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LEED BD+C: Homes | v3 - LEED 2008

Trades training

IDpc28 | Possible 1 point


To maximize opportunities for integrated, cost-effective adoption of green design and construction strategies.

Pilot Credit Closed

This pilot credit was closed to new pilot credit registrations on 3/1/2015. It is now available in the LEED Innovation Catalog for ongoing use by project teams as an innovation point rather than a pilot credit.


Beginning prior to construction but after trades have been hired for the project, hold a total of 8 hours of field and/or classroom training focusing on the green aspects of the project, including each relevant LEED for Homes prerequisite, and the expectations for ensuring certification. Special focus should be on where trades have traditionally struggled in the past to meet the higher requirements of a green building. Include at least the following trades in the training:

  • Plumbing
  • Mechanical systems
  • Insulation
  • Framing
  • Air Sealing

The builder’s site supervisor must be present for the entirety of the training(s), so they can better perform their quality control duties on the relevant LEED and green building best practice items.

Each trade is not required to be in the training for 8 hours, but the site supervisor must be there for the entirety of the training. The requirement is for a total of 8 hours of training over any number of days for the cumulative trades training for the building project.

General Pilot Documentation Requirements

Register for the pilot credit

Credits 1-14

Credits 15-27

Credits 28-42

Credits 43-56

Credits 57-67

Credits 68-82

Credits 83--96

LEED for Homes Review Process

LEED for Homes projects: When complete, submit documentation here.

Credit Specific:

Submit documentation with dates, trainers, duration, and which trades were present.

Additional Questions
  • Was the trades training useful?
  • What was the primary focus of the trades training: introduction to LEED, green building best practices, or other?
Background Information

Training the primary installation contractors before construction starts on the increased expectations and requirements of a LEED building should improve the quality of their installation, and the subsequent performance of the building.

  • Changes made 1/11/2011:
    Clarified that the training can be in field or classroom
    Added “framing” to the list of trades to include
    Added “The general contractor is strongly encouraged to be in attendance of these trainings.”
  • Changes made 2/4/2011:
    Clarified that credit is available to 2008 mid-rise projects, but not to 2011 mid-rise projects, because it is a credit in the core mid-rise rating system.
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