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LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction

LEED version: v4
Price: $249.00 (member price is $199.00)
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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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LEED V4
ID: LEED v4
ISBN: 978-1-932444-18-6
Published On: 18 Nov 2013
Effective On: 18 Nov 2013
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Sustainable Design Director, Boulder Associates Architects

Will there be a PDF of the LEED BD+C v4 Reference Guide available soon that includes all of the addenda to date?

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

Hello Kristi, Thank you for your interest in the PDF of the LEED BD+C v4 Reference Guide. We expect to have this updated (including all addenda to date) around January 2017. Thanks!

Project Engineer, Saudi Aramco
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Hi,
Do you know when the next version of LEED BD+C will be issued.?

Thanks

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Mohammad,
Although the version releases were originally envisioned in three year cycles, there are no short-term plans for the release of the next version of LEED Building Design and Construction rating systems. Be sure to check back to the website often for updates.

could i have some information about buildings that had leed BD+c v4 and its rating sheet ... thanx in advance

Senior Mechanical Engineer @ Khatib Alami CEC, SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM
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The No.1 top reference for BD+C LEED Projects, Thanks USGBC

Senior Mechanical Engineer @ Khatib Alami CEC, SAUDI GREEN BUILDING FORUM
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The No.1 top reference for BD+C LEED Projects, Thanks USGBC

I bought the Reference Guide (hardback), which is supposed to give me access to the full suite of web-based guide content for 90 days. Where do I access this content? Also, I purchased the book a few weeks ago. Does the 90 days start when I first access the content, or is it from the purchase date? Thank you!

Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Judith, the trial of your web-based guide begins when you purchase the reference guide. You can find step-by-step instructions on how to access the web-based reference guides here: http://www.usgbc.org/help/how-do-i-access-web-based-leed-v4-reference-guides.

I have a Chapter membership, how do I apply the member discount when ordering the reference guide? Thanks!

I found out that my local Hawaii Chapter does not provide members with this discount. LEED is quite the money making machine!

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

If your local community offers a discount on the LEED BD + C Reference Guide it would be through their community webpage. A discount is only applied to the reference guide on this page when you are connected to a organizational membership. I hope that helps.

Architect, CyC Obras Civiles

Hello.
LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction is available in Spanish?
Thank you very much

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

Hello Sebastian, Thank you for your question. We have the Core Concepts Guide available in Spanish http://www.usgbc.org/store/products/publications?page=1 but we do not yet have the Reference Guide available in Spanish. Thank you!

student , California State University, Chico

Is LEED V4 the most up to date version of the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Yes, LEED v4 is the most current version of the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction. Thank you!

Mechanical Designer, S. L. King & Associates

Where do I find the option to apply the member discount when ordering the reference guide? Thank you!

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

The member discount should automatically be applied at checkout if you are connected to your organization. I do see that S.L. King is a Silver member but, I do not see that you are connected. I will contact you via email to help resolve the issue. Thank you!

Junior Engineer, Sweco Consulting

Hello, me and my colleague (the same company) are planning to buy a LEED v4 Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction.
1. Is it possible to print the Reference Guide? Sometimes it is more comfortable to study with a printed version.
2. Is it possible for 2 users to use PDF version? Or it works only for one computer/ user?
And another question: does the printed version also contain a PDF version?
We would be really grateful for help:)

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Yes, you may print the e-document (PDF), but downloads of the e-document may not be copied or distributed, even if offered free of charge.
The e-document (PDF) reference guides are intended for personal use only and should not be stored on any shared networks. Printable PDF versions of the reference guide are available for purchase independently of the hard copy and are not included with a hard copy purchase.

For more information on ebooks and publications, please refer to the help section here: http://www.usgbc.org/help-topic/ebooks.

Best wishes studying for your exam!

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

Does the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction book have enough exercises to pass the exam?

Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Cecilia, thank you for your interest in earning the LEED AP Building Design and Construction credential. I would recommend you consult and study all of the resources listed in The LEED AP BD+C Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the LEED AP BD+C exam. You can download the handbook here: http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-v4-ap-bdc-candidate-handbook. As the exam is based on the rating system, the LEED Building Deign + Construction Reference Guide is the best resource to prepare for the exam, but it does not include exam preparation materials. However, there are several exam prep courses available (found here: (http://www.usgbc.org/education-at-usgbc/listing/study) that include preparation exercises and materials. I hope this helps, and best of luck on your exam!

Hello leed team,

I have paid for LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction v4 in pdf and I have no idea where can I download it. Could you indicate to me, where is it?.

Thank you in advanced.

best regards,

Domingo

Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Domingo, thank you for your question. If you go to your USGBC account page (http://www.usgbc.org/account), please select Education @USGBC. Under that section , you will find Books and Guides. This is where you are able to access the Reference Guide.
Also please note - 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. For more information about web-based access please visit this link: http://www.usgbc.org/help/how-do-i-access-web-based-leed-v4-reference-guides

Hello leed team,

I have paid for LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction v4 in pdf and I have no idea where can I download it. Could you indicate to me, where is it?.

