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What are the environmental benefits of limiting stormwater runoff?


A
Collecting the water for custodial uses
B
Reducing harmful chemicals carried into the water system
C
Reusing the water for landscape irrigation
D
Minimizing impacts on microclimates

B

What should a project team member do to document that the LEED project has met the requirements of a prerequisite or credit?


A
Update the LEED Scorecard
B
Submit a CIR to GBCI
C
Submit the appropriate credit form using LEED Online
D
Update the project narrative

C

What is a water closet?


A
A type of flush fixture
B
A storage tank for rainwater
C
A storage tank for graywater
D
A component of a cooling tower

A

Which of the following is not a strategy for reducing the heat island effect of a proposed parking lot?


A
Using open grid paving
B
Placing the parking spaces under the building
C
Painting the parking lot with a material with low SRI value
D
Planting trees that will provide shade

C

Why do natural refrigerants have greater global warming potential than refrigerants that can damage the ozone layer?


A
They produce more sulfur dioxide in the refrigeration process
B
They have higher leakage rates
C
They require water use
D
They are less efficient

D

The addition or increasing the use of graywater in a building can help with:


A
Reducing stormwater runoff
B
Reducing potable water used by urinals
C
Reducing potable water use in faucets
D
Reducing rainwater harvesting

B

What is the average water savings in a commercial building when implementing water efficiency goals?


A
10%
B
20%
C
40%
D
30%

D

Which of the following does not help achieve a water-efficient landscape?


A
Replacing perennials with native plants
B
Installing hardscapes
C
Adaptive plantings
D
Overhead sprinklers

D

What should be used during all project phases to verify the green building goals are being met?


A
LEED Score Card
B
Commissioning plan
C
ID Credit Catalog
D
Materials checklist

A

Every LEED rating system contains credits for:


A
Radon measurements
B
Carbon offsets
C
Fundamental refrigerant management
D
Innovation

D

What are the key criteria that define green building performance?


A
Prerequisites
B
Minimum program requirements
C
Innovative designs
D
Third party standards

A

What is incorporated into many local building codes?

(Choose 2)

A
Uniform Plumbing Codes and International Plumbing Codes
B
ASHRAE standards
C
Choices for regional materials
D
Transportation reduction strategies

A & B

What is an advantage of comingled recycling vs. separate containers?


A
The materials can be donated more easily
B
People and contractors are more likely to use it
C
Recycling fees will be reduced
D
More materials can be put into one container

B

Reusing an existing building can help earn credit in what category?


A
Sustainable Sites
B
Water Efficiency
C
Energy and Atmosphere
D
Materials and Resources

D

What is not true about Innovation in Design (ID) credits?


A
ID credits can be awarded for specific environmental issues related to the region the project is located in
B
ID credits are awarded for environmental impacts
C
Each innovative performance credit awarded requires a 12 month follow up to verify the strategy is comprehensive
D
Exemplary performance is only available for existing LEED credits

C

What is the environmental benefit of selecting something that is Green-e certified?


A
Reduced CO2 emissions from fossil fuels because of greener and cleaner electricity
B
Less smog from automobile pollution because of more efficient cars
C
Lower impact on natural resources because of better logging practices
D
Better indoor air quality due to lower VOC content in carpets

A

What are the environmental benefits of choosing FSC certified wood that has been extracted and milled 250 miles from a project site?


A
Reduced soil erosion and stream sedimentation
B
Reduced transportation costs
C
Reduced impact on the ozone layer
D
Reduced demand for virgin materials

A

What can be used to compare the energy performance of two buildings?


A
Green-e
B
LEED Online
C
ENERGY STAR
D
LEED

C

What is a biofuel-based system?


A
A system that runs using wave power
B
A system that runs on organic material
C
A system that runs on power from the sun
D
A system that runs on gas

B

What additional LEED certification would a project team likely pursue for an office building that has already earned LEED Core & Shell and the offices will be leased out to tenants?


A
LEED for Commercial Interiors
B
LEED Core & Shell post-certification
C
LEED for Homes
D
LEED for New Construction

A

Which item is considered pre-consumer recycled content?


A
Cardboard boxes
B
Soda cans
C
Wood chips from a mill
D
Milk jugs

C

A Green Education program is widely known as an innovative strategy worthy of an ID point in the LEED rating systems. What characteristics does this program display that must be present in all innovative performance strategies?

