What is LEED Green Associate?

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:48
Posted in category LEED Certification Articles

Before going into detail about the LEED Green Associate accreditation, let us quickly remind you, as we already went through it in previous articles, what LEED is. LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification, providing guidelines on the development of sustainable buildings. There are several ways for an individual to be certified and recognized as a LEED expert and the LEED Green Associate accreditation is the first step, the one that will open you the door. Read the rest of this entry »

Should Lawyers Get LEED Certification?

Friday, October 26, 2012 10:55
Posted in category LEED Certification Articles

Lawyers already have to slog their way through contracts, torts, criminal and constitutional law… but maybe it’s time to add “green building law” to the list?

An emerging new trend among attorneys is appending “LEED AP” to the “JD” already behind their name. The acronym stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional”, and a LEED AP is an individual who is certified by the Green Building Certification Institute as having demonstrated expert knowledge of green buildings and the LEED rating systems.

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What is LEED Certification?

Monday, October 22, 2012 9:47
Posted in category LEED Certification Articles

USGBCLEED has grown to a household name in architecture and engineering circles, but it is still a foreign concept to many who are beginning to recognize the potential that a LEED Accreditation can offer.

From lawyers who now need to demonstrate a working knowledge of LEED to handle specific cases, to those in the hospitality industry who need to speak coherently about the green features of their hotel or resort, those in non-technical industries are looking to be LEED accredited and often don’t know where to start. In addition, as LEED solidifies itself in the global green building market, more technical industries, such as HVAC, electricians and plumbers are looking to become LEED accredited.

So let’s start from square one. What is LEED Certification?

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New Moniker for Green Buildings: “Bright Green”

Sunday, January 17, 2010 16:49
Posted in category Uncategorized

by Robert Gluck

Forget calling buildings green.

Call them “bright green” instead.

That’s supposed to be the correct way of saying the color that focuses on environment sustainability – bright green.

In an article titled “There Are Green Buildings, Then There Are ‘Bright Green’ Buildings”, written by Marie Morelli in the Syracuse, New York-based The Post-Standard, IBM executive Jane Snowdon is quoted as having a new idea that’s gaining ground.

“A bright green building is at the convergence of green buildings with intelligence,” Snowdon, a key executive in IBM’s Intelligent Building and Smarter City Research department at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, told Morelli.

Snowdon also told an audience of business people at the Healthy Buildings 2009 conference’s Opportunity Exchange why buildings need to be smarter (read: greener, earth-friendly, focusing on renewable energy and conservation).

Buildings consume 70 percent of the world’s electricity, 12 percent of its potable water and 40 percent of the raw materials used globally.

They create 136 million tons of waste per year worldwide.

“We now have the ability to measure, sense and monitor the condition of almost everything,” Snowdon explained. “The world will have 2 billion people on the Internet by 2011, 4 billion cell phone subscribers and 1 trillion connected devices — what IBM calls ‘an internet of things.’ Applying intelligence to green buildings is what can make them more than green — bright green.”

Hence going for a LEED AP certification maybe the more intelligent and greener choice to attain an ecologically-safe home/building.

According to Snowdon, IBM is working on making a lot of things smarter:

  • cities,
  • data centers,
  • transportation systems,
  • water systems
  • and utility networks.

The Ninth International Healthy Buildings Conference and Exhibition took place in Syracuse from September 13-17.

This international meeting hosted by the Syracuse Center of Excellence in Environmental and Energy Systems brought together researchers, business professionals, and academics from across the globe to discuss built environments and how to make them healthier, more productive, and more sustainable places to live, work, and learn.

Courses as varied as BPI CertificationLEED Certification, Solar Certification, Energy Auditor TrainingThermography TrainingWind Energy CertificationLEED Green Associate and more are taken by the professionals converging at the Healthy Buildings Conference to make them qualified certifiable individuals helping people in turning the planet ‘green’.

What Makes A Building Green?

Saturday, January 16, 2010 1:55
Posted in category LEED Certification Articles

by Robert Gluck

Building designs that are green minimize environmental impacts as well as the impacts on people.

But this may be a definition that’s too broad.

In her article titled “Modern Building Design-Is it Green Yet?”, freelance writer Mary Smith says that when buildings are designed with the “green” ideals in mind, the amount of energy spent constructing the building and operating the building during its lifetime can be minimized.

“The past few decades has witnessed the development of a wide variety of building practices, hi-tech materials and innovative techniques needed to fulfill these ‘green’ goals,” Smith says.

“The use of sustainable materials is one important characteristic of a green building design. Materials that qualify as sustainable include those that are available locally or those that are recyclable. Non-toxic materials as well as those that are reusable or renewable are often chosen as well.”

“Orientation of the building on a site is another common characteristic of a green design or basically a characteristic of a LEED AP building design and construction. Building orientation can minimize unfavorable local weather conditions or take advantage of the sun (solar certification or solar training can make a difference here) to save a considerable amount of energy over the lifetime of the building.”


