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LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction

The comprehensive reference guide provides tools to achieve certification for new construction and major renovation projects, including schools and core & shell development.
LEED version: v2009
Price: $195.00 (member price is $160.00)
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Navigate your LEED project from registration through certification.

The LEED 2009 Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction is the most comprehensive guide for the design, construction and major renovations of commercial and institutional buildings.

From the creators of the LEED Rating System, USGBC is the leading authority for LEED green building education. This guide will provide you with detailed information on the process for achieving LEED certification, with complete credit and prerequisite information. You’ll also gain access to resources, documentation guidance, standards and implementation information.

Applicable rating systems

  • LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations
  • LEED 2009 for Schools New Construction and Major Renovations
  • LEED 2009 for Core & Shell Development
  • Preface
  • Introduction
    1. I. Why Make Your Building Green?
    2. II. LEED® Green Building Rating System™
    3. III. Overview and Process
    4. IV. LEED-Online Documentation Requirements
    5. V. Certification Application
    6. VI. Certification Strategy
    7. VII. Exemplary Performance Strategies
    8. VIII. Regional Priority
    9. IX. Core & Shell Appendixes
    10. X. Tools for Registered Projects
    11. XI. How to Use This Reference Guide
  • Sustainable Sites (SS)
  • Water Efficiency (WE)
  • Energy and Atmosphere (EA)
  • Materials and Resources (MR)
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)
  • Innovation in Design (ID)
  • Regional Priority (RP)
  • Core & Shell Appendixes
  • Glossary
LEED 2009 (678 Pages)
ISBN: 9781932444346
Published By: U.S. Green Building Council
Published On: 1 Jun 2010
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46 commentsLeave a comment

I need to buy the Ap BD+C exam preparation guide but when i checked the leed store i found 2 books have the same name one with green cover cost 249$ and the other is in this page with white cover . Which one i must buy to prepare for the exam ??

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

This product is based on 2009 content (see the version above), and is not the best study material for the v4 exam content.


Can I still study for the GA/AP exams with this guide? I own it and want to know whether I need to purchase the v4 guide or whether the v4 material is supplemental and can be purchased separately.

Landscape Architect

I purchased PDF of v2009 Reference Guide. I am wondering if there is any addenda for this, and if so, where can I find it? Thanks for your help in advance!

Landscape Architect

I know it is kind of late, but I had to purchase PDF of v2009 Reference Guide. I am wondering if there is any addenda for this, and if so, where can I find it? I did a quick search, but there seems to be none. Thanks for your help in advance!

Principal Architect, Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc.

Is USGBC planning for web access to the reference guides, or just stick with the (2) options of hard copy & personal PDF?

Balfour Beatty Construction

Hello Todd,

When the hard copy for the reference guide is purchased, the access is not automatically applied to your account. However, you are entitled to the electronic version with your purchase. To have the access added, please submit the request to Please note the LEED Study Guides do not have an electronic version for a hard copy purchase.

Director, Sustainable Design Services, Woolpert Inc.

Where are the addenda to the BD+C Reference guide now? I can't find them on the new website. If I click on "References" and "Addenda" there are not there either.

Technical Director, LEED, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Nadja, you can access the addenda immediately through the addenda and interpretations database here: . The addenda tables will also be posted later this week.

Project Engineer, Lease Crutcher Lewis

Are there any addenda or updates to the 2009 BD+C Reference Guide that have been published subsequent to June 2010? If so, where do I find and access these documents?

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