With LEED AP Certification, architects can demonstrate a commitment to green building—opening doors to career opportunities and lifelong learning.
by Taz Khatri
- For architects, a LEED AP (Accredited Professionals) designation can open doors to business opportunities and continuing education.
- There are two levels: LEED Green Associate and LEED AP With Specialty, in which candidates demonstrate expertise in one of five categories.
- Green building has proved more than just a trend—certification shows that designers understand how to achieve LEED status on a project.
Understanding LEED certification is one path to joining the green-building movement—which is becoming critical for today’s architects. Architects earn the LEED Accredited Professionals (AP) designation, certifying their knowledge of how to usher a project through LEED certification. But is LEED AP just another set of letters architects can tack onto their names to appear more credible, or does it really mean something? In a world increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment, getting a LEED accreditation can bolster your resume and give you a deeper understanding of green building—knowledge you can use to fight climate change.
What Is LEED?
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. According to the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the parent organization of LEED, it is the most widely recognized and used green-building rating system around the globe. It examines major design questions (such as how a building site is positioned), as well as minute design details (such as what the carpet fibers in the lobby are made of).
To become LEED-certified, building projects must follow rigorous requirements and documentation for different levels of LEED v4.1 certification: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. A building with a LEED plaque on it tells occupants and passersby that it’s healthier and more environmentally friendly.
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