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You heard it here first: the new LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) exams require a much deeper knowledge of the reference guide.

by Paula Melton

Editor's note: Need tips on the v4 LEED AP exam? Click to learn about our BD+C Exam Prep guide, which includes a 45-page companion workbook and a 50-question online sample exam.

The market needs additional time to prepare for LEED v4, says USGBC, in keeping LEED 2009 registration open longer.

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has decided that requiring new LEED projects to register for LEED v4 as of June 2015 was too soon and has shifted that date back to October 31, 2016. In an announcement released this morning, USGBC said that it was giving the market more time to get ready for LEED v4 based on feedback it received during last week's annual Greenbuild conference.

Another year and another amazing class of LEED Fellows

Following is the group being recognized this week at Greenbuild 2014 by USGBC for their volunteer hours, mentoring, organizational leadership, and innovation. I'm blown away by the contributions of everyone listed to the green building movement.


New hardware and rating methods underpin the data-rich plaque USGBC is promoting for already-certified buildings, but insiders have questions.

For those who never felt that a static LEED plaque adequately captured the performance of a building in all its complexity, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has an answer: the LEED Dynamic Plaque. The flatscreen hardware, bolstered by a back end that crunches data, loads up occupancy surveys, and reports back to USGBC, is the result of years of work by USGBC staff on a tool that could engage buildings after their initial LEED certification, and orient all buildings toward measured performance.

StopWaste says there is nothing to fear about LEEDv4 and adds its completed documentation to LEEDuser’s toolkit.

Sample documentation for LEED version 4 is now available on LEEDuser from one of the first certified v4 projects. The browse by rating system and credit.

Get ready for change in LEED credit numbering.

If like a lot of LEED professionals you're used to using shorthand like MRc4 to refer to the recycled content credit, and EAc1 for energy performance, LEED v4 throws a curveball into your jargon.

The LEED AP exam itself will test project-ready proficiency—no demonstration of actual project experience will be required.

With LEED v4 having been released in November 2013, and the transition away from LEED 2009 underway, the U.S. Green Building Council has announced several key dates and requirements as it shifts LEED professional credentials to LEED v4.

Green building consultant Jerry Yudelson aims to “push the reset button” at the Green Building Initiative (GBI).

by Paula Melton

A new force will be making Green Globes go ’round.

Jerry Yudelson, P.E., a LEED Fellow and a prominent green building advocate, has joined the Green Building Initiative (GBI) as president. “It’s a new beginning,” Yudelson told LEEDuser. “We pushed the reset button.”

The LEED family of rating systems uses specific jargon—becoming familiar with these terms is a great way to gain a basic understanding of this important program.

The LEED family of rating systems uses specific terms to describe various aspects of its program. Whether you are a designer, contractor, consultant, manufacturer, educator, or owner, it is important to be clear and consistent about these terms. Becoming familiar with these terms is also a great way to gain a basic understanding of LEED.

The latest, and largest release of energy data from LEED-certified buildings shows good energy results but leaves room for improvement.

An open letter to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on revealing more granular energy data from LEED buildings


For the last year, as the transparency and disclosure movement has gained steam in the building products industry, we’ve heard many compelling arguments for why manufacturers should be transparent about what’s in their products. From USGBC representatives and members, we’ve heard that:

Has USGBC finally cracked the code to an easy, accessible LEED Online experience? LEED v4 projects will experience a simpler, more integrated website when they get to work on their LEED documentation.

Congratulations to the 2013 class of LEED Fellows, announced by USGBC.

When the idea of a LEED Fellow credential was first floated, I wasn't sure about it. This was when the term "legacy" was about to be affixed to tens of thousands of existing LEED APs, and we were going to be asked to navigate a new jungle of credential types. Would it be worth it?

The LEEDuser team will be at Greenbuild, along with many of our friends.

On your way to Greenbuild 2013 in Philadelphia? Myself and the rest of the  LEEDuser team are looking forward to seeing you there! I would love to meet up with you at our booth, #1617. We have a special giveaway there for LEEDuser members and nonmembers alike.

Does LEED v4 ban PVC? Let's look at the details of the new rating system.