Part of the purpose of this blog is to document my life as a graduate student at UCSB. One course that I will be taking this year is a LEED lab. Over the next 10 months, I will be learning all about the LEED certification process and be participating in the certification of our Student Resources Building (SRB) on campus.
So what is LEED? LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It’s a certification process conducted by the U.S. Green Building Council. Basically, its a certificate and plan for your building that says you are energy efficient and environmentally aware. Its completely optional and it has different levels of participation. Certain aspects of your building are worth a specific amount of points. These points add up to form your score, which determines your certification level. The levels are “Certified”, “Silver”, “Gold”, and “Platinum”.
So in this class, I will learn about the certification process; enough so that at the end of the year I will be prepared to take the Green Building Council’s exam and become a LEED Green Associate. The other goal for this year concerns the SRB. It will be the model for all of our learning. Our goal is to take it from a “Silver” level building to “Gold” in June.
I am very excited for this class! I think it will be a great opportunity to learn about green building and get some hands-on experience.