(Choose 2)

A
Comprehensive
B
Unique
C
Quantifiable
D
Rare

A & C

What are attributes of open space?

(Choose 2)

A
Open space is 100 ft. beyond the building perimeter
B
Open space is vegetated
C
Open space has been previously developed
D
Open space is shaded
E
Open space is pervious

B & E

A project team achieved an 80% water use reduction for an office building. What is true about this achievement?


A
The project team must verify that all flush fixtures in the office building are low-flow
B
The project will earn a Regional Priority credit
C
The project will earn an exemplary performance point under Innovation in Design
D
All of the flow and flush fixtures in the building must be WaterSense labeled in order for the project to be eligible for LEED certification

C

What is albedo?


A
Measure of a material's imperviousness
B
Measure of a refrigerant's ozone depletion potential
C
Measure of a plant's drought tolerance
D
Measure of a material's ability to reflect sunlight on a scale of 0 to 1

D

The project team will not meet the threshold requirements of a particular LEED credit. What is the proper course of action that the team should take regarding this credit?


A
Submit a CIR
B
Not include the credit in the final application
C
Apply for an exception
D
Appeal the credit

B

When project team members discuss the albedo of a product, to what are they referring?


A
Recycled content
B
Emissivity
C
Solar reflectance
D
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) content

C

Which of these sites if selected would most help with community connectivity?


A
A site that has underground parking and open space on the property
B
A site within 1/2 mile walking distance to a public park
C
A site located within 1/2 mile walking distance of a commuter rail line
D
A site located next door to residential condominiums

B

What will not help with water efficient landscaping?


A
Mulching around plants
B
Planting native plants
C
Xeriscaping
D
Creating a sediment basin

D

What statement is true regarding ChloroFluoroCarbons (CFCs) and HydroChloroFluoroCarbons (HCFCs)?


A
LEED encourages replacing CFC or halon-based fire suppression systems with HCFCs
B
CFCs have a greater global warming potential (GWP) than HCFCs
C
CFCs are banned under the Montreal Protocol while HCFCs are not
D
The ozone depletion potential (ODP) of HCFCs and CFCs is about the same

B

What issues do the ASHRAE standards NOT address?

(Choose 2)

A
Heat island measurement
B
Thermal comfort
C
Energy efficiency
D
Plumbing codes

A & D

What type of plants should be used on a green roof?


A
Plants with high watering needs
B
Plants that require heavy fertilization
C
Tall plants that provide shade
D
Native plants

D

What statement is true about RECs?


A
RECs are sold separately from electricity
B
RECs may only be sold in locations approved by Green-e
C
RECs can be sold back to an electricity provider through net-metering
D
RECs are sold within a 500 mile radius of the project

A

What types of land does LEED prefer project teams build on?


A
Land that has been zoned for commercial use
B
Previously developed
C
Undeveloped
D
Impervious

B

A major renovation of an existing K-12 school building would likely use what LEED rating system?


A
LEED for Commercial Interiors
B
LEED for Core and Shell
C
LEED for New Construction
D
LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
E
LEED for Schools

E

The recycling of construction and demolition debris helps with what issue?


A
Reducing the amount of materials needed for a construction project
B
Keeping hazardous materials out of landfills
C
Reducing CFCs leaked into the atmosphere
D
Reducing demand for virgin resources

D

What minimum floor area is needed for New Construction, Core and Shell, Schools, Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance projects?


A
There is no minimum
B
10,000 sq. ft.
C
1,000 sq. ft.
D
5,000 sq. ft.

C

What implies a direct impact on global warming?


A
Service life
B
Ozone depleting potential
C
Global warming potential
D
Refrigerant charge

C

Reductions in the water use of cooling towers, boilers, and chillers are calculated as part of what usage group for water efficiency?


A
Indoor water
B
Outdoor water
C
Process water
D
Harvested water

C

What statement is true regarding halons?


A
Halons are substances that deplete the stratospheric ozone layer
B
Halons absorb heat from a reservoir at low temperatures and reject heat at higher temperatures
C
Halons are commonly used in centrifugal chillers
D
Halons are a type of hydrocarbon

A

What does USGBC's Portfolio Program help with?


