EBOM-v4 INc2: LEED Accredited Professional

  • Get a LEED AP with specialty on your team

    The Energy Resource Center team celebrates their LEED-EBOM v4 Platinum achievement in Downey, CA.The Energy Resource Center team celebrates their LEED-EBOM v4 Platinum achievement in Downey, CA.To earn this credit a member of your team must be a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) with the appropriate specialty for the specific LEED rating system. 

    The LEED certification process relies on a detailed understanding of LEED, so having a LEED AP with the right specialty on board benefits the project and can save significant time and effort. LEED APs are trained to spot the synergies that occur between different sustainability strategies and their respective LEED credits. As a cherry on top, the LEED AP earns your project a point with this credit.

    LEED v4 requires the LEED AP be a "principal participant of the project team," but the exact definition of what that means is up for interpretation. Ideally the LEED AP would be closely involved in the project through its duration, but USGBC does not have a history of scrutinizing the level of LEED AP involvement in order to award this credit.

    Specialty matters

    The LEED AP must have the right specialty credential in order to earn this credit on a LEED project. The specialties include:

    • LEED BD+C for Design and Construction rating systems
    • LEED ID+C for Interior Design and Construction rating systems
    • LEED O+M for Operations and Maintenance rating systems
    • LEED ND for Neighborhood Development

    If you’re on a LEED-EBOM project, you would need a LEED AP O+M to earn this credit. On a LEED-NC project, you need a LEED AP BD+C. If you have a specialty that doesn't match the rating system you're using, that will probably help you navigate LEED, but it won't qualify you for this credit. The emphasis on specialty is a change from LEED 2009, which did not require a specialty.

    LEED AP’s without a specialty (also known as legacy AP’s, because their credential predates the introduction of specialties) do not qualify either. The LEED AP specialty credential must be current at the time of certification or this credit cannot be earned.

    What about LEED Green Associates?

    LEED Green Associates, sometimes abbreviated LEED GA, have a solid understanding of green building principals and best practices. However, individuals with the LEED Green Associate credential only do not qualify for this credit.

    Earning the LEED AP with specialty

    To earn the LEED AP credential you must pass both the LEED Green Associate exam and the LEED AP specialty exam. The LEED Green Associate credential is the first step for all candidates looking to earn a LEED specialty credential. Legacy LEED APs must pass the LEED Green Associate exam, and even LEED APs that have a specialty but never took the LEED Green Associate exam must now pass the Green Associate exam to add another specialty.

    The Green Associate and specialty exams can be taken back-to-back or at different times. Compared to the Green Associate exam, the LEED AP specialty exam dives deeper into the details a particular LEED rating system and covers facilitation of the certification process. It can help to have experience working on a LEED project prior to taking the specialty exam, but it’s not a requirement (like it was under LEED 2009).

    Getting started

    USGBC’s website is a good place to start learning about the LEED Green Associate and LEED specialty exams. The LEED AP Candidate Handbook is an essential resource that’s available on the website, along with free exam resources and study materials.

    In addition, LEEDuser offers and recommends the following exam resources:

  • IN Credit 2: LEED Accredited Professional

    Intent

    To encourage the team integration required by a LEED project and to streamline the application and certification process .

    Requirements

    At least one principal participant of the project team must be a LEED Accredited Professional (AP) with a specialty appropriate for the project.

LEED v4 O+M:EB Platinum Office

Complete documentation for achievement of INc - LEED Accredited Professional on the LEED v4 O+M:EB Platinum StopWaste.org headquarters office building at 1537 Webster Street, Oakland, CA. Project documentation was shared with LEEDuser through cooperation with that organization, and the LEED consultant, BuildingWise LLC

 

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Ralf Lehmann M.Sc. | Dipl.-Ing. (FH) | LEED AP BD&C ALPHA Energy & Environment GmbH
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Speciality

Is a LEED AP BD+C also eligible for earning the credit under EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Dec 18 2013 LEEDuser Moderator

Ralf, the key piece of wording in the v4 credit language for this credit is "specialty appropriate for the project." This means that a BD+C professional would not earn this credit on an EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. project.

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Catherine Blakemore Architect, LEED AP BC+D, HOLT Architects Jan 27 2014 Guest 2234 Thumbs Up

Really. I can agree with that...however. LEED for Homes is the only rating system to specifically requires a LEED AP - Homes and says that in the credit language. All the rest just say "specialty appropriate for the project," which in my opinion leaves it open.

So for v4 rating systems...

BD+C Specialty = rating systems that have "New Construction" in its title (except Homes); CS

ID+C Specialty = CI, Retail-CI, Hospitality-CI

O+M Specialty = v4 EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. rating systems with "Existing" in the title?

Homes Specialty = rating systems that have "Homes" in its title.

ND specialty = rating systems that have "Neighborhood Development" in its title.

Why doesn't GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). just say LEED AP with such and such specialty are acceptable?

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SoYoung Lee LEED AP BD+C, Director, HnC Sep 25 2014 Guest 57 Thumbs Up

I am little bit confused with this issue, too. I think we need more clear guidance. Then, LEED APs without specialty (those earned the credential before 2009) are not eligible for any credit?

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Tristan Roberts LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser, BuildingGreen, Inc. Sep 29 2014 LEEDuser Moderator

SoYoung, that's correct. It's a key change with v4.

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SoYoung Lee LEED AP BD+C, Director, HnC Sep 29 2014 Guest 57 Thumbs Up

That's for LEED v4. Clear. Thanks, Tristan.

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