LEED AP with specialty: BD+C Qatar





The LEED Green Associate credential denotes basic knowledge of green design, construction and operations. The two hour LEED Green Associate exam is also a prerequisite for all the LEED AP with specialty exams.

There are two levels
LEAD GREEN Associate

Level 1 is mandatory for the second level
Accrediting body – usgbc.org – This is for course preparation training by industry known MISP Trainers.

Next Courses and Level  

Next Courses and Levels

LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
LEED AP Operations + Maintenance (LEED AP O+M)
LEED AP Interior Design + Construction (LEED AP ID+C)
LEED AP Neighborhood Development (LEED AP ND)

Course Outline  

Course Outline

Exam Part 2: BD+C Specialty Exam

The second part of your exam is the LEED BD+C specialty exam which tests the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the application and certification process.

uuTask Domains (BD+C Specialty)

LEED Project and Team Coordination (22%)

Assess the applicability of a LEED rating system to a project

Provide leadership to help determine applicability of specific LEED credits to a project

Match expertise of project team members to specific credits

Identify the LEED-specific baseline project parameters from the respective rating system (e.g., Full Time Equivalent, project area)

Develop preliminary scorecard relative to project sustainability goals

Support and encourage integrative design processes

Be a resource for LEED credit achievement (e.g., provide resources, training, tools, demonstrations of sample credits)

Coordinate amongst multiple disciplines when attempting LEED credit achievement

Monitor and review project and team progress at appropriate intervals

Identify opportunities for integrative design and/or credit synergies

Identify potential for costs incurred through LEED process

LEED® Certification Process (32%)

Ensure compliance of minimum program requirements

Select the appropriate LEED rating system for project scope

Identify Regional Priority Credits

Register the project using LEED Online

Identify ownership (responsibility) for meeting prerequisites, credits and/or strategies

Access credit forms and templates through LEED Online

Manage LEED template(s)/certification process in LEED Online (e.g., review for completion)

Identify the need or the roles for third parties, if necessary, to complete the submittal process (e.g., commissioning agents, homes provider, landscape architect, planner)

Ensure production of documents necessary for LEED compliance (e.g., drawings, policies, specifications, contracts, protocols)

Coordinate and disseminate Addenda

Submit technical questions to USGBC®

Maintain the LEED scorecard

Suggest and promote use of innovation credits

Suggest and promote pilot credits

Submit complete documentation and ensure certification payment

Estimate cost of LEED certification (Registration and certification fees, etc)

Manage a project’s LEED review process

Analyses Required for LEED Credits (32%)

Verify technical work products of project team meet the intent of LEED credits

Identify synergistic credits

Research green building products and strategies

Identify project-specific strategies

Understand value of energy modeling as a tool in the design process

Advocacy and Education for Adoption for LEED Rating System (14%)

Communicate the values and benefits of green building (e.g. project quality, consistency, building performance, staff retention, improved user outcomes, marketing/branding opportunities) to stakeholders (e.g., clients, regulators, employees, public)

Communicate the benefits using LEED®

Understand potential trade-offs for sustainable building strategies

Identify basic categories of incentive-types for clients to implement sustainable building practices

Identify the need(s) for environmental and economic analyses for green buildings (e.g., return on investment, triple bottom line, value proposition for implementing strategies)

Educate others (and self) knowledge Domains (BD+C specialty)

uuKnowledge Domains (BD+C Specialty)

LEED Process (8 Questions:)

Different avenues to achieve LEED goals (e.g. developing credit interpretation rulings/requests, Regional Priority Credits, innovative credit submittals, use of pilot credits, etc.)

LEED system synergies (e.g., energy and IEQ; waste management)

Project boundary; LEED boundary; property boundary

Prerequisites and/or minimum program requirements for LEED certification

Knowing the evolutionary characteristics of LEED (e.g. development cycles of the rating systems, continuous improvement)

Integrative Strategies (9 Questions)

Integrative process (e.g., energy and water discovery items)

Integrative project team (as applicable per project type and phase – architect, engineer, landscape architect, civil engineer, contractor, facility manager, etc.)

