USGBC LEED Green Associate

LEORON Professional Development Institute
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Professional Course
Virtual Classroom
3 days

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Course description

USGBC LEED Green Associate

Understanding the need to educate and train in sustainable development principles and strategies, the USGBC has designed several professional credentials that demonstrate different levels of knowledge and skills for the application of the LEED Certification System.

The LEED guides propose a series of design and performance strategies to be implemented in a structure with the purpose of addressing the environmental impact issues as well as the operation and maintenance costs related to excessive consumption of energy, potable water and materials. It also aims to improve the interior environment of buildings to promote the production, use and welfare of the occupants and the surrounding community.

To maximize the results of the application of the strategies proposed by LEED, the scheme is based on propitiating the synergy between the diverse systems existing in a structure. This theory seeks to create closed cycles where the product of one process turns out to be the input of another. The proposal seeks to combine well-known strategies with modern technology to address the life cycle of a building. In addition, LEED provides metric tools that allow evaluating the most productive way to apply these strategies seeking their implementation from an integrated and iterative planning.

The LEED Green Associate credential demonstrates knowledge and non-technical skills to understand and support strategies, ideas and practices that form the basis of sustainable construction, as well as the critical points of the operation and maintenance of structures, specifically related to the LEED program. This basic level of credentialing is presented as an opportunity for everyone involved in a construction project to know the best way to collaborate with the LEED certification process from their respective roles and specialties. This includes engineers and architects, as well as those owners and investors, contractors, consultants, appraisers, environmentalists, planners, and others who equally participate in the process. This integration of the disciplines is necessary for the success of a sustainable project. It is also essential to achieve the necessary market change and the promotion of a cost-effective, socially equitable and environmentally prosperous urban development.

Who should attend?

Students and professionals potentially interested in this course include the following disciplines, among many others:

  • Engineers
  • Architects
  • Owners
  • Investors
  • Contractors
  • Consultants
  • Appraisers
  • Environmentalists
  • Planners
  • Economists
  • Educators
  • Real estate brokers


Some prior notion of basic concepts related to the built environment and the systems typically found in a building.

Training content

SESSION 1: Integrated Process, USGBC, GBCI and LEED

  • General concepts about sustainable construction
  • Mission of the “US Green Building Council” (USGBC)
  • Mission of the “Green Business Certification Inc.” (GBCI) and its processes
  • LEED V4 Rating Systems

SESSION 2: Location and Transportation

  • Environmental problems related to transportation
  • Sustainability strategies related to the location of a project and the changes that this causes in transportation

SESSION 3: Sustainable Sites

  • Environmental problems related to the location of a project
  • Sustainability strategies related to the development of the site of a project

SESSION 4: Efficiency In the use of Water

  • Background information on the global water resource crisis
  • Correlation between water use, operation and maintenance expenses, demand on the municipal system, waste and energy consumption

SESSION 5: Energy and atmosphere

  • Environmental problems related to the production and consumption of nonrenewable energies
  • Profile of the energy performance of a building
  • Synergies in the use of energy
  • Sustainability strategies related to the use of energy

SESSION 6: Materials and Resources

  • Environmental impact during the life cycle of materials
  • Waste from the construction process
  • Sustainability strategies related to the use and selection of materials

SESSION 7: Quality of the interior environment

  • Importance of the interior environment in the health and productivity of the occupants
  • Importance of the mechanical ventilation system in the quality of the indoor environment
  • Importance of the design and operation of buildings in the quality of the interior environment
  • Sustainability strategies related to the quality of the interior environment

SESSION 8: Innovation and regional priority

  • Iterative process in sustainable construction
  • Sustainability strategies related to innovation
  • Sustainability strategies related to outstanding performance
  • Sustainability strategies with regional relevance

Certification / Credits

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, participants will learn about the following specific topics and skills:

  • Communicate general concepts about sustainable construction to teams or colleagues
  • Evaluate and investigate, in a general way, sustainable building materials
  • Assist others with sustainable development goals
  • Argue in favor of sustainable construction in front of clients, members of a professional team and the general public
  • Assist in the handling of documentation for the LEED certification process
  • Organization, structure and scope of LEED guides
  • Goals and objectives of the various strategies for sustainable construction proposed by the USGBC in the LEED system
  • Strategies to execute an integrated process in a LEED project
  • Industry standards and guides used as reference by the LEED system
  • General parameters for selecting the project site
  • General parameters for evaluation, design and development of the project site
  • General strategies for the use and proper management of water resources
  • General strategies for the use and adequate management of energy resources
  • Practices related to alternative and renewable energy sources
  • Main environmental issues related to the production and consumption of nonrenewable energy sources
  • Strategies for reuse of materials for construction
  • Concepts related to the life cycle of construction materials, components and buildings
  • Strategies for the proper handling of waste
  • Policies for the acquisition of products and construction materials
  • Concepts and practices related to the quality of the interior environment
  • General environmental impact of the built environment
  • Value of sustainable and regional design

Benefits of attending

This preparatory course to obtain the sustainable construction consulting credential “LEED Green Associate” will train participants to demonstrate knowledge and mastery of non-technical practice areas of sustainable construction.

This credential shows basic knowledge of the design, construction and sustainablemaintenance of the built environment. Students will receive a comprehensive andhigh-level introduction that will include a comprehensive discussion of dozens of areasrelated to sustainable construction.

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We offer the highest level of training delivery, whether that be in our live-virtual training or in-classroom sessions, with our expert instructors guiding you through everything so that you’re left feeling assured and confident to utilize your new knowledge going forward.

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