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LEED Core Concepts Guide

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What it is

Looking to learn about LEED and green building, but don't know where to start? The LEED Core Concepts Guide introduces the green building fundamentals to get you started on your learning path. This edition features updates based on LEED v4, the newest version of the LEED green building program.

Who it's for

  • Candidates for the LEED Green Associate professional credential
  • Anyone interested in a soup to nuts overview of the basics of green building concepts and strategies.

Chapters include:

  • Introduction to Green Buildings and Communities
  • Sustainable Thinking
  • Sustainable Thinking at Work: New Processes for Building Green
  • Green Building Core Concepts and Application Strategies
  • About USGBC and LEED
THIRD EDITION
ID: Third edition
ISBN: 978-1-932444-32-2
Published By: U.S. Green Building Council
Published On: 25 Apr 2014
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Please i need the material to study leed GA ?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. Please visit the LEED Green Associate Preparation webpage for more information: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam. We recommend studying the references listed on page 21 of the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (shown here), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. I hope this helps!

LEED AP: BD+C, Green Globe USA

What is more important -- LEED CORE CONCEPT GUIDE or LEED reference Guide for the test?
Either way, the questions in the real exam are completely different than what the so called specialists advertise that they know.

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

Hello Upendra, Thank you for your question. It's difficult to answer which guide is more helpful for someone when preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam. Many people find both of them to very helpful in their study preparations. It is also difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (shown above). Another great resource to check out is: http://www.usgbc.org/node/10075156. It provides a great step by step on preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam. Thank you!

Architect

Hi, I am doing master in architecture and i am interested in taking the LEED green associate exam. Please help me with the reference books.

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in the LEED Green Associate exam. Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references listed on page 21 of the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide (shown here), a resource which most exam candidates find to be very helpful. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. I hope this helps!

architect, scope consultants

Hello
There was around 600 questions for the leed associate exam
How can I get it .
How can I know if am ready to pass the exam

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

Hi Diala, Thank you for your question! Can you provide more information about the resource you're looking for (the 600 LEED Green Associate exam prep questions)? Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start are the references in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. All of the references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide from this website (many candidates find this resource very helpful). Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these are necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-... After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. Others may start with a course or study guide and explore the resources in detail after. There are many paths to success for this exam, but I hope this offers a direction for you to start.

LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Sustainability & Service, Ferndale Electric, Ferndale Electric Company, Inc.

I am currently hosting a LEED Green Associate Study Group for which I already purchased study bundles for each participant. A couple of them are asking for access to electronic copies of the guides - is it possible without re-purchasing?

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

How wonderful that you are hosting a study group! Unfortunately, unless there are electronic access codes within your purchase. If you ordered the study bundle it comes with access to a variety of digital resources. These resources include practice questions, a complete practice exam, printable flashcards, an illustrated glossary, and more!

Sr Design Engineer- Architectural, Hyundai-El Seif Consortium

Hi, There are other websites referring to study guides for preparation of Green Associates exam such as GBES etc. Can i only rely only on USGBC referred study guides to pass the exam or should i also purchase the study guides from GBES ?

Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in LEED Professional credential. The study guides and relevant preparation materials referenced on USGBC.org cover all content of LEED Professional exams. Best luck on your exams!

Principal Engineer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

Some more clarifications on Study Materials will be helpful to appear the exam for LEED AP

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Jayapal,
Check out this article for more study information about the LEED Green Associate exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam and the LEED AP BD+C exam here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-ap-bdc-exam. Be sure to check to comments for additional tips. Good luck studying!

Architect

Hello, can i take the LEED GA exam without having a work experience because am a newly graduate architect
thank you...

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential! You must be at least 18 years old to take the exam. Aside from that, there are no eligibility requirements. However, we do recommended that you have exposure to LEED and green building concepts through education, volunteering, or work experience.

Hello,

Is this book enough to take the GA exam?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Since each candidate seeking a LEED Green Associate credential has a unique combination of knowledge and experience, it is difficult to recommend the definitive study materials one would need to pass the exam. A great place to start is the reference section in the LEED Green Associates Candidate Handbook http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. These references listed are free and available online, with the exception of the LEED Core Concepts Guide. Since the primary sources for the development of the LEED® Professional Exams are the LEED Rating Systems, a detailed understanding of these is necessary for success. A great place to start is to download the introductory sections to the reference guide for free here (scroll down to 'download for free' button): http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-construction. After these resources have been explored and studied, most candidates seek the structure of study guides (found here http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications), online or in-person courses (found here http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) and practice exams to further their understanding of the information. I hope this helps.

Electrical design egnieer, Jouzy Engineering consultancy
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Hi, I am interested to apply for LEED AP so could you please help me out to find the study material required to get well worsed knowledge and certification.
Thank you.

Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in earning LEED AP credential. The preparation materials for LEED AP exam can be found at http://www.usgbc.org/credentials#preparing. Through the icons of different credentials, you will be redirected to articles providing material lists. Please note that LEED Green Associate credential is needed before you take LEED AP exam. The preparation material for LEED Green Associate exam is available at: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/prepare-your-leed-green-associate-exam

Hello i have purchased the LEED Green Associate Preparation Study Guide- do i need to purchase this too? or do they cover the same info?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential. The LEED Green Associate Exam Prep Guide resource is intended to be used in conjunction with the exam primary references, including the LEED Core Concepts Guide. I would recommend you consult and study all of the references in The LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the LEED Green Associate test. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. I hope this helps.

LS3P ASSOCIATES LTD.

Is there any option for a network license, for a large firm?

Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

We don't offer this option at this time. Thanks for your interest!

