Very valuable guide! I am a lighting designer and am preparing to take the LEED BD+C exam. A few years ago I had taken the LEED 2.0 beta test and unfortunately did not pass it. I got this guide to prepare for the 3.0 version and it was fairly well organized to help me refresh my memory on the background LEED knowledge I had. All the specifics that one needs to know about each credit such as the Purpose of the credit, Credit path, Submittals, Strategies and technologies etc, are clearly organized for every credit. In addition the author also employs the smart technique of Mnemonics which helps in memorizing the vast amount of information in a simplified manner. --visswapriya prabakar
Not a bulky ref guide: This book does a great job in highlighting and summarizing the key points and concepts in USGBC ref guide. If you only have limited amount of time for AP exam preparation, definitely go for this book. --Metcalf
Very Helpful: I found the book to be very detailed and very helpful. I plan to take the exam soon, and I feel fully prepared for it. --Yousuf Asadzoi
LEED BD&C Exam Guide - A good outline: The book is an excellent outline to learn the necessary items required to study for the exam...Practice exam is good indicator of test preparation. --Paul Levine
I had appeared for GA and passed. I loved the content and the underlined highlights. I read your book; it gave me insight and knowledge on how credits are applied. Some questions in your book helped me answer ones on the test.
Good book, I'll go through it once again when I appear for AP. --Haresh Vibhakar, AIIA ( India ), AIA, LEED Green Associate Architect
Why is "LEED BD&C Exam Guide" needed?
There are two main purposes for "LEED BD&C Exam Guide": to help you pass the LEED AP BD+C (Building Design and Construction) Exam and to assist you with understanding the process of getting a building LEED certified.
The LEED AP BD+C Exam is a brand new exam GBCI launched in 2009. The biggest problem for LEED AP BD+C Exam is the shortage of LEED AP BD+C Exam prep materials.
The LEED AP BD+C Exam has two parts (or sections):
Part One is EXACTLY the same as the LEED Green Associate Exam. It has 100 multiple choice questions and must be finished within two hours (The total exam time for BOTH parts of the exam is four hours). In this book, "LEED AP BD+C Exam Part One," "LEED AP BD+C Exam Section One," and "LEED Green Associate Exam" are used interchangeably since they are EXACTLY the same.
Part Two is the LEED AP BD+C specialty exam. It focuses on information and knowledge related directly to green building design and construction (BD+C). It also contains 100 multiple choice questions and must be finished within two hours.
The raw exam score is converted to a scaled score ranging from 125 to 200. The passing score is 170 or higher. You need to answer about 60 questions correctly for each section to pass. There is an optional 10-minute tutorial for computer testing before the exam and an optional 10-minute exit survey.
The LEED Green Associate Exam is the most important LEED exam for two reasons:
1. You have to pass it in order to get the title of LEED Green Associate.
2. It is also the required Part One (2 hours) of ALL LEED AP+ exams. You have to pass it plus Part Two (2 hours) of the specific LEED AP+ exam of your choice to get any LEED AP+ title unless you have passed the old LEED AP exam before June 30, 2009.
There are a few ways to prepare for the LEED AP BD+C Exam:
1. You can take USGBC courses or workshops. You should take USGBC classes at both the 100 (Awareness) and 200 (LEED Core Concepts and Strategies) level to successfully prepare for Part One of the exam. USGBC classes at 300 level (Green Building Design & Construction: The LEED Implementation Process) can be taken to prepare for Part Two of the exam. A one-day course normally costs $445 (as of publication) with an early registration discount, otherwise it is $495. You will also have to wait until the USGBC workshops or courses are offered in a city near you.
2. Take USGBC online courses. Refer to the USGBC or GBCI websites for information. The USGBC online courses are less personal and still expensive.
3. The USGBC's "Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide." It is somewhat useful, but does not have enough information for you to pass the LEED GA Exam, let alone LEED AP BD+C Exam.
4. The USGBC Reference Guides: They are comprehensive, but they give too much information. Searching for information related to LEED AP BD+C Exam from the USGBC Reference Guides is like "looking for a needle in a haystack." For example, The LEED 2009 Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction (BD&C) has about 700 full-size pages. Many of the calculations in the books are too detailed for the exam. They are also expensive (approximately $200 each, so most people may not buy them for their personal use, but instead, will seek to share an office copy).
It is good to read a reference guide from cover to cover if you have the time. The problem is that few people have the time to read the whole reference guide. Even if you do read the whole guide, you may not remember the important issues to pass the LEED exam. You need to reread the material several times before you can remember much of it.
Reading the reference guide from cover to cover without a guidebook is a difficult and inefficient way of preparing for the LEED AP BD+C exam, because you do NOT know what USGBC and GBCI are looking for in the exam.
5. Various books published by a third party are available on Amazon. However, most of them are not very helpful.
To stay at the forefront of the LEED and green building movement, I sign up for USGBC courses and workshops myself, and I review the USGBC and GBCI websites and many other sources to get as much information as possible on LEED. Based on this very comprehensive research, I summarize the information in my latest book, "LEED BD&C Exam Guide: A Must-Have for the LEED AP BD+C Exam: Comprehensive Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability (LEED v3.0)." I have done the hard work so that you can save time preparing for the exam by reading it.
"LEED BD&C Exam Guide" will fill in the blanks and become a valuable, reliable source:
a. It will give you more information for your money. It has more information than the related USGBC workshops.
b. It is exam-oriented and more effective than the USGBC reference guides.
c. It is better than most, if not all, of the other third-party books. It gives you comprehensive study materials, sample questions and answers, mock exams and answers, and critical information on building LEED certification and going green. Other third-party books only give you a fraction of the information.
d. It is comprehensive yet concise. It is easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes.
e. It is great a timesaver. I have highlighted the important information that you need to understand and MEMORIZE. I also make some acronyms and short sentences to help you easily remember the credit names.
It should take you about 1 to 2 weeks of full-time study to pass each of the LEED exams. I have met people who have spent 40 hours to study and passed the exams.
You can find sample texts and other information on the LEED Exam Guides Series in customer discussion sections under each of my book's listing on Amazon.