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LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Specialty Exam Prep Course

  • 04 Feb 2011
  • 8:30 AM
  • 07 Feb 2011
  • 5:00 PM
  • Masonry Institute of St. Louis, 1429 S. Big Bend Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63117
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  • USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Member rates are for individuals with active Chapter Memberships only. Membership of USGBC-Missouri Gateway is held by individuals, not companies. (Registration fee does not include cost of required texts which are outlined in the course description.)

LEED AP Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Specialty Exam Prep Course

For professionals participating in the design and construction phases of high-performance, healthful, durable, affordable, and environmentally sound commercial, institutional, and high-rise residential buildings, the LEED AP Building Design + Construction exam is designed to measure your knowledge and skill in understanding the LEED Rating System and ability to facilitate the project certification process.

USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter’s two full-day (16 hours total) LEED BD+C Specialty Exam Prep course is designed to prepare participants for the LEED BD+C Specialty exam.  Skilled instructors will discuss categories and credits in the LEED BD&C Rating System, explore methods of sustainable project delivery and green building practices, and offer test taking tips. Subject areas covered include:

·        Introduction, Exam Strategy, and BD+C Process
·        Sustainable Sites
·        Water Efficiency
·        Energy and Atmosphere
·        Materials and Resources
·        Indoor Environmental Quality
·        Test Taking Tips
·        Practice Exam


Friday and Monday, February 4 and 7, 2011

8:30am - 5:00pm both days
Please arrive and check in between 8:00 - 8:30am


Masonry Institute of St. Louis

1429 S. Big Bend Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63117



$200.00 for USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members

$250.00 for Non-members
*Textbook costs are NOT included in course fee

*Course fee includes continental breakfast and lunch


1) USGBC LEED Building Design + Construction Study Guide, USGBC

2) LEED AP Building Design + Construction Candidate Handbook (free download) and references outlined on page 16 of the handbook.

3) LEED Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction, USGBC (NOT required for this course, but strongly recommended)

The study guide and reference guide may be purchased on the USGBC Publications page of the USGBC website. The study guide price is $70 for employees of national USGBC member companies/$85 for non-members.  Please plan for shipping time.


Students must read and understand the steps needed to enroll for and take the exam, including meeting exam eligibility requirements.  The instructors will only address this as a broad overview. 


Click on the "Register" button on the left side of this page.
 Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.


Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco

Nick Bristow, Clayco

Paul Todd Merrill, Clayco's Director of Sustainable Construction, is a Licensed Engineer in 12 states and responsible for planning, design and construction of Clayco's sustainable efforts. Paul has been involved in over 30 LEED certified projects, and for the past eight years, he has developed and led LEED training sessions covering LEED versions 2.1, .2.2 and 3.0 for Clayco's internal educational efforts and trainings for owners, building code officials, law firms, manufacturers and subcontractors. In addition, Paul is an adjunct professor at Washington University in the Sever School of Engineering. Paul received his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1981. Paul currently serves as Vice Chair and will serve as 2011 Chair of the USGBC-Missouri Gateway Board of Directors.

Nick Bristow, Project Engineer at Clayco, can generally be called a coordinator of Clayco's LEED projects.  From the first checklist to certification, Nick works with the Design and Construction team to pursue LEED certification of buildings.  Nick has been involved with 10 LEED certified projects and another 25 registered projects of various versions including LEED NC v2.2, LEED CS v2.0 and LEED 2009. For the past three years, he helped to develop and lead Clayco's LEED AP training program.  Nick volunteers for the LEED committee of teh St. Louis Habitat for Humanity, builders of 50 LEED Platinum homes locally and counting, and has participated in two different item writing workshops for the Green Building Certification Institute, maker of the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP exams.


This course does not guarantee students will pass the LEED AP BD+C Specialty exam.  Additional time outside of class will be required for reading the required textbooks and further study.  Registering and taking the LEED AP exam, and any associated costs, are not included in this course.

This course prepares participants for the specialty portion of the LEED AP BD+C credentialing exam. LEED AP exams are comprised of two parts: Green Associate & the Specialty. Candidates must pass both portions of the exam in order to receive LEED Accreditation.

Contact USGBC-Missouri Gateway staff by email or phone (314) 577-0225.

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