LEED AP Building Design and Construction
The LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Building Design and Construction certificate is given to individuals who achieve a passing score on the LEED AP Building Design and Construction Exam. This certificate is intended for those who work in the design and construction phases of the building industry and signifies a high degree of expertise in applying building and design skills in an environmentally friendly manner. LEED Building Design and Construction professionals have a deep knowledge of what makes a building sustainable and nondestructive to the environment and both healthy and pleasant to work in. LEED AP Building Design and Construction professionals hired to work on a construction project will be able to offer assistance in bringing the building up to the standards that can win it LEED certification from the Green Buildings Certification Institute (GBCI).
Questions on the LEED AP Building Design and Construction Exam are divided into seven areas:
- Project Site Factors
Subjects include site selection, connectivity with community services, light pollution, and climate conditions.
- Water Management
Subjects include water treatment, storm water, and irrigation.
- Project Systems and Energy Impacts
Subjects include energy performance policy, on-site renewable energy, energy performance management, energy sources and tradeoffs, and energy usage.
- Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
Subjects include building materials reuse, rapidly renewable materials, and material acquisition.
- Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Subjects include ventilation requirements, tobacco smoke control, air quality, low-emitting materials, lighting controls, thermal controls, views, and types of building spaces.
- Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
Subjects include design workshop, ways to earn LEED credits, and educating the building manager.
- Project Surroundings and Public Outreach
Subjects include infrastructure, zoning requirements, working with government planning agencies, reduced parking methods, access to transit, and pedestrian/cyclist-friendly design.
To be eligible for the LEED Green Associate Exam, previous experience or education is required. You must have worked on a LEED-registered project, been employed in a sustainable field of work, or taken an educational program in the principles of environmentally friendly construction. When registering for the exam, you’ll need to establish your eligibility. For ways in which this can be done, see Establishing Eligibility for LEED Exams.
The fee for the LEED AP Building Design and Construction Exam differs depending on whether it is taken in combination with the LEED Green Associate Exam (required for the certificate) or separately. The fees are:
- Application fee: $100
- Combined exam fee: $450*
- LEED AP Building Design and Construction Exam only: $250**
- Renewal fee: $50 every two years
*The discounted fee for full-time employees of the United States Green Building Council and Canadian Green Building Council national member companies is $300.
**The discounted fee for full-time employees of the United States Green Building Council and Canadian Green Building Council national member companies is $150.
Last Updated: 09/29/2012