Leed Ga Exam Guide

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Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming and Save Money!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.
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Overview

Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming and Save Money!

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.
From this book, you will learn how to:
1. Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam.
2. Use LEED exam preparation strategies, study methods, tips, suggestions, mnemonics, and exam tactics to improve your exam performance.
3. Effectively understand, digest, and retain your LEED knowledge.
4. Understand the process of registering and certifying a building for LEED.
5. Understand the scope, main intent, core concepts and strategies, as well as identify the regulations, recognition, and incentives for each major LEED category.
6. Identify the strategies for case studies.
7. Identify the synergy in case studies.
8. Implement the most important LEED related codes and building standards.
9. Get points for categories not yet clearly defined by the USGBC.

There is NO official GBCI book on the LEED Green Associate Exam. This pocket guide fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. It uncovers the secrets, codes, and jargon for LEED as well as the true meaning of "going green." It provides a solid foundation and fundamental framework for LEED. It covers every major aspect of LEED in plain and concise language, and introduces it to ordinary people. This guide is small and easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes. It is an indispensable book for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, interns, drafters, designers and other design professionals.

Author Bio
Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including: Architectural Practice Simplified, Planting Design Illustrated and LEED Exam Guides Series, which include one guide book for each of the LEED exams, ArchiteG.com.

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What People Are Saying

ConsultantVA
Finally! A comprehensive study tool for LEED GA Prep! I took the 1-day Green LEED GA course and walked away with a power point binder printed in very small print, which was missing MUCH of the required information (although I didn't know it at the time). I studied my little heart out and took the test; only to fail it by 1 point. Turns out I did NOT study all the material I needed to in order to pass the test. I found this book, read it, marked it up, re-took the test, and passed it with a 95%. Look, we all know the LEED GA exam is new, and the resources for study are VERY limited. This one's the VERY best out there right now. I highly recommend it. --(ConsultantVA)
K.A Evans
Complete overview for the LEED GA exam I studied this book for about three days and passed the exam. It does have some information you don't need to know for the GA exam, so I wouldn't recommend it for someone looking to just get some quick credentials. However, if you are truly interested in learning about the LEED system and green building design, this is a great place to start. --(K.A Evans)
Christopher Real
LEED GA EXAM GUIDE - A Good book A great concise study guide for taking the LEED exams. It doesn't detour from its main purpose - - passing the LEED Green Associate exam for LEED Certification. Can't wait until I take the exam and get my results back. Gang Chen did a great service for the architecture community!!! --(Christopher Real "The Real Deal")
P. Kortje
Clear, Concise, and Easy to Follow If you are beginning to look at study materials for the LEED Green Associate exam, you might feel overwhelmed by the many options, prices, and sizes of some of the resources out there. Gang Chen offers a condensed but comprehensive version of this material in the "LEED GA Exam Guide", by focusing on the really important information that every LEED examinee should memorize or be familiar with. His information is clear, concise, and arranged in a textual format, which makes the material easy to follow. He provides some interesting and useful study methods and strategies for the exam, such as the "3016 rule", as well as ready to consume mnemonics to help you memorize the actual exam material. He has even underlined all the key topics and information already, so you don't have to. This book is a great study guide in that it offers both the technical material you need to know and a mock exam to test what you learned. I used this book as my main resource to pass the LEED GA exam, but I also think that it would be a useful read for anyone who wants to understand the basics of the new LEED 2009 v3.0 system. For further in depth LEED knowledge, there is also a good list of valuable websites and links to free study material. --(P Kortje)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432741686
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Meet the Author

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including: “Architectural Practice Simplified,” “Planting Design Illustrated,” “LEED GA Mock Exams,” and LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guide book for each of the LEED exams.
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  • Posted April 17, 2011

    Excellent Resource In Preparing For LEED GA/LEED AP O&M Exams

    I purchased the LEED GA Exam Guide, and shortly thereafter, LEED O&M Mock Exam and found both books very useful in preparing for the LEED GA and LEED AP O&M tests, respectively. The practice questions had a degree of difficulty similar to what I encountered on both exams. These two books are also a great complement to the USGBC Study Guides. I allowed six weeks preparation for each part, and budgeted 90 minutes a day to study. Mr. Chen also administers a LEED on-line group via Yahoo, which I found to be a useful tool, as I had a few questions on LEED O&M topics that he was able to provide me additional clarification on in real time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 25, 2010

    Finally! A comprehensive study tool for LEED GA Prep!

