Which of the following would satisfy the requirements to earn a point for Innovation in Design? (Choose 2)

 

 

a) A project meets the requirements for exemplary performance for recycled content

b) A project has a LEED Green Associate as the LEED Administrator

c) A project demonstrates innovative performance in a green building category not specifically addressed by the LEED Rating System

d) A project earns points for each credit in the Sustainable Sites category

e) All members of the project team are LEED Green Associates

 

 

 

The correct answer(s) are: a,c

 

An Innovation in Design point can be achieved by meeting the exemplary performance threshold of any LEED credit or by demonstrating innovative performance in a green building category not specifically addressed by the LEED Rating System

 

 

 

Which of the following is a waste source reduction strategy?
 
a) Selecting materials with a high recycled content
b) Limiting the amount of packaging materials on a product
c) Selecting regional materials
d) Separating recyclables on site

 

b)
 

Which of the following is NOT true about a life-cycle cost analysis?

a) Project teams should complete life-cycle cost analysis early in the design phase


b) All LEED project teams should complete a life-cycle cost analysis on each material and system to be specified


c) Life-cycle cost analysis only considers the initial cost of a material or system


d) Architects and Owners should review life-cycle cost analysis prior to selecting materials and systems for a project

 

 

Correct answer(s): c


A life-cost analysis (or life-cycle costing) is an evaluation of a product’s cost over it’s useful life (including initial cost, operating cost, 
AND maintenance cost). 

 

 

If a project satisfies the requirements for exemplary performance for a given credit, under what LEED credit will the additional point be awarded?

a) The exemplary performance point will be awarded under the credit in which exemplary performance is achieved

b) The exemplary performance point will be awarded as an Innovation in Design point

c) The exemplary performance point will be awarded as a Regional Priority point

d) Exemplary performance points are not awarded under any specific category, it will be added to the end of the LEED scorecard

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Exemplary performance points are added in the Innovation in Design category.

 

 

Which of the following is NOT true about appealing a USGBC credit ruling?

a) Can be submitted after the design review

b) Can be submitted after the construction review

c) The USGBC will be flexible with the credit thresholds if a project has unique challenges

d) Should be submitted only if you believe the USGBC ruled incorrectly on a credit

e) Appeal fees are $500 per credit

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

Which of the following are NOT true statements regarding the Innovation in Design credit for having a LEED AP as part of the project team? (Choose 2)

a) A project with more than one LEED AP will qualify for an exemplary performance point

b) The LEED AP can be any principle participant on the project team

c) The LEED AP must have experience on at least 3 LEED projects

d) A copy of the LEED AP’s certificate must be provided as part of the submittal

e) Only one point can be earned for this credit

 

Correct answer(s): a,c
 

What standard must recycled material satisfy to qualify as “recycled content” for LEED purposes?

a) IESNA

b) EPA

c) Montreal Protocol

d) CBECS

e) ISO 14021

 

Correct answer(s): e
 

A project team has a question about a LEED Credit that can’t be answered by using the Reference Manual. What option does the team have prior to submitting a CIR? 

a) There is no option besides submitting a CIR

b) File an appeal with their submittal

c) Review the CIR interpretation data base on the USGBC website

d) Submit the credit with a narrative of why the project qualifies

 

Correct answer(s): c
 

Which of the following does NOT have to be commissioned as part of LEED?

 

a) Heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems

b) Renewable energy systems (wing, solar, etc.)

c) Domestic hot water systems

d) Fire Sprinkler systems

e) Lighting and daylighting controls

 

Correct answer(s):d
 

Which of the following statements are true about FSC certified wood? (Choose 2)

 

a) The wood comes from a well managed, sustainable forest

b) The wood is extracted locally

c) The species of wood is either douglas fir or pine

d) The wood is of the highest quality available

e) The wood comes from a forest that is managed to preserve wildlife habitat and biodiversity

 

Correct answer(s): a,e
 

A project has two credits denied, but the project team disagrees with the USGBC ruling on both credits. Which of the following statements are true about the 

appeals process? (Choose 3)

 

a) All appeals must be sent by mail

b) The appeal will cost $500 for each credit appealed

c) Project teams may use the appeal process to add new credits following a final review, but these credits will only receive one round of review before being awarded or denied

d) The appeal will cost $500 total to appeal both credits

e) There is no member discount available for appeal fees

 

Correct answer(s): b,c,e 
 

Which specific refrigerant has the highest global warming potential (GWP) of all the common refrigerants?

 

a) CFC-502

b) HCFC-123

c) HFC-404A

d) CFC-11

e) HFC-23

 

Correct answer(s): e 
 

Which of the following best describes potable water?

 

a) Captured rain water

b) Water from the local utility meets the EPA’s water quality standards

c) Water from a nearby stream

d) Wastewater from a toilet

 

Correct answer(s): b
 

 

Which of the following sets the standards for indoor air quality during construction, as it relates to LEED?

a) ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004
b) ANSI/ASTM – E779-03
c) EPA Act of 1992
d) Green Seal, GC-03
e) Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Contractors Association (SMACNA)

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

For the purposes of LEED, steel can be assumed to have 25% postconsumer recycled content; however steel manufactured by the electric arc furnace process may;

contain what up to what percent recycled content?

 

a) 5%

b) 25%

c) 90%

d) 100%

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

;

Many steel products contain 90% or higher recycled content if manufactured by the electric arc furnace process. If the amount of recycled content is unknown,;it can be assumed that 25% is postconsumer recycled.;

 

 

A doctors office has 10 full-time (8 hours per day) doctors and 20 part-time (4 hours per day) nurses. Calculate the Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) building occupants.

;

a) 10

b) 20

c) 25

d) 30

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which of the following are most likely to be regulated by local zoning? (Choose 2)

;

a) Project cost

b) The type of building that can be built in a given area

c) The amount of open space required

d) Recycling requirements

 

Correct answer(s): b,c
 

Which of the following are LEED Rating Systems? (Choose 4)

;

a) Industrial

b) Schools

c) Core ; Shell

d) Homes

e) Agricultural

f) Neighborhood Development

 

Correct answer(s):b,c,d,f
 

Which of the following products would be considered to contain postconsumer recycled content? (Choose 3)

;

a) Steel Beams made from junk cars

b) Glass tiles made from glass broken during the window manufacturing process

c) Carpet made from recycled soda bottles

d) Turf made from left over rubber from a tire manufacturing plant

e) A countertop made from recycled newspapers

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,e
 

If a project team is reusing graywater on a LEED project, what are the two most appropriate uses for the graywater? (Choose 2)

;

a) Hand washing

b) Toilet flushing

c) Clothes Washing

d) Drip Irrigation

e) Spray Irrigation

 

Correct answer(s): b,d;
 

Which of the following is NOT true regarding Regional Priority credits?

;

a) Regional Priority credits are listed by zip code on the USGBC website

b) Regional Priority credits are not new credits, the are only bonus points for existing credits

c) Regional Priority credits are also know as exemplary performance credits

d) 6 Regional Priority credits are listed for each zip code

e) A project can earn a maximum of 4 Regional Priority credits

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

;

Exemplary performance credits are unrelated to Regional Priority credits. Exemplary performance credits are awarded under the Innovation in Design category.;

 

 

Which of the following are examples of preconsumer materials? (Choose 2)

;

a) Flyash from a factory used in new concrete

b) Used plastic water bottles

c) Extra newspaper from a printing press

d) Old computers from an office

e) Used grocery bags

 

Correct answer(s): a,c;
 

Which of the following are considered to be natural refrigerants? (Choose 3)

;

a) Water

b) Freon

c) Ammonia

d) Carbon Dioxide

e) Puron

f) Carbon Monoxide

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,d;
 

A project team comes across a unique situation while performing calculations for a specific credit. They believe their project meets the intent of the credit;

and would like to submit a Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR). Which of the following are important facts to remember about submitting a CIR? (Choose 3)

;

a) Limit CIR submission text to 600 words

b) Request guidance on only one credit/prerequisite per CIR

c) A CIR may only be submitted AFTER the design review

d) The option to submit a CIR expires upon the final award or denial of certification

e) Provide a lengthy project background

 

Correct answer(s): a,b,d;
 

;

Which material below is not considered a rapidly renewable resource?

;

a) Bamboo

b) Cork

c) Linoleum flooring

d) Staw bales

e) Wood

 

Correct answer(s): e
 

Green Seal Standard GC-03 applies to which of the following?

;

a) Clear wood finishes, floor coatings, stains, and shellacs

b) Adhesives, sealants and sealant primers

c) Carpet adhesives

d) Anti-corrosive and anti-rust paints

e) Architectural paints, coatings, and primers

 

Correct answer(s): d
 

Which of the following would not be considered construction debris for LEED calculations?

;

a) Drywall

b) Asphalt

c) Land-clearing debris

d) Wood flooring

 

Correct answer(s): c
 

Which of the following are examples of post-consumer materials? (Choose 2)

;

a) Empty soda cans

b) Scrap steel at a mill that is re-melted into usable material

c) Old magazines

d) Extra newspaper from a printing press

e) Extra rubber from a tire manufacturing plant used in a walking path

 

Correct answer(s): a,c
 

What is true regarding the use of native plants? (Choose 2)

;

a) Generally require less irrigation

b) Would NOT contribute towards any green strategies

c) Noninvasive

d) High maintenance

 

Correct answer(s): a,c;
 

What is the cost to submit a Credit Interpretation Request (CIR)?

;

a) $100 each

b) $220 each

c) $300 each

d) $220 for unlimited CIRs

e) $300 for unlimited CIRs

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which LEED credit would require chain-of-custody documentation?

;

a) Regional Materials

b) Recycled Materials

c) Certified Wood

d) Construction Waste Management

e) Brownfield Redevelopment

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

;

LEED requires chain-of-custody documentation with FSC certified wood. It is important to remember that chain-of-custody is related to Certified Wood;

;

 

 

What can qualify a vehicle as low-emitting and fuel-efficient? (Choose 2)

;

a) Green Seal GS-11

b) Green seal label

c) Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board

d) ACEEE Green Score

 

Correct answer(s):c,d;
 

A project team has submitted an initial submittal for a design review. What can be expected in response to this design phase submittal?

(Choose 2)

;

a) The USGBC will not formally rule on a design submittal

b) The USGBC will formally rule on each submitted credit as Achieved or Denied

c) The USGBC will make recommendations as to which additional credits to apply for

d) The USGBC will only rule on credits relating to Site Selection

e) The USGBC will formally rule on each submitted credit as Anticipated, Pending, or Denied

f) All project information forms are designated as ‘approved’ or ‘not approved’

 

Correct answer(s): e,f;
 

Which member of the project team assigns credit responsibilities on LEED-Online after a project is registered?

;

a) Project Administrator

b) Owner

c) Architect

d) General Contractor

e) Civil Engineer

 

Correct answer(s): a
 

Which of the following community issues would be important for a LEED project team to investigate? (Choose 2)

;

a) Open space requirements

b) Parking requirements

c) Renewable energy requirements

d) Local sales taxes

e) Recycling requirements

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b

;

Local jurisdictions most often regulate open space requirements and minimum parking requirements.;

 

 

What type of plants would require the least amount of irrigation water?

;

a) Shrubs

b) Flowers

c) Native plants

d) Turf Grass

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following estimates the true cost of a product, including original cost plus the cost of maintenance over the product’s lifetime?

 

a) Life-cost study

b) Total product cost analysis

c) Real cost study

d) Lifecycle cost analysis

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

 

LEED emphasizes the importance of conducting lifecycle cost analysis before selecting materials for a project.

 

 

Which of the following would reduce the heat island effect on the roof of a building?

 

a) Placing the building’s mechanical equipment on the roof

b) Paint the roof surface white

c) Select insulation with a high R-value

d) Use only recycled roofing materials

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which of the following are commonly referred to as “green tags”?

;

a) Any form of renewable energy

b) Sustainable products certifications

c) Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs)

d) Incentives for purchasing fuel-efficient vehicles

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

The SMACNA guidelines address what sustainable design issue?

;

a) Air quality

b) VOC content

c) Refrigerant use

d) Construction waste management

e) Stormwater management

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

;

The SMACNA guidelines are aimed at protecting the indoor air quality of buildings that are under construction through measures such as;

housekeeping, scheduling, source control and HVAC protection.;

 

 

Which of the following vehicle types do not qualify as an alternative-fuel vehicle for the purposes of LEED?

;

a) Hydrogen Powered

b) Electric Powered

c) Hybrid (Gas-Electric)

d) Diesel Powered with a Green Score of 30 or greater

e) Ethanol Powered

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following sites would be considered a greenfield?

;

a) An existing parking lot downtown

b) A site that was graded 10 years ago and is now grassland

c) Farmland

d) An abandoned factory site

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

An owner of an existing building has agreed to phase out CFC-based refrigerants in order to meet LEED minimum requirements. What is required of;

this CFC phase-out plan? (Choose 2)

;

a) CFCs must be 100% phased out within 5 years

b) CFCs must be 100% phased out within 10 years

c) CFCs must be 100% phased out within 20 years

d) Durning the phase-out plan, CFC-based refrigerant annual leakage must be reduced to 5% or less.

e) Durning the phase-out plan, CFC-based refrigerant annual leakage must be reduced to 10% or less.

f) Durning the phase-out plan, CFC-based refrigerant annual leakage must be reduced to 20% or less.

 

Correct answer(s): a,d
 

What is the term used for providing ventilation by thermal, wind, or diffusion effects through doors, windows, or other intentional openings in the building?

;

a) Non-mechanical cooling

b) Open air design

c) Natural ventilation

d) Forced-air ventilation

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

What does LEED try to encourage by awarding points for site selection?

;

a) Channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure

b) Reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use

c) Provide a high ratio of open space to development footprint to promote biodiversity

d) Avoid development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact from the location of a building on a site

;

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following building materials would NOT contain recycled content?

;

a) acoustical ceiling tiles

b) carpet tile

c) linoleum flooring

d) granite countertops

e) structural steel beams

f) metal studs

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

How can a project earn Regional Priority credits?

