Brain Dump: LEED AP
Shared by gdunn from ARE forum
I took the LEED AP BD+C test on Monday and to be honest, it kicked my tail. I’m not sure if I prepared the best possible way, but it worked. I read the big thick Green Building, Design, and Construction book. I also used the Everblue Study Guide and Practice Tests.
Know Sustainable Sites. Look hard at Development Density and Community Connectivity. This is big. I had a ton of questions regarding all the basic services and transportation which also falls under Credit 4.1. I would know those two sections like the back of my hand. I’d also take a hard look at SS credits 5.1-7.2. I wouldn’t stress too much, know the basics and how to apply them in a real world setting.
There wasn’t a ton of questions on Water Efficiency, but know the basics. Understand how to do all your calculations and how to figure in water reduction.
Energy and Atmosphere is well represented. I’d focus on this section as hard as Sustainable Sites. A ton of questions are asked just on this one section. No one section was focused like SS cr2 and cr4.1, but be prepared to know anything about commissioning, measurement and verification, and optimize energy performance.
Materials and Resources was one of the easiest sections and there were not many questions regarding it, but do not skip it. Know the basics. But if one had to focus, focus on Certified Woods, I can recall a few questions regarding it.
IEQ was not well represented on the test surprisingly. It was the longest and hardest section for me to get through in the big Green book we all got. Know the basics, know the calculation percentages as it pertains to thermal comfort, daylight and views, and the Construction IAQ plans.
I had one question for Innovative Design.
I ended up with a notebook the first time I took the Everblue tests and wrote down all the parts I got wrong, ie the section and went back and studied those.
I will tell you this as well. There were about 4-5 questions that where based off an example. In the example it was a list of 4 sites. These sites had all the SS cr2 and cr4.1 information you could ask for, even the local codes. Know how to apply everything as it would apply to SS cr2 and 4.2.
If I had not passed on Monday, I’m not sure I’d be willing to take it again and I definitely don’t want anyone else to have to take it more than they should have to. If there are any other questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.