I have been an AIA member for over 10 years, and I decided NOT to renew it this year. The annual cost of the AIA just does not provide enough tangible benefits:

April 6, 2016

I have been an AIA member for over 10 years, and I decided NOT to renew it this year. The annual cost of the AIA just does  not provide enough tangible benefits:

I am also a licensed real estate broker, and my NAR (National Association of Realtors) membership gives me FREE access to ALL CAR (California Association of Realtors) real estate forms, and the forms all have FREE e-signatures and many other features.

AIA can easily do similar things for its members: Give ALL AIA members FREE access for ALL AIA forms. This WILL provide a significant tangible benefit to AIA members and make the expensive AIA membership fees start to make sense. IT WILL also make MORE money for AIA because this FREE benefits will drive more people to sign up as AIA members, and also will make AIA forms really dominate the construction industry, and also make more people use AIA forms, and AIA can sell more AIA forms and make more money from that too. I posted this to the AIA LinkedIn group, and many AIA members agree with me, but AIA leaders simply choose NOT to listen to its members. So, what is the point of staying with an organization that ignore its members, and has NO business sense?

 

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Architect, LEED AP BD+C, Real Estate Broker (DRE# 01232392)

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Gang Chen For Mayor 2016: For a Better Irvine!

October 16, 2015

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“LEED v4 BD&C EXAM GUIDE” has been published!

July 4, 2015

LEED v4 BD&C Exam Guide-Front Cover_600LEED v4 BD&C EXAM GUIDE” has been published!

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LEED v4 BD&C EXAM GUIDE” has been published!

Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over. “LEED v4 BD&C EXAM GUIDE” has been published!

Here is the detailed info:

LEED v4 BD&C EXAM GUIDE: A Must-Have for the LEED AP BD+C Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Green Building Design and Construction, LEED Certification, and Sustainability

ISBN: 9781612650173

It is available at:

http://GreenExamEducation.com

Synopsis

 

Pass the LEED AP BD&C Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming and Save Money!

 

The USGBC released LEED v4 in GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November, 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in late Spring 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.

 

Starting on December 1, 2011, GBCI began to draw LEED AP BD+C Exam questions from Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. We have also incorporated the latest information from this book.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends in development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

From this book, you will learn how to:
1. Pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam.
2. Register and achieve LEED certification for a building.
3. Understand the intent of each LEED prerequisite and credit.
4. Calculate points for LEED credits.
5. Indentify the credit path, submittal requirements, synergies, possible strategies and technologies, project phase, LEED submittal phase, and responsible party for each prerequisite and credit.
6. Earn extra credit (exemplary performance) for LEED.
7. Implement the related codes and standards.
8. Obtain points for categories not yet clearly defined by the USGBC.

Most of the existing books on LEED and the LEED exams are too expensive and complicated to be practical or helpful. This guide fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. It uncovers the secrets, codes, and jargon for LEED as well as the true meaning of “going green.” It provides a solid foundation and fundamental framework for LEED. It covers every major aspect of LEED in plain and concise language, and introduces it to ordinary people. This guide is easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes.

It is an indispensable book for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.

 

 

About the author

 

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

 

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Check out FREE tips on the easiest way to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and information for all LEED exams and ARE exams at GeeForum.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

 

What others are saying about LEED BD&C Exam Guide
 
“Passed on first try, only used this guide
“This is the best study guide HANDS DOWN. If you’re serious about passing the LEED AP BD&C exam on your first try, this is the one you’ve been looking for! I bought Mr. Chen’s LEED Green Associate Exam Guide2 months ago and passed it on the first try as well. I purchased the USGBC reference guide and Mr. Chen’s LEED BD&C Exam Guide. I never opened the USGBC reference guide, only studied from Mr. Chen’s study guide. I followed Mr. Chen’s instructions and studied the guide for 2 weeks (yes, I have a full-time job). I did ignore the mnemonics, not my learning style (makes it more confusing to me). The exam was not easy, but I prepared and stuck to this material. I am not a good test taker by no means. I reviewed the technical data of the guide about 6 times and ignored everything else I had read or heard about the exam. Here’s a piece of advice that I picked up from this book, spend less time on practice tests and more time studying! I have a subscription to a web exam simulator (rated the best) and only did about 100 questions, until I realized that I was wasting my valuable time. Find a good book and stick to it. This is also a great reference guide to use on everyday projects. Review the material, try to understand it, then try to memorize it through repetition. I would like to shake your hand and say THANKS AGAIN MR. GANG CHEN !!! ”
LOBO
 
