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LEED GA EXAM GUIDE: A Must-Have for the LEED Green Associate Exam: Comprehensive Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability (LEED v3.0) Paperback – 30 Oct 2009


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  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press; 1st edition (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432741683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432741686
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,695,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gang Chen holds a Master Degree from School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a Bachelors Degree from the Department of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has over 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of, or participated in, have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times and The Orange County Register, etc. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school design, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing and high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C, a licensed architect in California and a member of American Institute of Architects (AIA). He is also the bestselling author of "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture. ArchiteG.com

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A Wonderful Guide for the LEED GA Exam:
After deciding to take the LEED GA exam, I started to look for the best possible study materials and resources. From what I thought would be a relatively easy task, it turned into a tedious endeavor. I realized that there vast amounts of 3rd party guides and hand books. Since the official sites are a little to no help, it became clear to me that my best chance to succeed and pass this exam is to find the most comprehensive study guide, that will not only teach me the topics, but will also give me a great background and understanding of what LEED actually is. Once I stumbled upon Mr Chen's book, all my needs were answered. This is a great study guide that will give the reader the most complete view of the LEED exam and all that it entails.

The book is written in an easy to understand language, and brings great example, tying the materials to the real world. The information is presented in a coherent and logical way, which optimizes the learning process and does not go into detail that will not be needed for the LEED GA exam, as many other guides do. This book stays dead on topic, and keeps the reader interested in the material.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering the LEED GA exam. I learned a great deal from this guide, and I am feeling very confident about my chances in my upcoming exam. --Pavel Geystrin

Easy to read, easy to understand:
I have read through the book once and found it to be the perfect study guide for me. The author does a great job of helping you get into the right frame of mind for the content of the exam. I had started by studying the Green Building Design and Construction reference guide for LEED projects produced by the USGBC. That was the wrong approach. Simply too much information with very little retention. At 636 pages in a textbook format, it would have been a daunting task to get through it. Gang Chen breaks down the points helping to minimize the amount of information but maximizing the content I was able to absorb. I plan on going through the book a few more times and I now believe I have the right information to pass the LEED GA exam. --Brian Hochstein

All in one - LEED GA prep material:
Since LEED Green Associate exam is a newer addition by USGBC, there is not much information regarding study material for this exam. When I started looking around for material, I got really confused as what material I should buy? This LEED GA guide by Gang Chen is an answer to all my worries! It is a very precise book with lots of information like how to approach the exam, what to study and what to skip, links to online material and tips and tricks for passing the exam. It is like "one stop shop" for Green Associate exam. I think this book can also be a good reference guide for green building professionals. A must have!! --SwatiD

An ESSENTIAL LEED GA Exam Reference Guide:
This book is an invaluable tool in preparation for the LEED Green Associate (GA) exam. As practicing professional in the consulting realm, I found this book to be all inclusive of the preparatory material needed for sitting the exam. The information provides clarity to the fundamental and advanced concepts of what LEED aims to achieve. A tremendous benefit is the connectivity of the concepts with real world applications.

The author, Gang Chen, provides a vast amount of knowledge in a very clear, concise, and logical media. For those that have not picked up a textbook in awhile it is very manageable to extract the needed information from this book. If you are taking the exam, do yourself a favor and purchase a copy of this great guide. Applicable fields: Civil Engineering, Architectural Design, MEP, and General Land Development. --Edwin L. Tamang

LEED GA EXAM GUIDE - A Good book:
A great concise study guide for taking the LEED exams. It doesn't detour from it's main purpose - - passing the LEED Green Associate exam for LEED Certification. Can't wait until I take the exam and get my results back. Gang Chen did a great service for the architecture community!!! --Christopher Real "The Real Deal"

Finally! A comprehensive study tool for LEED GA Prep!

