WPL to Sponsor Multi-Media LEED AP O+M Exam Preparation Program

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Included in the program will be a five-part webinar series – geared toward facilities managers and staff, building owners, brokers, contractors, and others – that will address energy and water efficiency in buildings, sustainable sites, materials and resources, innovation and design, indoor air quality, and other topics.

Later this month, WPL Publishing will kick off a five-part webinar series that is designed to help professionals prepare for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional (AP) Operations and Maintenance (O+M) exam.

Registration for this multi-media LEED AP O+M exam preparation program includes five 90-minute webinar sessions, which will begin Sept. 15 and take place each Wednesday through Oct. 13, and the entire training series on CD. Each webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/23aj9ay.

The LEED AP O+M credential provides a credible accreditation for individuals who participate in the operation and maintenance of existing buildings and LEED projects. The intent of this accreditation is to provide third-party validation of knowledge of green building operations and maintenance practices and LEED and the ability to maximize this knowledge in the maintenance and operation of existing buildings. The LEED AP O+M exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skill in understanding of green building practices and all of the LEED rating systems and the ability to facilitate the project certification process.

Led by official U.S. Green Building Council LEED faculty who are LEED experts, this five-part webinar course is designed to provide a complete review of the knowledge areas required for success on the exam, including credit intents, requirements, reference standards, study and exam-taking tips, and sample questions. It is intended to bridge the gap between other exam preparation resources, such as the Green Building & LEED Core Concepts Guide and LEED AP Operations + Maintenance Study Guide, and provide interpretation and enhanced understanding of key information contained in these resources as well as exam tips and preparation recommendations. Completion of this course will satisfy the qualifications required to register for the LEED AP O+M exam.

Program instructors will share firsthand, in-the-field experience in the successful implementation of LEED projects to bring the requirements to life for participants. The webinar series will include a review of the key elements of each prerequisite and credit in the rating system and will use presentation and project examples to assist in the understanding of concepts and retention of critical information. In addition to copies of the presentation materials, handouts will contain supplemental study materials. Participants are encouraged to review the O+M Reference Guide and Study Guide prior to the class.

Here is an overview of what will be covered during each webinar:

  • Session 1, Introduction/Sustainable Sites, Sept. 15 -- This session will set the context for the series with an overview of the topics covered in the EB: O+M exam and a link back to the topics included in the LEED Green Associate exam. The primary focus of this session will be the first LEED credit category, sustainable sites, with a comprehensive review of the requirements, practical application, synergies, and calculation methodologies for the credits in this category.
  • Session 2, Water Efficiency/Energy & Atmosphere, Sept. 22 – This session also covers requirements, application, calculations and the inter-credit synergies, this time in the water efficiency and energy and atmosphere credit categories. Participants will learn about approaches to benchmarking, enhancing and measuring improvements in water and energy performance and connections will also be drawn between key sustainable sites and water efficiency strategies.
  • Session 3, Energy & Atmosphere, Sept. 29 -- The third session will continue addressing the energy and atmosphere credit category with a focus on energy auditing and benchmarking as well as tracking energy use with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.
  • Session 4, Materials & Resources/Indoor Environmental Quality, Oct. 6 -- The fourth session will provide clear illustrations of the different ways in which environmentally preferable purchasing and waste management are addressed in operational policies and practices for ongoing consumables, durable goods, and facility alterations in LEED material and resources credits. Special attention will be given to the calculation and documentation of these credits. The session also will cover the facility management practices that contribute to improved indoor environmental quality with a focus on understanding the application of credit requirements and referenced standards.
  • Session 5, Innovation & Design/Regional Priority/Exam Preparation, Oct. 13 -- The final session will include an overview of the various ways that LEED EB: O+M projects can earn bonus points through innovation and focus on regional priorities as well as an overview of the performance tracking, documentation and certification process. The remainder of this session will be dedicated to recapping key points from previous sessions, providing recommendations for additional areas of focused study, and providing advice on how to prepare for and take the exam.

Program instructors include Elaine Aye, a LEED faculty principal with Green Building Services Inc. (GBS), and GBS Senior Consultant Ted Spear.

Webinar tuition is based on location, not number of participants, so each registration site can have multiple participants for one low price. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/23aj9ay.

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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