LEED for New Construction & Major Renovations
Course OutlineThe built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. In recent years, the demand for high-performance buildings has grown tremendously as a result of increased awareness of the need for sustainable development. The LEED Rating System is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance buildings that are designed and built to minimize resource consumption, to reduce life cycle costs, and to maximize health and environmental performance across a wide range of measures – from indoor air quality to habitat protection. This course is based entirely on the publication "LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations" - a superb guide published by the U.S. Green Building Council. This publication not only helps design professionals get familiar with the planning and design process for creating and meeting sustainability goals, but also provides the fundamental knowledge required to obtain the LEED AP credential. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
Understand the importance of sustainable development;
Select sustainable building methods and materials;
Minimize the overall environmental impact during the building process;
Identify the energy-saving features of green buildings;
Improve indoor air quality;
Reduce and reuse construction waste;
Understand the LEED Building Rating System;
Know the prerequisites for each key rating area;
the credits available under each key area; and
Understand all aspects ofgreen building
In this course, you are required to study the following documents:
LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations (97 pages, PDF file. File size: 3.6 MB).
LEED 2009 for NC & MR Checklist (Excel file. File size: 143 KB).
Please click on the underlined hypertext above to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right-clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Building "green" is using our resources efficiently while creating a healthier environment. Green buildings are also called sustainable buildings. They are designed to meet certain objectives, such as: conserving energy and water, improving air quality and reducing the overall impact on the environment. The green building strategies described in this course can be applied to either new construction or renovation projects, including office buildings, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories.