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Attendees networking at LEED Workshop

Attend  workshops at Greenbuild 2015 and earn up to 7 hours of continuing education credit. Many workshops also qualify for LEED-specific hours.

All USGBC LEED education programs meet eligibility requirements for the LEED Green Associate, and many meet credential maintenance requirements for the Green Associate and LEED AP credentials. All workshops at Greenbuild are taught by skilled and experienced practitioners who are also trained facilitators. This year also features workshops about the LEED, WELL and PEER rating systems.

Workshop Pricing

Workshop Type




Half-Day Workshop 




Full Day Workshop 




Green Rater Two Day Workshop 






Let there be Light: Circadian Lighting, Health, and the WELL Building Standard (LD10)

Monday, November 16, 2015 | 8:30am-12:30pm | 143B

This session focuses on the role of daylighting on circadian rhythm, exploring how new research on melanopic lighting expands the field of lighting solutions in all types of building typologies. International experts in daylighting research will explore how we translate science into industry strategies alongside experts from industry who are testing innovative products that meet the standards put forward by the WELL Buidling Institute.

Understanding the SITES®v2 Rating System for Sustainable Land Design and Development (LD13)

Monday, November 16, 2015 | 1:00pm-5:00pm |149A

This workshop will introduce attendees to the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES®) and the SITES v2 Rating System for high-performance landscapes. Modeled after LEED® and now administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), the SITES v2 Rating System is a set of guidelines and performance based metrics for projects with or without buildings, covering areas such as soil, vegetation, water, materials, and human health and well being – from initial site selection and site design to construction and maintenance. By aligning design and development practices with the functions of healthy ecosystems, SITES provides a valuable tool grounded in science and applicable to diverse ecoregions. SITES demonstrates how designers, developers, contractors, property owners, governments, and others can protect critical resources and, more importantly, can improve upon the comprehensive value of a site through regenerative landscapes and an ecosystem services framework. The workshop will provide an overview of the SITES v2 Rating System and an understanding of the LEED and SITES credit synergies, and will illustrate the integrative design strategies employed in SITES certified projects. This interactive workshop will seek input from the attendees and will convey how any project can pursue SITES to enhance its regenerative capability and foster resiliency.

The Business Case of Health and Wellness in the Built Environment (LD11)

Monday, November 16, 2015 | 1:00-5:00pm |143B

This session will explore the business case drivers behind measuring the impact of the health and wellness in the built environment, moving beyond traditional metrics of productivity. Experts will discuss innovative ways to calucate ROI on health and wellness strategies in design projects as well as discuss the role of big data and analytics.



Performance Excellence in Electrcity Renewal (PEER) Fundamentals (LD04)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 144A

Provide design elements, best practices, and performance measures that empower electricity stakeholders to achieve a higher level of system performance in terms of consumer outcomes.

Provide a framework for designing an electricity system that is more consumer responsive, cost effective, reliable, environmentally sustainable, energy efficient, and resilient.

Help stakeholders identify unforeseen threats and unintended consequences.

Provide insights on how customers, grid operators, and stakeholders can each contribute, and work together, to improve grid performance. 

Provides methods for improving the business case to accelerate investment and improvement.

Whole-School Sustainability: A Foundation for Great Learning Places (LD07)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 204C

A comprehensive full-day workshop with lectures, exercises, and brainstorming designed to help school designers, facility managers, educators, and school leaders understand the steps to develop organizational action plans, school design processes, and teaching strategies to implement whole-school and whole-district sustainability. Facilitated by nationally recognized leaders in the green schools movement, participants will gain both a broad understanding of the principles of organizational change needed for whole-school sustainability, as well as observe specific ideas and successful strategies that have been implemented by top schools and districts who are successfully integrating sustainability into new and remodeled schools leading K-16 schools, including Green Ribbon School Award winners.

WELL Workshop: Understanding the WELL Building Standard (LD09 & LD14)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 144B, 146C

This workshop will introduce the purpose, key components, and structure of the WELL Building Standard. Participants will be guided through the medical and scientific basis of WELL and the standard's design, implementation, and certification requirements. It aims is to provide an indepth overview of the standard to help prepare participants for the WELL AP exam.

Getting to LEED v4: It’s Not as Hard as You Think (LD08)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 143A

This workshop in intended for those who have some experience with the LEED v2009 rating system and are familiar with the basic concepts of the LEED v2009 credits. The intent of the training is to provide attendees with a comprehensive overview into the changes from LEED v2009 to the LEED v4 rating system. The training will include an outline of the overarching changes to the core LEED v4 rating systems but will focus specifically on the LEED BD+C rating system. The presentation will go through each of the categories of concern and map the LEED v2009 credits to the LEED v4 credits where applicable. While doing so, we will discuss the thinking behind the changes and how these will influence market transformation and building performance. The goal is to give attendees a better understanding of the new system and have confidence in their ability to use it.      

