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LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction

LEED version: v4
Price: $249.00 (member price is $199.00)
Average: 3 (34 votes)

Web-based Reference Guide (all rating systems)

The fully interactive web-based reference guide is a simple, one-stop-shop for all LEED v4 resources for all rating systems including over 50 multimedia modules, tutorials and case studies to help your project succeed! Access the full suite of web-based guide content for 90 days with the purchase of a hard copy or e-copy of any LEED v4 Reference Guide, or purchase a year long subscription to the web-based guide now for $99 - to subscribe, go here.

Navigate your LEED project from registration through certification.

When project teams have a question about LEED requirements, they reach for the reference guide. Completely restructured for LEED v4, the print and pdf formats of the reference guides walk project teams through all of the information you need to successfully achieve credits.

This guide includes direction for the following:

  • LEED BD+C: New Construction
  • LEED BD+C: Core and Shell
  • LEED BD+C: Schools
  • LEED BD+C: Retail
  • LEED BD+C: Healthcare
  • LEED BD+C: Data Centers
  • LEED BD+C: Hospitality
  • LEED BD+C: Warehouses and Distribution Centers

All hard copy and e-document (pdf) LEED v4 reference guide purchases come with a 90-day subscription to the new web-based version of the LEED v4 reference guides (that includes all rating systems). This new format combines all of the information that’s available in the traditional versions of the guides with all of the benefits of the fully searchable credit library. It also gives project teams access to a new set of modules developed specifically to supplement the reference guide content, including interactive videos, tutorials, presentations and documents.

Reference guide introductory and overview sections

Preview the LEED v4 reference guide sections: Getting Started, Minimum Program Requirements, Rating System Selection, Credit Category Overviews, and Appendices. These sections are supplemental for the web based reference guide.

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ISBN: 978-1-932444-18-6
Published On: 18 Nov 2013
Effective On: 18 Nov 2013

64 commentsLeave a comment

HVAC Planning Engineer, INTERCOL

Hi, what are the chapters included in leed ap certificate exams.
basically i am a HVAC professional. can i get the leed ap certificate on the same field. kindly help me. i am eager to get leed ap certification.
if i can get the certificate in HVAC. what are the requirements and eligibility.

Thanking you,

Project Design group

The Reference Guide is also available in portuguese?

Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute

No, but the Core Concepts guide is:

Assistant Manager, Blue Star Limited

I would like to confirm:
Is web-based reference guide subscription of $99 per year would give access to same reference guide available for $249 for hard copy?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Yes, the web-based subscription is a great deal as it offers access to the v4 reference guides for all of the rating systems, not just BD+C. Please note that the web-based guide is not available offline and does not include a printable or downloadable ebook. For more information about web-based access please visit this link:


Athar, if you click the icon shown in the blue box, title "Download For Free" in the link below, you should be able to get a FREE copy of the guide introductory and overview sections, hope this helps

Does one need to know this content as well for the LEED Green Associate Exam? Thank you!

., U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in earning the LEED Green Associate. Yes, you want to be very familiar with the LEED AP BD+C rating system (not necessarily the entire reference guide for the LEED Green Associate exam). I would recommend consulting the below resources to enhance your learning and studying experience:

1. Study and learn from the list of references here:
2. Consider reviewing some of the free practice questions in this article:
3. Consider purchasing the LEED Green Associate study bundle:
4. Visit the credit library ( and check out many examples of projects (
5. Check out this free video introduction to LEED v4 here:
6. We also have a guide that will walk you through some of the major changes, accomplishments, and language for LEED v4:
7. Finally, you may also find other exam preparation options online or through Education @USGBC here:

Good luck!

Heery International, Inc.

can our company purchase a corporate copy for all employees to have access to the reference guides? what is your fee structure?

Director of LEED Support, Green Building Certification Institute

Unfortunately, the PDF reference guides are intended for personal use only and should not be stored on any shared network. But bulk order discounts are available. I can have someone reach out to you or you can always submit the following information to
Name and Company /
USGBC corporate access code /
Reference guide type and total quantity /
Description of intent for usage /
Shipping address /
Contact information and best time to receive a phone call within the next two business days /

Once complete details are received, you will be contacted by a USGBC representative with a price quote, shipping and handling costs, and payment options. Learn more information here:

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