“Excellent Guide and Good Manual
“I passed the LEED AP BD+C and the LEED AP ID+C exams this year and Gang Chen’s books were my primary study material! The books are easy to read and use. Gang Chen provides study hints and guidance as well as an outline format that makes it easy for the reader to grasp key points. He also provides an excellent review of the entire accreditation process which can save people time in personal research. The books are more than study guides; they are helpful as reference manuals because of the easy to follow format. Definitely a keeper in my bookshelf for future project reference.”
Karen M. Scott     
 
“Great resource for studying for the LEED Exam!
“I have taken and passed the LEED AP BD+C exam and know what it takes. As this author says, it’s not an easy exam and he is right. What is critical to passing is having great teaching tools and this book is one of them. He touches on every aspect of how to memorize data, how questions are formed, what to expect on tricky questions, the content the test writers are looking for and every little detail you need to know when preparing for this exam. I highly recommend this author’s books if you are serious about passing any of the LEED exams, hopefully on the first try!”
S. Jennifer Sakiewicz
 
“LEED BD & C Exam Study Guide
“Gang Chan’s study guide is an excellent resource in preparing to take the LEED AP BD+C exam particularly if one follows the study recommendation made in the guide. It does not replace the LEED Reference manual as the definitive source for technical information but more importantly provides a structure for the study of the information that is easily understood and when followed should provide good assurance of success in passing the exam the 1st time. This is a ‘keeper’!”
Spock
 
“Good summary of information to memorize for the test
“Chen’s exam guide is a good summary of the test relevant information in the LEED reference guide. He underlines specific information that is important to commit to memory for the test. It is a good way to understand which information needs to be strictly memorized if you are preparing for the test in a short amount of time and have a good understanding of the LEED process through your professional experience. I passed the test with a very high score on my first try, and I did use this guide, one other, the LEED reference manual, online sources, a class, and many years of personally working on and completing online LEED submittals through my work. The week before taking the test I used it to commit point values and those kind of details to memory… ”
Denver
 
“Not a bulky ref guide
LEED BD&C Exam Guide does a great job in highlighting and summarizing the key points and concepts in USGBC ref guide. If you only have limited amount of time for LEED AP BD+C exam preparation, definitely go for this book.”
Metcalf
“Very valuable guide!
“I am a lighting designer and am preparing to take the LEED BD+C exam…I got LEED BD&C Exam Guide to prepare for the LEED AP BD+C Exam and it was fairly well organized to help me refresh my memory on the background LEED knowledge I had. All the specifics that one needs to know about each credit such as the Purpose of the credit, Credit path, Submittals, Strategies and technologies etc, are clearly organized for every credit. In addition the author also employs the smart technique of Mnemonics which helps in memorizing the vast amount of information in a simplified manner.”
Visswapriya Prabakar
“Immensely valuable and utterly to the point, a true must have!
“This is an excellent publication by Gang Chen that outlines precisely all the key points one need for success. I personally appreciate the easy to adopt memorization technique offered by the author. Practice exams are very comprehensive yet summarized and not to mention highly effective learning tool as it is designed in this book. It is a very delightful experience for me to have this outstanding publication. In a word, this definitely worth the money and for me it turns out extraordinarily helpful.”
Shanaz, who passed LEED AP BD+C Exam on the first try
“Very Helpful!
“I found LEED BD&C Exam Guide to be very detailed and very helpful. I plan to take the exam soon, and I feel fully prepared for it.”
Yousuf Asadzoi
“Good book!
“I had appeared for GA and passed. I loved the content and the underlined highlights. I read your book; it gave me insight and knowledge on how credits are applied. Some questions in your book helped me answer ones on the test. Good book, I’ll go through it once again when I appear for AP.”
Haresh Vibhakar, AIIA (India), AIA, LEED Green Associate, Architect
“A good outline
“The book is an excellent outline to learn the necessary items required to study for the exam. It is not a comprehensive study guide in and of itself. Practice exam is good indicator of test preparation.”
Paul Levine
“Solid LEED Study Guide
“This is the kind of book I wish was available when I did my original LEED AP exam. It teaches you how to study, which is so important when school is a distant memory. The bulk of the book helps you review and memorize with mnemonics the concepts for each credit that you need to know for the exam. The questions are good representations of questions on the exam. I would recommend to anyone studying for their exam, that they:
– First read the chapters in this book on how to study;
– Second read the actual LEED BD+C guide to give you the background information on the credits and gain comprehension. Underline and review as the author indicates to get the most out of your study time.
– Finally read the rest of this exam guide to help you review and memorize for the exam.”
missfitz “missfitz”
“Very Helpful Guide
“Gang Chen’s LEED BD&C Exam Guides very helpful in consolidating information from USGBC and GBCI sources as well as providing the information that is necessary for the exam without excess irrelevant information. I highly recommend this book for preparation for the LEED BD+C exams.”
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“LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