    I took the 1-day Green LEED GA course and walked away with a powerpoint binder printed in very small print, which was missing MUCH of the required information (although I didn't know it at the time). I studied my little heart out and took the test; only to fail it by 1 point. Turns out I did NOT study all the material I needed to in order to pass the test. I found this book, read it, marked it up, re-took the test, and passed it with a 95%.
    Look, we all know the LEED GA exam is new, and the resources for study are VERY limited. This one's the VERY best out there right now. I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    "All in one LEED GA study guide"

    Since LEED Green Associate exam is a newer addition by USGBC, there is not much information regarding study material for this exam. When I started looking around for material, I got really confused as what material I should buy? This LEED GA guide by Gang Chen is an answer to all my worries! It is a very precise book with lots of information like how to approach the exam, what to study and what to skip, links to online material and tips and tricks for passing the exam. It is like "one stop shop" for Green Associate exam. I think this book can also be a good reference guide for green building professionals. A must have!!

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Why is "LEED GA Exam Guide" Needed?

    A number of books are available that you can use to prepare for the LEED Exams:

    1. USGBC Reference Guides. You need to select the correct version of the Reference Guide for your exam.

    The USGBC Reference Guides are comprehensive, but they give too much information. For example, The LEED 2009 Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction (BD&C) has about 700 oversized pages. Many of the calculations in the books are too detailed for the exam. They are also expensive (approximately $200 each, so most people may not buy them for their personal use, but instead, will seek to share an office copy).

    It is good to read a reference guide from cover to cover if you have the time. The problem is that few people have the time to read the whole reference guide. Even if you do read the whole guide, you may not remember the important issues to pass the LEED exam. You need to reread the material several times before you can remember much of it.

    Reading the reference guide from cover to cover without a guidebook is a difficult and inefficient way of preparing for the LEED exams, because you do NOT know what USGBC and GBCI are looking for in the exam.

    2. The USGBC workshops and related handouts are concise, but they do not cover extra credits (exemplary performance). The workshops are expensive, costing approximately $450 each.

    3. Various books published by a third party are available on Amazon. However, most of them are not very helpful.

    There are many books on LEED, but not all are useful.

    Each book in the LEED Exam Guides Series will fill in the blanks and become a valuable, reliable source:

    a. They will give you more information for your money. Each of the books in the LEED Exam Guides Series has more information than the related USGBC workshops.

    b. They are exam-oriented and more effective than the USGBC reference guides.

    c. They are better than most, if not all, of the other third-party books. They give you comprehensive study materials, sample questions and answers, mock exams and answers, and critical information on building LEED certification and going green. Other third-party books only give you a fraction of the information.

    d. They are comprehensive yet concise. They are small and easy to carry around. You can read them whenever you have a few extra minutes.

    e. They are great timesavers. I have highlighted the important information that you need to understand and MEMORIZE. I also make some acronyms and short sentences to help you easily remember the credit names.

