Green Resolutions – the Benefits of the LEED® Certification Process

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to expand your skillset with new training, the LEED® Certification Process may be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s not mandatory, but if you choose to participate, the training offers many benefits. The education is specific to your trade, whether you’re a project manager, an electrician, or a general contractor. If you’re interested in this unique opportunity, you can learn more below.

What is LEED®?

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a green building certification program.

Courses in LEED® Training

You may take any of the following individual courses to complete the certification process. Many of the courses are trade-specific, so you’re learning relevant, targeted information.

  • Fundamentals of Building Green: This course is meant to introduce those from construction trades and building management to green building practices. It is necessary to complete this overview to participate in the courses mentioned below.
  • Construction Management: Learn how to include green initiatives in construction projects, especially to prevent pollution, control indoor air quality and improve waste management.
  • Operations & Maintenance Essentials: Learn how operation decisions can improve the efficiency of a building, reduce costs and improve tenant satisfaction.
  • Electrical Systems: Electricians will learn about green standards and how to comply through real-world examples.
  • Plumbing: Plumbers will learn how to make sustainable decisions in their trade, including improving water distribution and maintaining common green fixtures.
  • Mechanical & HVAC-R: HVAC professionals will learn how to achieve higher energy efficiency and improve air quality.

The Potential Benefits of LEED® Training

The Canada Green Building Council lists some of the potential benefits of their training, including:

  • LEED® Credit: If you complete the training, you qualify for LEED® Credits.
  • Business Opportunity: Consumers and businesses are increasingly focused on green technology. This certification may open doors for you or give your marketing efforts an edge over your competition.
  • Sustainability: The solutions you learn in these courses can help you contribute to positive environmental efforts.
  • GPRO Exam: The exam ensures employers, customers, or anyone interested in your qualifications can see that you’re certified.

If you’ve decided to make a New Year’s Resolution that involves investing in self-improvement and expanding your skills and knowledge, then consider learning about greener technology and improve your sustainable building skills! Visit the Canada Green Building Council’s website to learn more about these courses and decide if they are right for you, or contact our team at the Hamilton-Halton Homebuilder’s Association for more ideas about self-improvement through the trades.