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A Practical Look at Green Buildings for Contractors

GBCI: 0920001125

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

LEED version: v4, v2009

Published on: August 27, 2014

Average: 4.2 (12 votes)


Anybody who has worked on a green building project knows that a large portion of the project’s success lies in how well the project building is built. And success may be attaining a certain LEED certification level, attaining certain LEED points, keeping the project on budget, implementing innovative strategies for occupants, or any number of other success metrics. Many project teams put so much emphasis into the project design and often overlook how the Contractor influences the project outcome. Whether it’s managing the materials and products used on site, planning and implementing proper indoor air quality management strategies, or just overall effective project execution, the Contractor has the ability to make or break a green building project. This requires the Contractor and their trades to be knowledgeable about sustainability and the green building project they’re working on.

This course is aimed at Contractors and their trades who are working on green building projects or who would like to be more involved in green buildings. This course will provide an overview of what a green building is, different ways that Contractors and their trades can get involved, and the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility when executing a LEED project.


  1. Describe what a green building project is and how that might be defined.
  2. Recall the basics of LEED in general with a focus on LEED BD+C Rating Systems.
  3. Understand the key areas that fall under the Contractor’s responsibility on a LEED BD+C project
  4. Identify different resources available to Contractors and project teams.
  5. Identify next steps to gain more knowledge on green buildings and be involved.
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AEC Daily Corporation
Buffalo, NY
United States


Erika Mayer

Sustainability Consultant Lunchbox Consulting Inc.
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15 commentsLeave a comment

Project Engineer, DEVRON Property Services, LLC

Well done and concise.

Project Manager, Bay Mechanical & Electrical Co.

Solid refresher!

BIM Manager, Consigli Construction Company



Good overview for contractors.

After the first 30 seconds the sound and video die and although it is still going there is nothing to hear or see on the screen. I downloaded it and still have the same issues.

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Elizabeth, I am sorry that you experienced problems while trying to view this course. I was unable to replicate the issue you were having so I can't make any recommendation other than to reboot and then sign in again to your USGBC account. I viewed the course on Mozilla Firefox and also downloaded it using Internet Explorer. If you try to view the course again and receive an error message please try and capture a screenshot of it and email to us. We would be happy to forward your issue to our IT department to troubleshoot more thoroughly.

President, Becker Architects Ltd

Thorough but a bit dry.


Barely tolerable, but these LEED specific credits are usually painful to sit through.

Principal, MSB Consult

This course is very thorough, straight forward, and easy to digest given a basic initial understanding of LEED. Better organized and presented than most other courses I’ve taken thus far. Working on the architectural side of things, this helps me to reinforce my understanding of the responsibilities matrix for LEED documentation given a contractor’s perspective, especially as it pertains to LEED v4. Well done.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

A useful review plus a brief introduction to changes in v4 presented by an obviously experienced LEED professional.

Director, General Cable

This was a very good overview of BD+C credits with an emphasis on contractor responsibilities on a LEED project. The speaker gave several examples of changes from LEED 2009 to LEED v4.


This course gives you an overview of LEED v4 BC+D. I would recommend this course to anyone leaning towards an understanding of LEED credits and sustainable practices in the construction process.

Faculty and Director, Green Building Learning Collaborative, University of Florida
Pro Reviewer

Very good presentation on basic overview of LEED and V4 contractors credits, which is needed. The speaker is knowledgeable and easy to understand. Providing terminologies and links for resources is very helpful too. More courses on LEED V4 will help expedite the use of V4. It will be good to see the next level of V4 for contractors.

Founder, DCarbon
Pro Reviewer

The course provides a comprehensive understanding of what the LEED process includes and highlights which areas fall primarily under the contractor’s responsibility. It is strongly recommended for contractors who are totally unfamiliar with LEED, however, for those who have some experience it would have been helpful to include examples and images depicting implemented strategies, as far action plans are concerned. Finally, it is very important that the course highlights the importance of proper material and product specification since the most significant changes between v3 and v4 have occurred within the “Materials & Resources” category.

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

Good general overview on the basics of Green Building and LEED combined with details on LEED credits which are typically Construction Contractor responsibility. The presentation was given by a speaker who was knowledgeable in the topics covered and who spoke clearly. The second half of this presentation could be used as a good intro for Contractors looking for a quick update on LEED v.4 credits.

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