October 21, 2014

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“LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

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http://www.geeforums.com/leed-v4-bd-c-mock-exam-has-been-published-t199.html

 

“LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

 

Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over. “LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam” has been published!

 

Here is the detailed info:

LEED v4 BD&C Mock Exam: Questions, answers, and explanations: A must-have for the LEED AP BD+C Exam, green building LEED certification, and sustainability

ISBN-13: 9781612650210

 

It is available at: http://GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

Pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming, and Save Money!           The USGBC released LEED v4 in GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November, 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in June 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.

 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends in development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

From this book, you will be able to:

1. Identify your weakness through practice questions

2. Learn to work well under the pressure of timed tests

3. Check your responses against the solutions

4. Understand the solutions for the difficult questions through the explanations

5. Fully understand the scope, difficulty level, and format of the LEED AP BD+C Exam

6. Learn how to pass the LEED AP BD+C Exam

7.  Become familiar with the new version of LEED rating systems.

 

There is NO official GBCI book on the LEED AP BD+C Exam. “LEED BD&C Mock Exam” fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. The book includes 200 questions and simulates the real exam in every aspect, including scope, difficulty level, format, and number of questions in each LEED category. It includes questions, answers, and explanations. This book is small and easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have spare minutes. It is an indispensable resource for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.

 

All our books are available at GreenExamEducation.com Check out FREE tips and info for all LEED Exams and ARE Exams at GeeForums.com, you can post jpeg files of your vignettes or your questions for other users’ review and responses.

 

Author Bio

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

 

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Check out FREE tips on the easiest way to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and information for all LEED exams and ARE exams at GeeForums.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese Gardens?

September 9, 2014

What is the difference between Japanese and Chinese Gardens?

The following is an article published in Washington Park Arboretum Bulletin, based on portion of my book, “Planting Design Illustrated.”

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Check out FREE tips on the easiest way to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and info for all LEED Exams and ARE Exams at GeeForums.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

See link below for the article:
http://areexams.blogspot.com/2014/09/what-is-difference-between-japanese-and.html

“LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED GA)” has been published!

August 8, 2014

v4 LEED GA Guide eBook FrontCover_600Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over. “LEED v4 Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED GA)” has been published!

 

Here is the detailed info:

 

LEED Green Associate Exam Guide (LEED v4): Comprehensive Study Materials, Sample Questions, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability

ISBN-13:9781612650180

 

It is available at:

 

http://GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming, and Save Money!          

The USGBC released LEED v4 at the GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in late Spring 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.

