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LEED AP Neighborhood Development Exam Preparation


LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) is the first national standard for the design of sustainable neighborhoods.  Incorporating principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green infrastructure, this is the first LEED program that certifies sites rather than buildings.  The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed this new ratings program in partnership with the Congress of New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

This course is designed primarily for candidates seeking the LEED AP for Neighborhood Development credential by means of examination.  These candidates are typically planners and design and construction professionals whose careers are involved with site design and development, and who want to perform their professional duties in a sustainable manner.  This course will assist candidates in their personal preparation for taking the LEED AP for Neighborhood Development examination.


Upon completion of this course, the successful student will:

  • Understand the LEED ND rating system and be able to identify its various categories, prerequisites, and credits;
  • Be prepared to take the LEED AP for Neighborhood Development examination;
  • Know the process for submitting a project for LEED ND certification;
  • Be able to determine the applicability of LEED ND for future development projects; and
  • Analyze and evaluate local LEED ND projects submitted in the pilot projects program.


This course will systematically go through the entire LEED for Neighborhood Development Reference Manual and other related materials published by the USGBC for the LEED ND program.  In addition, as time allows, the course will look at local examples of proposed LEED ND projects and provide brief evaluation of them.  The content of the course is per the outline below:

  1. Overview and Introduction
    • Principles of Sustainable Neighborhood Design
    • LEED rating system and the USGBC
    • History and background of LEED ND rating system
  2. LEED ND Project Certification Process
  3. LEED ND Rating System:  Contents and Credits
    • Smart Locations and Linkages (SLL)
    • Neighborhood Pattern and Design (NPD)
    • Green Infrastructure and Buildings (GIB)
    • Innovation and Design Process (IDP)
    • Regional Priority Credits
  4. Case Studies and Evaluation
    • NC Research Campus, Kannapolis
    • Celadon, Charlotte
    • East 54, Chapel Hill



Individuals with little or no experience in this area, but who are interested in this subject, should first take the LEED Green Associate exam preparation course GBC 7000.

Please note that a prerequisite to taking the LEED AP for Neighborhood Development exam is either; (a) successful completion of the Green Associate exam, or (b) prior completion of the general LEED AP credential prior to spring, 2009.  In addition, a candidate must document past experience on at least one LEED certified project.

Method of Instruction

PowerPoint based lectures, using the LEED ND Reference Guide as the primary text.  Other resources may also be utilized.  There will be ample time for class discussion and questions.


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