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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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