analyze how Energy and Atmosphere prerequisites and credits are given a priority scale based on different perspective evaluation.
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Architect USGBC Faculty, Greenscape, LLC
Pro Reviewer

I really enjoyed this course. It would be most helpful to those in similar geographical and utility circumstances as Jordan (desert area, limited water supply, priority on water conservation fixtures and solar hot water, but not cutting edge items (in terms of water conservation or energy production) like greywater or photovolatic for electricity generation).
This course is also incredibly useful to anyone trying to assess their own local environment, or region. It was very specific as to process and prepared a great format which accounted for current implementation, ease of adoption, roles of design and construction parties, cost, and feasibility. If you're interested in assessing the WE and EA credits, it's also thorough and helpful.
Honestly, anyone with a curious mind who is willing to learn what works in other areas of the world and what differences may make one area more important, regionally, to another, will find something useful in this course.

Sustainability Program Manager - USACE Europe District, U.S. Army
Pro Reviewer

This course outlines challenges to achieving certain LEED credits and prerequisites within MENA and GCC regions. The course would be useful for someone who is unfamiliar with the MENA and GCC regions and has been assigned to work on a project in the region. The well thought out methodology of the analysis used in the study would also make it useful for someone who is developing a study to evaluate the implementation of LEED in a particular country or region. One caution for potential students is that the recommendations provided in the study for LEED credit achievement are not on a project implementation level but more on a higher governmental policy type level.

Environmental Engineer, Jain Engineering Consultants Intl.
Pro Reviewer

This course is very useful for those implementing LEED outside the USA as it highlights the Gaps of implementing LEED in the MENA and GCC region and specifically takes Jordan as a case study. However, This publication is beneficial regardless of the region as it helps make building green, wherever you are, a little easier while respecting local diversity. Through providing lessons learned of the LEED experience with regards to water efficiency and energy efficiency in the MENA region.

Project Manager, Manhattan Construction Company

I've taken the quiz and passed. For some reason it won't give me my certificate. I added the CE hours to my credentials but worry that it may not be approved b/c it's not showing records that I read and passed the quiz.

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

Hi Eden,

I'm so sorry for the trouble. Our IT team has fixed this glitch and you now have access to download your certificate of completion. Thanks for your patience!


Project architect, Dar Al-Handasah

i cant download the pdf can you pls help?

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

Hi Radwa,

I'm sorry you're having trouble accessing the PDF. What happens when you click "LEED Gap Analysis: WE and EA" under the "Additional resources" section?



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