;

a) By satisfying the requirements for the Regional Materials credit

b) Using only local vendors

c) By addressing geographically specific environmental priorities

d) By satisfying LEED credits labeled as a priority by the state the project is in

;

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following statements are true about submitting a Credit Interpretation Request (CIR)? (Choose 3)

;

a) CIR should be submitted using LEED Online

b) It is helpful submit drawings or attachments that help explain the question

c) Each CIR must only be for one credit or prerequisite

d) CIR should be in a letter format

e) CIRs shall not contain in excess of 600 words

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,e;
 

Which of the following strategies would benefit the Sustainable Sites category of LEED? (Choose 2)

;

a) Locating a project within 100 feet a river

b) Not using landscape irrigation

c) Choosing a previously developed site

d) Using electricity generated on the project site.

e) Choosing a site in a densely populated community

 

 

Correct answer(s):c,e

Choosing a previously developed site saves undisturbed land from being developed on. Building in densely populated communities slows urban sprawl,;

because it allows for building occupants to utilize existing infrastructure. Not using landscape irrigation would benefit the Water Efficiency category of;

LEED. Using electricity generated on site would benefit the Energy and Atmosphere category of LEED. LEED does not encourage building near bodies of water.;

;

 

 

Which LEED credits do not have prerequisites? (Choose 2)

;

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Regional Priority Credits

c) Energy ; Atmosphere

d) Materials ; Resources

e) Indoor Environmental Quality

f) Innovation in Design

 

Correct answer(s): b,f;
 

Reusing captured rain water will benefit which of the following two LEED areas? (Choose 2)

;

a) Heat island effect

b) Water efficiency

c) Recycling

d) Stormwater management

e) Community connectivity

 

Correct answer(s): b,d;
 

Building reuse is a strategy to earn LEED points in what category?

;

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Indoor Environmental Quality

c) Materials and Resources

d) Energy and Atmosphere

e) Innovation in Design

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Solar reflectance is synonymous with what term?

;

a) aquifer

b) shielding

c) glare

d) lumen

e) albedo

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which of the following is considered a “basic service” as it pertains to LEED calculations?

;

a) a train station

b) a police station

c) a fire station

d) a musical instrument shop

;

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Ideally, when should the integrated design process begin?

;

a) In the project pre-planning phase

b) Once project construction begins

c) Once the project has been registered with GBCI

d) Halfway through the project;s design phase

;

 

Correct answer(s): a;
 

Which of the following is NOT a potential strategy to improve the water efficiency of landscape irrigation?

;

a) No irrigation of plants and turf from November to April and shrubs from September to June

b) Use drip, micro misters, and subsurface irrigation systems

c) Use of mulch on trees, shrubs, and flower beds

d) Increase the amount of turf grass

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

A Green Score of 40 or higher indicates what?

;

a) The VOC content of carpet is acceptable

b) A vehicle is considered low-emitting and fuel efficient

c) Paint is acceptable to use on a LEED project

d) The recycled content of a product is 40% or higher

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which standard that has been adopted by many of the LEED rating systems governs building energy use and performance?

;

a) Green Seal Standard 36

b) ASHRAE Standard 52.2 – 1999

c) ASHRAE Standard 55 ; 2004

d) ASHRAE Standard 90.1 ; 2007

e) BIFMA International

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

The other listed ASHRAE Standards cover other issues such as ventilation and thermal comfort. BIFMA is the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer;s;

Association and is not included in building codes and Green Seal is a third party certification that deals with indoor air quality.;

;

 

 

Which Rating Systems will award a project one or more points for already being LEED Certified in another rating system? (Choose 3)

;

a) LEED for Schools

b) LEED for Homes

c) LEED for Commercial Interiors

d) LEED for Operations and Maintenance

e) LEED for Core and Shell

 

Correct answer(s): b,c,d;
 

Which of the following is a benefit of using LEED-Online? (Choose 3)

;

a) A fee discount is given for submitting credits using LEED-Online

b) Project teams can submit 100% of their documentation using LEED-Online

c) Can submit CIRs

d) Can communicate with reviewers

e) Can submit credits for review prior to paying LEED fees

;

 

Correct answer(s): b,c,d;
 

Which of the following are NOT addressed in the Sustainable Sites category of LEED? (Choose 2)

;

a) Daylighting

b) Heat Island Effect

c) Light Pollution Reduction

d) Greenfields

e) Waste Management

f) Public Transportation Access

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,e

Daylighting is addressed in the Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) category Waste Management is addressed in the Materials and Resources (MR) category;

 

 

Which of the following steps take place in the pre-design phase of the Environmentally Responsive Design Process? (Choose 4)

;

a) Site Selection

b) Commissioning of systems

c) Develop a green vision

d) Develop project schedule

e) Establish budget

f) Sign contract

g) Review substitutions and submittals for green produts

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,d,e;
 

Who is the person responsible for organizing, leading, and reviewing the completion of commissioning process activities?

;

a) Mechanical Engineer

b) Architect

c) Commissioning Officer (CO)

d) Commissioning Authority (CxA)

;

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following is NOT considered to be a ;basic service; as defined by LEED?

;

a) Bank

b) Grocery Store

c) Parking Lot

d) Beauty Salon

e) Church

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Local codes and regulations may restrict which of the following two strategies? (Choose 2)

;

a) Construction waste management

b) Use of rainwater for toilet flushing

c) Minimizing parking capacity

d) Managing indoor air quality during construction

e) Purchasing green power

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,c

;

Plumbing codes in some jurisdictions do not allow for collected rainwater to be brought inside the building for use to flush toilets. Additionally,;

many zoning codes set minimum parking capacities that must be met for certain types of projects.;

;

 

 

The use of a drip irrigation system would benefit what LEED category?

;

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Water Efficiency

c) Materials and Resources

d) Energy and Atmosphere

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which LEED Category has the most points available in all LEED Rating Systems?

;

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Water Efficiency

c) Energy and Atmosphere

d) Materials and Resources

e) Indoor Environmental Quality

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Energy and Atmosphere has the most points available in every LEED Rating System because energy conservation is of the utmost importance.;

;

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a responsibliity of the Commissioning Authority (CxA) as it relates to LEED?

;

a) Develop and incorporate commissioning requirements into the construction documents

b) Develop the Basis of Design (BOD)

c) Develop and implement a commissioning plan

d) Verify the installation and performance of the systems to be commissioned

e) Complete a summary commissioning report

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

A new high rise residential building should use what LEED Rating System for Certification?

;

a) LEED for Homes

b) LEED for Core and Shell

c) LEED for New Construction

d) LEED for Operations and Maintenance

e) LEED for Interior Design and Construction

;

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following are true regarding passive cooling systems? (Choose 2)

;

a) They consume more energy than conventional cooling systems.

b) Extra cooling towers are required in a passive cooling system.

c) They are better suited for cooler climates.

d) They are NOT considered environmentally friendly.

e) Refrigerants are not required.

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):c,e

Passive cooling systems utilize natural airflow to cool during summer months. This eliminates the need for mechanical cooling systems. A good example of;

passive cooling is opening windows instead of turing on the air conditioner.;

;

 

 

Which of the following plumbing fixtures measure water usage in gallons per minute (GPM)? (Choose 3)

;

a) Toilet

b) Kitchen Sink

c) Shower Head

d) Bathroom Sink

e) Urinal

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,c,d

Toilet and urinal water usage is measured in gallons per flush (GPF) not gallons per minute (GPM);

;

 

 

Heat Island Effect can increase the temperature by as much as _____ degrees Fahrenheit in densely populated urban areas.

;

a) 2

b) 5

c) 10

d) 15

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

What types of plants may reduce irrigation water demand? (Choose 2)

;

a) Invasive Species

b) Native Species

c) Adapted Species

d) Cultivated Species

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,c

Native and adapted plant materials are able to grow in a given climate without much human help such as irrigation or fertilization. Cultivated species,;

on the other hand, often require lots of maintenance and watering. Invasive species may or may not require irrigation, but they can have other negative impacts,;

such as choking out biodiversity.;

;

 

 

How can a project team determine if a green strategy qualifies for an Innovation in Design credit prior to completing the Design Submittal? (Choose 2)

;

a) Check the CIR database to see if the green strategy has been attempted before

b) Write a new CIR

c) Send a certified letter to the USGBC for clarification

d) Submit a Request for Information (RFI) to the USGBC

e) It is not possible to check prior to the Design Submittal

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b

CIR can be submitted on Innovation in Design credits to determine relevancy.;

;

 

 

What is the most effective way to optimize energy efficiency of a building?

;

a) Use an integrated, whole-building approach

b) Install insulation with a high R-value

c) Use water conserving fixtures

d) Install a green roof

e) Use energy efficient appliances

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

An integrated, whole building approach involves collaboration among all project team members to design building materials and systems that work together to;

provide maximum energy efficiency.;

;

 

 

What organization must declare material “recycled content” to qualify for LEED calculations?

;

a) USGBC

b) ISO

c) EPA

d) IESNA

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which of the following are NOT considered rapidly renewable building materials for the purposes of LEED Materials and Resources credits? (Choose 2)

;

a) Linoleum

b) Strawboard

c) Wheatboard

d) Oak

e) Cork

f) Particle board

 

Correct answer(s): d,f;
 

Which of the following would NOT be considered a basic service?

;

a) Bank

b) Church

c) Post Office

d) Theater

e) Hotel

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

In terms of LEED Water Efficient Landscaping credits, which of the following is considered “potable water”?

;

a) Tap water

b) Graywater

c) Wastewater

d) Stormwater

e) Dishwater

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

;

Tap water would be considered potable water. Potable water meets or exceeds the EPA’s standard for drinking water. WEc1, Water Efficient Landscaping: 

No Potable Water Use or No Irrigation credit. Graywater, wastewater, and stormwater can all be recycled (through different means) and used to irrigate 

landscaping reducing or eliminating the need for potable water. 

 

 

 

Which of the following best describes exemplary performance?

 

a) Implementing a new green strategy not addressed by the LEED Reference Guide

b) Satisfying a credit deemed a regional priority by LEED

c) Demonstrating quantitative performance improvements for environmental benefit

d) Achieving double the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold of an existing credit in LEED

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

Which of the following is NOT a desired result of reducing light pollution ?

 

a) Minimize light trespass from the building and site

b) Reduce sky-glow to increase night sky access

c) Maximize exterior lighting on architectural and landscape features

d) Reduce development impact on nocturnal environments

e) Improve nighttime visibility through glare reduction

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

Which of the following is an example of source reduction?

 

a) Purchasing a product with a minimum amount of packaging

b) Diverting a large percentage of waste from the landfill

c) Separating recyclables on site

d) Implementing an employee recycling plan

 

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

LEED defines source reduction as: reduces the amount of unnecessary material brought into a building

 

 

Use of a dry urinal would decrease the fixture’s water use from the EPA baseline by how much?

a) 1.6 gpf

b) 1.0 gpf

c) .5 gpf

d) 1.0 gpm

d) 1.6 gpm

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

The baseline gpf for a urinal is 1.0 gpf. Since a dry urinal uses no water, it would decrease water use from the baseline by 1.0 gpf

 

 

Which of the following are NOT required to be submitted when attempting an Innovation in Design credit?

 

a) The intent of the proposed innovation credit

b) The proposed requirement for compliance

c) The proposed submittals to demonstrate compliance

d) A cost breakdown of the proposed strategy

e) The design approach (strategies) used to meet the requirements

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

Which of the following would NOT be considered in FTE calculations?

 

a) Number of full-time employees

b) Number of part-time employees

c) Hours worked by employees

d) Number of building visitors

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Building visitors are NOT counted in FTE calculations. Building visitors would be counted in peak occupant calculations.

 

 

Which of the following would satisfy the requirements to earn a point for Innovation in Design? (Choose 2)

 

a) A project meets the requirements for exemplary performance for recycled content

b) A project has a LEED Green Associate as the LEED Administrator

c) A project demonstrates innovative performance in a green building category not specifically addressed by the LEED Rating System

d) A project earns points for each credit in the Sustainable Sites category

e) All members of the project team are LEED Green Associates

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c

An Innovation in Design point can be achieved by meeting the exemplary performance threshold of any LEED credit or by demonstrating innovative performance 

in a green building category not specifically addressed by the LEED Rating System 

 

 

An Owner has decided to install a green roof on a portion of a proposed building. Which of the following green building areas would possibly be affected by this decision? (Choose 3)

 

a) Stormwater Management

b) Heat Island Effect

c) Water Use Reduction

d) Maximize Open Space

e) Water-Efficient Landscaping

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b,d

The vegetated roof would benefit stormwater management, because the rooftop garden would soak up rain water, reducing stormwater runoff. Heat Island Effect 

would most likely be reduced, because the vegetation on the roof would absorb less heat from the sun than a typical roof. For LEED purposes, a vegetated roof 

would benefit the Maximize Open Space strategy in urban areas. Rooftop gardens can be considered “open space” in densely populated areas. 

 

 

Which of the following waste management technologies would improve a building’s recycling program? (Choose 3)

;

a) Aluminum can crushers

b) Cardboard balers

c) More dumpsters for general waste

d) Placing recycling areas out of site

e) Recycling chutes

 

 

Your answer(s):a,b,e

Aluminum can crushers, cardboard balers, and recycling chutes are all listed as waste management technologies, that could improve a recycling program, under;

MR Prerequisite 1, Storage and Collection of Recyclables in any LEED Reference Guide.;

 

 

Which of the following would be considered preconsumer recycled material? (Choose 2)

;

a) Empty milk jugs

b) Sawdust from a lumber mill

c) Used plastic grocery bags

d) Used motor oil

e) Fly ash from a factory smoke stack

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,e

Postconsumer material has been used by the consumer or general public. Preconsumer (or postindustrial) material is produced by a manufacturing process and;

does not make it to the consumer.;

;

 

 

The Heat Island Effect may raise the temperature in an urban area up to _____ above the temperature in nearby rural areas.

;

a) 2 degrees

b) 4 degrees

c) 6 degrees

d) 8 degrees

e) 10 degrees

;

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

To meet the minimum requirements, LEED v3 projects must reduce water use by what amount compared to the EPAct of 1992 baseline?

;

a) 0%

b) 10%

c) 15%

d) 20%

e) 25%

 

 

;

Correct answer(s):d

WEp 1, Water Use Reduction requires a water use reduction of 20% compared to the EPAct of 1992 baseline. Because this is a prerequisite, it must be satisfied;

in order for a project to become LEED certified.;

;

 

 

How would a project obtain renewable energy certificates (RECs)?

;

a) By producing renewable energy on-site

b) By indirectly purchasing electricity generated from a renewable energy resource

c) By documenting the project consumes less energy than the EPA baseline

d) By using only natural gas energy on the project

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Renewable energy certificates (RECs) can be purchased when Green-e-certified power is not directly available for purchase from the local utility. RECs or;

“green tags” promote green energy by compensating Green-e generators for the premium of production over the market rate at which they sell to the grid.;

;

 

 

What organization published the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings 2004?

;

a) SMACNA

b) ASHRAE

c) EPA

d) NPDES

;

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

For LEED documentation purposes, The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program applies to which of the following?