 

Starting on December 1, 2011, GBCI began to draw LEED Green Associate Exam questions from the second edition of Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. We have incorporated this information in our book.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.
From this book, you will learn how to do the following:
1. Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam.
2. Use LEED exam preparation strategies, study methods, tips, suggestions, mnemonics, and exam tactics to improve your exam performance.
3. Effectively understand, digest, and retain your LEED knowledge.
4. Understand the process of registering and certifying a building for LEED.
5. Understand the scope, main intent, core concepts and strategies, as well as identify the regulations, recognition, and incentives for each major LEED category.
6. Identify the strategies for case studies.
7. Identify the synergy in case studies.
8. Implement the most important LEED related codes and building standards.
9. Get points for categories not yet clearly defined by the USGBC.

This book fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. It uncovers the secrets, codes, and jargon for LEED as well as the true meaning of “going green.” It provides a solid foundation and fundamental framework for LEED. It covers every major aspect of LEED in plain and concise language, and introduces it to ordinary people. This guide is small and easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes. It is an indispensable book for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.

 

About the author

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multi-family housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

 

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the LEED exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Check out FREE tips on the easiest way to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam and information for all LEED exams and ARE exams at GeeForums.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

 

What others are saying about LEED Green Associate Exam Guide

“Finally! A comprehensive study tool for LEED GA Prep!”

“I took the one-day Green LEED Green Associate course and walked away with a power point binder printed in very small print—which was missing MUCH of the required information (although I didn’t know it at the time). I studied my little heart out and took the test, only to fail it by 1 point. Turns out I did NOT study all the material I needed to in order to pass the test. I found this book, read it, marked it up, retook the test, and passed it with a 95%. Look, we all know the LEED Green Associate Exam is new and the resources for study are VERY limited. This one’s the VERY best out there right now. I highly recommend it.”
Consultant VA

 

“Complete overview for the LEED Green Associate exam”

“I studied this book for about three days and passed the exam … if you are truly interested in learning about the LEED system and green building design, this is a great place to start.”

K.A. Evans

 

Very effective study guide”

“I purchased both this study guide and Mr. Chen’s LEED GA Mock Exams book and found them to be excellent tools for preparing for the LEED Green Associate Exam. While Mr. Chen’s LEED Green Associate Exam Guide is not perfect (in that it’s not the most user-friendly presentation of the material), it was very effective in at least presenting most, if not all, of the topics that the exam touched upon. While I wouldn’t necessarily recommend my abbreviated strategy for preparing for the exam, the following worked for me: I read through the exam guide a couple of times (but not word for word), took the mock exam and referenced the guide for explanations for any wrong answers, did the same for the two mock exams in Mr. Chen’s LEED GA Mock Exams book, flipped through the documents that Mr. Chen recommends, and took two other web-based mock exams that I purchased on eBay. Literally after ten hours of preparation time, I took the actual exam and passed with a 189, thanks in large part to Mr. Chen’s books. If I decide to take one of the LEED AP exams in the future, I will definitely be picking up more of Mr. Chen’s study materials.”

shwee “shwee”

 

Only study guide needed to pass on your first try”

“I don’t write reviews, but I’m compelled to for this purchase. This was the only book I read and studied to prepare for the LEED Green Associate exam, and passed with ease on the first try today. I was over prepared for the exam by using this study guide, which is what I wanted on exam day. I bought the book, read it three times, learned a lot of good information, saved valuable time, and passed on the first try. By the way, I’m not a good test taker. I don’t agree with any of the negative reviews that are posted… I’m glad I ignored those when I made the purchase and went with the majority. THIS PRODUCT DELIVERED THE RESULTS, CASE CLOSED. I’ll be buying his LEED AP BD&C Exam Guide to prepare for the specialty exam. Thank you Mr. Gang Chen!!!”

Lobo

 

“I just finished taking the LEED Green Associate Exam and, thankfully, I passed it on the first try by using this book as my primary study guide…I particularly liked the way the author organized the information within it.”