Senior Infrastructure Engineer, PARSONS

Hello, Is this sufficient source of Leed AP ? Please advise

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in accreditation. This is a good document to begin with but to earn a Green Associate accreditation (the 1st step to AP), you can find other resources and exam prices here . Experience will be required to advance to the AP accreditation.

Architect / Interior Designer, Architecture

hi, is this book good to study for the LEED GA exam , which I would be taking in the year 2015 ?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Neha, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential. I would recommend you consult and study all of the references in The LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the LEED Green Associate test. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Perhaps one of the best resources is the LEED Core Concepts Guide. I highly recommend this to anyone wishing to take the LEED Green Associates exam. I would also study the Introductory and Overview Sections. LEED Building Design + Construction Reference Guide. Click the download link on this page: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-reference-guide-building-design-and-....) I hope this helps. Best of luck on your exam!

Architect, Curacreto, S.A. de C.V.

Hi. Do you have a code promotion to buy this ebook? It is a topic that I like and I what to buy more books
Thank you

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Cecilia, thank you for your interest in the Core Concepts Guide and our other educational products. We currently do not have promotional codes available. If you are signed up for emails under the 'Subscriptions' tab of your account you will likely be informed if promotional codes become available. Thank you.

Architect, Curacreto, S.A. de C.V.

Can I read e-document in my pc computer?

Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support

Hi Cecilia,

Yes, the e-document is in .pdf format which is readable in either Windows, Mac, or Android operating systems. We recommend downloading a free copy of Adobe Reader, which you can get here: https://get.adobe.com/reader/ I hope that helps answer your question!

Civil Engineer, F&M Ingegneria Spa

Is this pdf file printable?

Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support

Hi Gisella,

Yes! You are allowed to print a copy of the downloadable .pdf for personal use. I hope that helps answer your question.

R & D Engineer, SAFID Co. Ltd.

Whats the time duration to receive the above LEED guide in Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA.

., U.S. Green Building Council

Good morning! We offer a variety of shipping options. Please add the product to your cart to see which shipping options are available for your country. Once you proceed to purchase the items you will be able to choose which shipping options (with estimated delivery times) work well for you. You will be able to choose these items before finalizing your order. Hope that helps!

Architect, Self employed

I have previously purchased the Green Building and LEED core concepts First Edition and USGBC LEED Green Associate study guide 2009. Can I use them for the GA exam? Can I just add supplemental materials to these 2 books so they won't go to waste? Please advise.

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate credential! Knowing more about the changes in LEED v4 may help you decide whether to purchase updated materials. The reference materials for the LEED Green Associate exam have all been updated with LEED v4 content. Please see the list of references here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. I would also recommend starting with these three resources: 1) Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4. 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-leed-v4-leed-v4-user-guide. 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/available-now-leed-v4-education.

Analyst, CodeGreen Solutions

Is there a link where I can purchase a bundle of the LEED GA Study Guide with the CORE Concepts Guide, ebook (on computer, not hardbook).

Administrative Coordinator, LEED Support

Hi Alex! Currently there is not a digital study bundle available, however the Core Concepts can be purchased as a e book from USGBC and the Study guide can be purchased as an ebook from the publisher separately. Link can be found (in small print) here:
http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-green-associate-exam-preparation-guide-leed-v4-edition

student , private

For Green associate exam can the "guide to the LEED" green associate exam by Michelle Cottrell, LEED AP be used? Have purchased this book and like to study to pass the exam. Thanks. Appreciate a reply.

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! We cannot endorse or discredit a non-USGBC published resource like Michelle Cottrell's book. However, I would recommend you consult and study all of the references in The LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the LEED Green Associate test. The handbook details the references used to write the exam questions: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Please also consider other references and resources available to understand LEED through our website, especially Education @USGBC (usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc) and LEED Projects (http://usgbc.org/projects). Good luck!

Is this e-document for LEED Core Concepts Guide book (pdf file) downloadable, in another words can I read this file from my own copy in my computer without connecting internet or login to your website

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Yes, the file is downloadable and can be saved to your computer. To enable offline reading mode, select the option to make the file available for reading without an Internet connection. This will allow you to open the file for up to seven days before prompting for login again. To login, you will need to be connected to the Internet. You will be presented with this option immediately after you login.

Senior Engineer, KJWW Engineering Consultants PC

If planning to take the LEED AP BD + C in addition to the Green Associate exam, is this Core Concept guide still recommended study material or would the v4 Reference Guide be sufficient?

., U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate. I would use any exam preparation materials alongside the primary references used to write the exam. Those references are listed here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Here are some other tips and resources to enhance your studying experience:
1. Consider reviewing some of the free practice questions in this article: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/sneak-peak-sample-questions-leed-v4-credential-exams.
2. Visit the credit library (www.usgbc.org/credits) and check out many examples of projects (www.usgbc.org/projects).
3. Check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/free-course-introduction-leed-v4.
4. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: http://www.usgbc.org/articles/get-know-leed-v4-leed-v4-user-guide.
5. Finally, you may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here: http://www.usgbc.org/education.
Good luck!

Director, www.ProgressEd.org

Hello,

Does the LEED Core Concepts Guide include sample questions for LEED Green Associate Exam?

., U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your question about the LEED Core Concepts Guide! It does not have sample exam questions. I would recommend first consulting the LEED Green Associate candidate handbook which lists the references used to write the exam: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-green-associate-candidate-handbook. Please also consider studying with courses available through Education @USGBC (www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc) or exam preparation materials such as the LEED Green Associate study bundle (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/study-bundle-leed-green-associate-exam-preparation-guide-leed-v4-edition-and-leed-core-con).

Operating Engineer, CBRE

Question: Is this the V4 version ( latest ) or a verison with materials taken from the V4? Thanks

., U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your question. For more information about the LEED v4- the latest version of the rating system, please visit www.usgbc.org/leed.

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