 

a) Carpet substrates

b) Temporary rugs

c) Carpet adhesive

d) Interior carpet

e) Exterior carpet

 

 

Correct answer(s): d

 

 

What is the greatest concern with burning fossil fuels to create energy?

 

a) They release carbon dioxide.

b) They pollute nearby rivers and streams.

c) They create hazardous waste in the landfills

d) They are very inefficient at creating energy.

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

Which of the following are considered “appropriate” building sites under the LEED Rating Systems? (Choose 2)

 

a) Prime farmland

b) Habitat for endangered species

c) Previously undeveloped land within 50 feet of a water body

d) A brownfield

e) A previously developed urban site

 

 

Correct answer(s):d,e

The LEED Rating System discourages developing on prime farmland, habitat for endangered species or close to a water body by awarding a point for projects 

that avoid these types of sites. Conversely, the rating system awards a point for building on a brownfield or on a previously developed urban site 

(development density and community connectivity). 

 

 

What environmental problem is associated with CFC and HCFC use?

 

a) Water pollution

b) Air pollution

c) Soil erosion

d) Ozone depletion

e) The heat island effect

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

Aerosol adhesives are subject to compliance with which of the following?

 

a) South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD)

b) Green Seal Standard GS-36

c) Green Seal Standard GS-11

d) Green Seal Standard GC-03

e) Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label program.

;

 

 

Correct answer(s): b;

;

 

 

If a LEED project that is providing preferred parking for fuel-efficient and low-emitting vehicles has multiple parking lots, where should the preferred parking;

spaces be located?

;

a) Preferred parking spaces only need to be provided in one lot

b) Preferred parking spaces only need to be located in the lot designated for visitors

c) Preferred parking spaces only need to be provided in the lot designated for staff

d) Preferred parking spaces must be distributed among all lots

e) Preferred parking should be spots that are closest to the main entrance

;

 

Correct answer(s): e
 

Recycled content is defined in accordance with what standard?

;

a) Green Label Standard

b) ASHRAE 62.1

c) SMACNA

d) ISO 14021

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

The International Organization of Standards document, ISO 14021 evaluates the preconsumer and postconsumer recycled content of materials.;

;

 

 

What type of LEED credit requires the project team to propose requirements for compliance?

;

a) Exemplary Performance

b) Innovation in Design

c) Regional Priority

d) Materials and Resources

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which of the following are examples of source control? (Choose 2)

;

a) Modular construction

b) Commingling construction waste materials

c) Selecting products manufactured with recycled content

d) Ordering materials cut to size

e) Selecting regional materials

;

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,d;

;

 

 

At a minimum, which of the following materials should a recycling program at a completed LEED Certified building provide for? (Choose 3)

;

a) Glass

b) Ink cartridges

c) Compact fluorescent bulbs

d) Plastics

e) Corrugated cardboard

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,d,e

While LEED encourages all recycling, projects are only required to provide for the recycling of glass, plastics, metals, paper and cardboard.;

;

 

 

What standard does LEED Homes use to measure overall energy performance?

;

a) ASHRAE

b) INESA

c) SMACNA

d) ENERGY STAR

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Energy Star is an energy performance rating run by the EPA;

;

 

 

What is a strategy to reduce the number of vehicles required for building occupants?

;

a) Provide preferred parking for fuel-efficient vehicles

b) Locate the project near mass transit

c) Choose a project site with a high density radius

d) Locate a project near a school

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Locating a project near mass transit will make it convenient for occupants to use the mass transit;

;

 

 

An elementary school remodel project has 816,364 square feet of existing walls, floors, and roof. What is the minimum amount of this area that must be;

reused to earn 2 points for Materials and Resources credit, Materials Reuse- Maintain Existing Walls, Floors, and Roof?

;

a) 81,636 sf

b) 449,000

c) 612,273 sf

d) 775,546 sf

 

 

Correct answer(s): d;

;

 

 

Which of the following are NOT true regarding SRI? (Choose 2)

;

a) SRI is a measure of contaminants in the air

b) A material with a high SRI helps reduce heat island effect

c) SRI is the measure of a material’s ability to reject solar heat

d) SRI is an important factor when selecting carpet

e) The SRI scale is measured from 0 to 100

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,d

Solar heat reflectance index (SRI) is a measure of a material’s ability to reject solar heat. It is an important factor when selecting materials that will be;

exposed to the sun.;

;

 

 

A designer plans to perform A Whole Building Energy Simulation. What guideline should he/she use to conduct the simulation?

;

a) Advanced Buildings Benchmark

b) Advanced Energy Design Guide

c) Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)

d) Building Performance Rating Method per ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007

e) ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

A LEED Certifed building must provide a dedicated recyclying collection area to comply with the Storage and Collection of Recyclables Prerequisite. Which of the;

following materials is NOT required to be recyled to satisfy this LEED Prerequisite?

;

a) paper

b) corrugated cardboard

c) rubber

d) plastic

e) glass

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

The MRp1, Storage ; Collection of Recyclables prerequisite requires collection and storage of materials for recycling, including (at a minimum) paper, corrugated;

cardboard, glass, plastics, and metals. Rubber can also be recycled but is not required by this prerequisite.;

;

 

 

What is required of a renewable energy source to be considered “green power”?

;

a) Classified as Green Label

b) Classified as Green Seal GS-03

c) Classified as Green Seal GS-11

d) Green score of 40

e) Classified as Green-e

;

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which of the following documents includes the project criteria, including green building issues?

;

a) Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

b) Request for Information (RFI)

c) Statement of Work (SOW)

d) Letter of Intent (LOI)

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

The Statement of Work (SOW) is referred to in the Sustainable Building Technical Manual Part II;

;

 

 

Which of the following should be considered prior to submitting a Credit Interpretation Request? (Choose 3)

;

a) Minimum achievement thresholds can’t be changed through a CIR

b) Assume the CIR will be approved and submit it as part of the design review

c) Credit language can’t be changed through a CIR

d) Review previously submitted CIRs to see if the same inquiry has been answered

e) Do not submit a CIR until the USGBC denies the credit

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,d;
 

What is an individual who is working for a LEED; for Homes Provider and performs on-site inspections and testing for the LEED for Homes Rating System called?

;

a) A Home Inspector

b) A Project Manager

c) A Home Rater

d) A Green Rater

e) A Commissioning Authority

;

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following is NOT considered an environmental factor of thermal comfort?

;

a) Air temperature

b) Radiant temperature

c) Air speed

d) Humidity

e) Space volume

;

 

Correct answer(s): e
 

What are some potential advantages of selecting a brownfield as a building site? (Choose 3)

;

a) Substantially lower property cost

b) The project would earn one LEED point for choosing a brownfield

c) Brownfield sites allow for a faster construction schedule

d) Testing for contaminates is not necessary on a brownfield site

e) Choosing a brownfield site lessens the overall impact of development by preserving greenfields

 

Correct answer(s): a,b,e;
 

Which LEED Rating System utilizes a Green Rater?

;

a) LEED for New Construction

b) LEED for Commercial Interiors

c) LEED for Schools

d) LEED for Homes

e) LEED for Core ; Shell

;

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following steps take place in the construction phase of the Environmentally Responsive Design Process? (Choose 2)

;

a) Site Selection

b) Commissioning of systems

c) Confirm green design criteria

d) Review materials test data

e) Establish budget

 

Correct answer(s): b,d;
 

Which LEED Rating System has an Integrated Design Process credit?

;

a) LEED for New Construction

b) LEED for Homes

c) LEED for Schools

d) LEED for Core ; Shell

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

LEED for Homes offers an Integrated Design Process credit which requires the builder to participate in a builder’s orientation with the new home owner. 

 

 

Most local building codes are slightly modified versions of which of the following?

 

a) International Building Code (IBC)

b) Federal Building Code (FBC)

c) USGBC

d) North American Builder’s Guidelines (NABG)

 

Correct answer(s): a;
 

Which of the following strategies would reduce potable water use?

;

a) Installing high-flow rate fixtures

b) Increasing the amount of turf grass in the landscaping

c) Using graywater for sewage conveyance

d) Meeting the Energy Policy Act of 1992 baseline for all fixtures

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Using graywater for sewage conveyance would replace the need for potable water for this purpose. Meeting the EPAct of 1992 baseline case would not;

contribute to reducing potable water usage. LEED requires a 20% reduction from this baseline.;

 

 

In what year did the Montreal Protocol phase out production of CFCs in the United States?

;

a) 1960

b) 1975

c) 1995

d) 2000

e) 2005

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

What is the definition of Emissivity?

;

a) The measure of a material’s perviousness

b) The ratio of the radiation emitted by a surface to the radiation emitted by a black body at the same temperature

c) The ability of a material to reject solar heat

d) The measure of an air filter’s ability to trap solids

;

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which type of water may NOT be used for sewage conveyance?

;

a) Captured Stormwater

b) Potable water

c) Blackwater

d) Graywater

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Blackwater is generated from toilet waste or kitchen sink waste and may not be used for any purpose without treatment. Once treated, the water would no longer;

be categorized as “blackwater”.;

;

 

 

Which of the following is not a LEED accepted strategy for decreasing single rider, conventional automobile use?

;

a) Providing only the amount of parking required by the zoning authority

b) Not allowing single occupant vehicles to park in the project parking lot

c) Locating the project near mass transit

d) Providing bicycle storage and showers

e) Providing preferred parking for fuel-efficient and low-emitting vehicles

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

How can a project team increase development density?

;

a) Design a single story building with a large footprint

b) Design a building that will serve the maximum number of occupants per square foot

c) Design a multistory building with a small footprint

d) Design a building near a mass transit center

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Development density is calculated by dividing the building area (sf) by the site area (acres) Development Density (sf/acre) = Gross Building Area (sf)/Site Area (acres);

;

 

 

Which of the following are examples of pre-consumer recyled content? (Choose 3)

;

a) Extra newspaper from a printing press recycled as wrapping paper

b) Used car tires recycled as paving material

c) Used plastic milk jugs recycled as cabinet hardware

d) Extra rubber from a tire manufacturing plant used to make asphalt

e) Scrap metal in a manufacturing plant that is reused in the same manufacturing process

f) Fly ash from a factory reused as a concrete additive

 

Correct answer(s): a,d,f;
 

What is the minimum number of LEED points required for a New Construction platinum project?

;

a) 50

b) 58

c) 80

d) 85

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

What is the size requirement for a recycling collection area for a new building as defined by LEED?

;

a) 1% of the building footprint

b) 2% of the building footprint

c) 5% of the building footprint

d) 10% of the building footprint

e) There is no size requirement

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which refrigerants are addressed in the Montreal Protocol? (Choose 2)

;

a) CFCs

b) HCFCs

c) HFCs

d) Natural Refrigerants

e) Carbon dioxide

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b

The Montreal Protocol addresses refrigerants with nonzero ozone depletion potential (ODP), which are CFCs and HCFCs;

;

 

 

Which of the following refrigerants has the highest Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)?

;

a) Carbon Dioxide

b) HCFC

c) HFC

d) CFC

e) Propane

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

CFC has a ODP of 1..0 which is the highest possible score. The lower the ODP, the better;

 

 

Which rating System has a required recertification process?

;

a) LEED for Operations and Maintenance

b) LEED for Building Design and Construction

c) LEED for Homes

d) LEED for Interior Design and Construction

e) LEED for Neighborhood Development

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

LEED O+M is currently the only rating system that requires recertification at least every five years; no other certifications expire;

 

 

Which of the following are NOT addressed by the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 1992? (Choose 2)

;

a) Shower heads

b) Urinals

c) Toilets

d) Landscape sprinkler heads

e) Drinking fountains

;

 

Correct answer(s): d,e;
 

An office building has 500 full-time employees (8 hours per day) and 200 part-time employees (4-hours per day). What is the FTE for this building?

;

a) 500

b) 550

c) 600

d) 650

e) 700

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

See “Calculations” section of SS 4.2 500 employees @ 8 hours/day = 500 FTE 200 employees @ 4 hours/day = 100 FTE Total FTE = 500 + 100 = 600 FTE;

 

 

A car share program would benefit what LEED category?

;

a) Site Selection

b) Water Efficiency

c) Materials and Resources

d) Energy and Atmosphere

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Reducing automobile use is addressed in the Site Selection category of LEED;

 

 

Rainwater would be considered what type of water?

;

a) Potable water

b) Non-potable water

c) Graywater

d) Blackwater

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Rain water is considered non-potable water. Graywater is defined by the Uniform Plumbing Code as waste water that has not come in contact with toilet waste.;

Blackwater has come in contact with toilet waste.;

 

 

Which of the following would reduce the heat island effect? (Choose 2)

;

a) Not using any landscape irrigation

b) Planting trees to shade hardscape areas

c) Installing paving materials with a high SRI value

d) Increasing the impervious area of the site

e) Planting 100% native plants in the landscape areas

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,c

Shading hardscape areas and using paving materials with a high SRI value are both strategies to reduce heat island effect;

;

 

 

What gas does the Surgeon General and EPA recommend that every home in the United States be tested for?

;

a) Carbon dioxide

b) Carbon monoxide

c) Radon

d) Ozone

e) Natural gas

;

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

A synthetic turf material, selected for a project, is made of 75% ground up automobile tires. What type of recycled material would these automobile tires be considered?

;

a) Commingled recycled content

b) Postconsumer recycled content

c) Preconsumer recycled content

d) Rapidly renewable recycled content

e) Reused recycled content

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Postconsumer material has been used by the consumer or general public. Preconsumer (or postindustrial) material is produced by a manufacturing process and;

does not make it to the consumer.;

;

 

 

LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation would be the appropriate rating system for which of the following projects? (Choose 2)

;

a) An office renovation involving the replacement of the HVAC system

b) New construction of an office building core ; shell

c) A new factory

d) A renovation of a mall not involving the HVAC system

e) A new high school

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,c;

;

 

 

For LEED purposes, what organization sets the standard for certified wood?

;

a) ASHRAE

b) Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

c) U.S. Wood Institute (USWI)

d) Lumberjack’s Association of America (LAA)

d) SMACNA

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifies wood that is harvested from environmentally sustainable forests 

 

 

What is the intent of the Regional Materials credit? (Choose 2)

 

a) to reduce the environmental impacts resulting from transportation of materials

b) to support the local economy by using indigenous resources

c) to save money for the client and the contractor

d) to promote recycled material use

e) to speed up construction by using materials that are close to the project

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b

 

 

Which of the following is NOT true regarding CFCs?

