Green Building Design and Construction LEED Green Associate

Hosted by the University of Cincinnati
Fridays: April 9–May 28, 2021
Virtual Course


The course provides in-depth discussion of the various green strategies that make a building green and help achieve LEED certification. Green strategies related to water efficiency, sustainable sites, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and green materials are covered.  The course is intended to not only help the participant pass the LEED Green Associate Exam but to make him/her a valuable team member on LEED projects.

I took the exam and passed. I was well prepared and appreciate everything you have done to prepare us throughout the course.

Peter Pincoffs University of Denver

What is LEED?

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally accepted guide for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. LEED® has been adopted by USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, China and India.

Why learn about LEED?

Owners and developers are demanding green buildings to save money while protecting the environment and occupants’ health.  More than 15000 building owners are currently seeking LEED® certification.

Who should attend?

Industry professionals seeking to take and pass the LEED-Green Associate exam as well as looking to incorporate green strategies into their building projects:

  • Designers
  • Owners
  • Architects
  • Consultants
  • Engineers
  • Developers
  • Contractors
  • Manufacturers

What’s covered?

The course will cover the Green Associate (LEED-GA) in sufficient details for the participants to take and pass the tests.  All LEED GA recognized areas will be covered:

  • Sustainable Site Development
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy and Atmosphere
  • Materials and Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Innovation in Design

How long is the course?

To provide the in-depth coverage of all the LEED-GA credit requirements, intent, strategies and submittals, the course is 24 hours long divided between synchronous instruction and asynchronous self-paced instruction. Other 1-day LEED-GA courses only introduces the LEED rating system and is usually not enough to pass the LEED-GA exam.  The in-depth coverage of the LEED requirements offered in this course is the primary reason that 98% of the course attendees have passed the LEED-GA exams the first time.  The course will also cover more than 200 test sample questions.


Eight live, interactive web conferences from 11:00 AM–12:00 PM. central time on:

  • Friday April 9, 2021
  • Friday April 16, 2021
  • Friday April 23, 2021
  • Friday April 30, 2021
  • Friday May 7, 2021
  • Friday May 14, 2021
  • Friday May 21, 2021
  • Friday May 28, 2021

The course will also include self-paced instruction and recorded presentations in between these live web conferences.


$1,000 per attendee, A 50% discount is available for current UC students. Register and submit your payment through the online portal. Current UC students should contact to get the discount code that should be applied when using the online portal. Registration closes April 7, 2021.

Payment Methods

Check or credit card


Headshot of Hazem Elzarka

Hazem Elzarka

Professor, Construction Management

Dr. Hazem Elzarka is a Professor at the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, USA.  He also taught at the Burns School of Real Estate and Construction Management, College of Business, University of Denver. He is a registered professional engineer (PE) in the State of Ohio, a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).  He has consulted for major US and international construction firms including Centex Rooney, Stone & Webster, Fluor Daniel, and Chemonics. His consulting work primarily focuses on Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Development, Green Buildings, Total Quality Management, LEED certification. He has more than 50 publications in refereed journals and conference proceedings.

Additional Benefits

You will receive extensive electronic materials prepared especially for this course. Feedback from previous course participants indicated that these materials were essential for passing the LEED-GA exams.

Course Agenda

  • Building Impact on Environment
  • Benefits of Green Buildings
  • What is “Green Design”?
  • What is LEED?
  • Introduction to LEED Categories
    • Sustainable Sites
    • Water Efficiency
    • Energy & Atmosphere
    • Materials & Resources
    • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • LEED Products
  • Erosion & Sedimentation Control
  • Site Selection
  • Development Density 
  • Brownfield Redevelopment
  • Alternative Transportation 
  • Reduced Site Disturbance
    • Green Roof 
  • Storm water Management
    • Rain water collection systems
    • Gray water collection systems
    • Pervious paving
  • Heat Island Effect
    • Open Grid Pavement Systems
  • Light Pollution Reduction 
  • Review Questions
  • Water Efficient Landscaping
    • Native Vegetation
    • Efficient Irrigation Systems
  • Innovative Waste Water Technologies
    • Low flow fixtures
    • On-site waste water treatment 
  • Water Use Reduction
  • Review Questions
  • Building Systems Commissioning
    • Commissioning Process 
    • Commissioned Systems
    • Selection of CxA
    • Time of involvement of CxA 
  • Optimize Energy Performance
    • Energy conservation measures
    • ASHRAE Standard 90.1 2004
    • Energy Simulation
  • Refrigerant Measurement
    • Global Warming 
    • Renewable Energy
    • Photovoltaic Systems
    • Geothermal Energy systems
  • Measurement & Verification 
  • Green Power
    • Green Tags 
  • Review Questions
  • Storage & Collection of Recyclables 
  • Building Reuse
    • Structural Elements
    • Non-structural Elements 
  • Construction Waste Management
  • Resource Reuse 
  • Recycled Content
    • Post-consumer vs. Pre-consumer
  • Regional Materials
  • Rapidly Renewable Materials
  • Certified Wood
  • Review Questions
  • Minimum IAQ Performance
    • Under floor air distribution
    • Natural Ventilation
  • Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2 ) Monitoring 
  • Ventilation Effectiveness
  • Construction IAQ Management Plan
    • Proper Scheduling
    • Construction Area Isolatio
    • Building Flush out
  • Low-Emitting Materials
  • Indoor Chemical & Pollutant Control
  • Controllability of Systems
  • Thermal Comfort
  • Daylight & Views 
  • Review Questions
  • Innovation in Design
  • LEED Accredited Professional
  • Review Questions
  • Design -Construction Phase Credits
  • Certification Fees
  • LEED on-line
  • Review Questions