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What is a LEED® AP?

A LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED® AP) designation is given by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to an individual who has passed the exam and possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the design process, to support and encourage integrated design, and to streamline the application and certification process. The exam was launched in 2001 to recognize, through accreditation, individuals’ understanding of green building practices and principles, and familiarity with LEED® requirements, resources, and processes.

A Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED® certification process. LEED® Accredited Professionals (LEED® APS) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED® Green Building Rating System.

The LEED® AP credential represents knowledge of the LEED® Rating System and its application in practice. LEED® APs facilitate the integrated design process and streamline the LEED® certification process.

Andrew J. Hand, a LEED-certified attorney at Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer & Hand, P.A., handles multiple projects involving Green Building – LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). Mr. Hand is amongst the limited number of attorneys around the United States who have been accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council as LEED® Accredited Professionals (LEED® APs).


Mr. Hand not only assists clients in exploring and navigating LEED® and other certification programs, but, more importantly, he helps clients manage the legal and risk management issues inherent in implementing their green building strategies.

Our LEED-certified attorneys design and deliver innovative solutions to the very latest issues and developments in this critical field. With sustainability concerns and initiatives cutting across virtually all sectors of business today, we strive to keep our clients ahead of the curve to maximize opportunities and minimize unnecessary cost and risk.

From unique design, construction and contractual matters, to leasing, marketing, financing and insurance, our LEED-certified attorneys can deliver valuable assistance as clients move into the burgeoning green building field. Whether you are a developer constructing an office or residential building, a public or private owner designing new facilities or upgrading existing buildings, or a tenant seeking a certified green commercial interior, our lawyers can work with the designers, construction team, consultants and commissioning professionals to help meet your green building goals while minimizing your cost and risk.

For more details, call 407.622.1772 ext. 125 to schedule a consultation with our LEED-certified attorney, Andrew J. Hand.

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