 

a) CFCs are no longer produced in the United States

b) CFCs deplete the ozone layer

c) LEED allows CFCs to be used in new HVAC systems if a maintenance program is implemented

d) CFCs are sometimes found in fire suppression systems

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Through EA Prerequisite 3, Fundamental Refrigerant Management, LEED prohibits the use of CFCs in new HVAC systems. 

 

 

LEED Rating Systems offer a point for having a LEED AP on the project team. What must this LEED AP do in order to satisfy the requirements of this credit?

 

a) Document at least 40 hours of time worked on the project

b) Be a registered architect

c) Be a principal participant of the project team

d) Be one of the project engineers

e) Be employed by the Owner

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

The only requirement to earn IDc2 is that the LEED AP be a principal participant of the project team 

 

 

What is a major benefit to locating a project within a developed area?

 

a) Energy costs would be less

b) The project can utilize existing infrastructure

c) The site would have less stormwater runoff

d) Increased imperviousness

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Utilizing existing infrastructure reduces the need for new infrastructure and protects undeveloped land. 

 

 

Which LEED category has the least available points?

 

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Water Efficiency

c) Materials and Resources

d) Energy and Atmosphere

d) Indoor Environmental Quality

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

Which of the following is NOT true about earning bonus points in the LEED Rating Systems?

 

a) Bonus points are available for innovative design

b) Exemplary performance is available for all LEED credits

c) Satisfying Regional Priority credits will earn bonus points

d) A project can earn a bonus point for each LEED AP on the project team

e) Satisfying the exemplary performance requirements of a credit will earn a bonus point

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,d

Only one bonus point is available for having a LEED AP as a member of the project team. Exemplary performance points are NOT available for every LEED credit. 

 

 

Which of the following is not a duty of the LEED Project Administrator?

 

a) Invite project team members to LEED Online

b) Manage the LEED Online system

c) Document all project credits

d) Submit CIRs

e) Register the project

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

While the LEED Project Administrator will likely document some project credits, the person who has firsthand knowledge of the credit requirements 

(ie- mechanical engineer, Architect, etc) should be documenting the credit. This means that many team members will share the documentation requirements. 

 

 

Paving materials must be at least what percent pervious to be considered an “open-grid” paving system?

 

a) 25%

b) 40%

c) 50%

d) 75%

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

What project features are included in the “development footprint”? (Choose 3)

 

a) The building itself

b) A natural pond

c) A wooded area

d) Undisturbed landscaping

e) A parking lot

f) Sidewalks

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,e,f

The definition below is from LEEDuser.com The development footprint is the area affected by development or by project site activity. Hardscape, access roads, 

parking lots, nonbuilding facilities, and the building itself are all included in the development footprint. 

 

 

Which of the following groups would be considered “transient occupants”? (Choose 2)

 

a) College Students

b) Elementary School Students

c) Office Workers

d) Factory Workers

e) Retail Customers

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,e

Transient visitors are expected to only spend a short period in the building, not the whole day 

 

 

How long does LEED allow a project to phase-out CFC-based refrigerants in existing HVAC&R systems?

 

a) 1 year

b) 2 years

c) 5 years

d) 10 years

 

 

Correct answer(s): c

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a non-structural technique for managing stormwater runoff?

 

a) Rainwater cisterns

b) Rain gardens

c) Vegetated swales

d) Rainwater recycling

e) Disconnection of imperviousness

 

Correct answer(s): a
 

Which of the following would make the final determination on whether or not graywater can be used for irrigation purposes?

 

a) Unified Plumbing Code (UPC)

b) Local Jurisdiction

c) USGBC

d) Owner

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

The definitions and allowable uses of blackwater and graywater differ by jurisdiction 

 

 

Which of the following factors has no relation to LEED Water Efficient Landscaping credits?

 

a) Irrigation efficiency

b) Plant species

c) Use of recycled wastewater

d) Reduced pedestrian traffic

e) Reclaimed water from municipality

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

The factors that contribute to the landscape efficiency calculation include: plant species, irrigation efficiency, use of captured rainwater, use of recycled 

wastewater, use of water treated and conveyed by a public agency specifically for non-potable uses. 

 

 

What are two primary benefits of using regional materials? (Choose 2)

 

a) Supporting the local economy

b) Minimizing the impacts of transportation

c) Assuring quality craftsmanship

d) Reducing Cost

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b

While local materials can be lower costs and may be of very high quality, these attributes are not guaranteed due to being produced locally. 

 

 

What are two possible ways for a project to earn points for innovation in design? (Choose 2)

 

a) By earning a point for every credit in the Sustainable Sites category

b) Meeting the exemplary performance requirements of any LEED credit

c) Submitting all LEED documentation at least 60 days prior to construction completion

d) Documenting the LEED Administrator is a LEED AP

e) Demonstrate innovative performance in green building categories not addressed by LEED

 

Correct answer(s): b,e
 

What term does LEED use for the project team meeting with the purpose of integrating green strategies and exploring green design synergies?

 

a) LEED Focus Group Meeting

b) Green Design Meeting

c) Design Charrette

d) LEED Design Forum

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

A Design Charrette should take place early in the design and include as many project team members as possible. The purpose of the meeting 

is to explore green building opportunities and feasibility. 

 

 

What standard can be used to calculate a building’s energy consumption baseline?

;

a) ASHRAE 90.1-2007

b) ASHARE 62.1-2007

c) ASHRAE 55-2004

d) Green Seal Standard

e) Green-e Standard

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

ASHRAE 90.1-2007 is used to calculate baseline building performance using a computer simulation model;

 

 

What is not a possible source of graywater?

;

a) Showers

b) Toilets

c) Washing Machine

d) Bathroom Sink

e) Drinking Fountain

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

The wastewater from toilets is considered blackwater, not graywater;

;

 

 

What strategy is considered by the EPA to have the greatest impact on reducing the solid waste stream?

;

a) Material recycling

b) Source reduction

c) Material reuse

d) Material incineration

e) Using recycled content materials

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

What materials would NOT be included in documentation for LEED EQ credits for Low-Emitting Materials?

;

a) Aerosol adhesive for bathroom wall paper

b) Wood finish for kitchen cabinets

c) Paint for office walls

d) Asphalt roof shingles

e) MDF wall base

 

Correct answer(s): d
 

Which of the following project costs is considered to be a ;soft cost;?

;

a) The project;s structural steel

b) Landscaping costs

c) The Architect;s fees

d) Money paid to the brick mason for labor

e) Carpet

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

What standard evaluates the environmental performance of products and services?

;

a) ISO 14000

b) SMACNA

c) ASHRAE 52.2-1999

d) ASHRAE 90.1-2007

 

Correct answer(s): a;
 

Which two standards are used to establish what vehicles qualify as low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles? (Choose 2)

;

a) California Air Resources Board ZEV

b) American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Green Book

c) The Greenguard Certification Program

d) Green Seal Standard

e) Green-e Product Certification

;

 

Correct answer(s): a,b;
 

Which of the following is NOT an acceptable form of renewable energy under the LEED rating systems?

;

a) Photovoltaic panels

b) Wane and tidal systems

c) Wind turbines

d) Low-impact hydroelectricity

e) Nuclear power

 

 

Correct answer(s): e;

;

 

 

Reducing water consumption has a positive synergy with what other LEED category?

;

a) Indoor Environmental Quality

b) Materials and Resources

c) Site Selection

d) Energy and Atmosphere

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Reducing water consumption also reduces the energy required to heat and circulate water;

;

 

 

Which LEED recognized strategy will require Chain-of-custody documentation as proof of credit compliance?

;

a) Certified Wood

b) Recycled Materials

c) Regional Materials

d) Rapidly Renewable Materials

e) Materials Reuse

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certification, the referenced standard for the certified wood credit relies on chain-of-custody documentation;

;

 

 

What causes the heat island effect?

;

a) Greenhouse gasses

b) Heat produced from vehicle engines

c) Heat produced by building mechanical systems

d) Heat absorbed from the sun

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Heat island effect is caused from the absorption of the sun’s heat by non-reflective surfaces 

 

 

What is the first step in the commissioning process?

 

a) Verification of equipment installed

b) Reviewing equipment submittals

c) Development of the owner’s project requirements

d) Testing equipment

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

The first step in the commissioning process is to develop the owner’s project requirements 

 

 

The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus Certification program certifies what type of building material?

;

a) Paint

b) Wood Products

c) Carpet

d) Furniture

e) Adhesives

;

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following projects would definitely not meet the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for a LEED project?

;

a) A casino built on a riverboat

b) The renovation and addition to a large office building

c) A brand new elementary school

d) A temporary sports practice facility

e) A 5,000 square foot fire station

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,d

The LEED Minimum Program Requirements state that the building must be built on existing land and the building must;

be permanent. These two requirements prohibit the above projects from being eligible for LEED certification;

 

 

Which standard sets VOC limits for commercial interior paints?

;

a) GS-11

b) GC-03

c) GS-36

d) FCS

e) NPDES

 

 

Correct answer(s): a;

;

 

 

At what point in a project should integrated design meetings begin?

;

a) Pre-design phase

b) Design phase

c) Construction phase

d) Occupancy phase

 

 

Correct answer(s): a;

;

 

 

For LEED purposes, what sets the guidelines for measurement and verification of a building’s systems?

 

a) ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007

b) International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP)

c) Carbon Trust “Good Practice Guide 237”

d) Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Contractors Association (SMACNA)

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

A project team is planning on reusing an existing elevator in a renovation project. What LEED area would reusing the elevator contribute to?

 

a) Material Reuse

b) Regional Materials

c) Recycled Content

d) Reusing an existing elevator would NOT contribute to any of these LEED calculations

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and specialty components are specifically EXCLUDED from calculations for Materials Reuse and Regional

Materials. Recycled Content points are awarded for materials made of recycled materials 

 

 

To which of the following LEED credit are is the Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide related?

 

a) On-Site Renewable Energy

b) Optimize Energy Performance

c) Innovative Wastewater Technologies

d) Enhanced Commissioning

e) Measurement and Verification

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which of the following is NOT considered a process load?

 

a) Computers

b) Elevators

c) Kitchen equipment

d) Laundry equipment

e) HVAC equipment

 

Correct answer(s): e 
 

Which of the following is NOT true regarding LEED Platinum Certified Projects?

 

a) A Platinum rating is available under the LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System

 

a) A Platinum rating is available under the LEED for Commercial Interiors Rating System 

b) Platinum certification requires an additional submittal process

c) Platinum certification is the highest level of achievement

d) Platinum certification requires a minimum of 80 LEED points

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

If local standards and codes are less stringent, which of the following requirements must an erosion and sedimentation control plan conform to?

 

a) 2003 EPA Construction General Permit

b) 2008 EPA Construction General Permit

c) ASHRAE Standard 55-2004

d) ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

Using more efficient refrigerants in a building’s cooling system would have a positive synergy with what other green strategy?

;

a) Heat island effect

b) Indoor air quality

c) Energy consumption

d) Increased ventilation

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Refrigerants are used to transfer heat in cooling systems. More efficient refrigerants require less energy to transfer the same amount of heat;

;

 

 

Which of the following is a benefit of stormwater harvesting?

;

a) Reduces heat island effect

b) Reduces stormwater runoff

c) Benefits the xeriscaping strategy

d) Reduces greenhouse gases

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

The Owner of a LEED for New Construction auto parts store project is planning to recycle used motor oil brought in by customers. Would it be possible to earn;

LEED points for recycling the motor oil?

;

a) No, it is not possible to earn LEED points for something that takes place after construction is complete

b) Yes, the project may be eligible for points under the Sustainable Sites category

c) Yes, the project may be eligible for a point for exemplary performance

d) Yes, the project may be eligible for a point under the Innovation in Design category

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

This project may be eligible for points under the Innovation in Design category because recycling motor oil could be considered an innovative green practice.;

Recycling used motor oil goes above and beyond most buildings’ recycling programs. No other LEED category addresses this green practice. 

 

 

Which of the following can be used to calculate the baseline energy consumption for LEED purposes?

 

a) American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

b) Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)

c) ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004

d) Energy Policy Act of 1992

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

Which member of the LEED project team would be responsible documentation of construction waste management?

 

a) Owner

b) Architect

c) Contractor

d) Civil Engineer

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Construciton waste management occurs at the jobsite, so the contractor would be responsible for documentation of related credits 

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a LEED Certification designation?

 

a) Certified

b) Bronze

c) Silver

d) Gold

e) Platinum

 

Correct answer(s):b 
 

Which of the following statements are true regarding the version of LEED a project must follow in order to become certified? (Choose 2)

 

a) The version of LEED that is current at the time of project completion

b) The project team can choose to register under any previously released version of LEED

c) The version of LEED that is current when construction begins

d) The version of LEED that is current at the time of project registration

e) Projects may transfer to LEED 2009 from a previous version of LEED if desired

 

 

Correct answer(s): d,e

 

 

What is the maximum amount of Innovation and Design Process credits a project can earn in the LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation System?

 

a) 2

b) 4

c) 6

d) 10

e) Unlimited

 

 

Correct answer(s): c

 

 

What are benefits of controlling stormwater runoff? (Choose 2)

 

a) Prevent fertilizers from contaminating nearby areas

b) Conserves potable water

c) Reduces the heat island effect

d) Prevents erosion

e) Keeps the site from absorbing moisture

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,d

Controlling stormwater runoff prevents erosion by slowing the water flow and preventing landscape fertilizers from being washed off the site. Controlling stormwater 

runoff would not save potable water unless it was captured and reused in place of potable water. 

 

 

Increasing the amount of turf grass could have a negative effect on what?

 

a) Water efficiency

b) Heat island effect

c) Recycled content

d) Stormwater runoff

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Turf grass generally requires a significant amount of landscape irrigation. Increasing the amount of water used for irrigation would negatively 

impact the Water Efficiency category. 

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a required design consideration for the recycling collection and storage area prerequisite?

 

a) Easily-accessible

b) Must be a minimum of 50 square feet

c) Must provide for paper recycling

d) Must provide for corrugate cardboard recycling

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

How many of the 110 available points in most of the rating systems are considered “bonus” points?

 

a) 5

b) 10

c) 15

d) 20

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

These ten points represent the points available from the Innovation and Design and Regional Priority categories 

 

 

Which of the following are strategies to prevent erosion as described as it relates to Construction Activity Pollution Prevention? (Choose 4)

 

a) Temporary and permanent seeding

b) Mulching

c) Earth dikes

d) Sand bagging

e) Silt fencing

f) Removing landscaping

 

Correct answer(s): a,b,c,e 
 

What is the greatest benefit of an integrated design process as it relates to a LEED project?

