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Greening the Neighborhood: LEED-ND Globally and v.4 Update

The final course in the "Greening the Neighborhood" series discusses international considerations for LEED-ND and reviews LEED v.4, the first major update to the LEED-ND system since 2009.

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Course Info

  • Duration 10 video lessons (51 Mins)
  • Published Published
  • 4.20
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    Overview of International Considerations
    Chapter Duration 9 mins
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    International Approaches to Location Requirements
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    International Approaches to Neighborhood Design
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    International Approaches to Green Construction
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    International Approaches to Innovation and Design Process
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Overview of LEED-ND v.4 Update Changes
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Smart Location Changes
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Neighborhood Design Changes
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Green Construction Changes, Part 1
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Green Construction Changes, Part 2
    Chapter Duration 4 mins

Course Description

Although LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) was developed with U.S. standards and practices, it's proven to be of considerable international interest. In response, USGBC and GBCI are accepting non-U.S. certification submissions that must rely heavily on equivalency between United States-based requirements and circumstances in other nations. This course identifies major areas of required equivalencies and explores options for successfully demonstrating compliance or for obtaining special exemptions.

ND completed its first major update since 2009 with the launch of LEED v4 in 2014. The course also reviews 1) how major changes in v4 are likely to affect future projects, including the creation of two separate ND rating systems for planned and built projects, and 2) changes to 34 credits, from qualifying wetlands to energy reference standards.

Learn these skills

  • Environmental Planning
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • LEED
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Resilience Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design
  • Walkability


This course is approved for .75 AICP CM credit.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point

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Eliot Allen

Eliot Allen

Eliot Allen, certified, LEED AP-ND, is an urban planner and Principal with Criterion Planners of Portland Oregon. Eliot has supervised certification reviews for over 200 neighborhoods worldwide.

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