I just finished taking the LEED GA exam and, thankfully, I passed it on the first try by using this book as my primary study guide...I particularly liked the way the author organized the information within it. -----Lewis Colon
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
LEED Exam Guide Series gives you just the right amount of information for you to pass the LEED exam. It also gives you the most information for you to get your building LEED certified. A Great book! -------Ellen
I took the 1-day Green LEED GA course...I studied my little heart out and took the test; only to fail it by 1 point...I found this book, read it...and passed it with a 95%...This one's the VERY best out there right now. -------ConsultantVA
Complete overview for the LEED GA exam I studied this book for about three days and passed the exam...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
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What others are saying about LEED GA Exam Guide... Very effective study guide I purchased both this study guide and Mr. Chen's LEED GA Mock Exams book and found them to be excellent tools for preparing for the LEED Green Associate exam. While Mr. Chen's LEED Green Associate Exam Guide is not perfect (in that it's not the most user-friendly presentation of the material), it was very effective in at least presenting most, if not all, of the topics that the exam touched upon. While I wouldn't necessarily recommend my abbreviated strategy for preparing for the exam, the following worked for me: I read through the exam guide a couple of times (but not word for word), took the mock exam and referenced the guide for explanations for any wrong answers, did the same for the two mock exams in Mr. Chen's LEED GA Mock Exams book, flipped through the documents at the bottom of this page that Mr. Chen recommends, and took two other web-based mock exams that I purchased on eBay. Literally after ten hours of preparation time, I took the actual exam and passed with a 189, thanks in large part to Mr. Chen's books. If I decide to take one of the LEED AP exams in the future, I will definitely be picking up more of Mr. Chen's study materials. --shwee "shwee" Latest trend for LEED Exams
Recently, there are quite a few readers run into the versions of the LEED exams that have many questions on refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, and HFC), the following advice will help you answer these questions correctly:
For more information, see free pdf file of "The Treatment by LEED of the Environmental Impact of HVAC Refrigerants" that you can download at link below:
This is a VERY important document that you need to become familiar with. Many real LEED exam questions (CFC, HCFC, and HFC, etc.) come from this document. You need to download it for free and read it at least 3 times.
Pay special attention to the Table on ODP and GWP on page 3. You do not have to remember the exact value of all ODPs and GWPs, but you do need to know the rough number for various groups of refrigerants."
This latest trend regarding refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, and HFC) for LEED Exams has a lot to do with LEED v3.0 Credit Weighting. EA (including refrigerants) is the biggest winner in LEED v3.0, meaning the categoryhas MORE questions than any other areas for ALL the LEED exams. See pages 36 to 38 of my book, LEED GA Exam Guide quoted below:
How are LEED credits allocated and weighted?
Answer: They are allocated and weighted per strategies that will have greater positive impacts on the most important environmental factors:CO2 reductions and energy efficiency.
They are weighted against 13 aftereffects of human activities, including carbon footprint / climate change (25%), indoor-air quality (15%), resource/fossil-fuel depletion (9%), particulates (8%), water use/water intake (7%), human health: cancer (7%), ecotoxity (6%), eutrophication (5%), land use/habitat alteration (5%), human health: non cancer (4%), smog formation (4%), acidification (3%), and ozone depletion (2%).
These 13 aftereffects were created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and are also known as "TRACI", a mnemonic for "Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts."
1) The USGBC used a reference building to estimate environmental impact in the 13 categories above. 2) The USGBC also used a tool developed by the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) to prioritize the TRACIcategories. 3) The USGBC also created a matrix to show the existing LEED credits and the TRACIcategories, and used data that quantify building impacts on human health and environment to allocate points for each credit.
The points for Energy and Transportation credits have been greatly increased in LEED 2009, primarily because of the importance to reduce carbon or greenhouse gas emissions. Water Efficiency is also a big winner in the credits, doubling from 5 to 10 points for some LEED rating systems.
In addition to the weighting exercise, the USGBC also used value judgments, because if they only used the TRACI-NIST tool, some existing credits would be worth almost nothing, like the categories for human health and indoor air quality. The USGBC wanted to keep the LEED system somewhat consistent and retained the existing credits including those with few environmental benefits. So each credit was assigned at least one point in the new system.
