LEED® 101: Green Building Basics

The course offers an introduction to USGBC, green building principles and the fundamentals of the LEED Rating System.

Instructor: Tom Flanagan

Online | Duration: 4 hours


Program Overview

NOTE: LEED 101 is not a prerequisite for LEED 201. If you are interested in going beyond the basics, consider our LEED 201 course! You will want to select either LEED 101 or LEED 201. LEED 201 covers the same materials that are covered in 101 but in greater depth.

The course offers an introduction to USGBC, green building principles and the fundamentals of the LEED Rating System. It includes topics on climate change and building impacts; motivators for green building; and integrative versus conventional approaches – and the associated benefits – to building design, construction and operations. You will leave this course with a basic understanding of the intent, concepts and terms for each LEED credit category, as well as green building best practices, regulations and incentives. This course is for those seeking to learn only the basics. If you want to learn about LEED in greater detail, including specific strategies, metrics and standards – or if you are pursuing the LEED Green Associate credential – consider our LEED 201: Core Concepts & Strategies course.

Credits & Attendance

Students are required to attend the entire scheduled class time in order to receive a certificate of completion.

0.35 CSI (CEUs)
3 CoreNet (CPDs)

This course is not eligible for CMP hours but does satisfy LEED Green Associate eligibility requirements.

Badge Awarded

Who Should

Who Should Attend:

This course is intended for those who are new to green building and looking to learn the basics of green building and LEED.


Learning Objectives

Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe green building and the role of USGBC and LEED
  • Recognize the intents of each LEED Credit Category
  • Explain key sustainability terms and concepts
  • Identify green building best practices
  • Examine cutting-edge examples of green building
  • Explain cost considerations
  • Recognize your role in green building


Required Materials

Students are not required to purchase any textbooks or materials. Any necessary resources will be distributed in the course.


More Info

There are no prerequisites for this course.

It is important that you are a full participant. Please put aside work for this half day.