LEED AP Homes
The LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Homes certificate is given to individuals who achieve a passing score on the LEED AP Homes Exam. This certificate is intended for those involved in the design and construction of healthy, comfortable, livable homes and signifies a high degree of expertise in using fewer natural resources, generating less waste, and using energy efficiently in such homes. LEED AP Homes professionals hired to work on a home-building project will be able to offer advice in 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 Homes Exam are divided into seven areas:
- Project Site Factors
Subjects include site selection, connectivity with community services, development, green management, and climate conditions.
- Water Management
Subjects include water treatment, storm water, and irrigation demand.
- Project Systems and Energy Impacts
Subjects include energy performance policies, building components, on-site renewable energy, energy performance management, energy tradeoffs, energy usage, and specialized equipment power needs.
- Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
Subjects include building materials reuse, rapidly renewable materials, material acquisition, and neutral homes.
- Improvements to the Indoor Environment
Subjects include minimum ventilation requirements, tobacco smoke control, air quality, ventilation effectiveness, indoor air quality, low-emitting materials, chemical and pollutant control, light controls, thermal controls, views, acoustics, and residential requirements.
- Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
Subjects include design workshop, ways to earn credit, education of homeowner or tenant, and education of building manager.
- Project Surroundings and Public Outreach
Subjects include preferred location, infrastructure, available community resources, site selection in collaboration with developer, zoning requirements, government planning agencies, planning terminology, land-development phases, public-private partnership, development footprint reduction methods, reduced parking methods, transit-oriented development, pedestrian-oriented streetscape design, ADA/universal access, and streetscape planning.
The fee for the LEED AP Homes 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