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LEED for Starters: A Contractor’s Guide

GBCI: 0920001024

Did you know that construction companies and design firms worldwide are shifting their business toward green building, with 51% of respondents to a survey (by research firm McGraw-Hill Construction) saying they expect more than 60% of their work to be green by end of 2015. This is a significant increase from the 28% that said the same for their work in 2013. The race is on to craft environmentally sound buildings, neighborhoods, fleets, landscapes and a variety of other projects using sustainable design, construction and operational practices. Are you equipped to be in the driver seat?
Eligible for 2 CE HOURS.
  • 2 CE

Published on: August 15, 2014

Average: 4.6 (5 votes)


Sustainable projects are rapidly growing in number. In fact, the sustainable building market now accounts for more than one-third of the commercial construction market and is predicted to grow to more than half of the market within five years according to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).Though the word sustainability is tossed about like a flag waving at a finish line, it has specific meaning in the built environment. Contractors that play a role in design and construction of LEED projects need to understand the differences that define a sustainable project from one that is not. This understanding influences project decision makers, and the contractor is one of the principal players. Incorporating sustainability principles in practical applications is a major undertaking given the many building components, environmental considerations and changing technologies. LEED serves as a framework and benchmarking program for a project life cycle. Are construction professionals equipped to be in the driving seat when it comes to green building design and construction?

Best suited for construction professionals, this course walks you through sustainability basics, LEED, benefits and cost, integrative design process vs. traditional process, LEED v4 overview – all through the eyes of a contractor. The course also introduces LEED construction management or what a construction professional needs to know under project phases; pre-design, design, construction documents, construction, commissioning/monitoring and closing. This 2 hour course is a curtain raiser to GBRI’s 7 Hours LEED Construction Management Series delivered online live and in-person in the US. Singapore, Malaysia and Qatar


  1. Understand the fundamentals of sustainability as it applies to construction professionals
  2. Explain green building process, benefits and cost of building green
  3. Identify the differences between traditional vs. green building process
  4. Analyze a construction professional’s role in designing and building green buildings
  5. Learn what’s changed in LEED v4 and how that affects construction professionals
  6. Get introduced to LEED Construction Management
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Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
San Antonio, TX
United States


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    Jeslin Varghese made 10 contributions in the last 6 months

Jeslin Varghese

Director of Sustainability @ GBRI Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)
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    Joan Darvish-Rouhani made 1 contribution in the last 6 months

Joan Darvish-Rouhani

LEED Project Engineer/Bid Manager Ehret Construction Company
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6 commentsLeave a comment

Good class.
The last 4 quiz questions are duplicates though.

Director of Sustainability @ GBRI, Green Building Research Institute (GBRI)

Thanks for all the good feedback and comments. This course was designed as a curtain raiser for our LEED Construction Management (7 CE Hours) and Project Management Course (15 CE Hours) series. The series is offered live in-person in select cities around the world including Doha (Qatar), Singapore, Kaula Lumpur (Malaysia), Upstate New York and Los Angeles. We will be shortly launching the course series on the USGBC platform as well. If there is any topics you would wish to see in this series, please let us know as it would greatly help us.

Principal - Buildings Engineering (Construction), Stantec

Enjoyed this session. It is quite detailed.

Senior Manager, Operational Intelligence and Energy Analytics, Secutech Automation India Pvt Ltd

This course is meticulously designed for LEED starter by capturing all LEED requirements. Nice one..

Director of Sustainability, The Flintco Companies
Pro Reviewer

Extremely through examination of sustainable construction from beginning to v4. Lots of details and relevant information that is perfect for any contractor looking to get up to speed with LEED!

Founder, DCarbon
Pro Reviewer

This is a comprehensive introductory course into the requirements of LEEDv4 which mostly suits people who are relatively unfamiliar with LEED. It provides great information on the general process of LEED implementation and highlights the contractor’s major responsibilities. The approach from general sustainability issues gradually to specific LEED-related areas would provide the viewer the chance to get more into what LEED is, how it works and what its significant effects on the project development are.
As far as technical issues are concerned, it would be very helpful for the viewer to have the option to “pause” the course at any time and to view it in “full screen” mode.

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