Anyone here is a LEED Green Associate or AP?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by HarryPot, May 19, 2011.

  1. HarryPot macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Hi, I'm trying to apply to become a LEED Green Associate, and would like to hear if anyone here is part of the LEED program.

    If so, would you recommend it?


    LEED Web Page
  2. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    I know of it and depending on your industry can depend how important it is. If you work in constuction it is a GREAT and I mean a GREAT idea to get it. I was starting to get ready to take prep classes for it when I was laid off. It would of been great at the time but now I will never get it and never plan to get it as it would be complete useless for my current career path/goals as I do not plan to ever work in construction again.
  3. HarryPot thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2009
    Thanks. My job is construction, more specifically, home construction. So it do sound very attractive to be certified by LEED.

    Is it a difficult exam? I am a Civil Engineer, and had a quite good amount of environmental classes, but my time is quite short right now, so I might not have much time available to study.
  4. SuperCachetes macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2010
    Away from you
    Sorry, but I will play devil's advocate to Rodimus' post. IMHO LEED is a waste. I have been in the architecture/engineering industry for almost 20 years and I have been LEED accredited since 2005.

    Being a LEED AP was helpful when sustainability was becoming a real buzz 5 years ago, but the overwhelming documentation required to certify projects turns off owners (they don't want to pay for it) and frankly is really no fun (it's 5% research, 25% technical writing, and 70% recordkeeping). Sucks for pretty much everybody.

    Because of that suckage, and the fact that the USGBC is such a lucrative business proposition, there is a backlash rising in parts of the design/construction industry, usually aiming to focus on the holistic and altruistic facets of sustainability rather than "proving" sustainable practices as some sort of benchmarking and marketing ploy. In other words, recycle because you know it reduces landfill waste. Don't recycle as part of a checklist required to gain a certificate.

    If measurement is really what you seek, there are outfits that are more flexible and maneuverable than USGBC/LEED. Like Green Globes, for example...

    If your company will pay for it, you have time to kill, you need more letters after your name, and you really think it will help you advance in your career - I don't see the harm in going LEED. It is true that many municipalities are starting to require LEED certification for their new projects as well (though single- and multi-family residential will likely be the LAST thing to go "mandatory LEED") But as a necessary part of day-to-day operations and any kind of knowledge base, I think LEED's mostly a waste.

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