Lewis Colon

 

 

Just what is needed”

“I’m glad I used this book for my LEED Green Associate test, which I passed today. I tried other resources (stay away from the USGBC ones on their website!) but none were as organized as this book. When you’re studying to pass the exam, you just need to know what to memorize (this would be different if you are trying to learn the concepts for work, which I think you’re better off getting LEED project work experience!). Gang Chen’s book gives you most of what you need to memorize in the core 120+ pages as opposed to other resources that are 250 pages full of fluff. Just remember, you only need to answer about 60% of the questions correct to pass the exam…

 

My tip is to get this book, read it three times (yes, three) to memorize the facts, take the mock test included to see where you need to improvement, and do a little outside research. You just need a 60% passing score…”

N. Kong

 

“Best LEED Green Associate Study Package”

“This book is easy to read, and successfully gives you a much needed crash course on literally, how to study (for this exam and any other exam for that matter) and how to use the material provided most efficiently; the material in this book is able to zoom in on the most important items required to pass the exam, and deliver each item in a way which seems less technical and easier to remember (the bottom line). This book is one of a kind at the time of this review, and could be the most affordable tutor available.”

P O “philz”

 

“My name is Elizabeth (last name deleted to protect her privacy) and I am a junior at the University of….(college name deleted to protect her privacy). This summer I attained an internship with Kath Williams and Associates, a collaborative of creative independent contractors who come together to support innovative green projects, to learn about sustainable building. At the beginning of July I spoke with Kath about taking the LEED Green Associate Exam. After having no prior experience in sustainable architecture or LEED buildings I used both your review book and the study guides by USGBC as my study references. I wanted to e-mail to thank you for such a comprehensive review guide that was enormously helpful in passing the exam. Without your guide I don’t know if I would have passed. Thank you so much.”

Elizabeth

 

“A Great Book for Preparing the LEED exam!”

“I have read almost all the books for LEED exams, and found LEED Exam Guide series to be the best. The USGBC Reference Guide was too detailed and kind of confusing. Some other third party books have too many grammatical mistakes, are hard to understand, and have way too many questions. The questions in those books are confusing instead of helpful. The USGBC workshop missed some of the very important information, like extra credits.

LEED Exam Guide series gives you just the right amount of information for you to pass the LEED exam. Each book in the series includes study materials, sample questions and answers, as well as mock exam and answers for a specific LEED exam. It also gives you the most information for you to get your building LEED certified. A Great book!”

Ellen

 

“A Wonderful Guide for the LEED Green Associate Exam”

“After deciding to take the LEED Green Associate Exam, I started to look for the best possible study materials and resources. From what I thought would be a relatively easy task, it turned into a tedious endeavor. I realized that there are vast amounts of third-party guides and handbooks. Since the official sites offer little to no help, it became clear to me that my best chance to succeed and pass this exam would be to find the most comprehensive study guide that would not only teach me the topics, but would also give me a great background and understanding of what LEED actually is. Once I stumbled upon Mr. Chen’s book, all my needs were answered. This is a great study guide that will give the reader the most complete view of the LEED exam and all that it entails.

 

“The book is written in an easy-to-understand language and brings up great examples, tying the material to the real world. The information is presented in a coherent and logical way, which optimizes the learning process and does not go into details that will not be needed for the LEED Green Associate Exam, as many other guides do. This book stays dead on topic and keeps the reader interested in the material.

 

“I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering the LEED Green Associate Exam. I learned a great deal from this guide, and I am feeling very confident about my chances for passing my upcoming exam.”

—Pavel Geystrin

 

“Like other books in the LEED Exam Guide series, this is a great timesaver! The important information that you need to memorize is already highlighted / underlined by the author. This really saved me a lot of time. I love it! A Great Timesaver!”

—Alice

 

“Easy to read, easy to understand”

“I have read through the book once and found it to be the perfect study guide for me. The author does a great job of helping you get into the right frame of mind for the content of the exam. I had started by studying the Green Building Design and Construction reference guide for LEED projects produced by the USGBC. That was the wrong approach, simply too much information with very little retention. At hundred of pages in textbook format, it would have been a daunting task to get through it. Gang Chen breaks down the points, helping to minimize the amount of information but maximizing the content I was able to absorb. I plan on going through the book a few more times, and I now believe I have the right information to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam.”

