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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.
Price: $195.00 (member price is $160.00)
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

41 commentsLeave a comment

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 [email protected] 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.

Manager, 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?

Gilbane Building Company

The ISBN number on my guide is different than both the e-doc version and the hard copy ISBN provided. It is a 2009 version, however. How can I be sure I am studying with the most updated information?

Customer Service Representative, U.S. Green Building Council

Hello Jessica,

What ISBN do your have? Any version of the LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design + Construction will prepare you for the LEED AP BD+C exam. The exam content has NOT changed, as the exam's framework is always based on the test specifications, which does not change.

Gilbane Building Company

The ISBN I have is 9781932444179.
It is a 2009 edition.

Customer Service Representative, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Jessica,

The ISBN that you provided is for the original E-copy of the Green Building Design and Construction Reference Guide, 2009 Edition. This publication can still be used for the LEED AP BD+C exam.

Construction Management Student, Eastern Michigan University

If I purchase the hard cover, am I able to access an e-document of the publication?

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