IGBC AP – Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

IGBC AP a valuable professional designation and one that is likely to grow more valuable in the future. Since its establishment, IGBC made good progress in marketing Green Building concept in India and they are expanding green building certification for different segments of construction industry. There is continuous growth in registration of projects for certification and the demand for IGBC AP participation in green projects.

Following are the frequently asked questions through the contact form and in various posts. So, I will be updating this page to answer all your questions.

How to pass IGBC AP Exam?
As I explained in my earlier posts passing IGBC AP certificate is very easy and doesn’t need any experience in sustainable building design.

Easy way to clear this exam is to get a reference guide from IGBC and read it for 2 to 3 times, you will definitely pass this exam. Make notes on each credit, intent of the credit, and different methods to achieve that credit.

One big thing I want to relive here about the IGBC exam is most of the questions are repetitive. If you are not able to clear the exam in first attempt, then try to remember the questions and surely you will clear the exam in next attempt.

What is the future of an IGBC-AP?
My answer: If you are in Construction Industry and if they are going for IGBC certification, then the project will earn extra one point in certification under Innovation and Design category.

If you are a student and looking for a job then it will be additional credential for you.

I am here giving some of the fields where IGBC-AP is required:

  • HVAC Designing
  • Energy Simulation
  • Electrical/Lighting Designing
  • Landscaping
  • Storm water/ Rainwater harvesting designing
  • Waste management system.
  • Building Automation
  • Project Engineer

Don’t think that just getting certification will land you on a good paying job. You need experience and it needs a lot of learning, which you will be obtaining when you are working with a real professional/organization in this field. Also, you should need to learn few other things related to sustainable design like HVAC Designing, Energy Simulation, Lighting Designing, etc.

Why IGBC-AP?
IGBC AP should mean that you are an experienced building practitioner with knowledge of sustainable design, as well as the capacity to facilitate the IGBC certification process.

In my concern as of now this exam is to create sustainable design awareness in professionals and encouraging them to participate in green building designing.

Passing IGBC AP exam shows that you are interested in sustainable designing and have basic knowledge of IGBC Green Building designing and process.

I will be updating this post with the new questions that I find frequently asked by the visitors. If you have a question, use the contact form and send me. I will answer it in this post, making it available for everyone.

PS: However I feel about this exam is it should be selective. All one need to do become IGBC AP is to pay fee and pass it. Any one can appear for this exam i.e., IGBC Accredited Professional may not represent the true sustainable design professional.

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  • Thanks for sharing information Kiran.

    I would like you to share your experience passing IGBC AP and also would appriciate if you could provide with some materials or links to begin preparing for IGBC AP exam

    • Check my all posts & comments. You will get most of information regarding exam.

    • Atlast I got the courage to sit for the IGBC AP over the last weekend & cleared it. Was a bit of challenge in the Green Building Strategy section which I would advise the aspirants to focus upon.

  • hello Kiran,
    Can u please help me to locate
    “Best Practices” mentioned in NBC.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • Recomended ventilation rates for Non ac spaces in factories is 8-10 airchangers/hr or 15-30 air changes per hour
    plz confirm

  • hey krian, can u plz help me
    Q) ECBC allows base bldg to assume air cooled chiller in base case as long as
    a) proposed bldg has installed water cooled chillers
    b) proposed bldg has installed air cooled chillers
    c)base load is met thr water base chillers
    d) chiller size is less than 50 TR
    plz explain ….

    • Snehal,

      I guess the answer should be b & d. If our cooling load is less than 50 TR it is advisable to go for an air cooled chiller.

  • Can none ans. this
    Post consumer recycled content is accorded higher recycled content value because
    A. Post consumer products are easily available
    B. post consu. Prod. Are very expensive
    C. Post consumer products are viable to be disposed off in landfills

    Plzzzz ans.