 

a) Shortening the project schedule

b) Capitalizing on credit synergies

c) Reducing project soft costs

d) Meeting building codes

e) Educating the project owner

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

While all of the other options are possible benefits of an integrated design process, maximizing opportunities for credit synergies is the greatest LEED-specific benefit. 

 

 

Which of the following are strategies to prevent erosion as described as it relates to Construction Activity Pollution Prevention? (Choose 4)

 

a) Temporary and permanent seeding

b) Mulching

c) Earth dikes

d) Sand bagging

e) Silt fencing

f) Removing landscaping

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,b,c,e

 

 

What is the greatest benefit of an integrated design process as it relates to a LEED project?

 

a) Shortening the project schedule

b) Capitalizing on credit synergies

c) Reducing project soft costs

d) Meeting building codes

e) Educating the project owner

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

While all of the other options are possible benefits of an integrated design process, maximizing opportunities for credit synergies is the greatest LEED-specific benefit. 

 

 

What are the three components of the triple bottom line? (Choose 3)

 

a) Social Responsibility

b) Environmental Stewardship

c) Ongoing Education

d) Government Regulations

e) Economic Prosperity

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,b,e

The triple bottom line is also commonly referred to as “people, planet and prosperity”. USGBC.org references this term several times as three 

factors to consider when making decisions. 

 

 

Which of the following are NOT considered on-site renewable energy sources for the purposes of LEED? (Choose 2)

 

a) Hydroelectric

b) Bio-fuel

c) Wind

d) Photovoltaic (PV)

e) Ground-source heat pump

f) Passive solar

 

Correct answer(s): e,f 
 

What are the two most important strategies that help reduce the demand for virgin materials? (Choose 2)

 

a) Selecting regional materials

b) Recycling

c) Not using ozone depleting refrigerants

d) Source control

e) Using FSC Certified wood

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,d

According to the EPA, source control and recycling have the greatest impact on reducing the demand for virgin materials. Source control has the greatest impact 

 

 

Which of the following are true about indigenous plants? (Choose 2)

 

a) They are tropical plants

b) They are purchased within 100 miles of the project

c) Require less irrigation water

d) They are native to the area

e) They are particularly effective at reducing stormwater runoff

 

Correct answer(s): c,d 
 

Which of the following is NOT a strategy for reducing the heat island effect?

 

a) Installing a roof with a low SRI value

b) Planting trees that will shade hardscape areas

c) Placing parking underground

d) Installing open-grid paving

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

Which LEED category has the most available LEED points?

 

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Water Efficiency

c) Energy and Atmosphere

d) Materials and Resources

e) Indoor Environmental Quality

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

How can projects earn bonus points in the LEED Rating Systems? (Choose 3)

 

a) Achieving exemplary performance

b) Satisfying all LEED prerequisites

c) Achieving innovative performance

d) Earning the credits deemed as Regional Priority credits by USGBC

e) Satisfying ALL credits withing any LEED category

f) Submitting LEED documentation online

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c,d

Bonus points are available for exemplary performance, innovative design (not addressed by the LEED Rating System), and for earning points for credits deemed as 

Regional Priority. 

 

 

What does a Green-e certification from the Center for Resource Solutions indicate?

 

a) A product is VOC free

b) Electricity is produced from a renewable resource

c) Paint is nontoxic

d) An automobile has low emissions

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

Which of the following is a waste source reduction strategy?

 

a) Selecting materials with a high recycled content

b) Limiting the amount of packaging materials on a product

c) Selecting regional materials

d) Separating recyclables on site

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

At minimum, a construction waste management plan should contain what? (Choose 2)

 

a) Materials to be diverted

b) Certified wood materials to be used

c) Amount of soil to be exported or imported

d) Whether materials will be sorted on-site or comingled

e) The recycled content of new materials used on the project

 

Correct answer(s): a,d 
 

A building’s future occupancy is estimated at 100 people. How many of these occupants could be assumed to be female when performing calculations for LEED purposes;

if no other information is available?

;

a) 40

b) 45

c) 50

d) 60

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

What is the primary environmental concern with refrigerants used in HVAC;R systems?

;

a) Greenhouse gas emissions

b) Indoor CO2 levels

c) Contamination of landfills

d) Storm water contamination

e) VOC content

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

The primary concern with refrigerants is ozone depletion cause by greenhouse gas emissions;

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a benefit of commissioning a building’s systems?

 

a) Reduced energy use

b) Reduced contractor callbacks

c) Better building documentation

d) Obtain a higher R-value on the building’s shell

e) Improved occupant productivity

;

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following LEED categories is the Montreal Protocol associated with?

;

a) Optimize Energy Performance

b) On-Site Renewable Energy

c) Enhanced Refrigerant Management

d) Water Use Reduction

e) Site Selection

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following are strategies for reducing the amount of potable water used for wastewater conveyance? (Choose 3)

;

a) Specify high-efficiency fixtures and dry fixtures

b) Limit the amount of stormwater run-off leaving the site

c) Treat wastewater onsite and reuse

d) Maintain stormwater BMPs

e) Reuse stormwater for sewage conveyance

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,e;

;

 

 

Which two factors are used to rate the environmental impact of refrigerants?

(Choose 2)

;

a) Ozone depletion potential (ODP)

b) Particulate count

c) Landfill hazard analysis (LHA)

d) Global-warming potential (GWP)

e) Efficiency rating

 

Correct answer(s): a,d;
 

Which of the following are source control strategies to reduce the amount of construction waste? (Choose 2)

;

a) Salvaging materials by donating them to Habitat for Humanity

b) Ordering pre-assembled products

c) Using modular construction techniques

d) Recycling product packaging materials

e) Reusing scrap materials on-site

 

Correct answer(s): b,c;
 

Which exterior lighting zone has the most stringent requirements for light pollution?

;

a) LZ-4 High

b) LZ-3 Medium

c) LZ-2 Low

d) LZ-1 Dark

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Exterior lighting zones are defined in IESNA RP-33. The LZ-1 Dark zone has the most stringent requirment to comply with the NC SSc8, Light Pollution Reduction credit.

The reason is to minimize additional impact on the site. Rural sites should have less light pollution.;

 

 

Which of the following people most likely will not have access to LEED Online?

;

a) Architect

b) Building Owner

c) Building User

d) General Contractor

e) Landscape Architect

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

The building owners, designers and builders need access to LEED Online to document the project, the building users do not need access.;

;

 

 

For LEED calculations, water found in a cooling tower would be considered what type of water?

;

a) Cooling water

b) Mechanical water

c) Industrial water

d) Process water

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Process water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers.;

 

 

Which of the following strategies would reduce construction waste and contribute towards calculations for the Construction Waste Management credit?

;

a) Burning combustible waste onsite

b) Donating extra materials to a local school

c) Purchasing materials with a long service life

d) Purchasing materials that qualify as Regional Materials

;

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

Which of the following would be appropriate uses for graywater? (Choose 2)

;

a) Drinking fountain

b) Landscape irrigation

c) Dishwasher

d) Laundry machine

e) Urinal flushing

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,e

Landscape irrigation and urinal flushing would be the most appropriate uses for graywater, if allowed by the local jurisdiction. The other answer choices all;

come into direct contact with people;

;

 

 

As it pertains to LEED what determines a rapidly renewable building material?

;

a) Qualifies as FCS certified

b) Qualifies with EPA Standards for rapidly renewable resources

c) Made from plants that are typically harvested within a five-year cycle or shorter

d) Made from plants that are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter

e) Made from plants that are typically harvested within a twenty-year cycle or shorter

;

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which Rating System offers an Innovation and Design credit for holding a LEED charrette?

;

a) LEED for Building Design and Construction

b) LEED for Interior Design and Construction

c) LEED for Operations and Maintenance

d) LEED for Homes

e) LEED for Neighborhood Development

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following regulations is most likely to be contained in zoning regulations?

(Choose 3)

;

a) Landscaping Regulations

b) Regulations on Energy Usage

c) Parking Space Requirements

d) Open Space Requirements

e) Stormwater Management Regulations

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c,d

Regulations on Energy Use are not typically contained in building codes. Storm-water regulations are handled by the local sewer district, not the zoning authority;

 

 

A school has 100 full-time employees (8 hours per day), 10 part-time employees (4 hours per day), and 1000 students. Determine the number of peak building users.

;

a) 100

b) 105

c) 1100

d) 1105

e) 1110

 

 

Correct answer(s): d;

;

 

 

What is one advantage of separating construction waste recyclables on site as opposed to commingling and sorting at an off-site facility?

;

a) less contractor labor is required

b) less space is needed on-site

c) less containers are needed for separation

d) immediate feedback of the amount of recycled waste is available

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

On-site waste separation can sometimes be a better option for construction waste management. The benefits include, not only immediate feedback of the amount of;

recyclable waste is possible, but also cheaper recycling costs and sometimes an increase in the amount of material recycled. The downfalls of on-site separation is;

that more labor is required and more space is required on-site.;

 

 

What are some benefits of green building design? (Choose 3)

;

a) Reduced energy costs

b) Decreased number of greenfields

c) Decreased development density

d) Improved community relations

e) Improved indoor air quality for future occupants

;

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,d,e;

;

 

 

What does the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan aim to prevent? (Choose 3)

;

a) Erosion

b) Solid Waste Generation

c) Construction Worker Accidents

d) Carbon Emissions

e) Sedimentation

f) Airborne Dust Pollution

;

 

Correct answer(s): a,e,f;
 

What is the best use for potable water?

;

a) Drinking

b) Landscape irrigation

c) Flushing toilets

d) Power washing

 

 

Correct answer(s):a;

;

 

 

Which of the following would NOT be an effective strategy for water efficient landscaping?

;

a) Using only native plant material

b) Xeriscaping

c) Using drip irrigation

d) Increasing the amount of turf grass

e) Utilizing captured rain water for landscaping

;

 

 

Correct answer(s): d;

;

 

 

What are some environmental benefits to choosing FSC certified wood? (Choose 3)

;

a) Protects forests from soil erosion and habitat loss

b) FCS certified wood has a high recycled content

c) Preserves wildlife habitat and biodiversity

d) Supports the local economy

e) FCS certified wood is cheaper than non-certified wood

f) Minimizes the use of harmful chemicals in forests

;

 

Correct answer(s): a,c,f;
 

Which LEED categories could potentially be affected by altering a building’s orientation? (Choose 2)

 

a) Materials and Resources

b) Water Efficiency

c) Innovation in Design

d) Energy and Atmosphere

e) Indoor Environmental Quality

 

 

 

Correct answer(s):d,e

Altering a building’s orientation would have the greatest affect on energy consumption (Energy and Atmosphere category) and daylighting;

(Indoor Environmental Quality category). Both of these green strategies can be greatly affected by the location of the sun in relation to the building.;

;

 

 

Which of the following are required for a project to be LEED certified? (Choose 2)

;

a) All paints, coatings, and primers conform with GS-11

b) Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) Plan for all construction activities

c) Prohibit smoking inside the building

d) Recylcle bins

e) LEED AP must be part of either the design team or construction team

;

 

Correct answer(s): b,d;
 

What is an environmentally negative consequence to using natural refrigerants?

;

a) They are more expensive

b) They are less efficient

c) They have a shorter lifespan

d) They are more likely to leak

 

 

Correct answer(s): b;

;

 

 

According to the EPA, what is the baseline gallons per flush (gpf) for commercial and residential toilets?

;

a) 0.5gpf

b) 1.0gpf

c) 1.0gpm

d) 1.6gpf

;

 

 

Correct answer(s): d;

;

 

 

If a product to be installed inside of a building is found to contain VOC’s, what LEED category would this negatively impact?

 

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Water Efficiency

c) Indoor Environmental Quality

d) Energy and Atmosphere

e) Materials and Resources

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

VOC’s are sometimes found in carpet, paints, and composite wood material and affect Indoor Environmental Quality;

 

 

Reducing the building footprint and stacking floor plans is a strategy to improve in what LEED area?

;

a) Water efficiency

b) Brownfield redevelopment

c) Maximizing open space

d) Community connectivity

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Reducing the building footprint allows for more open space on a site;

 

 

How is a building’s baseline water consumption determined?

 

a) Based on building location

b) Based on fixture and flow rates from the EPAct of 1992

c) Based on the number of fixtures in the building

d) It is determined by the building’s water bill

;

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

A building’s baseline water usage is determined by fixture and flow rates from the EPAct of 1992 and the number of building occupants. The number of fixtures used 

does NOT affect calculations, only the fixture flow rates. Think of it like this… reducing the number of restroom fixtures will not reduce the amount of times 

employees use the restroom. 

 

 

The Regional Priority credits for a project are based on what?

 

a) The project’s city

b) The project’s state

c) The project’s zip code

d) The project’s county

 

 

Correct answer(s): c

 

 

At peak occupancy a building was found to have 20 full-time employees (8 hours per day), 10 part-time employees (4 hours per day), and 50 transient occupants.

Calculate the amount of peak building users.

 

a) 50

b) 25

c) 20

d) 80

e) 75

 

 

Correct answer(s):e

Calculate peak building users by adding total FTE and transient occupants 20 employees @ 8 hours/day = 20 FTE 10 employees @ 4 hours/day = 5 FTE 50 

transient = 50 “building users” 20+5+50 = 75 peak building users 

 

 

SCAQMD Rule 1113 applies to which of the following?

 

a) Clear wood finishes, floor coatings, stains, and shellacs

b) Adhesives, sealants and sealant primers

c) Carpet adhesives

d) Anti-corrosive and anti-rust paints

e) Architectural paints, coatings, and primers

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

Which of the following is the best type of site to develop on?

 

a) Greenfield

b) Prime farmland

c) Flood plain

d) Previously developed site

e) Wetland

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

Which of the following would make the best building site?

 

a) A greenfield site

b) An old building downtown

c) A site next to a river

d) A wetland far from the city

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which two of the following standards are related to IEQ Controllability of Systems: Thermal Comfort? (Choose 2)

 

a) SCAQMD Rule 1113

b) ASHRAE 55-2004

c) ASHRAE 62.1-2007

d) Green Seal Plus, GS-11

e) ISO 14021

 

Correct answer(s): b,c 
 

Where would process water be found?

 

a) Cooling tower

b) Landscape irrigation

c) Toilet

d) Drinking fountain

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Process water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. 

 

 

Which of the following are NOT true regarding commingled recycling? (Choose 2)

 

a) Takes up less space on the job site

b) Uses one bin for all recycled materials

c) Commingling is cheaper than separating on site

d) Provides immediate feedback of diversion rates

e) Separation of recyclables takes place at an off-site facility

 

 

Correct answer(s): c,d

 

 

What percentage of the solid waste stream each year is attributable to construction and demolition waste?

