WPL Schedules Four-Part Webinar Series on LEED GA Exam Preparation for August

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Completion of this course, led by official USGBC LEED faculty instructor Alan Scott, will satisfy the qualifications required to register for the LEED GA exam.

Throughout August, WPL Publishing will sponsor a four-part webinar series entitled “Introduction to Green Building and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and LEED GA (Green Associate) Exam Prep.”

Beginning Aug. 10, 2010, and every following Tuesday throughout August, WPL will hold a 90-minute webinar at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) for this course. In addition to the webinar sessions, registration includes the complete training series on CD. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/2ctf3lx.

Led by official U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Faculty instructor Alan Scott, the program is designed to provide a complete review of the knowledge areas required for success on the exam. It is intended to bridge the gaps between other exam preparation resources such as the Green Building & LEED Core Concepts Guide and LEED Green Associate Study Guide and provide interpretation and enhanced understanding of key information contained in these resources as well as exam tips and preparation recommendations. Ultimately what separates this course from other LEED exam prep classes is the depth of real-world experience that the instructor brings to the class.

Job contracts and requests for proposals increasingly require one or more LEED Professionals (LEED APs) on the project team to qualify for work. A growing number of companies favor job applicants who hold the LEED AP credential over those who do not. The number of green building incentives and requirements across all levels of government is rising dramatically. The LEED AP credential is perhaps the most widely recognized and credible accreditation to demonstrate proficiency in green building and LEED. Recent improvements to the program create multiple tiers to acknowledge different experience levels and “specialties” that focus on specific project types.

LEED GA creates a credible accreditation option for individuals who indirectly support green building and LEED projects (e.g. executives, managers, etc.) but who do not directly apply green building practices and manage LEED certification. The intent of this accreditation is to provide third-party validation of general knowledge of green building practices and LEED and the ability to support green design, construction, and operations. The LEED GA exam tests a candidate’s general knowledge of green building practices and all of the LEED rating systems, including Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction, Existing Building Operation & Maintenance, Neighborhood Development, and Homes.

Here are summaries of what will be discussed during each session:

Session 1, Green Building and LEED Overview, Aug. 10, 2010 -- This first training session provides an introduction to LEED and the LEED GA certification process with a general overview of green building practices and LEED for green design, construction, and operations. Blending project experience with LEED exam preparation, webinar attendees will gain insight into the LEED certification process. Among the topics covered will be the following: What is a green building?; exam preparatory resources; LEED exam specifications; certification strategy and timeline; USGBC goals and policies; and other areas.

Session 2, Sustainable Sites and Water, Aug. 17, 2010 -- This session will focus on taking care of the land to avoid an adverse construction impact during and following project completion. Site location is critical, and a review of considerations should be applied to site selection, urban redevelopment, and brownfield development. When selecting a site, an evaluation should be conducted to assess transportation alternatives, reduce site disturbance, and maintain stormwater management. Subjects addressed will include the following: strategies for site location involving mass transit, parking, carpooling, alternative-fuel vehicles, and incentives; water efficiency and the reduction of indoor, outdoor, and process water; site design involving plants, reflective materials, and the solar reflectance index; environmental transportation benefits; and other areas.

Session 3, Energy and Energy-Related Indoor Environmental Quality, Aug. 24, 2010 -- Scott will guide attendees through the “Energy and Atmosphere” category, which is critical for the LEED accredited exam, with guidance on how to establish design and energy goals, size buildings appropriately, use free energy, incorporate insulation techniques, and monitor consumption. Renewable energy, Energy Star ratings, and indoor environmental quality also will be addressed.

Session 4, Materials, Materials Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation, Aug. 31, 2010 -- In this session, Scott will explain requirements relative to materials, indoor environmental quality, and innovation. He will provide an overview of specific processes for achieving waste reduction and improving indoor environmental quality in all elements of a building. Specific topics will include the following: developing a construction waste management plan; encouraging recycling; conducting a waste audit; assessing lifecycle impacts that address the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, product use, and final disposal; addressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s TRACI tool; and other areas.

Scott has more than 22 years of professional experience and has participated in several green building projects over the last 15 years. As a registered architect, he oversees Green Building Services’ project consulting on a broad range of project types. He has been actively involved on more than 30 LEED certified projects and has guided many other LEED “targeted” projects through project design. Alan has conducted numerous seminars and workshops on daylighting, high-performance workplaces, resource-efficient construction, passive solar design, and the use of The Natural Step system conditions for construction.

To register for the webinar program, visit http://tinyurl.com/2ctf3lx.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces four construction newsletters: Construction Project Controls & BIM Report (http://www.projectcontrols.com), Construction Claims Advisor (http://www.constructionclaims.com), Green Building Insider (http://www.greenbuildinginsider.com), and Construction Advisor Today (http://www.constructionadvisortoday.com). The company also hosts webinar series on topics relevant to the construction industry. WPL is on Twitter at CAT_Online.

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