FAQ

Architects who have questions about free AIA online courses, AIA CEU, free GBCI courses, how to get LEED certification, and USGBC related questions can find their answers here. The FAQ is designed to provide quick answers for design professionals who have questions about AIA continuing education, LEED Exam prep, how to get LEED certified, LEED credential maintenance, and the Health Product Declaration (HPD).

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LEED is a rating system created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to evaluate the environmental performance of a building and encourage market transformation towards sustainable design. The system is credit-based, allowing projects to earn points for environmentally friendly actions taken during construction and use of a building.

LEED Exam Prep helps users pass the LEED Exam. The USGBC Education Provider www.greence.com provides free LEED Exam Prep for users.

LEED certification is based on the number of points achieved on a LEED project. A LEED project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) provides a standardized way of reporting the material contents of building products and the health effects associated with these materials. The HPD can contribute points under the LEED v4 rating system.

LEED-specific hours are CE courses that are required for LEED APs and LEED Green Associates. LEED-specific hours must be related to the LEED rating system, LEED credits and requirements, LEED case study, best practices, and benefits.

AIA CE courses are registered with the American Institute of Architects and provide AIA LU/ CEU. Free AIA CE courses are available at www.ronblank.com and www.greence.com.

A LEED AP must earn 30 CE hours (six must be LEED-specific hours) every two years to maintain their credential. Continuing education or “CE” hours are the hours LEED professionals spend in credential maintenance activities.

To self-report CE hours, log into your Credentials account at www.usgbc.org and select Report CE Hours. GreenCE reports users hours for all GreenCE online courses and webinars.

In order to get LEED certified, building projects must follow strict requirements and documentation for different levels of LEED v4 certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.

To create a HPD a user can go to the HPDC website and use the HPD Builder. Building Product Manufacturers can also use a third-party consultant like www.elixirenvironmental.com