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Principles of LEED (BD+C and ID+C)
Water Efficiency

GBCI: 0090009014

Learn from USGBC's LEED subject matter experts and GBCI reviewers as they explore the key concepts in the Water Efficiency credit category of the LEED for Design and Construction rating systems.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

  • LEED Green Associate
  • LU/HSW

LEED version: v2009

Published on: October 24, 2013

Average: 3 (28 votes)


Learn from USGBC's LEED subject matter experts and GBCI reviewers as they explore the key concepts in the Water Efficiency credit category of the LEED for Design and Construction rating systems.

Specifically, we'll discuss in detail the documentation requirements for WEp1, opportunities to achieve water efficiency through landscaping and innovative technologies, the role of water metering, and more. This session is aimed at LEED APs with a working knowledge of a new construction LEED rating system, looking to improve their understanding of the LEED certification process and how to maximize success.


  1. Define the role of LEED Interpretations and Addenda in staying up to date about rating system requirements
  2. Identify correct fixtures for LEED water reduction requirements
  3. Identify proper documentation requirements for LEED water efficient landscape credit
  4. Plan for whole building metering to measure water performance
  5. Identify the possible roles of a LEED AP for success with credits related to Water Management


This course is a part of the following series:
Principles of LEED (BD+C and ID+C)

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Washington, DC
United States


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Batya Metalitz

Technical Director, LEED U.S. Green Building Council

Rebecca Stahlnecker

Senior Certification Reviewer
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Principal, Place Maker Design

good basic information

Associate, ARCADIS


Supervisor, Solutions Development Engineering, Honeywell

great overview of building water efficiency requirements

Precast Plant Manager, Con-Fab California LLC

Good textbook course.

Project Administrator, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.


Senior Mechanical Engineer, Dar Al-Handasah

Something related to LEED V.4 might help

Vice President, RW Armstrong & Associates

Very good outline of Water Efficiency Credits. Speakers knew their topic.

Sustainability & LEED Intern, Verdical Group

Decent overview, but they go a bit too much into the weeds of their own opinions

Chief Architect (Semi-Retired), Formerly of US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District
Pro Reviewer

This is a workmanlike but uninspiring seminar. The narration is often characterized by an annoying and distracting tendency on the part of the speakers to engage in idiosyncratic voice inflection, i.e., (1) to add an inappropriate "lilt" in the tone of their voice at the end of many declarative sentences, almost as though they were asking a question, and (2) to allow the clarity of their speech to deteriorate at the end of a sentence into a low guttural growl (?!). .....Not to make too much of this, but the voice characteristics of the speakers almost sound as though they were teenagers; their speech does not at all have the clarity and boldness which is normally associated with college-educated professionals. Their diction lacks enthusiasm and understanding -- almost as though the USGBC found itself lacking proper speakers for this seminar, and decided to recruit some of its young administrative assistants to read from prepared scripts for this seminar.

Membership, Credentialing, and Education Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Hello Stephan, We appreciate you sharing your experience and feedback. We use feedback to help us in continually improving. Thank you again!

Architect, Skanska


Project Assistant, CallisonRTKL

I would like to see more substance if any on the entire process when considering water efficiency


Seemed to strongly emphasize just a few key takeaways while leaving out numerous other efficiency measures such as types of fixtures for hand washing, etc.

Director of Sustainability, Northwell Health
Pro Reviewer

The best educational program regarding water efficiency and the LEED process. The only downside to this program is the basis on the V3 system. In this particular case, while V4 is an important update to the rating system, its basis can be found in the same teachings that informed V3 so this course will still provide a top notch understanding of Water Efficiency. Highly recommended.

great course

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