    It should take you about 1 to 2 weeks of full-time study to pass each of the LEED exams. I have met people who have spent 40 hours to study and passed the exams.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    It was only one book that my friend suggested to me to study and

    It was only one book that my friend suggested to me to study and we both passed.
    I got over 90% thanks to this book. The contents are clear and concise and most importantly, it really helped me learn how to pass the exam. I highly recommend this book to future test takers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2012

    I was scheduled to take the LEED Green Associate Exam a year bef

    I was scheduled to take the LEED Green Associate Exam a year before I finally took it, kept having to postpone it due to work, and in the end only had a day and a half for focused preparation. I read the CORE concepts and then Gang Chen’s Exam Guide, went through the sample questions and mock exam, and hoped for the best, as there was no time to reread the material. And I passed. This was my first attempt. I work in the field so a lot of the concepts were quite familiar but I can definitely say that Chen’s focus on the exam itself, and the practical advice for passing it, and the time he had put into organizing the content of the LEED credit system for easier digestion and memorization, was very helpful. I had no time to look at other exam preparation material. But if you work in the field, studying CORE concepts and Gang Chen’s Green Associate Exam Guide will help you pass, as it did for me. JR

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  • Posted January 15, 2011

    A Must-Have resource

    As a LEED Exam Prep Instructor, I'm always searching for good additional resources to recommend to my students. Gang Chen's book is that and more. By giving you only the essentials, you know not only WHAT to study, but also what NOT to study. He goes another step further by giving you tips on HOW to study, which is just as important. His memorization techniques and scheduling tips will make studying for the exam not so overwhelming. He's even included a practice exam! Compact and concise, the book is easy to keep with you for studying wherever and whenever you have a few moments. Add some color with highlighters or use the information contained within to make your own flash cards, and you'll have a great resource that you WILL turn to again and again as you prepare for your exam.
    In addition, this is not a book that will gather dust after you pass the exam. It's a valuable reference that can assist you in managing a LEED project. Chen gives information on submittals, synergies, strategies and technologies, and responsible parties that will help keep any LEED project on track. All this is arranged conveniently by credit and is applicable to most of the LEED rating systems. He tells you when and where the information applies. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted January 10, 2011

    great review guide

    While many review books simply provide questions and answers, the LEED GA Exam Guide also explains the exam without being bulky. The book explains all the parts of the exam, gives tips on how to study and prepare for the exam. Rather than just throwing questions at you, it explains LEED and what you are studying, and lets you know exactly what to expect when taking the exam. It is simple and straightforward, but not overwhelming like many other exam preparation books. The book is written in a simple way, without fancy layouts and page design, making it easier to follow. The information provided is more than adequate to provide a clear understanding of the exam and how to prepare for it. The book provides examples to explain how the information fits into the world. I feel confident that the book will provide all the tools I need to pass the Leed GA exam.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Exam prep + handy reference rolled into one

    There's a surprising amount of content in this little book. Given this, I tend to disagree with the author that a week might be sufficient to prepare.

    The plus points are:

    1. The mnemonic codes.
    2. The author sets out a very sound method for studying, and this is valuable for this exam as well as any other. He also takes pains to emphasise that the exam requires rote memory at times.
    3. There is plenty of useful information in the extra "specific LEED BD&C technical information" as well as in the FAQ section.
    4. The book is a handy size and easy to carry around.

    The minus points are:

    1. There is too much underlining, and this is distracting.
    2. Some of the information could have been presented in a tabular format instead of long-winded sentences.
    3. Since this aims to be an exam guide, it would help if the author colour-coded the portions that are nice-to-know, and not exactly essential to the exam.

    Overall, this book aims to provide a good foundation rather than just the bare minimum info required to pass the exam.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

    Feel Confident Taking the LEED Green Associate Exam

    The LEED GA Exam Guide is a great resource for those preparing to take the USGBC LEED Green Associate Exam. The book features a chapter that discusses in great detail the information necessary that will be on the exam. Earlier portions of the text set the stage for what to expect on the exam and allow each individual to create a plan to prepare for test day. The Mock Exam at the end of the book provides 100 sample questions that are crucial in preparing for the exam. The questions crafted in the mock exam will help you understand what areas you need to focus on before taking the actual exam. I found this part of the text to be the most valuable.

    After reading the LEED GA Exam Guide, along with the USGBC material, I feel confident taking the exam. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking the LEED Green Associate designation.