There are NO negative values or fractions for LEED points.
20% reduction of indoor water-use used to be able to gain points, now this is a prerequisite in LEED 2009.
USGBC and GBCI seem to enjoy confusing LEED exam takers and making their lives miserable
One thing that I notice is that USGBC and GBCI tend to spread their information everywhere, but not in one place. They seem to enjoy confusing LEED exam takers and making their lives miserable.
For example, they have some information regarding the responsible party and project phase or case studies that are part of their workshops, but not in their reference guide; they also have a lot of information that is at the GBCI and USGBC websites, but not anywhere else, such as CIR guidelines, MPRs and related requirements, etc. I just finished writing " LEED Green Associate Exam Guide" (published on 12/22/11), "LEED GA Mock Exams " (published on 3/9/12), "LEED BD&C Exam Guide" (published on 1/26/12), "LEED ID&C Exam Guide" (published on 1/28/12), "LEED ID&C Mock Exam" (published on 1/28/12) and "LEED O&M Exam Guide" (published on 1/27/12). Another thing that I notice is that because USGBC has expanded the LEED systems so much, they have to have different task groups to write different reference guides, but they are NOT even consistent between reference guides for different LEED systems. It seems like their tasks forces do not even talk to each other and coordinate: For example, ALL LEED systems were based on the platform set by LEED NC, but for EAp2, LEED CI only listed 2 related credits as synergies, but the LEED NC has included MANY more credits for synergies for the same credit, and most of them DO apply to LEED CI also, but the LEED ID+C reference guide misses these credits. Page 121 of LEED Interior Design and Construction Reference Guide also mistakenly listed EAp1 as IEQp2 under Domestic hot water systems for Table 1.
If you are taking the LEED AP ID+C Exam, USGBC suggests you to 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 Interior 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. The problem is: when you go there, after you spend 8 hours and close to $500 for each workshop, the instructor will tell you that the workshops are NOT for LEED exam prep. Come on, you have just spent so much money and time and go through the trouble for the workshops, and they just tell you now the workshops are NOT tailored for the LEED exams? Give me a break.
So, I think third party books are absolutely necessary and they are much more helpful than the USGBC publications and workshops or GBCI and USGBC websites alone.
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.
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The following is my bio: 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 a bestselling author of "LEED GA Exam Guide," "Architectural Practice Simplified," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture(www.GreenExamEducation.com)
i had bought this book six months back to prepare myself for the LEED Green Associate exam and found it very useful as it prepares you completely in detail. you may think that the books contents are too specific but it really helps u understand the actual intent of the matter in detail and reading it twice and carefully can never get u failed on this exam... of course along with this book the USGBC reference guide is a must which were my principle tools to pass the LEED Green Associate... i highly recommend this book for all prospective exam takers along with mock exam guide and flash cards...thank u
Hello every one. I bought this book to get prepared myself to LEED GA exam.First of all This book is almost a size of a pocket book but thick which made it more difficult to follow content and connect them together. I tried to read this book once and to be honest I lost my appetite to review this book for the second tme! because the way author organized the book was so boring and the more you read it, the more you get lost. I believe the best book is the one which is simply organized and is easy to track what have you learned. at the end of this book there is a Mock exam which I did the mock exam the day before my real exam date and I was able to get just 55% out of 100. I got quite disappointed because first of all the exam was so tricky and so in detail. after Mock exam I put the book aside I just only had few hours to review what I had studied for a week and mostly forgotten. I used some materials from USGBC and GBCI website worked hard and had my exam on Dec28 and passed the exam by score of 183 out of 200. It was easier than I expect and more straight forward and the structure and content was totally different the mock exam in this book.
I hope this would help you guys,.. don't waste your money on this,.. good luck for
After thinking about sitting for the LEED GA exam, I have used this text as a beginning point. It is well organized and indicates specific focal points required for passing the LEED exam. The outline formatting seems a bit busy does outline key topics and forms a checklist for further research. Overall, a good beginner book for interested professionals new to the LEED exam process.
I just passed the exam and got 196/200. I read this book about 10 times. But this is not the only book I used, besides that, LEED GA study Guide from Studio 4 is also a good reference (I believe) which covers some information that is not included in this book. Good Luck!