A
Comparing baseline energy use among buildings
B
Cost-effective LEED certification on a volume scale
C
Comparing design case energy use among buildings
D
Policy support for LEED documentation

B

Within what distance must a material be extracted, harvested, recovered, or manufactured to be considered a regional material?


A
100 miles
B
250 miles
C
500 miles
D
200 miles

C

What will the project team need to consult local zoning to determine?


A
The total square footage the building can be in relation to the site area
B
The refrigerant selection for HVAC&R systems
C
The types of materials that can be used for a tenant fit-out
D
Where in the building recycling containers can be placed

A

A door found onsite and turned into a table as part of a major renovation would automatically qualify as:


A
Regional material
B
Comingled material
C
Pre-consumer content
D
Rapidly renewable material

A

A LEED AP on a project works exclusively on the HVAC system and does not serve as a principal participant. What statement is true regarding this scenario?


A
The project would earn a Regional Priority credit
B
The project would earn an Innovation in Design credit
C
No Innovation in Design credit would be earned for having the LEED AP work on the project
D
The project would earn an Energy and Atmosphere credit

C

The energy consumed per unit of floor space is on average what percent lower in green buildings compared to traditional buildings?


A
11%
B
24%
C
20%
D
10%

B

Which of the following are not variables used to calculate the Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) of a museum project?


A
The hours worked per week of volunteers
B
The number of part-time employees
C
The number of daily museum visitors
D
The hours worked per week for full time employees

C

Promoting durability and high performance of the building enclosure and its components and systems through appropriate design, materials selection, and construction practices is part of what process?


A
Ongoing operations and maintenance
B
Durability management process
C
LEED Charrette
D
Measurement and verification

B

What is true about a project that earns 38 points towards certification?


A
The project would be LEED Certified
B
The project would not earn certification
C
The project would be LEEDs Certified
D
The project would be LEED certified
E
The project would be LEED Silver

B

How many Innovation & Design Process Points can a non-home project earn in LEED v3?


A
6
B
8
C
10
D
4

A

What are acceptable ways to use USGBC in text according to the USGBC logo guidelines?

(Choose 2)

A
United States Green Building Council
B
US Green Building Council
C
U.S. Green Building Council
D
U.S. GBC
E
USGBC

C & E

What statement is true regarding the purchase of RECs?


A
RECs will increase the amount of onsite renewable energy a building generates
B
RECs decrease the quantity of energy a building owner must purchase from utility companies
C
Purchasing RECs will help a project earn credit for Green Power
D
RECs decrease a building's energy demand

C

What statement is true regarding HydroChloroFluoroCarbons (HCFCs)?


A
HCFCs have a low ozone depletion potential compared to CFCs
B
HCFCs are a type of natural refrigerant
C
HCFCs are the refrigerants with the least direct impact on the environment
D
Zero use of HCFCs is required to achieve Fundamental Refrigerant Management

A

What LEED Rating System is used for interior tenant improvements?


A
LEED for Core & Shell
B
LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance
C
LEED for New Construction
D
LEED for Commercial Interiors

D

Which of the following is effective at reducing potable water consumption indoors?


A
Installing fixtures that meet the EPAct 1992 standard
B
Installing low-consumption flush fixtures and low-flow rate faucets
C
Implementing cooling tower water management
D
Increasing potable water demand

B

How is ozone created?


A
Emissions from incinerators
B
Transportation emissions
C
Emissions from factories
D
A sunlight-driven chemical reaction between molecules

D

Which of the following actions/concepts may earn a project Innovation in Design (ID) credit for innovative performance?


A
Providing an educational program on the environmental and human health benefits of a green building's practices
B
Achieving the next incremental threshold of a credit's requirements
C
Addressing a geographically specific environmental priority for an existing LEED credit
D
Doubling a credit requirement's threshold of achievement

A

What site features are included in the landscape area?


A
Neighboring green space property
B
Open grid paved surfaces
C
Parking lot with high albedo surfaces
D
Tree save area

D

The baseline water use of a urinal is:


A
2.2 gpm
B
2.2 gpf
C
1.0 gpf
D
1.0 gpm

C

Which of the following statements is true about innovative design?


A
Using graywater on a project is innovative design
B
Prerequisites cannot earn innovative design credits
C
Coming in under budget and on schedule is innovative design
D
Having an integrated project team is innovative design

B

Which items are considered pre-consumer recycled items?