Thank you in advanced.

best regards,

Domingo

Architect Designer / Partner, Zewar Architects

does the membership grants me a discount on the pdf version? if so how much please?, thanks

Green Building Specialist, LEED AP Homes, LEED for Homes Green Rater, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Sherif, thank you for your interest in the LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction. Yes, we offer members the e-document (PDF) for $169.00.

Gestion de projet, L'Intendant inc.

Hello, I want to know when the "LEED Reference Guide for Building Design and Construction V4" will be available in French? Thank you

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

Hello Josianne, Thank you for your question. At this point, the guides are not currently available in French and a French translation is not forthcoming. I have forwarded your question to our Education staff as feedback showing interest in French translated reference guides.

Project Manager, SME Steel Contractors

Jackie, Do I have to pass the LEED GA exam before I take the LEED BD+C? I have worked on many LEED projects before.

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

Hi Andrew, Thank you for your question. Yes, the LEED Green Associate is an integral part of the LEED AP credential process and cannot be bypassed with experience, though your experience will benefit you during your exam(s). You have two options when pursuing your LEED AP credential plus Specialty. You can either pass the LEED Green Associate first and then take your LEED AP Specialty exam at a later date or you can combine the two exams into one scheduled exam, which is considered the combination option. Please learn more about your options and pricing here: http://www.usgbc.org/credentials. I hope that helps and we wish you the best on your exam!

Sustainability Consultant, CTE Centro de Tecnologia de Edificacoes

Hello,

I want to know if the web version of the reference guide will be automatically updated with addendas and other changes in the version.

Thank you

LEED Fellow, Green Building Specialist, USGBC Customer Service

Hi Francine, yes, the web-based and PDF versions of the LEED Reference Guides are updated quarterly with the Addenda cycle, incorporating the new addenda information. The hard copies of the reference guides are updated with new information with each reprinting.

Hello Jackie, Does local USGBC membership qualifies us for discounted rates?
Thanks,

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

Hi Ebrahim,

Are you referring to local Chapter membership? If so, it does not qualify you for discounted rates unless it is noted by your Chapter that you will receive discounts with your membership benefits. I hope that helps!

Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.
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I have a compatibility issue, the purchased Reference Guide can't appear in the iPAD Pro.
Try to contact iTune Support, they confirmed that it's the developer who needs to update the content to fit iPad Pro Screen and resolution
Please fix it.

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

Hi Haytham, I learned that the e-copies are just adobe PDF's so it's highly possible that it's not compatible will ipad pro. We can either give you a refund or we can send you a hard copy for the price of the ecopy. Please let us know how we can help. Please put your request through this link: http://www.usgbc.org/contactus

Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.

Hi Jackie, with the new IOS 9.3 releaed yesterday, both iPAD Air and iPAD PRO can't access USGBC publications under library section. Are we expecting update for USGBC application or the books will be accessed as e-book only as per your statement above. However the refund has been requested under case number: 01495303

Solution Architect, Technology, U.S. Green Building Council

Hello Mr. Mohamed!

We've identified the bug you were experiencing and just rolled out a fix for the bug. This bug wasn't just affecting the devices you identified, but other devices as well. Please log out of your user account within the USGBC App and log back in. You should now see any publications you've purchased in the list. We're sorry about the inconvenience this caused you but thank you profusely for reporting this to us as it helped us identify what the issue was.

Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.

Hello Mr. Joel,
It seems that the issue raised again, I am unable to access the Reference Guide from my iPAD Pro.

Architect, Sustainability Consultant, Multiple LEED Specialty Credentials., Architects Crang & Boake Inc.

The text pixel sill suitable for big devices like iPAD PRO 12.9 inch. Thanks for fixing the issue. Reading from device with night shift is completely new experience.

Solution Architect, Technology, U.S. Green Building Council

I agree! I really like the night shift feature too.

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

Hello Haytham, Thank you for letting us know. We will look into this right away and get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks for your patience.

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

Do you have a promo code for this book?
Thank you.

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

Hi Cecilia, Thank you for your question. I am not aware of a promo code for this reference guide.

Mechanical Engineer, Gharnata Consultant Engineers

I'm trying to buy the LEED AP BD+C Reference guide but I get directed to the comments page ... Please help!!

Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in purchasing this LEED Reference Guide. We apologize for the error, which has now been fixed.

Project Manager, Wallin/Gomez Architects

I am trying to purchase the e-book or hard copy and when I click the "add to cart" it sends me to the comments section. What am I doing wrong?

Green Building Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Thank you for your interest in purchasing this LEED Reference Guide. We apologize for the error, which has now been fixed.

Student, University of Wisconsin Madison

any third party legally to offer online quiz and study materials?? It is too expensive to buy all references for a student.

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