—Brian Hochstein

 

“All in one—LEED GA prep material”

“Since the LEED Green Associate Exam is a newer addition by USGBC, there is not much information regarding study material for this exam. When I started looking around for material, I got really confused about what material I should buy. This LEED GA guide by Gang Chen is an answer to all my worries! It is a very precise book with lots of information, like how to approach the exam, what to study and what to skip, links to online material, and tips and tricks for passing the exam. It is like the ‘one stop shop’ for the LEED Green Associate Exam. I think this book can also be a good reference guide for green building professionals. A must-have!”

—SwatiD

 

“I’m giving this book 5 stars, as it accomplishes exactly what the author promises. Read it multiple times and memorize the key points/stats/figures, and you will be poised to pass the test.”

—R. C. O’Brien

 

 

“Useful Study Guide”

“The book is by far the most useful study guide I’ve purchased for the LEED GA exam. The other books were far too vague and did not approach the kind of pragmatic detail you’d need to pass.”

Swansong8

 

Really Helpful”

“I purchased other exam preparation books for the LEED GA test and none of the others compared to this one. The layout and content of this book was much easier to use than the books from the USGBC. This book is all I needed to pass the test with its study tools like sample questions and exams. All in all a great buy!”

Jamie

 

“Wonderful Resource!”

“This book is well organized and concise. The material is completely relevant and truly is what helped me to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam! I used this book as my primary study material and found it more than sufficient. I recommend this book to anyone preparing to take the LEED GA exam!”

Joel I. Semel

 

“With this book, plus the little red book, LEED Green Associate Mock Exams, (also by Gang Chen) combined with all the free PDF downloads printed from the USGBC website, I passed my LEED GA exam on the first try! Gang Chen’s books provide a concise and organized framework of all the info you need…Highly recommended.”

—Sarah Bartz          

 

“Excellent resource!!!”        

“I reviewed this book and memorized the charts and passed on the first try! This along with the practice exams by Gang Chen were all that I needed and included valuable tips for studying and additional (free) publications to refer to. This was an excellent purchase.”

K. Lairet   

 

“Great Study guide. Will DEFINITELY help you pass the exam!”

“I took the LEED Green Associate Exam this morning and passed with a score of 190/200. I used this book as my primary study tool. The only other thing I did was to read the Green Associates handbook and I used the LEED NC Reference Guide to check the information in the book. The book is broken down very well for studying making it much easier to memorize the data. The practice exam will prepare you well. It is much harder than the real exam. There was a lot of information in this book that showed up on the exam that I would not have known had I not read it.

My basic study schedule was about one day of reading the nontechnical chapters, one day devoted to the technical chapter about credits, and then the morning of the test to review my highlighted notes. I think if anyone studies this book until they pass the mock exam (I scored about a 70/100) and feel comfortable then they will be over prepared for the actual exam.”

K. Mitchell “Kmitchell”  

 

 

 

“LEED GA MOCK EXAMS (LEED v4)” has been published!

June 27, 2014

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Many of you ask us for the updated version for our LEED books. Your wait is over: “LEED GA MOCK EXAMS (LEED v4)” has been published!

Here is the detailed information:

LEED GA Mock Exams (LEED v4): Questions, Answers, and Explanations: A Must-Have for the LEED Green Associate Exam, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability. Green Associate Exam Guide Series

ISBN-13:9781612650197

 

Book Description:

Pass the LEED Green Associate Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming, and Save Money!

 

The USGBC released LEED v4 in GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in November, 2013. The GBCI started to include the new LEED v4 content for all LEED exams in June 2014. We have incorporated the new LEED v4 content in this book.

 

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends in development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

From this book, you will be able to:
1. Identify your weakness through practice questions
2. Learn to work well under the pressure of timed tests
3. Check your responses against the solutions
4. Understand the solutions for the difficult questions through the explanations
5. Fully understand the scope, difficulty level, and format of the LEED Green Associate Exam
6. Learn how to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam.