A
Demolition debris used on another project
B
Cotton insulation manufactured from factory reject denim jeans
C
Carpets made from nylon that include scraps from production
D
Steel beams created from metal reclaimed from the manufacturing line

B

A vehicle meeting which standard would be considered low-emitting and fuel efficient?


A
Green-e Certified
B
Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board
C
EPA Transportation and Air Quality standard
D
SCAQMD air quality standards

B

Which of the following are LEED strategies to reduce pollution caused by automobile transportation to the project site?


A
Decrease the width of parking spots
B
Encourage street parking
C
Provide free parking to all occupants
D
Provide discounted parking to anyone driving alternative fueled vehicles

D

Which of the following are strategies for conserving potable water?


A
Installing a dual flush toilet
B
Installing a bioretention pond
C
Installing an onsite septic system
D
Treating wastewater onsite

A

Which of the following are not Minimum Program Requirements?


A
Minimum use (less than 1%) of CFC-based refrigerants
B
Minimum building area to site area ratio
C
Minimum occupancy rate of at least one Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
D
The project must be a permanent building or structure

A

What should guide a LEED project from registration to certification of a project?


A
LEED Reference Guide
B
Landscape design
C
Refrigerant choice
D
Plumbing codes

A

Bonus points under the LEED rating systems are awarded when what occurs?

(Choose 2)

A
Exemplary or innovative performance is achieved
B
Two LEED APs work as principal participants on the project
C
Prerequisites and a certain number of credits are earned
D
The project exceeds the Minimum Program Requirements

A & B

What is a footcandle?


A
Measure of the quantity of light falling on a given surface
B
The amount of liquid a material can pass through
C
The ratio of the radiation emitted by a surface to the radiation emitted by a black body at the same temperature.
D
Measure of a surface's ability to reflect solar heat

A

Compared to conventional building, a green building project and construction budget will have what additional costs?


A
Life cycle cost analysis
B
Fees to review local laws and standards
C
Costs to implement erosion control plans
D
Soft costs

A

hat statement is true regarding the property boundary and the LEED project boundary?


A
The property boundary is the portion of the site submitted for LEED while the LEED project boundary marks where the LEED project ends
B
The property boundary is the total area within the legal property boundaries of a site while the LEED project boundary the portion of the site submitted for LEED
C
The definitions are the same
D
They can be the same, but the property boundary includes only the area submitted for LEED

B

SMACNA guidelines should be followed for what reason?


A
To develop a green cleaning program
B
To minimize indoor air quality issues caused by construction
C
To select carpets with low VOCs
D
To establish an integrated pest management plan

B

What would be included in hard cost estimates?

(Choose 2)

A
Art
B
Carpet
C
Furniture
D
Fire sprinkler system

B & D

What type of land is NOT considered previously developed?


A
Graded site that has grown over with grass
B
Tree mill
C
Site of an old drive-in theatre
D
Farmland

D

Which of the following is not a goal of USGBC's Portfolio Program?


A
Foster a network of investors, developers, owners, and managers committed to greening both their new and existing building portfolios
B
Provide cost-effective streamlined certification processes, reducing the documentation requirements wherever possible
C
Identify the basic construction and development activities for which the LEED program was designed to evaluate
D
Provide a cost-effective path to achieving LEED certification on a volume scale

C

What of the following are examples of basic services that help a project earn LEED credit for community connectivity?


A
Pedestrian access between two office buildings
B
Public library
C
Zipcar program
D
Public parking garage

B

When should innovative techniques first be addressed for a LEED project?


A
After the design phase is complete
B
Throughout the construction process as new ideas arise
C
When products are ordered
D
During the planning process

D

What does the emissivity of a material refer to?


A
The environmental benefits of the material over time
B
Measure of a material's ability to reflect sunlight (including the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet wavelengths) on a scale of 0 to 1
C
The ratio of energy radiated by a particular material to energy radiated by a black body at the same temperature
D
How hot a surface would get relative to standard black and standard white surface

C

What are the first steps a project team should take before purchasing renewable power?

(Choose 3)

A
Identify key decision makers
B
Gather energy data
C
Identify available offsite/onsite renewable power options
D
Review the building commissioning plan
E
Select an REC provider

A, B & C

What LEED category would the Green-e standard be used in?


