The Five Categories of LEED Certification (Actually it is LEED Accreditation)
When a professional is looking to earn an LEED AP with specialty, there are five categories he/she can choose from. The specialties include LEED AP Building Design and Construction, LEED AP Interior Design and Construction, LEED AP Building Operations and Maintenance, LEED AP for Homes, LEED AP for Neighborhood Development.
LEED AP Building Design and Construction involves new building projects and major renovation projects for existing buildings. Apartment buildings, office buildings, hospitals, and schools are all projects within this category. Green Interior Design and Construction focuses on tenants renting out part of a bigger space such as a LEED commercial interior within a larger office building or a LEED retail interior within a larger shopping complex. LEED AP Green Building Operations and Maintenance, the next specialty, focuses on the LEED requirements for existing schools and buildings. Making minor improvements and measuring various operations and maintenance projects are included in the specialty.
The fourth specialty, LEED AP for Homes, addresses single and multi-family residential structures that are three stories tall or less. This particular rating system was made public in 2008 and was modeled after the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star for Homes program. The final LEED rating system is LEED for Neighborhood Development, the first national program for neighborhood development. It focuses on green building on a larger scale, urbanism, and smart growth.
Everblue Training Institute currently teaches courses on Building Design and Construction and Green Building Operations and Maintenance since these are by far the most popular rating systems. It is important to note that Building Design and Construction encompasses much of the same material as Green Interior Design and Construction. Therefore, it may benefit you to take the Design and Construction course if you are interested in Interior Design elements.
For information on these specific courses offered by Everblue, please visit the LEED AP BD&C Exam Prep section of Everblue Training Institute.
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