  • hey kiran, your this blog is really helpful but i can see theres no recent post or updates, please continue to publish those questions that people appearing this exam remembered. this is of so much help.
    regards,
    pn.

  • I have a few questions to ask…my exam is in a few days.
    1. when is the submission for preliminary review done? at which stage of design? and when the final review is done? and when is the building certified? after construction? what is the time period the design team gets between preliminary and final review?
    Can you clear these doubts? my exam is in two days.

  • i have a few questions to ask…my exam is in a few days.
    1. when is the submission for preliminary review done? at which stage of design? and when the final review is done? and when is the building certified? after construction? what is the time period the design team gets between preliminary and final review?
    Can you clear these doubts? my exam is in two days

  • I have cleared IGBC-AP recently and your blog was of great help. Thank you.
    Now can you suggest me what type of jobs shpuld I look for. I n India, the organisations working on green buildings basically hire green consultants, who have got masters degree in sustainable architecture or related fields. I am a B.Arch and IGBC-AP now. So, what type of job should I look for. Can you suggest me?

    • I have applied for IGBC AP exam on 5th December. I want to clear it in 1st attempt itself. What is the clearance rate of the exam??

  • What is virtual green boundary o project?

    Does it mean landscape area or the boundary of the project area under IGBC consideration…

    Please clarify…..

    Thanks in anvance.

  • I cleared my AP exam last week.Your Blog is really helpful.Thankyou

    • Hi Deepthi,

      I have applied for IGBC AP exam on 5th December. I want to clear it in 1st attempt itself. What is the clearance rate of the exam??

  • Can a fresher can attend this xam ah …what should I do for attending …plz say …

  • sir,

    i wanted to know is it necessary to read from the reference book which we get from CII hydreabad by paying thousands buck?
    going through abridged versions will be sufficient to get through the exam?

  • iam a b. tech civil student now, i want to write IGBC AP exam now, if i get through this exam now as a student, is there a need for me to write as a professional again or this student certificate will be converted to professional certificate ..plz help me

  • I have PASSED the IGBC AP Exam yesterday . It is very easy when compared to LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAM

  • I am requesting here to give me frequently asked questions and answers in IGBC exam

  • I request you to give me the Frequently asked questions and answers inIGBC exam

  • can IGBC AP write Leed AP in his visiting card or is it only for USGBC

    • I have applied for IGBC AP exam on 5th December. I want to clear it in 1st attempt itself. What is the clearance rate of the exam??

  • Dear All,

    Can any one explain me “What is virtual boundary in IGBC” and if some is applying for pre certification for two scope i.e. green home and NC then shall he need to pay fee for both category ??

  • Dear Professionals,

    I am Sourav Das i am from Electronics & Communication engineering Background. currently working in Solar Energy power plant establishment work at indian institute of engineering science &technology(IIEST) ,i have 1 year experience in establishment of rooftop solar power plant on a GREEN BUILDING (a research project at Jadavpur University with Architecture Dept.)

    My Queries are
    1) is it a right decision to take this exam .
    2) what will be the future prospect
    3) how can i get benefit from this certificate course.
    4) what kind of opportunity i can get after completion ?
    5) if possible please share some recruitment firm or company’s name.

    Warm Regards
    Sourav Das
    Sourav.ec89@gmail.com

  • I have applied for IGBC AP exam on 5th December. I want to clear it in 1st attempt itself. What is the clearance rate of the exam??

  • How many attempts are there to pass IGBC AP exam?

    If we were unsuccesfull in the first exam can we apply it repeated times?

  • Hi,

    I shall be appearing for IGBC AP examination soon but haven’t yet purchased the reference guide.

    Through few online sources have manged to download a copy of the abridge reference guide version.3.
    So can you please tell me how helpful this will be for preparing for the exam or I need to purchase the detailed one only. How different are the guides.

    Thank you.,
    Pratima

  • What are the benefits i will get as civil engineering student after gettinh certificate from IGBC?

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