    Update: Passed the Exam on First Try

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2010

    Recommended

    I'd definitely recommend this product. It fulfills what it claims it will do.
    I'd say if you study from this source and one or two other 'big' sources (as the candidate handbook's references, rockwood's guide) you will get the knowledge and understanding needed to pass the Green Assoc. exam.

    Pros:
    -General studying skills are interesting to apply and are developed throughout the book.
    -Straightforward 'no losing time' methodology.
    -Goes the extra mile and starts preparing you for Tier 2 exams.

    Cons:
    - Not good enough Book Design. The way info is laid out might confuse you more than if it were better displayed.
    - Might be a little overwhelming as a 1st reference. I'd say you read this when you have acquired a basic general knowledge of the LEED rating systems.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Chen!

    I sat for the Green Assoc. exam last week and did great.

    You had a lot to do with it, I wanted to thank you!

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  • Posted August 19, 2010

    Helpful depending on your study style

    My review is comparing this prep to other electronic study guides, but I have not yet taken the exam. Chen writes as though he is speaking to you personally. There is a thorough introduction section that covers the very basics for people who haven't even looked into the exam. Some of the chapters have a question and answer format that is nice for test preparation, but I felt as if I wasn't always getting the information because it was so broken up. The small novel size of the book stretches out one topic's information across several pages. Organization makes it slightly difficult to comprehend as every line of text demands attention. Throughout every chapter, Chen establishes mnemonics FOR YOU in order to remember core concepts. There is a substantial amount of underlining and bolding of words to help emphasis, however this may clash with your personal study habits. This is a good prep to follow another study guide, one that plainly introduces the facts. Chen includes some information that could easily become outdated, such as websites and fees. But I would recommend this book as a lightweight supplement, as it is full of relevant information that is easy to understand and there are a lot of bulleted points, for quick review.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Clear, Concise, and Easy to Read

    If you are beginning to look at study materials for the LEED Green Associate exam, you might feel overwhelmed by the many options, prices, and sizes of some of the resources out there. Gang Chen offers a condensed but comprehensive version of this material in the "LEED GA Exam Guide", by focusing on the really important information that every LEED examinee should memorize or be familiar with. His information is clear, concise, and arranged in a textual format, which makes the material easy to follow. He provides some interesting and useful study methods and strategies for the exam, such as the "3016 rule", as well as ready to consume mnemonics to help you memorize the actual exam material. He has even underlined all the key topics and information already, so you don't have to.
    This book is a great study guide in that it offers both the technical material you need to know and a mock exam to test what you learned. I used this book as my main resource to pass the LEED GA exam, but I also think that it would be a useful read for anyone who wants to understand the basics of the new LEED 2009 v3.0 system. For further in depth LEED knowledge, there is also a good list of valuable websites and links to free study material.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

    Easy to Read, Easy to Understand

    I have read through the book once and found it to be the perfect study guide for me. The author does a great job of helping you get into the right frame of mind for the content of the exam. I had started by studying the Green Building Design and Construction reference guide for LEED projects produced by the USGBC. That was the wrong approach. Simply too much information with very little retention. At 636 pages in a textbook format, it would have been a daunting task to get through it. Gang Chen breaks down the points helping to minimize the amount of information but maximizing the content I was able to absorb. I plan on going through the book a few more times and I now believe I have the right information to pass the LEED GA exam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2009

    A Great Book for Preparing the LEED GA Exam!

    I have read almost all the books for LEED GA Exam, and found LEED GA Exam Guide to be the best. The USGBC Reference Guide was too detailed and kind of confusing. Some other third party books have too many grammatical mistakes and are hard to understand, and way too many questions. The questions in those books are confusing instead of helpful.

    LEED GA Exam Guide gives you just the right amount of information for you to pass the LEED exam. Each book in the series includes study materials, sample questions and answers, as well as mock exam and answers for a specific LEED exam. It also gives you the most information for you to get your building LEED certified. A Great book!

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    Posted February 16, 2010

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