Value of collaboration (e.g., meeting on integrative green strategies)

Location and Transportation (9 Questions)

Site selection Development constraints and opportunities (e.g., prime farmland; floodplains; species and habitat; water bodies; wetlands; historic districts; priority designations; brownfields)

Community connectivity terms/definitions (e.g., walkability; street design)

Access to quality transit – knowledge of access and quality concepts/calculations ( e.g., accessibility to multimodal transportation choices; quality transit; bicycle network)

Alternative transportation: infrastructure and design (e.g., parking capacity; bicycle storage and shower rooms; alternative-fuel fueling stations)

Green vehicles (e.g. fleet management, knowledge of regionalization of energy sources for electric power generation)Sources (e.g. central plants; distributed energy (cogeneration); alternative fuels such as biodiesel, H2 fuel cells, wood-chip gasification)

Sustainable Sites (9 Questions)

Site assessment (e.g., topography, hydrology, climate, vegetation, soils, human use, human health impacts

Site assessment; site as a resource (Energy flows)

Construction activity pollution prevention (e.g., soil erosion, waterway sedimentation/contamination, airborne dust)

Site design and development Habitat conservation and restoration (e.g., on-site restoration or preservation; off-site habitat restoration; off-site habitat conservation; native or adaptive vegetation; disturbed or compacted soils)

Exterior open space (.e.g., amount of space and quality of services; vegetated outdoor space, biophilia

Exterior lighting (e.g., exterior light trespass and uplight; consequences to the development of wildlife and people)

Rainwater management (e.g., historical rainfall conditions, natural hydrology, low-impact development

Heat island reduction (e.g., heat island effect; green roofs; solar reflectance; roof and non-roof strategies)

Joint use (such as joint parking, etc.)

Water Efficiency (9 Questions)

Outdoor water use reduction: irrigation demand (e.g., landscape water requirement; irrigation system efficiency; native and adaptive species)

Indoor water use reduction: Fixture and fittings (e.g., water use reduction through fixtures such as toilets; urinals; faucets [kitchen, lavatory]; showerhead)

Appliance and process water (e.g., equipment types [i.e., cooling towers, washing machines])

Water performance management: Water use measurement (e.g., water meter(s); submeters; types of water sources to measure; data management and analysis)

Types and quality of water (e.g., potable, nonpotable, alternative water sources)

Energy and Atmosphere (14 Questions)

Building loads Design (e.g., building orientation, glazing selection, clarify regional considerations)

Space usage (e.g., space types [private office; individual space; shared multi-occupant spaces], equipment and systems)

Opportunities for passive design

Energy efficiency Assemblies/components (e.g., building envelope, HVAC, windows, insulation)

Operational energy efficiency (e.g., schedules, set points, interactions between systems)

Commissioning (e.g., commissioning authority (CxA); owner’s project requirements (OPR); basis of design (BOD); monitoring-based commissioning; envelope commissioning)

Demand response (e.g., grid efficiency and reliability; demand response programs; load shifting)

Alternative and renewable energy (e.g., on-site and off-site renewable energy; photovoltaic; solar thermal; wind; low-impact hydroelectricity; wave and tidal energy; green power, carbon offsets)

Energy performance management Advanced energy metering (e.g., energy use measurement, building automation controls)

Operations and management (e.g., training of staff, operations and maintenance plan)

Benchmarking (e.g., metrics used; proposed building performance rating/ baseline building performance rating; comparing building energy performance against similar buildings or historical data; tools and standards [ASHRAE, CBECS, Portfolio Manager])

• Environmental concerns: resource and ozone depletion (e.g., sources and energy resources [oil, coal, and natural gas]; renewable and nonrenewable resources; chlorofluorocarbons [CFCs] and other refrigerants; stratospheric ozone layer)

• Energy model as a tool

• Process loads (e.g. elevator, refrigeration, etc.)