 

a) 10%

b) 20%

c) 30%

d) 40%

e) 50%

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

How is documentation submitted for LEED credits?

 

a) USGBC website

b) GBCI website

c) Certified mail to USGBC

d) LEED Online

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

If a building’s total annual energy cost is $200,000, what amount can be assumed to be process loads?

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a) $10,000

b) $30,000

c) $40,000

d) $50,000

e) $100,000

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Correct answer(s):d

See “Requirements” section of NC EAc1 Optimize Energy Performance Process loads can be assumed to be 25% of the total energy cost;

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a benefit of green design?

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a) Reduced operating costs

b) Reduced potential liability resulting from indoor air quality problems

c) Enhanced building marketability

d) Increased worker productivity

e) Qualify for government financing

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which of the following is NOT required of an Innovation and Design strategy?

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a) It must be comprehensive

b) It must be cost effective

c) It must be repeatable by other projects

d) It must be quantifiable

e) It must be a strategy not already covered in the LEED Rating System

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Correct answer(s): b;
 

What is required as documentation for each and every prerequisite and credit in the LEED for Building Design and Construction Rating Systems?

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a) Project narrative

b) Project drawings

c) Photos

d) A letter template

e) A required signatory

 

Correct answer(s): d
Some credits and prerequisites may also require additional supporting documentation, but all LEED credits and prerequisites require a LEED letter template.;
 

What are some other possible LEED Certifications a project may be able to receive if it has already received LEED Core and Shell Certification? (Choose 2)

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a) LEED for Commercial Interiors

b) LEED for New Construction

c) LEED for Schools

d) LEED for Operations and Maintenance

e) LEED for Homes

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Correct answer(s):a,d

LEED for Core and Shell is a new building certification that deals specifically with speculative buildings where the interior tenant spaces will be built later;

and/or by a different party. Therefore a core and shell building could not be certified under LEED for Homes, New Construction or Schools because those are also;

new building certifications for different product scopes and types.;

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Which of the following would provide a specific set of minimum safety guidelines that buildings must conform to?

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a) ISO 14000

b) Building codes

c) Local zoning

d) NAFTA

d) ASHRAE

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Correct answer(s): b;
 

What is the definition of Albedo?

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a) The measure of a material’s perviousness

b) The ratio of the radiation emitted by a surface to the radiation emitted by a black body at the same temperature

c) The ability of a material to reject solar heat

d) The measure of an air filter’s ability to trap solids

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Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following sets the guidelines for a measurement ; verification plan (M;V) as it pertains to LEED?

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a) ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007

b) Advanced Buildings Benchmark

c) Montreal Protocol

d) CBECS

e) IPMVP

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Correct answer(s): e;

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which of the following should a project team use as the primary resource for the LEED certification process?

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a) LEED Core Concepts Guide

b) USGBC website

c) LEED Reference Guide

d) International Building Code (IBC)

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Each LEED Rating System has a Reference Guide that defines the rules and guidelines for project certification;

 

 

Which of the following are examples of postconsumer material? (Choose 2)

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a) Used aluminum cans

b) Extra paper from a printing press

c) Car tires from a junkyard

d) Sawdust from a cabinet factory

e) Waste straw from a wheat farm

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Correct answer(s):a,c

Postconsumer material has been used by the consumer or general public. Preconsumer (or postindustrial) material is produced by a manufacturing process.;

 

 

What are the two types of recycled content a product may contain? (Choose 2)

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a) Commingled

b) Rapidly renewable

c) FSC

d) Postconsumer

e) Preconsumer

 

 

Correct answer(s):d,e

Postconsumer material has been used by the consumer or general public. Preconsumer (or postindustrial) material is produced by a manufacturing;

process and does not make it to the consume;

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What is the intent of having a LEED AP as a member of the project team?

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a) To gather all the LEED related data

b) To streamline the LEED application and certification process

c) To be the project administrator

d) To design the project’s mechanical systems

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which of the following will prevent pedestrian access to a community resource as defined by LEED? (Chose 3)

 

a) Distance over 1/2 mile

b) A public park

c) A freeway interchange

d) A wall

e) A parking lot

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c,d

You can often simply walk through or past a parking lot or park, but a wall or freeway interchange may create an impenetrable barrier. Distance can also hinder 

pedestrian access because people are willing to walk a limited distance. See the “Implementation” section of SSc 2 Development Density and Community Connectivity 

 

 

What is the Energy Policy Act used for in the LEED Rating Systems?

 

a) To set product VOC limits

b) To establish baseline building energy performance

c) To establish baseline building plumbing fixture performance

d) To set indoor air quality requirements

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

While the Energy Policy Act also deals with energy use, LEED uses it to establish baseline water use rates for plumbing fixtures 

 

 

Biomass is an alternative fuel made from what material?

 

a) Plant material

b) Seaweed

c) Animal waste

d) Natural gas

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

What is the minimum project square footage required by the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for projects using LEED BD+R, LEED ID+C and LEED O+M?

 

a) 500 square feet

b) 1,000 square feet

c) 1,500 square feet

d) 2,000 square feet

e) 2,500 square feet

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Wastewater from a restroom sink is considered which type of water?

 

a) Graywater

b) Blackwater

c) Potable Water

d) Rain Water

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

What sustainability concept can xeriscaping contribute to?

 

a) Reducing the heat island effect

b) Water efficient irrigation

c) Construction waste management

d) Indoor air quality

e) Certified wood

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

In what phase of the project should discussions regarding green strategies and LEED synergies begin?

 

a) Pre-design phase

b) Design Phase

c) Construction Phase

d) Completion Phase

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

Which of the following is true regarding the use of any USGBC logo?

 

a) It may be modified only by a local USGBC Chapter

b) Only USGBC members can modify a logo

c) The mark may not be reduced to less than 20% of its original print size

d) The registered trademark symbol is not necessary as long as the logo is not modified

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

A project team is considering using recycled flooring tiles manufactured across town. What LEED strategies might this material contribute towards? (Choose 2)

 

a) Heat island effect

b) Regional materials

c) Daylighting

d) Construction waste management

e) Recycled materials

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,e

This material would most likely contribute towards LEED points in the Regional Materials and Recycled Materials categories. Regional Materials must be extracted, 

harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project to qualify 

 

 

Where are halons commonly found?

 

a) Refrigeration systems

b) Heating systems

c) Fire-suppression systems

d) Storm water

e) Sewage

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Halons were commonly used in fire-suppression systems prior to their phase-out, starting in 1994 under the Montreal Protocol. Halons cause ozone depletion 

 

 

Which of the following statements are true regarding the LEED Certification fee structure? (Choose 3)

 

a) USGBC members pay the same amount as non-members

b) LEED New Construction and LEED Existing Buildings have the same fee structure

c) CIRs for all rating systems cost $220 each

d) LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings fees are based on square footage

 

Correct answer(s): c,d 
 

Which of the following is required in order to prove that wood used on a project is FSC certified?

 

a) chain of custody

b) letter of custody

c) proof of custody

d) purchase order

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

A chain of custody is necessary to ensure that the proper sustainable practices have been performed throughout all steps from foresting to the end user. 

 

 

Which of the following would be found in a LEED construction waste management plan? (Choose 3)

 

a) Diversion goals

b) Construction debris and materials to be diverted

c) Amount of soil to be exported to the landfill

d) Remediation company that will be removing hazardous waste

e) Parties responsible for implementing the plan

 

Correct answer(s): a,b,e 
 

Which of the following is true about using halon in a fire suppression system?

 

a) The project would not be eligible for LEED certification

b) Using halon in a fire suppression system would not disqualify a project from LEED certification, as long as it is installed in accordance with local fire codes

c) LEED only allows the use of halons in HVAC systems

d) The project would be eligible for an exemplary performance point under EAc 4, Enhanced Refrigerant Management

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which type of system or equipment would not be a consumer of “process water”?

 

a) Irrigation water

b) Dishwasher

c) Clothes washer

d) Cooling tower

e) Boiler water

 

 

Correct answer(s): a

 

 

What unit of measurement is used to determine toilet water usage?

 

a) Gallons per flush (gpf)

b) Gallons per minute (gpm)

c) Gallons per use (gpu)

d) Pounds per square inch (psi)

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Toilets and urinals are measured in gallons per flush (gpf). Sinks and showers are measured in gallons per minute (gpm) 

 

 

 

Which LEED Rating System specifically requires durability planning and durability management processes?

 

a) LEED for New Construction

b) LEED for Commercial Interiors

c) LEED for Core & Shell

d) LEED for Homes

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

LEED for Homes has mandatory prerequisites for both Durability Planning and Durability Management 

 

 

What costing model should be used to demonstrate the true cost of sustainability strategies?

 

a) Simple Payback

b) Return on Investment

c) Life Cycle Costing

d) Benefit Analysis

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Life Cycle Costing takes into account not only product and system first costs, but also costs for ongoing maintenance, energy use, life-span etc. Sustainable 

design strategies often have higher first costs than comparable materials but can be shown to be less expensive in the long run due to decrease energy or 

maintenance costs. 

 

 

Which of the following will qualify a vehicle as a low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicle? (Choose 2)

 

a) Classified as a Zero Emission Vehicle by the California Air Resources Board

b) Green Seal score of 40

c) Green Seal score of 30

d) Green Label score of 40

e) ACEEE Green Score of 40

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,e

 

 

A 90,000 square foot building has 3 levels. Each level is the same size. What is the building footprint?

 

a) 10,000 sf

b) 15,000 sf

c) 30,000 sf

d) 45,000 sf

e) 90,000 sf

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

What are the benefits to using regional materials on a project? (Choose 3)

 

a) Reduce the amount of transportation activities and associated pollution

b) Wider variety of products to choose from

c) Recycled content is usually higher for materials produced locally

d) Supports the local economy

e) Showcases the resources and skills of the region

 

Correct answer(s): a,d,e 
 

An owner has decided to install carports over a portion of a proposed building’s parking lot. The carports will have PV panels installed on top and the energy;

produced will be used to power the parking lot street lights. What green building area would be affected by this change?

;

a) On Site Renewable Energy

b) Daylighting

c) Rapidly Renewable Materials

d) Parking Capacity

e) Maximize Open Space

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Correct answer(s): a;

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What happens if USGBC finds out that a project does not meet the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs)?

;

a) Certification can be revoked

b) A fine must be paid

c) The project;s certification level is lowered by one level

d) The project must be resubmitted

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Correct answer(s):a

A project must meet ALL MPRs in order to earn certification;

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Which federal act has been adopted by many local jurisdictions and contains requirements for building accessibility?;

;

a) ASHRAE

b) EPAct

c) Civil Rights Act

d) ADA

e) ANSI

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Correct answer(s): d;

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Which of the following is NOT a strategy to reduce light pollution?

;

a) Minimize the amount of interior lights (visible from the exterior) that operate at night

b) Ensure exterior lights comply with the light zone requirements defined in IESNA RP-33

c) Shine landscape lights straight up into the sky (not at an angle)

d) Reduce the power input to interior lighting (visible from the exterior) at night

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Correct answer(s): c;
 

What certification indicates electricity is from a renewable source?

;

a) Green Label

b) Green Seal

c) Green-e

d) Green Source

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Correct answer(s):c

To qualify as “Green Power”, electricity providers must meet the Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy product certification requirement 

 

 

Open grid paving systems used in a parking lot can help with what two site related sustainability concepts/credits? (Choose 2)

 

a) Stormwater Management, Quantity

b) Site Selection

c) Water Use Reduction

d) Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity

e) Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof

 

Correct answer(s): a,e 
 

What defines a rapidly renewable resource?

 

a) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 5 years or less

b) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 10 years or less

c) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 15 years or less

d) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 20 years or less

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

“Cradle-to-grave analysis” is synonymous with what LEED term?

 

a) Life-cycle costing

b) Life-cycle assessment

c) Total product evaluation

d) LEED life

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Life-cycle assessment and cradle-to-grave analysis both evaluate a product’s total environmental impact over it’s entire life 

 

 

What are the benefits of submitting a two-phase LEED application? (Choose 3)

 

a) A project can earn several points early in the design review

b) A project can receive feedback from the design review prior to the construction review

c) Project teams can get a better idea how many LEED points will potentially be awarded after the design review

d) Any credit awarded in the design review does not need to be submitted again

e) The USGBC can rule on the likelihood of obtaining a credit in the design review

 

Correct answer(s): b,c,e 
 

What EPA program helps consumers identify water efficient products?

 

a) Energy Star

b) ASHRAE

c) WaterSense

d) SMACNA

e) Green-e

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

How many points would a project team receive for having 10 LEED APs on a LEED Project?

 

a) 1

b) 5

c) 10

d) 20

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

A project can only earn one Innovation and Design point for LEED AP participation no matter how many LEED APs are working on the project. 

 

 

Increasing ventilation will often times have a negative effect on which of the following?

 

a) Heat Island Effect: Roof

b) Optimize Energy Performance

c) Innovative Wastewater Technologies

d) Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring

e) Construction IAQ Management Plan: Before Occupancy

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which of the following would be a potential negative consequence for the project team to consider when trying to maximize Light Pollution Reduction?

 

a) Disrupting nearby nocturnal species

b) Reducing nocturnal glow of the project site

c) Energy conservation

d) Safety and security

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

How can a project earn points for Green Power?

 

a) By Installing on-site renewable energy, such as windmills

b) By purchasing electricity from a Green -e power provider

c) By consuming less energy than the baseline calculated by the EPA

d) By running all mechanical systems on natural gas

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

How could a project team improve community connectivity?

 

a) Install bike racks

b) Provide a shuttle service to a bus station

c) Select a site within walking distance of a train station

d) Select a site within walking distance of a park

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

 

 

Which of the following is not a credit category in the LEED for Operations and Maintenance Rating System?

 

a) Water Efficiency

b) Materials and Resources

c) Indoor Air Quality

d) Innovation in Operations

e) Regional Priority

 

Correct answer(s): c
 

Which of the following strategies does not qualify as providing “preferred parking”?

 

a) Offering a significant discount on parking passes

b) Providing a randomly assigned parking space

c) Providing a space that is as close to the building as possible

d) Providing a designated covered spot

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

What is the first step in determining the water efficiency of a new building?

 

a) Check the water main size

b) Confirm the number of fixtures installed

c) Limit landscape irrigation use

d) Establish a water consumption baseline

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Determining a water usage baseline is the first step in determining water efficiency. The baseline is conducted using the EPAct 1992 standard. The actual 

fixtures to be installed are then compared to the baseline fixtures to determine efficiency

 

 

HCFCs are scheduled to be phased out by the Montreal Protocol in what year?

