WPL to Sponsor LEED Existing Buildings O+M Exam Preparation Webinar Series

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This four-part webinar series, which is designed to assist those professionals who plan to take the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance (EB: O+M) exam, will cover credit intents, requirements, reference standards, and other areas. The series has been approved for eight American Institute of Architects Health, Safety, and Welfare/Sustainable Design (AIA HSW/SD) learning units.

Later this month, WPL Publishing will kick off a four-part webinar series that is designed to help individuals prepare for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Existing Buildings Operation and Maintenance (EB: O+M) exam.
The exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skill in understanding green building practices, all LEED rating systems, and the ability to facilitate the project-certification process. Not only will the course instructor help prepare attendees for the test with exam tips and recommendations, she also will help them put the information to use for their day-to-day practices. To register for the series of four two-hour webinars, which will span a 10-day period beginning Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. (EDT), visit http://tinyurl.com/6kmdug6.

This series will include a review of the key elements of each prerequisite and credit in the rating system and use presentation and project examples to aid in the understanding of concepts and retention of critical information. In addition to copies of the presentation materials, course handouts will contain supplemental study materials. Participants are encouraged to review the O+M Reference Guide and Study Guide prior to the course.

Here is a breakdown of each two-hour session (each session beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT):
Session 1, Introduction/Sustainable Sites, July 19 -- This session will set the context for the series with an overview of the knowledge areas covered in the EB: O+M exam and a link back to the knowledge areas 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, Energy and Atmosphere, July 21 -- This session covers requirements, application, calculations, and inter-credit synergies in the Energy & Atmosphere credit category. Participants will learn about approaches to benchmarking, enhancing and measuring improvements in energy performance with a focus on energy auditing and benchmarking, and tracking energy use with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

Session 3, Water Efficiency/Materials and Resources, July 26 -- The third session again covers requirements, application, calculations, and the inter-credit synergies, this time in the Water Efficiency and Materials and Resources credit categories. Participants will be provided 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. Connections also will be drawn between key sustainable-sites and water-efficiency strategies.

Session 4, Indoor Environmental Quality/Innovation in Operations and Regional Priority, July 28 -- The fourth session will cover facility management practices that contribute to improved indoor environmental quality with a focus on understanding the application of credit requirements and referenced standards. This session also will include an overview of 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 the session will be dedicated to recapping the key knowledge areas from previous sessions and providing recommendations for additional areas of focused study for exam preparation.

Addressing attendees will be Green Building Services Principal Elaine Aye. Following her presentation, there will be an interactive 10-to-15 minute question-and-answer session addressing relevant topics.
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/6kmdug6.

WPL Publishing Co., Inc. produces three construction newsletters: 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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