LEED Project Management (LD06)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 144C

Successfully managing the LEED documentation process requires specific knowledge, tools and skills that are not covered in the LEED Reference Guide. This full day workshop is designed for professionals who are somewhat familiar with LEED, but who are looking to gain a deeper understanding of the unique processes involved with managing a LEED project, including documenting several of the most common credits from start to finish. Participants will learn how to facilitate an eco-charrette, navigate LEED Online, troubleshoot potential setbacks, develop tools for managing the documentation process (and use existing available tools) and evaluate the cost-to-benefit ratio of various design strategies. As part of the workshop, participants will take part in an mock LEED charrette in which we complete a detailed evaluation of how specific changes in the design of the project would affect key LEED BD&C credits. Participants will also be taught how to “think like a reviewer” in compiling their LEED documentation in order to avoid bumps in the road during the LEED submittal and review process. The ultimate goal is to empower participants with the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to make an immediate impact on LEED projects.

The Integrated Design Process as Key to LEED V4 and Living Building Challenge Certification (LD01)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 1:00pm-5:00pm | 143B

Using the integrated design process (IDP) timeline for design and construction as a backbone, this session will show how targeted additional effort and process can yield high-level USGBC LEED V4 and ILFI Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification.  The project conception, design and construction phases each offer strategic leverage points in which to introduce and engage various sustainability strategies.  Through lecture, engaging graphics and role play and scenario management exercises, attendees will understand the significance of key decision moments in the project cycle and the use of tools such as the Charrette and the site visit.  First hand experience with successful case studies will be outlined to elucidate key concepts, including LBC compliance, LEED Platinum achievement and net-positive projects.  Key changes in LEED V4 will also be covered.  Attendees will also gain a perspective into the design and construction process that will help with LEED V4 exam preparation in a manner supplemental to credit-based exam preparation.

Successful Energy Modeling for LEED Projects (LD05)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 204A

Energy Modeling is one of the most difficult and challenging aspects of the LEED process. This hands-on workshop will be unique in its level of detail and information for modelers with some previous experience. It is intended for an audience of people who have had experience with energy modeling, but struggle to create high quality models that meet LEED Documentation requirements and accurately predict building performance.

Attendees will be led through the modeling and documentation process by a team of veteran modelers who have successfully navigated the LEED review process, as both modelers and reviewers. 

Subjects covered include:

1) What’s New in v4

2)  Early Phase Modeling and the Integrative Process Credit

3) Pitfalls – Related Credits, how to claim credit and ensure consistency

4) Baseline Model Requirements – review key parameters, highlight changes with ASHRAE 90.1-2010

5) Modeling Commonly used systems

6) Modeling Emerging technologies

7) Using custom performance curves

8) The review process – typical review comments and how to avoid them.

9) Quality Control

10) Using the new Table 1.4

11)  Making sure the results are reasonable

The goal is not teach people to run models, but to help them create better quality models.


LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Workshop for LEED v4 (LD03)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 143C

The LEED Green Associate Exam Preparation Workshop for LEED v4 will prepare the attendees to take the exam by covering the material that is included on the exam and other pertinent information. Two facilitators will give an overview of the exam and the procedures for taking the exam, help workshop attendees learn and understand the material being presented, and offer study tips for preparing for the exam on their own.

LEED O+M: Rating System Overview and Exam Prep (LD02)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 149A

According to the USGBC article “The Business Case for Green Building”, commercial building owners and managers are expected to spend increasingly more money over the next several years on sustainability and enhancing the existing building infrastructure with green strategies and technology. The market for the LEED O+M Rating system should grow exponentially along with this increased spending. Previously underrepresented at Greenbuild and other green building conferences, LEED O+M is poised to become the predominant Rating System for individual credentials as well as project certifications.

The LEED AP Operations and Maintenance (LEED AP O+M)credential is proven to make professionals more marketable to employers and clients, as it will confirm the candidate’s knowledge about the green building industry, and their commitment to sustainable building operations.  The LEED AP credential is offered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).  To earn the professional credential one must pass the USGBC exam.  This process requires and understanding of the LEED Rating System’s core concepts and strategies.  The LEED AP O+M course offered by GBES includes all LEED v4 changes, and by taking the class it will give a candidate full knowledge of what information they need to master to pass the current exam.

BD+C 251 for LEED v4: Understanding the Building Design + Construction LEED v4 Rating Systems (LD12)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 204B

The workshop offers essential knowledge of green building concepts that are fundamental to the LEED Rating System. It explains the goals, benefits, structure, and intents and requirements of LEED credits and prerequisites, including common strategies, and synergies. LEED certification process, LEED online, and scorecards will be covered.

Monday, November 16 & Tuesday, November 17 | 8:30am-5:00pm | 149B

LEED for Homes Green Rater Workshop (LWG 401)

The Green Rater Training is designed to prepare qualified participants to provide third-party onsite verification services on LEED BD+C: Homes and LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise projects. 

This is a two-part training:

• Part 1 of the training consists of five self-guided online training modules that introduce you to the roles and responsibilities of a LEED for Homes Green Rater, discuss applicable technical concepts, discuss verification specifics for various building types, and introduce the participant to the tools and resources that Green Raters will use. You will receive an e-mail with access to Part 1 upon registering for the two-day instructor-led workshop.

• Part 2 consist of a two-day instructor-led workshop. This highly interactive workshop builds upon the material presented in the online course, further preparing you to rate on LEED for Homes projects, and delving deep into the verification services you will provide.

Following the training, participants will be eligible to register and take the LEED for Homes Green Rater exam administered through the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Once passing the exam, the Green Rater In-training will proceed to complete the required mentorship. Upon successful completion of the mentorship, the participant will be awarded the LEED for Homes Green Rater Certificate.