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LEED Core Concepts Guide

Price: $90.00 (member price is $75.00)
Average: 2.1 (29 votes)

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
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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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?

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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: Please also consider studying with courses available through Education @USGBC ( or exam preparation materials such as the LEED Green Associate study bundle (


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


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., 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 been updated with LEED v4 content. Please see the list of references here: I would also recommend starting with these three resources: 1) Please check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here: 2) We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4: 3) Finally, please also consider subscribing to Education @USGBC to access more webinars on LEED v4:

Is the LEED Core Concepts Guide enough to study for the LEED GA exam?

If not? What other resources are necessary?


., U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in becoming a LEED credential holder! At a minimum, you might elect to consult and study all of the references for the best preparation. The LEED Green Associate candidate handbook details the references used to write the exam questions: Please also consider other references and resources available to understand LEED through our website, especially Education @USGBC ( and LEED Projects ( Good luck!

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