Free and Fast LEED CMP Options

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Sarah Ward
Consultant
September 17, 2014

Are you a LEED Green Associate or LEED AP? You've got enough on your plate. Fulfill your continuing education using these free and fast options.

Fulfilling LEED CMP shouldn't be time consuming or boring.
Fulfilling LEED CMP shouldn't be time consuming or boring.
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The LEED credential maintenance program (CMP) is a must for all LEED professionals who want to retain their accreditation...

However, what if you don't have a company that pays for your CEUs? Absorbing the cost of LEED CMP every other year can be costly.

The following are some affordable, FREE and efficient options for you to complete your LEED continuing education requirements without spending a lot of money. Even better, some of the following strategies will help you learn more in the process and can even help promote your business if you're a freelancer or independent LEED consultant.

Whether you want to watch online videos, blog, volunteer or complete LEED consultant training, here are some original options:

Fulfill Infinite LEED CE Hours for FREE

Writing original articles on green building, WELL or LEED is a little known, but increasingly popular strategy for LEED consultants who want to fulfill LEED specific of non-specific CEUs while simultaneously promoting their expertise and perhaps drumming up new business.

You'll earn 3 CEUs per published article, while helping others learn about green building and its importance to helping mitigate climate change. There is no limit to the number of articles you can submit for publication.

Matthew Higgins, a LEED Green Associate and blogger, said, "Publishing articles on Poplar is a great experience because it keeps me up to date with the latest LEED standards, earns me recognition within the green building community and helps me fulfill my CE hours for free!"

Articles must be original authorship and a minimum of 500 words on a topic relevant to green building and/or LEED or WELL... That's about it! Learn more about this awesome opportunity here.

Another free LEED continuing education strategy is volunteering at Greenbuild, or by working with your local Habitat for Humanity or a local USGBC chapter.

LEED Consultant Training

Still, many folks choose to settle for hours of watching online video courses. A more professional, engaging and efficient approach is to complete LEED consultant training courses.

LEED consultant training courses walk you through fulfilling LEED credits on actual LEED projects. For LEED specific hours for BD+C and ID+C you can choose either Indoor Water Use Reduction or Optimize Energy Efficiency/Energy Modeling:

LEED v4 Indoor Water Use Reduction: 2 LEED Specific CEUs (BD+C and ID+C): The Water Use Reduction calculation is a Prerequisite and is required on all LEED projects. For this assignment, we will guide you through how to perform the Indoor Water Use Reduction calculation. Using project information provided along with the LEED Water Calculator and the Reference Guide, you will complete the Indoor Water Use Credit Calculation for a typical project – comparing your percentage reduction with our calculations to confirm you’ve completed it properly.

LEED v4 Energy Modeling: 2 LEED Specific CEUs (BD+C and ID+C): The energy modeling process is critical to any LEED BD+C project and is worth more LEED points than any other credit. LEED looks at the reduction in energy cost, not just energy usage, and encourages projects to use advanced modeling guidelines outlined in ASHRAE Appendix G. In this CEU module, you’ll be asked to review an energy model report to determine the number of LEED points the project would be awarded under the Optimize Energy Performance credit.

You'll not only complete all your LEED Green Associate CEU requirements, but you'll also gain insight into how LEED credits are applied to almost any LEED project. This helps with the project experience requirement for the LEED v4 AP exams. Want more LEED consultant training? Check out the full package here.

 


Free Online LEED CE Course:

Poplar offers a free LEED CE course on environmental product declarations and lifecycle analysis. Check it out here:

Free Environmental Product Declaration, Life-Cycle Analysis and LEED v4 Course

Environmental Product Declarations

”Green” marketing has become huge with an estimated annual value of $15-20 billion. However, since the word "green" sadly can mean anything, some marketers have exploited the term causing confusion about what is actually a healthy product. Consumers are understandably overwhelmed by the term "green".

Even manufacturers of sustainable building products are at a loss about what is and isn’t technically “green.” With LEED v4, environmental product declarations (EPDs) and Life Cycle Analyses or Assessments (LCAs) are playing a more important role in LEED certification. This course can help you understand why EPDs and LCAs are important.

Category: MR
Length: 70 Minutes
CEHours: 1

Online LEED and Green Building Courses:

Net Zero Buildings

Net Zero Building

Buildings are currently the biggest energy consumers and carbon producers in the U.S. Because Net Zero buildings produce as much energy as they consume, they are a potentially exciting and sustainable solution to the problem of building energy waste and/or inefficiency. This course is designed for professionals who want to learn the basics of Net Zero building, and fulfills 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours for LEED CMP.

Category: Energy and Atmosphere

Length: 90 minutes

CE Hours: 1.5

Health and Physical Activity in Green Buildings

Health and Physical activity

Physically active indoor and outdoor environments can improve the health and wellness of occupants and help them avoid developing chronic diseases. This course will examine the current obesity epidemic and health challenges in the United States, as well as initiatives to address problems associated with workplace culture and sedentary behavior. The course will explain the synergies of cost, sustainability, universal design and LEED.

Category: LT/SS
Length: 90 Minutes
CEHours: 1.5

Energy Efficient HVAC Strategies

Energy Efficiency

Physically active indoor and outdoor environments can improve the health and wellness of occupants and help them avoid developing chronic diseases. This course will examine the current obesity epidemic and health challenges in the United States, as well as initiatives to address problems associated with workplace culture and sedentary behavior. The course will explain the synergies of cost, sustainability, universal design and LEED.

Category: EA
Length: 90 Minutes
CEHours: 1.5

Passive Building Strategies Course

Passive House

Buildings with traditional HVAC systems are arguably the greatest energy consumers and carbon emitters in the United States. Passive buildings are designed to heat and cool themselves without the use of mechanical systems. To be labeled as "passive", a building must comply with the Passive House Standard, a highly efficient style of architectural design that aims to leverage natural resources such as: abundant and free solar energy, geothermal heating and/or cooling, intelligent ventilation and building envelope systems. Learn more about passive buildings in this online course.

Category: EA
Length: 90 Minutes
CEHours: 1.5

Advanced Energy Efficient HVAC Course

Advanced HVAC

This course will discuss how energy efficient HVAC technologies can help achieve various credits in the LEED rating systems. It includes real-world case studies, including the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences' chilled beams system and Pacific University's VAV system.

Category: EA
Length: 90 Minutes
CEHours: 1.5

Green Data Centers Course

Data center

Data centers are massive consumers of energy, and in some cases, water too. Some data centers can consume as much energy as a small town! Data centers are also increasingly in demand to house and serve our need for storage, management and dissemination of data. For these reasons, green data centers, those that are designed to maximize energy and water efficiency with minimal environmental impact, are a budding specialty area in green building.

Category: NA
Length: 60 Minutes
CEHours: 1

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