• Iterative optimization

Materials and Resources (12 Questions)

Reuse Building reuse (e.g., historic building reuse; renovation of abandoned or blighted building)

Material reuse (e.g., structural elements [floors, roof decking], enclosure materials [skin, framing], permanently installed interior elements [walls, doors, floor coverings, ceiling systems]) Transit oriented development (e.g. access to train, bus, multi-modal interfaces)

Life-cycle impacts Life-cycle assessment (e.g., quantify impacts; whole-building life-cycle assessment; environmental attributes used in environmental product declaration (EPD), Product category Rules (PCR); design for flexibility)

Material attributes (e.g., bio-based, wood products, recycled content; local, extended producer responsibility (EPR), durability)

Human and ecological health impacts (e.g., raw material source and extraction practices, material ingredient reporting)

Waste Construction and demolition waste management (e.g., waste reduction, waste diversion goals; recycle and/or salvage nonhazardous construction and demolition materials; waste management plan)

Operations and ongoing (e.g., waste reduction, storage and collection of recyclable materials [mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals]; safe storage areas for batteries and mercury-containing lamps)

Environmental concerns of materials (e.g., where materials came from, how they are used/exposures, and where they might go/impacts)

Indoor Environmental Quality (11 Questions)

Indoor environmental quality: Ventilation levels (e.g., natural vs. mechanical, outdoor air, regional climate conditions)

Tobacco smoke control (e.g., prohibiting smoking; environmental tobaccos smoke transfer)

Management of and improvements to indoor air quality (e.g., source control, filtration and dilution, construction indoor air quality, airtesting, ongoing monitoring)

Low-emitting materials (e.g., product categories [paints and coatings; adhesives and sealants; flooring, etc.]; volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and content; evaluating environmental claims)

Lighting: electric lighting quality (e.g., tradeoffs [color, efficiency]; surface reflectance, types of fixtures)

Daylight (e.g., building massing and orientation, glare, human health impacts; illuminance)

Acoustic performance (e.g., exterior and interior noise, background noise, dead vs. live spaces)

Occupant comfort, health, and satisfaction: controllability of systems (e.g., thermal, lighting)

Thermal comfort design (e.g., strategies to promote occupants’ productivity, and comfort, values of occupant satisfaction)

Quality of views (e.g., connection to outdoor environment; direct line of sight to outdoors)

Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (4 Questions)

Regional design (e.g., regional green design and construction measures as appropriate)

Cultural awareness, impacts and challenges, historic or heritage awareness

Educational outreach, public relations for the building

The exam contains 15 pretest questions.

Cost for the Training and exam

Cost for the Training and exam

3 Days Training for LEED AP Building Design + Construction (LEED AP BD+C)
Price – 3500AED

All LEED® Professional exams are scored between 125 and 200. A score of 170 or higher is required to pass. For the LEED AP® combined exams, you must earn a 170 or higher on both parts within the same application period to earn the credential.

Within 72 hours of your appointment, your exam results will be processed, your Credentials account will be updated, and, if applicable, your badge will be updated in the usgbc.org People directory.

Maintaining your credential

Maintaining your credential

All LEED Professionals are required to maintain their credential by earning continuing education hours.
Green Associates must earn 15 continuing education hours within 2 years of earning their credential. APs must earn 30 continuing
education hours within 2 years of earning their credential.

Earn hours through these activities related to green building:

  • Education
  • Project Experience
  • Authorship
  • Volunteering



  • Friday Batch: 2 PM – 9 PM [3 Fridays]
  • Saturday Batch: 10 AM – 6 PM [3 Saturdays]



LEED Green Associate: You must be 18 years old to take this exam, but beyond that there are no eligibility requirements. However, training is required.

LEED AP with specialty: To take the LEED 2009 exam (through June 15, 2014) you must be able to document experience on a LEED-registered or certified project within three years of your application. To take the LEED v4 exam (beginning June 30, 2014) you will not be required to document experience, but it will be assessed within the exam.


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