A
Indoor Environmental Quality
B
Materials and Resources
C
Sustainable Sites
D
Energy and Atmosphere

D

What environmental issue is associated with refrigerants used in HVAC&R systems?


A
Increased use of fossil fuels
B
Pollution of water bodies
C
Increased air pollution
D
Damage to the Earth's ozone layer

D

Reducing external light pollution will result in synergies between what LEED credit categories?

(Choose 2)

A
Sustainable Sites
B
Energy and Atmosphere
C
Innovation in Design
D
Indoor Environmental Quality

A & B

Which of the following are benefits of community connectivity?


A
Reduction of heat islands
B
Increased availability of stormwater
C
More lenient zoning rules
D
Protection of undeveloped land

D

Placing a project's parking underground would help with what LEED credit?


A
Parking capacity
B
Preferred parking
C
Heat island effect
D
Recycled materials

C

What must a project do to earn LEED certification after selecting a rating system?


A
Satisfy all prerequisites for the selected rating system and earn a minimum number of points
B
Pay the relevant fees and have a Green Rater approve the project
C
Satisfy relevant prerequisites for the selected rating system and earn a minimum number of points
D
Earn a minimum number of points only

A

Which of the following are examples of post-consumer recycled content?


A
Scraps reclaimed from the manufacturing line
B
Magazines from a print overrun
C
Planer shavings used to make composite wood
D
Construction and demolition debris sent to a recycling plant

D

What design decisions would help reduce the quantity or improve the quality of stormwater runoff?


A
Adding a constructed wetland
B
Placing the building next to a park or other natural area
C
Using drip lines for irrigation
D
Replacing all roads and hardscapes with impervious asphalt

A

What is the proper designation for a project that has earned 80 points and met all prerequisites?


A
LEED Certified Platinum
B
LEED Gold
C
LEED Platinum
D
LEED Certified Gold

C

Collecting and using stormwater to replace potable water use in flush fixtures helps with what project areas?

(Choose 2)

A
Water use reduction
B
Reducing the development footprint
C
Stormwater management
D
Reducing heat islands

A & C

What helps minimize the space requirements of occupant recycling?

(Choose 2)

A
Having onsite cardboard balers
B
Installing can crushers
C
Locating the recycling bins in the basement of the building
D
Having multiple bins for each recycled material

A & B

A project team has submitted registration information for a building that has a target rating of Gold. When can the project team advertise that the project is LEED Gold?


A
After the registration is submitted
B
After the preliminary review
C
After the final application review is accepted
D
After substantial completion of the project
E
Once the registration has been approved by GBCI

C

Where in the LEED reference guide can a team find information on differences relating to the geographic location of a project?


A
Regional Variations
B
Resources
C
Related Credits
D
Requirements

A

For LEED, if a project has an existing CFC-based refrigeration system and it is not economically feasible to replace the system, what maximum annual leakage of the existing system is allowed?


A
3%
B
0%
C
1%
D
5%

D

Which of the following is not a strategy to reduce construction waste?


A
Sell unused materials
B
Use salvaged materials
C
Maximize the building footprint
D
Recycle materials

C

Which of the following causes depletion of the ozone layer?


A
Landfill gas
B
HCFC
C
Biofuel
D
Hydrogen power

B

Which refrigerant has the lowest Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP)?


A
HFC
B
HCFC
C
CFC
D
Halon

A

What LEED rating system addresses exterior site maintenance programs?


A
LEED for Core and Shell
B
LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance
C
LEED for Schools
D
LEED for New Construction

B

What are examples of waste diversion for construction waste management?

(Choose 2)

A
Disposal in landfills
B
Reuse
C
Recycling
D
Incineration

B & C

What amount of parking will encourage alternative transportation and maximize open space?


A
25% less parking spaces than the peak occupant demand
B
The minimum amount required by any local code
C
Enough for parking for FTE building occupants
D
Enough parking to handle peak occupant demand

B

What type of water has the highest quality?


A
Waste water
B
Process water
C
Green water
D
Potable water

D

The leakage rate is the speed at which an appliance loses refrigerant, measured between refrigerants charges or over _____, whichever is shorter.


A
12 months
B
18 months
C
24 months
D
6 months

A

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