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What's New for LEED in 2009: The Overhaul of the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Program



This teleconference provides an update on the U.S. Green Building Council's newly refined green building performance rating and certification system. Nearly four years of technical research, reviews of many actual LEED certified projects and advisory activities by hundreds of technical experts have resulted in a major reworking of the well-known LEED green building rating and certification program.

The revisions provide an improved level of stringency for green building criteria and rework the numerical rating system to be easier to understand. Key provisions receiving attention include energy efficiency, materials, water conservation and sustainable sites sections.

Changes to green design intent, prerequisites and credits, as well as new information on how LEED 2009 documentation requirements differ from past versions are included. Not only are the 2009 upgrades comprehensive, but going forward there may be up to a 10 percent lower environmental impact of LEED certified projects, largely focused on reductions in energy waste and enhanced water conservation measures.

This teleconference will help you understand how the U.S. Green Building Council has extensively revised the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program effective in 2009. Starting soon after its release, USGBC will focus rating and certification using this latest version and rapidly move away from the multiple products of the past. Since this is the first reworking of LEED since mid-2005 and represents a major overhaul compared to the initial release of LEED in 2000, this material is of vital importance to anyone involved with major green building projects.

This teleconference is totally independent and not funded by any building product manufacturer. Your speaker is not currently retained by major corporations or trade associations in the green building industry. This teleconference and its content have not been reviewed or approved by the U.S. Green Building Council for accurate representation of the LEED 2009 Rating System.


Upon completion of this courses, students will have developed an understanding of:

  • Why USGBC Has Updated LEED
  • Sustainable Development and Green Building Design
  • Sustainable Development Principles
  • Reducing Environmental Impacts of the Built Environment
  • Role of Green Building Criteria in Sustainable Design
  • Typical Features of Green Buildings
  • Green Building Teams - Integrated Design Process
  • Productivity Benefits
  • Economic Benefits
  • Implementation Costs and Learning Curve
  • Basics of LEED
  • What Is the U.S. Green Building Council?
  • What Is LEED and Why Does It Matter?
  • Principles of LEED
  • Environmental Benefits of LEED Certification and Beyond
  • Who Is Using LEED? (Demographics Overview)
  • Overview of the USGBC Updating Process
  • Primary Building Types Covered Under 2009 LEED Revisions
  • Updated Technical Content of LEED
  • Information Resources and Tools


Student assessment will be done through questions based on the content delivered throughout the course.

course quick facts
course code 383585EAU
cost $219.00
estimated time to
complete course
1 Hours
course materials
365 Days

Bion D. Howard is principal consultant with Building Environmental Science & Technology, an international consulting firm located in Valley Center, California. His practice provides design support and technical analysis services to builders, architects, designers, code officials, nonprofits and government agencies, boosting implementation of sustainable building and development strategies, and advanced environmental building technology.