 

a) 2015

b) 2020

c) 2030

d) 2040

e) 2050

 

Correct answer(s): c
 

According to the EPA, which strategy is most effective for reducing waste?

 

a) Recycling

b) Reusing

c) Commingling

d) Source reduction

e) Remanufacturing

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

How do the LEED Rating Systems reward projects for implementing new green strategies not specifically addressed by LEED?

 

a) Exemplary performance points

b) Regional Priority points

c) LEED does not reward projects for green strategies not addressed in their rating systems

d) Innovation in Design Points

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Innovation in Design points are in place to encourage projects to implement green strategies not addressed in the LEED Rating Systems. 

 

 

Which of the following are considered blackwater? (Choose 2)

 

a) Waste from a urinal

b) Rain water

c) Water from a bathroom lavatory faucet

d) Water from a kitchen sink

e) Water from a cooling tower

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,d

The definition of blackwater differs slightly between jurisdictions. Generally, waste from a urinal, toilet, or any waste from a kitchen is considered blackwater 

 

 

What does a Green-e certification from the Center for Resource Solutions indicate?

 

a) A product is VOC free

b) Electricity is produced from a renewable resource

c) Paint is nontoxic

d) An automobile has low emissions

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

To qualify as “Green Power”, electricity providers must meet the Center for Resource Solutions’ Green-e Energy product certification requirements;

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Which of the following is NOT a benefit of commissioning a building’s systems?

 

a) Reduced energy use

b) Reduced contractor callbacks

c) Better building documentation

d) Obtain a higher R-value on the building’s shell

e) Improved occupant productivity

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Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which exterior lighting zone has the most stringent requirements for light pollution?

;

a) LZ-4 High

b) LZ-3 Medium

c) LZ-2 Low

d) LZ-1 Dark

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Correct answer(s):d

Exterior lighting zones are defined in IESNA RP-33. The LZ-1 Dark zone has the most stringent requirment to comply with the NC SSc8, Light Pollution Reduction credit.;

The reason is to minimize additional impact on the site. Rural sites should have less light pollution;

;

 

 

As it pertains to LEED what determines a rapidly renewable building material?

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a) Qualifies as FCS certified

b) Qualifies with EPA Standards for rapidly renewable resources

c) Made from plants that are typically harvested within a five-year cycle or shorter

d) Made from plants that are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter

e) Made from plants that are typically harvested within a twenty-year cycle or shorter

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

What is the first step in the commissioning process?

;

a) Verification of equipment installed

b) Reviewing equipment submittals

c) Development of the owner’s project requirements

d) Testing equipment

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

The first step in the commissioning process is to develop the owner’s project requirements;

 

 

For LEED purposes, what sets the guidelines for measurement and verification of a building’s systems?

 

a) ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007

b) International Performance Measurement & Verification Protocol (IPMVP)

c) Carbon Trust “Good Practice Guide 237”

d) Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning National Contractors Association (SMACNA)

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

If local standards and codes are less stringent, which of the following requirements must an erosion and sedimentation control plan conform to?

 

a) 2003 EPA Construction General Permit

b) 2008 EPA Construction General Permit

c) ASHRAE Standard 55-2004

d) ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007

 

 

Correct answer(s): a

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a LEED Certification designation?

 

a) Certified

b) Bronze

c) Silver

d) Gold

e) Platinum

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which of the following is NOT a required design consideration for the recycling collection and storage area prerequisite?

 

a) Easily-accessible

b) Must be a minimum of 50 square feet

c) Must provide for paper recycling

d) Must provide for corrugate cardboard recycling

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

Which of the following are NOT considered on-site renewable energy sources for the purposes of LEED? (Choose 2)

 

a) Hydroelectric

b) Bio-fuel

c) Wind

d) Photovoltaic (PV)

e) Ground-source heat pump

f) Passive solar

 

Correct answer(s): e,f 
 

How can projects earn bonus points in the LEED Rating Systems? (Choose 3)

 

a) Achieving exemplary performance

b) Satisfying all LEED prerequisites

c) Achieving innovative performance

d) Earning the credits deemed as Regional Priority credits by USGBC

e) Satisfying ALL credits withing any LEED category

f) Submitting LEED documentation onlin

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c,d

Bonus points are available for exemplary performance, innovative design (not addressed by the LEED Rating System), and for earning points for credits 

deemed as Regional Priority 

 

 

What is the primary environmental concern with refrigerants used in HVAC&R systems?

 

a) Greenhouse gas emissions

b) Indoor CO2 levels

c) Contamination of landfills

d) Storm water contamination

e) VOC content

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

The primary concern with refrigerants is ozone depletion cause by greenhouse gas emissions 

 

 

Which of the following are source control strategies to reduce the amount of construction waste? (Choose 2)

 

a) Salvaging materials by donating them to Habitat for Humanity

b) Ordering pre-assembled products

c) Using modular construction techniques

d) Recycling product packaging materials

e) Reusing scrap materials on-site

 

Correct answer(s): b,c 
 

Which of the following would be appropriate uses for graywater? (Choose 2)

 

a) Drinking fountain

b) Landscape irrigation

c) Dishwasher

d) Laundry machine

e) Urinal flushing

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,e

Landscape irrigation and urinal flushing would be the most appropriate uses for graywater, if allowed by the local jurisdiction. The other answer choices all come

into direct contact with people 

 

 

Which of the following regulations is most likely to be contained in zoning regulations? (Choose 3)

 

a) Landscaping Regulations

b) Regulations on Energy Usage

c) Parking Space Requirements

d) Open Space Requirements

e) Stormwater Management Regulations

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c,d

Regulations on Energy Use are not typically contained in building codes. Storm-water regulations are handled by the local sewer district, not the zoning authority 

 

 

A school has 100 full-time employees (8 hours per day), 10 part-time employees (4 hours per day), and 1000 students. Determine the number of peak building users.

 

a) 100

b) 105

c) 1100

d) 1105

e) 1110

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

What is one advantage of separating construction waste recyclables on site as opposed to commingling and sorting at an off-site facility?

 

a) less contractor labor is required

b) less space is needed on-site

c) less containers are needed for separation

d) immediate feedback of the amount of recycled waste is available

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

On-site waste separation can sometimes be a better option for construction waste management. The benefits include, not only immediate feedback of the amount of 

recyclable waste is possible, but also cheaper recycling costs and sometimes an increase in the amount of material recycled. The downfalls of on-site separation is 

that more labor is required and more space is required on-site 

 

 

What are some benefits of green building design? (Choose 3)

 

a) Reduced energy costs

b) Decreased number of greenfields

c) Decreased development density

d) Improved community relations

e) Improved indoor air quality for future occupants

 

Correct answer(s): a,d,e 
 

What does the Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plan aim to prevent? (Choose 3)

 

a) Erosion

b) Solid Waste Generation

c) Construction Worker Accidents

d) Carbon Emissions

e) Sedimentation

f) Airborne Dust Pollution

 

Correct answer(s): a,e,f
 

What is the best use for potable water?

 

a) Drinking

b) Landscape irrigation

c) Flushing toilets

d) Power washing

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Potable water exceeds the EPA’s drinking water standards. Potable water should be conserved where ever possible;

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Which of the following would NOT be an effective strategy for water efficient landscaping?

;

a) Using only native plant material

b) Xeriscaping

c) Using drip irrigation

d) Increasing the amount of turf grass

e) Utilizing captured rain water for landscaping

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Correct answer(s):d

Turf grass requires a large amount of water. Turf grass should be limited when trying to conserve irrigation water;

 

 

What are some environmental benefits to choosing FSC certified wood? (Choose 3)

;

a) Protects forests from soil erosion and habitat loss

b) FCS certified wood has a high recycled content

c) Preserves wildlife habitat and biodiversity

d) Supports the local economy

e) FCS certified wood is cheaper than non-certified wood

f) Minimizes the use of harmful chemicals in forests

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Correct answer(s): a,c,f;

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At peak occupancy a building was found to have 20 full-time employees (8 hours per day), 10 part-time employees (4 hours per day), and 50 transient occupants.;

Calculate the amount of peak building users.

;

a) 50

b) 25

c) 20

d) 80

e) 75

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which LEED categories could potentially be affected by altering a building’s orientation? (Choose 2)

 

a) Materials and Resources

b) Water Efficiency

c) Innovation in Design

d) Energy and Atmosphere

e) Indoor Environmental Quality

 

 

Correct answer(s):d,e

Altering a building’s orientation would have the greatest affect on energy consumption (Energy and Atmosphere category) and daylighting (Indoor Environmental;

Quality category). Both of these green strategies can be greatly affected by the location of the sun in relation to the building;

 

 

SCAQMD Rule 1113 applies to which of the following?

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a) Clear wood finishes, floor coatings, stains, and shellacs

b) Adhesives, sealants and sealant primers

c) Carpet adhesives

d) Anti-corrosive and anti-rust paints

e) Architectural paints, coatings, and primers

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Correct answer(s): a;
 

Which of the following are required for a project to be LEED certified? (Choose 2)

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a) All paints, coatings, and primers conform with GS-11

b) Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) Plan for all construction activities

c) Prohibit smoking inside the building

d) Recylcle bins

e) LEED AP must be part of either the design team or construction team

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Correct answer(s):b,d

Creating an ESC Plan is a requirement of SSp1 Recycle bins are a requirement of MRp1 All prerequisites must be satisfied in order for a building to be LEED certified;

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Which of the following is the best type of site to develop on?

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a) Greenfield

b) Prime farmland

c) Flood plain

d) Previously developed site

e) Wetland

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

LEED encourages you not to build on the other listed types of sites;

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What is an environmentally negative consequence to using natural refrigerants?

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a) They are more expensive

b) They are less efficient

c) They have a shorter lifespan

d) They are more likely to leak

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Natural refrigerants are less efficient. Because they are less efficient, more energy is required to operate the system;

 

 

Which of the following would make the best building site?

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a) A greenfield site

b) An old building downtown

c) A site next to a river

d) A wetland far from the city

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Correct answer(s):b

LEED encourages building on previously developed sites and in densely populated areas;

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According to the EPA, what is the baseline gallons per flush (gpf) for commercial and residential toilets?

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a) 0.5gpf

b) 1.0gpf

c) 1.0gpm

d) 1.6gpf

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which two of the following standards are related to IEQ Controllability of Systems: Thermal Comfort? (Choose 2)

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a) SCAQMD Rule 1113

b) ASHRAE 55-2004

c) ASHRAE 62.1-2007

d) Green Seal Plus, GS-11

e) ISO 14021

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Correct answer(s): b,c;
 

If a product to be installed inside of a building is found to contain VOC’s, what LEED category would this negatively impact?

 

a) Sustainable Sites

b) Water Efficiency

c) Indoor Environmental Quality

d) Energy and Atmosphere

e) Materials and Resources

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

VOC’s are sometimes found in carpet, paints, and composite wood material and affect Indoor Environmental Quality;

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Where would process water be found?

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a) Cooling tower

b) Landscape irrigation

c) Toilet

d) Drinking fountain

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Process water is used for industrial processes and building systems such as cooling towers, boilers, and chillers. (Reference: LEED for New Construction Reference;

Guide Glossary);

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Reducing the building footprint and stacking floor plans is a strategy to improve in what LEED area?

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a) Water efficiency

b) Brownfield redevelopment

c) Maximizing open space

d) Community connectivity

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Correct answer(s):c

Reducing the building footprint allows for more open space on a site;

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Which of the following are NOT true regarding commingled recycling? (Choose 2)

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a) Takes up less space on the job site

b) Uses one bin for all recycled materials

c) Commingling is cheaper than separating on site

d) Provides immediate feedback of diversion rates

e) Separation of recyclables takes place at an off-site facility

 

 

Correct answer(s):c,d

Commingled recyclables are put into one bin at the job site and separated at an off-site facilit;

 

 

How is a building’s baseline water consumption determined?

 

a) Based on building location

b) Based on fixture and flow rates from the EPAct of 1992

c) Based on the number of fixtures in the building

d) It is determined by the building’s water bill

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

A building’s baseline water usage is determined by fixture and flow rates from the EPAct of 1992 and the number of building occupants. The number of fixtures used 

does NOT affect calculations, only the fixture flow rates. Think of it like this… reducing the number of restroom fixtures will not reduce the amount of times 

employees use the restroom. 

 

 

What percentage of the solid waste stream each year is attributable to construction and demolition waste?

 

a) 10%

b) 20%

c) 30%

d) 40%

e) 50%

 

Correct answer(s): d 
 

The Regional Priority credits for a project are based on what?

 

a) The project’s city

b) The project’s state

c) The project’s zip code

d) The project’s county

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

How is documentation submitted for LEED credits?

 

a) USGBC website

b) GBCI website

c) Certified mail to USGBC

d) LEED Online

 

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

ALL LEED documentation is submitted through LEED Online 

 

 

If a building’s total annual energy cost is $200,000, what amount can be assumed to be process loads?

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a) $10,000

b) $30,000

c) $40,000

d) $50,000

e) $100,000

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following is NOT a benefit of green design?

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a) Reduced operating costs

b) Reduced potential liability resulting from indoor air quality problems

c) Enhanced building marketability

d) Increased worker productivity

e) Qualify for government financing

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Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which of the following is NOT required of an Innovation and Design strategy?

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a) It must be comprehensive

b) It must be cost effective

c) It must be repeatable by other projects

d) It must be quantifiable

e) It must be a strategy not already covered in the LEED Rating System

 

 

Correct answer(s): b;

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What is required as documentation for each and every prerequisite and credit in the LEED for Building Design and Construction Rating Systems?

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a) Project narrative

b) Project drawings

c) Photos

d) A letter template

e) A required signatory

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Some credits and prerequisites may also require additional supporting documentation, but all LEED credits and prerequisites require a LEED letter template;

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What are some other possible LEED Certifications a project may be able to receive if it has already received LEED Core and Shell Certification? (Choose 2)

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a) LEED for Commercial Interiors

b) LEED for New Construction

c) LEED for Schools

d) LEED for Operations and Maintenance

e) LEED for Homes

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Correct answer(s):a,d

LEED for Core and Shell is a new building certification that deals specifically with speculative buildings where the interior tenant spaces will be built later and/or;

by a different party. Therefore a core and shell building could not be certified under LEED for Homes, New Construction or Schools because those are also new building;

certifications for different product scopes and types

 

 

Which of the following would provide a specific set of minimum safety guidelines that buildings must conform to?

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a) ISO 14000

b) Building codes

c) Local zoning

d) NAFTA

d) ASHRAE

 

 

Correct answer(s): b;

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What is the definition of Albedo?

