Friday, May 11, 2007

LEED Accredited Professional

So, the last two weeks I have been studying for the LEED Accreditation (v2.2) exam, which I took yesterday and passed (yeah!!!). I can now officially call myself a LEED Accredited Professional. For those of you who don't know what LEED is, I'll fill you in. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It consists of design recommendations and a rating system for construction projects that strive to be "green."

"Green Building" has been around for a while, and may make you think of tree-hugging liberals who only use one "square" of toilet paper when they go to the bathroom, but that's not necessarily the case. The LEED philosophy is becoming widespread in the construction industry, and many builders/owners use their recommendations even if they are not going to try to get certified as a LEED project.

Some of the items that LEED design focuses on include energy and water efficient building, indoor air quality, minimizing site disturbance, recycled materials, reused materials, wastewater management, and waste reduction.

I have to say that studying again (after 4 years) was interesting, and I was so nervous going into the testing center yesterday. I've never been to a Prometric testing center before, and didn't really know what to expect. They have cameras filming you and recording audio in the room to make sure you don't cheat. The test was all computerized and within 20 seconds of completion, you are given your results. Devcon paid $250 for me to take the test, so I was under a little pressure to pass, but luckily I did. Hopefully my new knowledge new title, LEED AP, will come in handy sometime in the future.

Check out the US Green Building Council web page if you would like to learn more...

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