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LEED Green Associate Study Resources

June 25, 2010

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Session 1 References

Candidate Handbook: Primary References

Green Building & LEED Core Concepts Guide, 1st Edition (USGBC, 2009)
(available at

Green Office Guide: Integrating LEED Into Your Leasing Process, Section 2.4
(USGBC, 2009)

LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations Rating System (USGBC, 2009)

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Reference Guide, Introduction
(U.S. Green Building Council, 2008)

LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Reference Guide, Glossary
(USGBC, 2008)

LEED for Homes Rating System (USGBC, 2008)

Cost of Green Revisited, by Davis Langdon (2007)

Sustainable Building Technical Manual: Part II, by Anthony Bernheim and William
Reed (1996)

The Treatment by LEED® of the Environmental Impact of HVAC Refrigerants (LEED
Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee, 2004)

Guidance on Innovation & Design (ID) Credits (USGBC, 2004)

Guide to Purchasing Green Power (U.S. EPA, 2004)

Credit Interpretation Rulings (

LEED 2009 for Operations & Maintenance Rating System (USGBC, 2009)

LEED 2009 Minimum Program Requirements (USGBC, 2009)

LEED 2009 MPR Supplemental Guidance v1 (USGBC, 2009)

USGBC Knowledge Exchange

USGBC Research Publications

State Level Energy Consumption, Energy Information Administration

Turner & Frankel 2008, Energy Performance of LEED for New Construction Buildings

Kats 2003, The Costs & Financial Benefits of Green Building

Allen Matkins 2010, 4th Annual Green Building Survey

Perceived Business Benefits to Green, Greening of Corporate America

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency,

Minimum Program Requirements

Credit Interpretation Requests (CIR), Guidelines for CIR Customers

USGBC – Illinois Chapter 2009, Regional Green Building Case Study Project

Session 2 References

Sustainable Sites
Building vs. Transportation Energy
Site Design & Management
Urban Heat Island Effect

Water Efficiency
Water Use in Commercial Buildings
Indoor Water Use Distribution – Las Vegas
Energy Policy Act 1992

Energy & Atmosphere
Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey
Energy Performance for LEED for New Construction Buildings
The Treatment by LEED® of the Environmental Impact of HVAC Refrigerants
Green Power & RECs

Session 3 Resources
Sample LEED GA Questions from Sessions 1, 2 and 3