There is NO official GBCI book on the LEED Green Associate Exam. “LEED GA Mock Exams” fills in the blanks and demystifies LEED. The book includes 200 questions and simulates the real exam in every aspect, including scope, difficulty level, format, and number of questions in each LEED category. It includes questions, answers, and explanations.

This book is small and easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes. It is an indispensable resource for ordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators, architects, landscape architects, engineers, interns, drafters, designers, and other design professionals.

All our books are available at
GreenExamEducation.com

Check out FREE tips and info for all LEED Exams and ARE Exams at GeeForums.com, you can post your questions for other users’ review.

 

 

Author Bio:

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

 

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guide series, which includes one guidebook for each of the exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

Can you study and pass the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) in 2 weeks?

March 13, 2014

The answer is yes:  IF you study the right materials, you can pass with 2 weeks of prep.

If you study our book, “Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam),” you have an excellent chance of studying and passing the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) in 2 weeks. We have added many tips and tricks that WILL help you pass the exam on your first try. Our goal is to take a very complicated subject and make it simple. “Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam)” will save you time and money and help you pass the exam on the first try!

 

“Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam)” has been published!

March 13, 2014

 

9781612650159_FrontCover_600Mock California Supplemental Exam (CSE of Architect Registration Exam): CSE Overview, Exam Prep Tips, General Section and Project Scenario Section, Questions, Solutions and Explanations

ISBN: 9781612650159

 

It is available at:

http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

Synopsis

 

A Practical Guide and Mock Exam for the California Supplemental Exam (CSE)!

 

To become a licensed architect in California, you need to have a proper combination of education and/or experience, meet the special requirements of the California Architect Board (CAB), pass all seven divisions of the ARE, and pass the California Supplemental Exam (CSE).

This book provides an ARE and CSE exam overview, suggested reference and resource links, exam prep and exam taking techniques, tips and guides, and a realistic and complete mock exam with solutions and explanations for the California Supplemental Exam (CSE). More specifically this book covers the following subjects:

  1. ARE, IDP, and education requirements
  2. ARE and CSE exam content, format, prep strategies, and exam taking tips
  3. the CSE project scenario section
  4. the CSE general section
  5. context and pre-design
  6. regulatory issues: California state laws, code, regulations, and standards; other laws, codes, regulations, standards, agencies, and entitlements
  7. management and design
  8. construction
  9. CSE reference materials (official CAB reference materials plus additional critical materials)

This book includes 120 challenging multiple-choice questions of the same difficulty level and format as the real exam. It will help you pass the CSE and become a licensed architect in California!

 

About the author

 

Gang Chen holds a master’s degree from the School of Architecture, University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of Architecture, South China University of Technology. He has more than 20 years of professional experience. Many of the projects he was in charge of or participated in have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, and more. He has worked on a variety of unusual projects, including well-known, large-scale healthcare and hospitality projects with over one billion dollars in construction costs, award-winning school designs, highly-acclaimed urban design and streetscape projects, multifamily housing, high-end custom homes, and regional and neighborhood shopping centers.

Gang Chen is a LEED AP BD+C and a licensed architect in California. He is also the internationally acclaimed author of other fascinating books, including Building Construction, Planting Design Illustrated, the ARE Mock Exam series, and the LEED Exam Guides series, which includes one guidebook for each of the exams. For more information, visit http://www.GreenExamEducation.com

 

If AREForum is down again…

January 13, 2014

If AREForum.org is down again, you can use this forum as an alternate:

http://www.GeeForum.com/

It has all the functions of AREForum.org, and has more options.

Our unique feature: We have not only ARE Forums, but LEED forums as well.

I think LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the most important trends of development and is revolutionizing the construction industry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.

In fact, NCARB has quietly incorporated a lot of LEED content into EACH of the ARE division without using the term LEED. Just read the scope of exam for each ARE division, and you’ll know.

Gang Chen, Author, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (http://GreenExamEducation.com/)


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