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a) The measure of a material’s perviousness

b) The ratio of the radiation emitted by a surface to the radiation emitted by a black body at the same temperature

c) The ability of a material to reject solar heat

d) The measure of an air filter’s ability to trap solids

 

 

Correct answer(s): c;

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Which of the following sets the guidelines for a measurement ; verification plan (M;V) as it pertains to LEED?

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a) ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007

b) Advanced Buildings Benchmark

c) Montreal Protocol

d) CBECS

e) IPMVP

 

Correct answer(s): e;
 

Which of the following should a project team use as the primary resource for the LEED certification process?

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a) LEED Core Concepts Guide

b) USGBC website

c) LEED Reference Guide

d) International Building Code (IBC)

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Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following are examples of postconsumer material? (Choose 2)

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a) Used aluminum cans

b) Extra paper from a printing press

c) Car tires from a junkyard

d) Sawdust from a cabinet factory

e) Waste straw from a wheat farm

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Correct answer(s):a,c

Postconsumer material has been used by the consumer or general public. Preconsumer (or postindustrial) material is produced by a manufacturing process;

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What are the two types of recycled content a product may contain? (Choose 2)

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a) Commingled

b) Rapidly renewable

c) FSC

d) Postconsumer

e) Preconsumer

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Correct answer(s):d,e

Postconsumer material has been used by the consumer or general public. Preconsumer (or postindustrial) material is produced by a manufacturing process;

and does not make it to the consumer;

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What is the intent of having a LEED AP as a member of the project team?

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a) To gather all the LEED related data

b) To streamline the LEED application and certification process

c) To be the project administrator

d) To design the project’s mechanical systems

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

Which of the following will prevent pedestrian access to a community resource as defined by LEED? (Chose 3)

 

a) Distance over 1/2 mile

b) A public park

c) A freeway interchange

d) A wall

e) A parking lot

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,c,d

You can often simply walk through or past a parking lot or park, but a wall or freeway interchange may create an impenetrable barrier. Distance can also hinder 

pedestrian access because people are willing to walk a limited distance. See the “Implementation” section of SSc 2 Development Density and Community Connectivity 

 

 

What is the Energy Policy Act used for in the LEED Rating Systems?

 

a) To set product VOC limits

b) To establish baseline building energy performance

c) To establish baseline building plumbing fixture performance

d) To set indoor air quality requirements

 

 

Correct answer(s): c

 

 

Biomass is an alternative fuel made from what material?

 

a) Plant material

b) Seaweed

c) Animal waste

d) Natural gas

 

 

Correct answer(s): a

 

 

What is the minimum project square footage required by the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) for projects using LEED BD+R, LEED ID+C and LEED O+M?

 

a) 500 square feet

b) 1,000 square feet

c) 1,500 square feet

d) 2,000 square feet

e) 2,500 square feet

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Wastewater from a restroom sink is considered which type of water?

 

a) Graywater

b) Blackwater

c) Potable Water

d) Rain Water

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

In what phase of the project should discussions regarding green strategies and LEED synergies begin?

 

a) Pre-design phase

b) Design Phase

c) Construction Phase

d) Completion Phase

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

The project team should discuss green strategies and LEED certification as early on in the process as possible 

 

 

A project team is considering using recycled flooring tiles manufactured across town. What LEED strategies might this material contribute towards? (Choose 2)

 

a) Heat island effect

b) Regional materials

c) Daylighting

d) Construction waste management

e) Recycled materials

 

 

Correct answer(s):b,e

This material would most likely contribute towards LEED points in the Regional Materials and Recycled Materials categories. Regional Materials must be extracted, 

harvested or recovered, as well as manufactured within 500 miles of the project to qualify 

 

 

Where are halons commonly found?

 

a) Refrigeration systems

b) Heating systems

c) Fire-suppression systems

d) Storm water

e) Sewage

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Halons were commonly used in fire-suppression systems prior to their phase-out, starting in 1994 under the Montreal Protocol. Halons cause ozone depletion 

 

 

Which of the following statements are true regarding the LEED Certification fee structure? (Choose 3)

 

a) USGBC members pay the same amount as non-members

b) LEED New Construction and LEED Existing Buildings have the same fee structure

c) CIRs for all rating systems cost $220 each

d) LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings fees are based on square footage

 

Correct answer(s): c,d 
 

Which type of system or equipment would not be a consumer of “process water”?

 

a) Irrigation water

b) Dishwasher

c) Clothes washer

d) Cooling tower

e) Boiler water

 

 

Correct answer(s): a

 

 

What unit of measurement is used to determine toilet water usage?

 

a) Gallons per flush (gpf)

b) Gallons per minute (gpm)

c) Gallons per use (gpu)

d) Pounds per square inch (psi)

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

Toilets and urinals are measured in gallons per flush (gpf). Sinks and showers are measured in gallons per minute (gpm) 

 

 

Which LEED Rating System specifically requires durability planning and durability management processes?

 

a) LEED for New Construction

b) LEED for Commercial Interiors

c) LEED for Core & Shell

d) LEED for Homes

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

LEED for Homes has mandatory prerequisites for both Durability Planning and Durability Management 

 

 

What are the benefits to using regional materials on a project? (Choose 3)

 

a) Reduce the amount of transportation activities and associated pollution

b) Wider variety of products to choose from

c) Recycled content is usually higher for materials produced locally

d) Supports the local economy

e) Showcases the resources and skills of the region

 

Correct answer(s): a,d,e 
 

Which of the following is required in order to prove that wood used on a project is FSC certified?

 

a) chain of custody

b) letter of custody

c) proof of custody

d) purchase order

 

 

Correct answer(s):a

A chain of custody is necessary to ensure that the proper sustainable practices have been performed throughout all steps from foresting to the end user 

 

 

Which of the following is NOT a strategy to reduce light pollution?

 

a) Minimize the amount of interior lights (visible from the exterior) that operate at night

b) Ensure exterior lights comply with the light zone requirements defined in IESNA RP-33

c) Shine landscape lights straight up into the sky (not at an angle)

d) Reduce the power input to interior lighting (visible from the exterior) at nigh

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Shining exterior lights straight down into the ground would be a strategy to reduce light pollution, not straight up into the sky 

 

 

What certification indicates electricity is from a renewable source?

 

a) Green Label

b) Green Seal

c) Green-e

d) Green Source

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

Open grid paving systems used in a parking lot can help with what two site related sustainability concepts/credits? (Choose 2)

 

a) Stormwater Management, Quantity

b) Site Selection

c) Water Use Reduction

d) Alternative Transportation, Parking Capacity

e) Heat Island Effect, Non-Roof

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,e

Explanation: Open grid paving decreases impervious area, thus helping promote stormwater infiltration and the open vegetated 

cells help mitigate the heat island effect by not contributing to heat build-up 

 

 

What defines a rapidly renewable resource?

 

a) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 5 years or less

b) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 10 years or less

c) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 15 years or less

d) A material that is planted and harvested in a cycle of 20 years or less

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

Life-cycle assessment and cradle-to-grave analysis both evaluate a product’s total environmental impact over it’s entire life 

 

 

What are the benefits of submitting a two-phase LEED application? (Choose 3)

 

a) A project can earn several points early in the design review

b) A project can receive feedback from the design review prior to the construction review

c) Project teams can get a better idea how many LEED points will potentially be awarded after the design review

d) Any credit awarded in the design review does not need to be submitted again

e) The USGBC can rule on the likelihood of obtaining a credit in the design review

 

Correct answer(s): b,c,e 
 

What EPA program helps consumers identify water efficient products?

 

a) Energy Star

b) ASHRAE

c) WaterSense

d) SMACNA

e) Green-e

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

A WaterSense label indicates that a fixture exceeds water efficiency standards for high-efficiency fixtures 

 

 

How many points would a project team receive for having 10 LEED APs on a LEED Project?

 

a) 1

b) 5

c) 10

d) 20

 

Correct answer(s): a 
 

Increasing ventilation will often times have a negative effect on which of the following?

 

a) Heat Island Effect: Roof

b) Optimize Energy Performance

c) Innovative Wastewater Technologies

d) Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring

e) Construction IAQ Management Plan: Before Occupancy

 

 

Correct answer(s): b

 

 

What sustainability concept can xeriscaping contribute to?

 

a) Reducing the heat island effect

b) Water efficient irrigation

c) Construction waste management

d) Indoor air quality

e) Certified wood

 

Correct answer(s): b 
 

Which of the following is true regarding the use of any USGBC logo?

 

a) It may be modified only by a local USGBC Chapter

b) Only USGBC members can modify a logo

c) The mark may not be reduced to less than 20% of its original print size

d) The registered trademark symbol is not necessary as long as the logo is not modified

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

Which of the following would be found in a LEED construction waste management plan? (Choose 3)

 

a) Diversion goals

b) Construction debris and materials to be diverted

c) Amount of soil to be exported to the landfill

d) Remediation company that will be removing hazardous waste

e) Parties responsible for implementing the plan

 

Correct answer(s):a,b,e 
 

Which of the following is true about using halon in a fire suppression system?

 

a) The project would not be eligible for LEED certification

b) Using halon in a fire suppression system would not disqualify a project from LEED certification, as long as it is installed in accordance with local fire codes

c) LEED only allows the use of halons in HVAC systems

d) The project would be eligible for an exemplary performance point under EAc 4, Enhanced Refrigerant Management

 

 

Correct answer(s):b

The use of halons would disqualify a project from earning EAc4, Enhanced Refrigerant Management only 

 

 

What costing model should be used to demonstrate the true cost of sustainability strategies?

 

a) Simple Payback

b) Return on Investment

c) Life Cycle Costing

d) Benefit Analysis

 

 

Correct answer(s):c

Life Cycle Costing takes into account not only product and system first costs, but also costs for ongoing maintenance, energy use, life-span etc. Sustainable d

esign strategies often have higher first costs than comparable materials but can be shown to be less expensive in the long run due to decrease energy or maintenance costs 

 

 

Which of the following will qualify a vehicle as a low-emission and fuel-efficient vehicle? (Choose 2)

 

a) Classified as a Zero Emission Vehicle by the California Air Resources Board

b) Green Seal score of 40

c) Green Seal score of 30

d) Green Label score of 40

e) ACEEE Green Score of 40

 

 

Correct answer(s): a,e

 

 

A 90,000 square foot building has 3 levels. Each level is the same size. What is the building footprint?

 

a) 10,000 sf

b) 15,000 sf

c) 30,000 sf

d) 45,000 sf

e) 90,000 sf

 

Correct answer(s): c 
 

An owner has decided to install carports over a portion of a proposed building’s parking lot. The carports will have PV panels installed on top and the energy;

produced will be used to power the parking lot street lights. What green building area would be affected by this change?

;

a) On Site Renewable Energy

b) Daylighting

c) Rapidly Renewable Materials

d) Parking Capacity

e) Maximize Open Space

 

Correct answer(s): a;
 

What happens if USGBC finds out that a project does not meet the Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs)?

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a) Certification can be revoked

b) A fine must be paid

c) The project;s certification level is lowered by one level

d) The project must be resubmitted

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Correct answer(s): a
 

Which federal act has been adopted by many local jurisdictions and contains requirements for building accessibility?

;

a) ASHRAE

b) EPAct

c) Civil Rights Act

d) ADA

e) ANSI

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Correct answer(s): d;
 

Which of the following would be a potential negative consequence for the project team to consider when trying to maximize Light Pollution Reduction?

;

a) Disrupting nearby nocturnal species

b) Reducing nocturnal glow of the project site

c) Energy conservation

d) Safety and security

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Correct answer(s): d;
 

How can a project earn points for Green Power?

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a) By Installing on-site renewable energy, such as windmills

b) By purchasing electricity from a Green -e power provider

c) By consuming less energy than the baseline calculated by the EPA

d) By running all mechanical systems on natural gas

 

Correct answer(s): b;
 

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How could a project team improve community connectivity?

 

a) Install bike racks

b) Provide a shuttle service to a bus station

c) Select a site within walking distance of a train station

d) Select a site within walking distance of a park

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Correct answer(s):d

Community connectivity is achieved by locating a project within walking distance of;

basic services such as grocery stores, banks, parks, etc. Answer (d) is the correct answer;

 

 

Which of the following is not a credit category in the LEED for Operations and Maintenance Rating System?

;

a) Water Efficiency

b) Materials and Resources

c) Indoor Air Quality

d) Innovation in Operations

e) Regional Priority

 

Correct answer(s): c;
 

Which of the following strategies does not qualify as providing ;preferred parking;?

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a) Offering a significant discount on parking passes

b) Providing a randomly assigned parking space

c) Providing a space that is as close to the building as possible

d) Providing a designated covered spot

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Correct answer(s):b

Providing an assigned space that is closest to the building does qualify as preferred parking, but not just a randomly assigned space;

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What is the first step in determining the water efficiency of a new building?

;

a) Check the water main size

b) Confirm the number of fixtures installed

c) Limit landscape irrigation use

d) Establish a water consumption baseline

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Determining a water usage baseline is the first step in determining water efficiency. The baseline is conducted using the EPAct 1992 standard. The actual;

fixtures to be installed are then compared to the baseline fixtures to determine efficiency

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HCFCs are scheduled to be phased out by the Montreal Protocol in what year?

;

a) 2015

b) 2020

c) 2030

d) 2040

e) 2050

 

 

Correct answer(s): c;

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According to the EPA, which strategy is most effective for reducing waste?

;

a) Recycling

b) Reusing

c) Commingling

d) Source reduction

e) Remanufacturing

 

Correct answer(s): d;
 

How do the LEED Rating Systems reward projects for implementing new green strategies not specifically addressed by LEED?

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a) Exemplary performance points

b) Regional Priority points

c) LEED does not reward projects for green strategies not addressed in their rating systems

d) Innovation in Design Points

 

 

Correct answer(s):d

Innovation in Design points are in place to encourage projects to implement green strategies not addressed in the LEED Rating Systems;

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Which of the following are considered blackwater? (Choose 2)

;

a) Waste from a urinal

b) Rain water

c) Water from a bathroom lavatory faucet

d) Water from a kitchen sink

e) Water from a cooling tower

 

 

Correct answer(s):a,d

The definition of blackwater differs slightly between jurisdictions. Generally, waste from a urinal, toilet, or any waste from a kitchen is considered blackwater;

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Which type of water is not allowed to be used for irrigation purposes?

;

a) Potable water

b) Well water

c) Blackwater

d) Graywater

e) Captured Rainwater

f) Any type of water is suitable for landscape irrigation

 

Correct answer(s): c;

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