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Understanding Key Concepts in LEED

GBCI: 0920006870

This course is aimed at anyone who is working on a LEED project and wants to get a better understanding of some of the concepts and terms that have very specific meaning or application in both LEED 2009 and LEED v4. The course will review these, provide examples, and help clarify how to apply these on your project.
Eligible for 0.5 CE HOURS.
  • 0.5 CE

  • LEED Green Associate

Program: LEED 2009, LEED v4

Published on: December 17, 2015

Average: 4.2 (101 votes)


You will hear that the devil is in the details when it comes to LEED and that is certainly true. One of the complexities of LEED is often in how certain terms are defined or interpreted in LEED may be very specific compared to what you may understand by simply reading the term. Using examples, this course will provide some guidance for and clarification of some LEED terms and concepts. It will also distinguish between LEED 2009 and LEED v4 terms and meanings.


  1. Recall LEED v4 requirements for the project boundary including campus and shared spaces.
  2. Determine building occupancy, including numbers of Full Time Equivalent employees for shift workers and part time workers.
  3. Contrast between LEED 2009 straight line radius and LEED v4 walking distance.
  4. Identify situations which call for the use of an uneven gender ratio.
  5. Recall the LEED definitions of biomass, cradle to gate and private lavatory faucets.
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AEC Daily Corporation
Buffalo, NY
United States


Erika Mayer

Sustainability Consultant Lunchbox Consulting Inc.
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