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GBC7001

Course
GBC7001
Course Title
LEED AP Homes Exam Preparation

Description

Designed for candidates seeking the USGBS (US Green Building Council) LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) AP Homes credential. This workshop is intended for home-builders and residential design professionals who are familiar with the basic concepts in the LEED for Homes Rating System, but new to implementing it on projects or looking to brush up on implementation best practices.  This workshop builds on green building and LEED knowledge outlined in the LEED AP Homes Candidate Handbook.  Obtaining the LEED AP Homes credential provides a standard for professionals participating in design and construction of high-performance green homes that use less energy, water, and natural resources; create less waste and are more healthful and comfortable for the occupants.

Objectives

Upon completion of training participants will be able to:

  • Facilitate the participant process for a LEED for Homes project
  • Communicate the unique aspects of a LEED for Homes
  • Use LEED for Homes assessment and verification tools
  • Communicate the roles and responsibilities of each participant in a LEED for Homes project
  • Communicate to all stakeholders specific details of LEED for Homes
  • Identify key green decisions throughout the process of earning LEED for Homes certification

Content

  • USGBC's Green Home Design + Construction:  This workshop is intended for home-builders and residential design professionals who are familiar with the basic concepts in the LEED for Homes Rating System, but new to implementing it on projects or looking to brush up on implementation best practices.  It is appropriate for new LEED APs, as well as those pursuing GBCI's LEED AP Homes credential
    • The workshop addresses LEED tools and unique aspects of the LEED for Homes rating system.  Workshop participants will discuss the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders in the LEED process, as well as strategies for communicating with team members at various stages of that process.  Official USGBC LEED Faculty, who are LEED and facilitation experts, will walk the class through the phases of a typical project, including key decisions that project teams must make and guidance on how to make them.  Throughout the class, you will engage with other participants in interactive activities using case examples to enable you to work hands-on with LEED implementation strategies and Rating System and verification tools.  At the end of this workshop, you should be able to apply your new-found knowledge to real-life LEED for Homes projects.
    • A few days prior to the workshop, you will receive short case studies to review in preparation of the course.  These case examples will provide the basis of the morning discussion and set the stage for the rest of the day.
  • Materials for this class include:
    • LEED for Homes Reference Guide
    • LEED AP Homes Study Guide*
    • Updated LEED AP Homes Candidate Handbook
      • *The only LEED professional study guide approved by USGBC
  • RECOMMENDED PRIOR KNOWLEDGE:  To ensure that you make the most of this workshop, you should have the following knowledge in advance:
    • Experience with residential green building practices
    • Competency with the LEED for Homes Rating System, including knowledge of prerequisites and credits
    • Competency with the LEED for Homes Reference Guide
    • Familiarity with the LEED for Homes delivery model
  • To help you assess if this course is at the appropriate learning level for you, you should understand the fundamentals of home building design and construction and be able to answer the following questions in advance of taking this course:
    • Who are the parties involved in a LEED for Homes project, and what are their general roles?
    • What are basic green strategies and technologies?
    • What are all of the prerequisites and credits of the LEED for Homes Rating System, as well as their intents and requirements?
  • If you do not yet have a solid grasp of this information, we encourage you to take the LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation course to build your knowledge to the appropriate level before you take this 300-level workshop.

Prerequisites

Determined on a case by case basis.  Students with little to no background in green building will need to complete Green Associate training.  Successful completion of the Green Associate exam or prior completion of the general LEED AP credentials (prior to Spring 2009) a Green Building Certification Institute prerequisite for the LEED AP Homes exam.

Method of Instruction

Instructor led workshop and facilitated study groups that build on core green building and LEED knowledge as outlined in the LEED AP Homes Candidate Handbook.  Instructor will facilitate preparation through engaged study group and directed self study.  Dynamic outline learning management is integrated into this course.

Evaluation

  • Exam:  No
  • Demonstration of Skills:  Yes
  • Class Participation:  Yes