LEED AP Interior Design and Construction
The LEED AP (Accredited Professional) Interior Design and Construction certificate is given to individuals who achieve a passing score on the LEED AP Interior Design and Construction Exam. This certificate is intended for those involved professionally in the design and construction of commercial and tenant spaces within buildings. It demonstrates that the possessor of the certificate is capable of creating a workplace that is not only conducive to a high level of productivity, but that is healthy and comfortable for those who work there. LEED Interior Design and Construction professionals have a deep knowledge of what makes a workplace pleasant for its occupants and know how to make the workspace less costly to maintain and operate. LEED AP Interior 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 Interior Design and Construction Exam are divided into seven areas:
- Project Site Factors
Subjects include connectivity to community services and lighting development.
- Water Management
Subjects include water treatment, storm water, and special equipment needs.
- Project Systems and Energy Impacts
Subjects include energy performance policies, building components, on-site renewable energy, energy performance measurement, energy usage and tradeoffs, and specialized equipment power needs.
- Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials
Subjects include building material re-use, rapidly renewable materials, material acquisition, chemical management policy, and environmental management plan.
- 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, lighting controls, thermal controls, views, ergonomics, acoustics, and types of building spaces.
- Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation
Subjects include design workshop, ways to earn credits, education of the homeowner or tenant, and education of the building manager.
- Project Surroundings and Public Outreach
Subjects include available community resources, reduced parking methods, transit-oriented development, and ADA/universal access.
The fee for the LEED AP Interior 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