I took the 1-day Green LEED GA course and walked away with a power point binder printed in very small print, which was missing MUCH of the required information (although I didn't know it at the time). I studied my little heart out and took the test; only to fail it by 1 point. Turns out I did NOT study all the material I needed to in order to pass the test. I found this book, read it, marked it up, re-took the test, and passed it with a 95%. Look, we all know the LEED GA exam is new, and the resources for study are VERY limited. This one's the VERY best out there right now. I highly recommend it. --ConsultantVA

Complete overview for the LEED GA exam

I studied this book for about three days and passed the exam. It does have some information you don't need to know for the GA exam, so I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking to just get some quick credentials. However, if you are truly interested in learning about the LEED system and green building design, this is a great place to start. --K.A Evans

Thank you for such a comprehensive review guide that was enormously helpful in passing the exam

My name is Elizabeth (last name deleted to protect her privacy) and I am a junior at the University of.... (college name deleted to protect her privacy). This summer I attained an internship with Kath Williams and Associates, a collaborative of creative independent contractors who come together to support innovative green projects, to learn about sustainable building. At the beginning of July I spoke with Kath about taking the LEED Green Associate Exam. After having no prior experience in sustainable architecture or LEED buildings I used both your review book and the study guides by USGBC as my study references. I wanted to e-mail to thank you for such a comprehensive review guide that was enormously helpful in passing the exam. Without your guide I don't know if I would have passed. Thank you so much. --Elizabeth

One of the best "How To" books I've read!

After reading Gang Chen's book on preparation for the LEED exams, I consider it to be one of the best "How To" books I've read. He has done an extraordinary job in organizing the book in a way to make it easily understood and has provided several tips on how to study and remember
the material. I also liked the many links he provided for additional information. It is definitely a 5-Star Book. --Hal Shipley

Clear, Concise, and Easy to Follow!

If you are beginning to look at study materials for the LEED Green Associate exam, you might feel overwhelmed by the many options, prices, and sizes of some of the resources out there. Gang Chen offers a condensed but comprehensive version of this material in the "LEED GA Exam Guide", by focusing on the really important information that every LEED examinee should memorize or be familiar with. His information is clear, concise, and arranged in a textual format, which makes the material easy to follow. He provides some interesting and useful study methods and strategies for the exam, such as the "3016 rule", as well as ready to consume mnemonics to help you memorize the actual exam material. He has even underlined all the key topics and information already, so you don't have to.
This book is a great study guide in that it offers both the technical material you need to know and a mock exam to test what you learned. I used this book as my main resource to pass the LEED GA exam, but I also think that it would be a useful read for anyone who wants to understand the basics of the new LEED 2009 v3.0 system. For further in depth LEED knowledge, there is also a good list of valuable websites and links to free study material. --P Kortje

Outstanding - a MUST Read for Anyone Taking a Standardized Test!

LEED GA Exam Guide by Gang Chen is incredibly well written and the only tool you will need to pass the LEED GA exam. The book is extremely well organized and concise, making it easy to understand and comprehend. While Mr. Chen does an excellent job of laying out and explaining what is required to pass the exam, the book is worth purchasing just for many of the test taking tips. As an international contractor who has taken many contractor's license exams, I wish I had many of these tools available to me previously. If you are planning to take the LEED GA or any other standardized test, you need this book! --J. W. Zimmerman "wz pilot"

From the Author

Why is "LEED GA Exam Guide" the most CURRENT and comprehensive book on LEED GA Exam in the market?

Many of you asked when my updated version of LEED books would be available.

Your wait is over: "LEED GA Exam Guide" is available NOW!

"LEED GA Exam Guide" is the most current, exam-oriented, and comprehensive book on LEED GA Exam in the market for the following reasons:

It is based on information from the latest USGBC "Green Building Design and Construction Reference Guide," and the related USGBC workshops, and comprehensive information gathered from many websites, PLUS a lot of information, mnemonics, and study techniques relevant to the exam but is NOT covered by the USGBC reference guide or workshops or any other similar books.

It includes all the relevant features that you love in "LEED AP Exam Guide" but updated to the latest LEED v3.0.

I added new content including: submittals and synergies for each credit or prerequisite; core concepts, recognition, regulations, and incentives for each credit category; more sample questions; valuable information specifically tailored to LEED Green Associate Exam.

I also used a new and better copy editor for "LEED GA Exam Guide," Barry. Barry is very detail-oriented and helped to substantially improve the quality of the book. Barry and I have reviewed and edited "LEED GA Exam Guide" for at least 16 times before the final publication.

