LEED V4: Building Design + Construction - Sustainability

Full Credit Overview - Foundation Course - Environmental Management - Created by approved USGBC Faculty

Last updated 6/2023 English

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About This Class

The importance of sustainability needs little introduction, we can see the impacts of global warming, the increase in CO2 emissions, the spread of diseases such as COVID 19. Buildings contribute to a large extent to this and when well designed they can reduce the stress on the environment and improve human health.

LEED is a green building certification program and the globally recognised standard for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings and neighbourhoods.

Sustainability is far broader than recycling or installing solar panels. This course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the holistic approach taken by LEED as it contributes to the triple bottom line, people, planet, profit.

Today's most popular and most commonly used version of LEED BD+C V4, and it sets the bar for building standards to address energy efficiency, water conservation, site selection, material selection, day lighting and waste reduction.

Think of this course as a foundational course on LEED BD+C. This course is designed to provide you with a tutorial of all the credits, standards and requirements for this global standard. The Standard Reference V4 BD+C guide has over 800 pages.

What will you learn?

The key concepts in LEED BD+C. In over 70 lessons, ranging from 2-8 minutes we will cover all of the credits and explain to you not only the requirements, but also what sits behind the intent to ensure you will understand how each credit aligns with the overarching sustainability goals.

We look at the specifics of how LEED deals with reduced parking, how indoor and outdoor water can be reduced and should be calculated, what strategies to use to reduce energy, reduce the reliance on the grid, and increase the use of renewable energy, we discuss the Life Cycle Assessment approach, the impact of increased use

Why take this course?

  1. You will be able to speak about LEED BD+C and sustainability with confidence.
  2. You will understand the difference terms, definitions and requirements.
  3. You will learn from an experienced sustainability consultant and educator

How will this help you?

  1. You will deliver LEED projects, better, quicker and avoid common mistakes
  2. You will go prepared to a job that requires knowledge in LEED and sustainability.
  3. You will feel more confident about LEED and how to apply it.

Who is behind this course?

I am the Managing Directorof a green building consultancy in Malaysia, and a LEED AP, and USGBC Faculty. Before that I was a university teacher (Yonsei University Korea), Project Manager, entrepreneur, and enjoy teaching. I have an MBA from London Business School. I enjoy creating courses.

This course is suitable for all levels and specifically for:

  1. People who want to learn about LEED, LEED BD+C
  2. Professionals that have a LEED Green Associate or aspire to be one, this would be an excellent starting point in terms of experience or knowledge.
  3. People who are interested in a career in sustainability consultancy.
  4. Developers, Engineers, Business Analysts, Architects, and basically anyone interested in learning about LEED.
  5. People with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
  6. People capable of taking notes and applying the concepts and tools provided in this course.
  7. People interested in taking the LEED AP exam.

This course is not suitable for:

  1. People that prefer quantity over quality.
  2. People that like lengthy and theoretical explanations.
  3. People who aren't prepared to go through the entire course and take notes.
  4. People who expect things to work out without any effort or preparation.

The Facts

  1. You will learn all the concept of LEED BD+C 
  2. All credits, requirements and points will be clearly explained to you.
  3. You will improve your understanding on sustainability, and allow you to deliver your consulting projects better and more effectively.

Join me and start learning about LEED. We will cover all the topics from the definitions, intent, requirements, concepts, and exemplary performances. So take the course now to learn what all of this means in more detail and how you can apply the knowledge gained from LEED  into your world.

Who this course is for

  1. People who want to learn about LEED BD+C
  2. People who are interested in a career in sustainability consultancy
  3. Developers, Engineers, Business Analysts, Architects, and basically anyone interested in learning about LEED BD+C


  1. Hi Mr. Hans. Thanks for providing this course. It is short and full of knowledge. It help me to passed my LEED AP BD+C exam in first attempt ~ M Moeen
  2. This is a great course and an excellent overview of the LEED AP BD+C credit system. There is a great deal of data provided in the videos and also a brief explanation of the intent of each credit, which I found useful. I thought the course could be improved by adding a section on the overall USGBC vision and the certification process (including CIRs, how/when the credits are submitted and approved), discussion of synergies and maybe some links to USGBC resources. Overall I found the course to be really useful for my exam prep ~ K Rizvi
  3. This course gives good practical guidance and understanding on how to lead in the design and construction of environmentally friendly spaces for living, working and recreation ~ Sanjay C
  4. Good overall view on the topic and enough details about the subject to be useful ~ Jean-Luc P

What you'll learn

  1. You will learn all the concepts of LEED V4 BD+C.
  2. All credits, requirements and points will be clearly explained to you.
  3. This course will set the foundation for the LEED BD&C exam.
  4. How to apply strong sustainability principles in your job and projects.


  1. No prerequisites are needed.
  2. But an interest in sustainability or knowledge of LEED will help.

Course Content

11 Sections 78 Lectures 4h 6m total length

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