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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

GreenCE offers AIA HSW online continuing education, LEED online courses, ADA online courses, and LEED Exam Prep. GreenCE helps design professionals obtain their AIA HSW hours, LEED-specific hours, barrier-free hours, and IDCEC CE hours. The website delivers LEED Exam Prep for the LEED Green Associate exam, LEED BD+C exam, and LEED O+M exam. The online LEED certification courses educate architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and students.

GreenCE is a USGBC Education Partner that offers the only free LEED exam prep in the country. The LEED certification course includes a free LEED exam study guide, free LEED practice questions, and LEED certification tips and strategies. In addition, GreenCE offers free courses for LEED APs to obtain their LEED BD+C hours, LEED ID+C hours, and LEED O+M hours. Most GBCI courses are free and in video format.

GreenCE is an AIA Education Provider and offers free AIA online courses. The free AIA courses are sponsored by building product manufacturers. In addition, the platform offers barrier-free ADA courses for Texas and California architects. Texas barrier-free online courses and California Accessibility courses meet state requirements. TX ADA courses and CA ADA courses are created by the top ADA experts in the country.

Building product manufacturers can get specified by using GreenCE services. GreenCE develops AIA and LEED courses for product manufacturers to educate architects. The online architect courses help build brand awareness about building products. In addition, GreenCE hosts manufacturer webinars for 200-300 architects at a time. The AIA webinars and LEED webinars are free for architects who can learn about various products.

Finally, GreenCE helps manufacturers develop Health Product Declarations (HPDs), LEED v4 product documentation, mindful MATERIALS documentation, Google Portico documentation, and Declare Labels. We value our relationships with design professionals and building product manufacturers. They are crucial to our success.