"LEED GA Exam Guide" is very comprehensive but is still much easier to read, at a portable size, and will save you a lot of valuable exam prep time when compared with the 700-page, large-format USGBC "Green Building Design and Construction Reference Guide."

See Customer Discussion Section at the bottom of the Amazon book listing page of "LEED GA Exam Guide" for more information on the book.

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "LEED GA Exam Guide," "LEED GA Mock Exams," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on Architecture, LEED and Landscape Architecture

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Not the Right Book for the LEED GA 5 Feb. 2010
By Robert A. Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just passed the LEED GA Exam and fortunately used other resources (namely the greenexam prep).

This book is just not that well written and it has a lot of extraneous info which in the end made my preparation a lot more confusing and difficult than it should have been. Luckily I did not rely on this book alone and also used the practice tests, study guide and mp3s from greenexam prep. Which was more intelligible, cheaper and more sustainable(all digital downloads).

If I had to do it again, I would not have bought this book and used just the greenexam prep.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Drinking From a Fire Hose 26 Jun. 2010
By GreenGiant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I recently took and passed the exam for LEED Green Associate and I used this book in association with another study guide to prepare myself. The sheer volume of information provided in Mr. Chen's book left me feeling inundated and somewhat overwhelmed. I found that trying to incorporate and make sense of all of the data, charts, lists and facts being presented was like trying to drink from a fire hose. To be fair, the author does state pretty clearly in a couple of places that he is attempting to lay the foundation for the reader to not only pass the GA exam but to also begin preparing them for the more challenging Accredited Professional (AP) level exams. I however found this approach to be somewhat daunting and counterproductive. Based upon my experience, if your primary goal is to pass the LEED GA exam, I believe that your time and money would be better spent concentrating your study efforts on a more generalized 'overview' type of study guide and save this more detailed analysis of LEED requirements to prepare yourself for the AP level exam.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Wonderful Guide for the LEED GA Exam 29 Dec. 2009
By Pavel Geystrin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After deciding to take the LEED GA exam, I started to look for the best possible study materials and resources. From what I thought would be a relatively easy task, it turned into a tedious endeavor. I realized that there vast amounts of 3rd party guides and hand books. Since the official sites are a little to no help, it became clear to me that my best chance to succeed and pass this exam is to find the most comprehensive study guide, that will not only teach me the topics, but will also give me a great background and understanding of what LEED actually is. Once I stumbled upon Mr Chen's book, all my needs were answered. This is a great study guide that will give the reader the most complete view of the LEED exam and all that it entails.

The book is written in an easy to understand language, and brings great example, tying the materials to the real world. The information is presented in a coherent and logical way, which optimizes the learning process and does not go into detail that will not be needed for the LEED GA exam, as many other guides do. This book stays dead on topic, and keeps the reader interested in the material.

I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering the LEED GA exam. I learned a great deal from this guide, and I am feeling very confident about my chances in my upcoming exam.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I passed the LEED GA exam 28 Jan. 2010
By Richard Pocholski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just passed the LEED GA exam... I purchased this book and read the entire thing. After using numerous sources to study i realized that a minimal amount of content in this book actually pertains to the GA exam.

Objectively this book is not worth is at all.. Go to greenexam prep or USGBC and use there resources they are much more refined and applicable.

thanks

Rich, LEED Green Associate
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Expensive book for information you may not use. 5 Mar. 2010
By G. Nichols - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I just took the LEED GA exam and passed, so I wanted give feedback for those thinking of taking the GA portion of the exam and using this book. Though this book is helpful there is entirely too much information for just the GA exam. Now I realize that the author assumes that most individuals will go on to take the AP+ exam and thus the information covering the prerequisites and credits will be helpful, but over two thirds of the book is devoted to this! Personally I would have settled for just the GA information and a cheaper price. Additionally there is some information on the LEED accreditation process (how it changed in June 2009) that seems extraneous to someone taking the GA exam post-June 2009. Afterall if you are sitting for the GA exam then you don't have accreditation and do not need to know how someone else who already has LEED accreditation pre-June 2009 gets their accreditation changed from AP to AP+.
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