Smith says the specific techniques and methods of construction chosen by the building designer can minimize the impact of the construction process on the environment; in other words a LEED AP certification or a BPI standards building design (by a BPI analyst training certified professional) will take care of all ‘green’concerns of your building

Use of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power (solar courses or solar certification and wind energy certification – professionals with these qualifications can aid you immensely with the correct environment-friendly choices) may be part of a green building design or a LEED certified building.

High efficiency water, waste and energy systems can reduce both the energy required, and lead to an environmental impact over the lifetime of the building.

A BPI certification usually provides ‘green’ minded home/building owners with a peace of mind as certified professionals work on it accurately and perfectly.

In spite of the recent global economic problems, sustainable building is projected to increase.

In part the ‘green’ growth or the ‘green building’ revolution is fueled by a growing number of government initiatives and by increasing public demand for green products and services.

More and more often the public prefers, and even expects, to do business with “green” companies. Hence the popularity of LEED courses and LEED training.

Dozens of green building standards currently exist due to the public demand for everything green. The best known of these standards, created by the US Green Building Council, is of course LEED (for the uninitiated LEED stands for – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).

But more is necessary.

“The problem is that there is no national standard yet,” Smith says.

“The lack of a strong national green building standard has led to some problems. Some buildings that claim to be green are in fact not green at all. Some companies feel they cannot compete without a claim to one standard or the other. In the worst cases, the issue of sustainable or green practices and materials has never even been considered, much less implemented.”
The importance of green building design has taken many years to catch on.

But the question is – what happens next?

As a writer who follows green building & the building sciences closely, Smith knows it has now become an important global trend.

“Some experts believe the trend towards green buildings will continue to grow. Others say green building design and practices will become less discretionary and more mandated. I think it will become standard practice. We’re not there yet, but governments and the building industries are moving quickly in the right direction,” she concludes.

If you’re interested to know much more about ‘green’ buildings (a building science course or a BPI training maybe) or be a LEED green associate, then just come to our website –

http://www.kaplancleantech.com/courses

What’s Hot – Green Building & Green Remodeling

Friday, January 15, 2010 16:39
Posted in category LEED Certification Articles

by Robert Gluck

Home ownership continues to garner top billing as the number one dream of most Americans. But the new trend, if you haven’t noticed, is to let’s “go green”.

Building a green home or retrofitting an existing residence to make it eco-friendly with sustainable features not only adds value to the real estate investment, it allows homeowners to find meaning and purpose in their lives.

Perhaps just as importantly, it allows trained personnel who have LEED Certification having taken the LEED Exam Prep and passed the LEED Green Associate exam to seize an opportunity to make a difference in the world.

Ever hear of these green innovations?

  • low-flow toilets
  • formaldehyde-free furniture
  • concrete floors finished with non-toxic sealants
  • reception counters made with Dakota Burl – a composite material that looks like wood but consists of pressed sunflower seeds.

Green building and green remodeling, especially LEED certified ones are hot right now, and practices that conserve energy as proven by an Energy Audit Certification issued by an energy auditor who passed the Energy Auditor Training, and materials, encourage recycling and sustainability which a LEED rating performed by a LEED AP who passed the corresponding LEED courses will attest, and aim to cut costs while improving health and safety are winning over the hearts and minds of homeowners nationwide.

Of course you’ll learn about these innovations and much more. when you take courses with CleanEdison, on Energy Audit Training, BPI Training, LEED courses, Solar Training, IREC course, NABCEP Education, Geothermal Classes, Thermography Training, and Weatherization Training.

Want to get more info about all these ‘going green’ courses? Just click here –

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  • Sealing up windows,
  • installing programmable thermostats,
  • and replacing standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones, which cost more but last a lot longer and use less energy

– these ideas are just the beginning of your Energy Auditor training or BPI training and building analyst course that you’ll pass on to homeowners.

Through your BPI training, you’ll learn how and why replacing a home’s traditional water heater with an on-demand water heater can save large amounts of energy (because they the former doesn’t keep the whole amount of water heated 24/7) which anyone with an Energy Auditor training can confirm and certify.

Eco-friendly features certified by a LEED Green Associate or a LEED AP help sellers better market a home’s environmental strengths. If the home has money-saving appliances, and an energy assessment or energy audit certification for the property, or a property’s LEED certification as a green home, this can also add value at closing time.

CleanEdison instructors know all about BPI certification, Energy Audit Certification, Energy Auditor Training, Solar Energy Training, LEED Training, Nabcep Certification, Solar Certification, Home Star, LEED Certification, Geothermal Certification, LEED BD&C, Thermography Training, Weatherization Training and are more than willing to mentor students with hands-on field work to brush up on green home skills.

Bottom line: people want to go green but they also want to make money on their real estate investments.

You can help them do both.