The Green Associate designation, (LEED GA) is the first tier accreditation given by the GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute). Originally the LEED AP exam was a longer exam that has now been broken down into two sections. The first tier is commonly referred to as the LEED GA portion.

Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification system established by the U. S. Green Building Council. Its main objective is to provide a framework for practical and measurable building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions. LEED is recognized in the United States and around the world as the best way to demonstrate that your building is up to standard.

As the country is trying to breathe life back into the economy and as the scare grows of global warming and other biological hazards, the number of green jobs or professions is growing fast. There is no short answer to define what makes a green professional. As of yet, it is only a generally accepted idea or concept. But, the revolution is making understanding these concepts more and more important as we move towards alternative energy, innovation, and long-term economic growth and security.

Wonder why your energy bills have gone steadily up over the years? Have a building that is experiencing 3x the average per square foot of space? The solution may be simple and does not require new energy modeling.

Example Case: LEED Gold School built 5 years ago.

LEED Building Experiencing: 3x Energy Costs per square foot!

Solution: Inspect filters on air units. Clean condensers and evaporators (preferably no chemicals) and replace your air filters. We recommend doing a quick visual inspection every 3 months.

Building Inspection:

The USGBC has announced at the beginning of 2011, the top 10 states for LEED projects in 2010 for LEED-certified institutional and commercial buildings. Taking the front spot is the District of Columbia with an average 25 square feet of LEED certified project space per person.

“Using per capita, versus the more traditional numbers of projects, or pure square footage, is a reminder to all of us that the people who live and work, learn and play in buildings should be what we care about most,” says USGBC SVP of LEED, Scot Horst.

In today's age of increased environmental awareness, there is a growing interest in LEED construction. This describes the increasingly common brand new constructing and renovating of projects that already exist. LEED itself stands for the Leadership Energy and Environmental Design, and its proponents are dedicated to green building.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It was first started in the United States, but now spans over 30 countries. It is used to make building designs more environmentally sustainable. If a building designer or developer wishes to have his or her project certified they must adhere to several fairly strict requirements.