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Exam Preparation

WELL AP Exam Study Guide and Practice Exams

BuildingGreen offers the best available WELL Accredited Professional study guide, and the only one you'll need.

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Price: $149

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LEEDuser's Guide to Passing the LEED v4 AP Exam

The only study guide you’ll need to pass the LEED AP exam on the first try.

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Price: $99

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LEEDuser's Study Guide to the LEED v4 Green Associate Exam

Pass the LEED Green Associate exam on the first try—without wasting your study time.

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Price: $99

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BuildingGreen Spotlight Reports

The Potential of Prefab: How Modular Construction Can Be Green

The modular construction approach—in which a building’s large-scale modularized components are prefabricated in an offsite manufacturing facility for rapid assembly onsite—is garnering an increasing amount of attention in the building industry. This is due in large part to the interrelated issues of the rising costs of traditional construction methods, the shortage of skilled construction labor in many areas of the country, and the worsening shortage of affordable housing.

This report examines potential benefits in depth in order to provide the foundational knowledge and integrative understanding needed to realize these benefits through effective design and project management. As with any strategy promising to enhance a project’s performance and sustainability, modular construction methods must be implemented correctly—informed by a holistic perspective and approach—to achieve the promised potential.

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Qualifies for 1.5 AIA LU|HSW and 1.5 GBCI CE hours.

Price: $39

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Changing Building Design for a Changing Electrical Grid

The way we get our electricity is evolving, and buildings need to be ready to respond.

Renewable electricity generation has nearly doubled in the last 10 years. Ninety percent of that increase came from wind and solar generation. This capacity includes wind and solar generation and electric storage assets owned by utilities and those that are not owned or managed by utilities (including net-zero-energy buildings).

Generally, solar electricity is most productive during the day, especially in the summer, and wind generation at night, especially in the spring. Of course, both solar and wind are dependent on daily, even hourly, local weather as well. The existing electricity infrastructure was not designed for these variations, nor were most buildings.

Designers can rethink some priorities to support building-to-grid harmonization and play a critical role in de-carbonizing the electric grid through design and operation of “grid-friendly” buildings.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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Passive House on Campus: Eight Exemplary Projects

Passive House has graduated—and it’s going off to college. Over the years, the original Passive House Institute (PHI) certification system has branched out considerably to offer different requirements for different building types, such as offices, hospitals, schools—even swimming pools. There’s also a considerably different standard in the U.S. administered by Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS).

Regardless of these differences, all Passive House buildings have to follow the same basic procedures. Delve into this BuildingGreen article covering eight case studies, where we document some of the complexities and some of the problem solving required for certifying to Passive House standards in an institutional setting.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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LEED and WELL Product Labels: A Guide and Analysis

In this PDF report, BuildingGreen takes a comparative look at the LEED v4, LEED v4.1, WELL v1, and WELL v2 standards in order to help you get your bearings while also offering an analysis of each program. LEED and WELL encourage a number of different product standards, certifications, and disclosures—so many that it’s easy to forget some or get them confused. Organized by credit, this report covers product labels referenced in LEED v4 and v4.1 for Building Design and Construction, and WELL v1 and v2.

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Qualifies for 1.5 AIA LU|HSW and 1.5 GBCI CE hours (LEED-specific and WELL-specific).

Price: $39

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Boost Happiness and Save Energy with Adaptive Thermal Comfort

Ready to expand your comfort zone? Handing control to occupants is the best way to ensure they’re satisfied.

The most common complaint facility managers hear from building occupants is that their office space is too cold. That would seem an easy enough problem to solve, except that the number two complaint is that it’s too hot. Different people, it turns out, are comfortable under different conditions, and keeping everyone comfortable at the same time is an elusive goal.

In this PDF report, BuildingGreen explores how adaptive thermal comfort design increases happiness and energy savings.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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Driving to Green Buildings: The Transportation Energy Intensity of Buildings

This PDF report takes a look at the “transportation energy intensity” of buildings and the influence of location and various land-use features on this measure of energy use. While the focus will be primarily on energy (and the associated environmental impacts of energy use, such as pollution), measures to reduce transportation energy use can have very significant ancillary benefits relating to water runoff, urban heat-island mitigation, and habitat protection, while creating more vibrant, livable communities.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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The Urgency of Embodied Carbon and What You Can Do About It

Building materials emit massive amounts of carbon long before the lights go on. In this PDF report, we take an analytical look at the greenhouse gases that are emitted in the process of constructing our buildings in the first place—the embodied carbon. We then offer strategies for reducing embodied carbon, with examples of projects that have succeeded in this regard.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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Five Reasons to Be Optimistic About Solar Energy

In this PDF report, we explore five solid reasons to be optimistic about the future of solar power, including continued impressive growth, an overall positive environmental footprint, increased energy independence, and technological advancements.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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Lighting Design for Health and Sustainability: A Guide for Architects

What do we mean when we say sustainable lighting? In this PDF report, we take a closer look at lighting as an essential element in quality environments that support health and wellness while reducing energy use.

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Qualifies for 1 AIA LU|HSW and 1 GBCI CE hour.

Price: $39

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Special Reports

Spec This, Not That: Avoiding Toxic Chemicals in Commercial Building Projects

This report details approaches used by architects, designers, contractors and building owners to reduce chemical hazards in their building projects, and it includes clear guidance on which hazards to watch out for in the major building product and material categories.

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Price: $129

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The Cost of LEED v4

Our report is structured to enable project teams to systematically address the complexity of evaluating sustainable design strategies on a LEED for New Construction (LEED-NC) v4 project.

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Price: $99

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The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation

The BuildingGreen Guide to Insulation provides detailed guidance on insulation products and practices, including cost comparisons and detailed recommendations on what insulation to use, and what to avoid.

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Price: $97

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Fundamentals of High Performance Building Assemblies

BuildingGreen's four-part course, designed for architects and builders, provides methodologies for how best to design and manage these details and achieve superior performance—while avoiding expensive pitfalls.

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Price: $199.95

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Better Window Decisions

BuildingGreen's special report dives deep into window and glazing selection, giving you the framework you need to make informed decisions.

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Price: $127

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Energy Star Portfolio Manager: The Unofficial Reference Guide

This “unofficial” Reference Guide is designed to be a helpful how-to manual for navigating ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and generating an accurate ENERGY STAR score.

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Price: $49

LEEDuser Premium member price: $29