Are you interested in earning a LEED Green Associate credential? Are you worried about passing the LEED GA exam? Enrol in this 2-part course to understand the key concepts thoroughly thereby enabling you to face any question with confidence.

This is the section of a 2-part course designed to help architecture students, professionals, or anyone interested in sustainable architectural practices to prepare for the LEED Green Associate examination. It will help students gain a better understanding about the LEED rating system; what it is about, why do you need it,  how it works, and the sustainable strategies that can be incorporated in buildings to get them LEED certified.

 Learners will be introduced to basic structure and organisation of the U.S Green Building Council and LEED and the fundamental concepts of green building that form the basis of the LEED rating system in the first part. This part also addresses how these fundamental concepts translate to application strategies within the various credit categories of LEED rating system. 

The next part of the course, LEED Comprehensive will build on this knowledge of fundamentals and will discuss in detail about green building and sustainability concepts and how they translate into various credit categories and discuss about structure and scope of LEED rating system.

Course Outcomes

  • Introduction to the LEED System

    Understand the organisational structure and working of LEED rating system and USGBC.

  • Knowledge

    Knowledge about various sustainable building practices and green building principles like Water Efficiency, Sustainable site selection, Indoor air quality, Energy and Materials etc.

  • LEED GA Exam Preparation

    Fundamentals of green building and sustainability principles that LEED rating system is based on will build a strong foundation during study preparations for LEED Green Associate examination.

Who should take this course?

If you are any or all of the personas alongside

  • Anyone preparing for LEED Green Associate Exam

  • Individuals interested to learn about LEED rating system or how to get a building certified and theory behind the various credits and prerequisites that make up the rating system.

  • Architecture Students and Professionals interested in understanding various green building and sustainability concepts and strategies for their application in building services

Course Mentor

Gouri Unnikrishnan

Subject Expert

Gouri Unnikrishnan graduated from SRM University, Chennai. She then worked with Sukudass Architects in Kerala where she was often drawn towards vernacular buildings and building elements. She was also interested in sustainable practices in Design, Architecture and life in general. This brought her to do her masters in CEPT University, Ahmedabad where she further explored her interests by focussing on Building Energy Efficiency. She then went on to earn the LEED Green Associate credential from USGBC with a score of 192 out of 200. She is interested in educating and creating awareness about Sustainable architecture and design.

Course Outline

27 June, Saturday, 11:00 AM- 11:30 AM

Session 1: Introduction

  • Introduction to LEED, USGBC
  • Information about LEED GA exam, how to prepare, types of questions, eligibility.
  • Why LEED Green Associate


28 June, Sunday, 11:00 AM- 12:00 NOON 

Session 2: LEED Rating System

  • Introduction to LEED rating system and its structure
  • Scope of the rating system
  • Overview of credits and prerequisites
  • Impact categories
  • Process of LEED certification
  • Key terms

30 June, Tuesday, 7:30 PM- 9:00 PM

Session 3: Integrative strategies 

  • Systems Thinking
  • Lifecycle Thinking
  • Integrative process
  • New processes for Building Green
  • Key terms

2 July, Thursday, 7:30 PM- 8:30 PM

Session 4: Location and Transportation

  • Overview
  • site selection
  • Transportation
  • Neighbourhood development and design
  • key terms

4 July, Saturday, 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Session 5:  Sustainable Sites 

  • Site assessment: Environmental impact
  • Site Design and Management Strategies 
  • Rainwater management
  • Heat Island Effect
  • Light Pollution
  • Key terms

5 July, Sunday, 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

Session 6: Water Efficiency 

  • Overview
  • Indoor Water Use
  • Outdoor Water Use
  • Water performance Management
  • Key terms

7 July, Tuesday, 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM

Session 7: Energy and Atmosphere

  • Overview
  • Energy Demand
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Energy
  • Refrigerant Management
  • Energy Performance Management
  • Key Terms

9 July, Thursday, 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM

Session 8: Materials and Resources

  • Overview
  • Selecting Materials
  • Conservation of Materials
  • Waste Management
  • Key terms

11 July, Saturday, 11:00 AM- 12:00 NOON

Session 9:  Indoor Environment Quality 

  • Overview
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Lighting strategies
  • Acoustic performance strategies
  • Occupant Comfort
  • Key terms

12 July, Sunday, 11:00 AM- 12:00 NOON

Session 10: Innovation in Design and Regional Priority

  • Innovation in Design- Overview
  • Innovation in Design - Strategies
  • Regional priority - Overview
  • Regional Priority - Strategies
  • Key terms


  • Further references
  • Next steps
  • Standards followed
  • final words

Course Schedule

ACEDGE is not affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council® or Green Business Certification Inc.™ and does not administer the LEED AP® /LEED® Green Associate™ program. USGBC and GBCI has not endorsed the products or services offered by ACEDGE


  • Do I need to be an architect or architecture student to take this course?

    No, anyone can take this course. But a basic knowledge about architecture and Energy Efficiency will be useful for better understanding of the course content.

  • Do I need to be an architect to appear for LEED Green Associate exam?

    No, anyone can appear for LEED Green Associate exam.