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1

What are three characteristics of the USGBC's program development?

  • Member-driven
  • Committee-based
  • Consensus-focused

2

List the two documents that need to be reviewed by the Commissioning Authority (CxA) for clarity and completeness.

  • Basis of Design
  • Owners Project Requirements

3

What are credit interpretation rulings (CIRs)?

Credit interpretation rulings (CIRs) set precedents for the interpretation of LEED credits.

4

What book directs the activities of the design group, starting from the pre-design stage through all the successive stages?

The LEED Reference guide

5

List the three objectives of the LEED minimum program requirements.

  • Protect the integrity of the LEED program.
  • Reduce certification process challenges.
  • Give clear guidance to users.

6

What is the approach to ensure effective implementation of a variety of sustainable design strategies?

Whole-building approach

7

Define prerequisite as it applies to LEED rating systems.

A prerequisite is a mandatory project characteristic, measurement, quality, value, or function as identified within the LEED rating system.

8

What is a LEED Green Rater?

A Green Rater is an individual who works for a LEED for Homes Provider and performs on-site inspections and testing for the LEED for Homes Rating System.

9

Which rating systems will award a project one or more points for already being LEED-certified in another rating system?

  • LEED for Homes
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors
  • LEED for Operations and Maintenance

10

List the three components of the triple bottom line.

  • Social responsibility
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Economic prosperity

11

What is the basis for LEED Certification fees?

The project square footage

12

The LEED rating system that should be pursued by a new high rise residential building is _____.

LEED for New Construction

13

The minimum age for a building to participate in the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance rating system is _____.

12 months

14

Which LEED rating system employs a three-stage review?

LEED for Neighborhood Development

15

The minimum score required to pass the LEED Green Associate exam is _____.

170

16

A LEED project is completed with a total of 70 points acquired. The level of certification reached by the project is _____.

Gold

17

Define a project charette as it applies to LEED.

The charette is a one or two day meeting of high-level discussions at the beginning of a project to define the overall strategy and including all the key project stakeholders.

18

Who can use the USGBC logo?

Only USGBC members in good standing.

19

What is the general rule for achieving an exceptional or exemplary performance credit?

Meet the performance level defined by the next step in the threshold progression.

20

What is the intent of the Innovation in Design category?

To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for designs or processes not specifically addressed by LEED

21

The critical project stage for shaping and developing a sustainable building is the _____.

pre-design phase

22

Which rating system requires the project team to establish a Preliminary Rating?

LEED for Homes

23

Which rating system requires a recertification process?

LEED for Operations and Maintenance

24

What is the “cornerstone for developing sustainable buildings”?

Integrated building design

25

What is the most effective way to assure the development and implementation of an integrated building design during the pre-design phase? 

Participation of the entire team.

26

What is the greatest benefit of an integrative design process in terms of achieving LEED Certification?

To capitalize on credit synergies.

27

When submitting a CIR, what are the two things that should be included?

  • The inquiry
  • Essential background information

28

What is the minimum project square footage required for projects using LEED BD+C, LEED ID+C and LEED O+M?

1,000 square feet

29

What is the minimum point threshold a LEED for Homes project can achieve to become LEED certified?

40

30

What is the requirement to maintain LEED AP status?

30 Continuing Education (CE) hours over a 2-year period

31

What is "LEED Online"?

LEED Online is the primary resource for managing the LEED documentation process.

Through LEED Online, project teams can manage project details, complete documentation requirements for LEED credits and prerequisites, upload supporting files, submit applications for review, receive reviewer feedback, and ultimately earn LEED certification.

32

List two advantages of having the LEED goal-setting meeting early on in the project.

  • To evaluate costs of pursuing various credits and strategies
  • To receive discounted project registration fees

33

How are Credit Interpretation Rulings (CIRs) connected to Innovation in Design credits?

An Innovation in Design credit is not guaranteed unless it has been established via the CIR process.

34

A concrete building is completely de-constructed on-site and the concrete is crushed and reused as base rock for the new foundation. Which credits might this apply to?

  • Regional Materials. 
  • Construction Waste Diversion.

35

Define the LEED for Core and Shell certification.

LEED for Core and Shell deals specifically with speculative buildings where the interior tenant spaces will be built later and/or by a different party.

36

How many years does it take for the LEED O&M certification to expire?

5

37

The LEED Minimum Program Requirements state that the building must be built on _____ and the building must be _____.

  • existing land
  • permanent

38

Define "LEED Green Fellow".

A LEED Green Fellow is the highest credential, demonstrating 10 or more years of LEED experience and commitment to the green building field.

39

The following are _____ in a LEED Certification project

  • Construction workers
  • Future occupants
  • Future maintenance team
  • Neighbors
  • Community, gov’t reps
  • Utility companies

Stakeholders

40

The term "People, profit, planet" refers to what?

The triple bottom line

41

What year did the USGBC create LEED?

1998

42

These are all examples of what?

  • design fees & permit expenses
  • project registration & certification fees
  • appeals and CIR fees
  • LEED consultant fees
  • energy modeling fees

Soft costs

43

Define synergy as it relates to the LEED credits.

A credit synergy is achieved when a single strategy aids two or more credits and/or prerequisites.

44

What is the term for when a single strategy for one credit hurts another.

Credit tradeoff

45

The LEED scorecard is also called the _____.

LEED credit checklist

46

Who is responsible for the following?

  • establish user documents
  • register project
  • set up team members
  • assign credit responsibilities
  • submit documents to GBCI

LEED Project Administrator

47

The LEED project registration fee for USGBC National members is ______.

$900.00

48

List some benefits of having a LEED AP on the project team. 

  • Knowledge of LEED & green building practices 
  • Explain LEED credits
  • LEED project experience
  • Encourage whole building approach
  • Streamline the LEED process

49

The _____ is the basis for determining a project's Regional Priority credit options.

zip code

50

_____ set precedents for the interpretation of LEED credits as it relates to specific strategies and applications.

Credit interpretation rulings (CIRs)

51

A _____ is a mandatory project characteristic, measurement, quality, value, or function as identified within the LEED rating system.

prerequisite

52

A _____ is an individual who works for a LEED for Homes Provider and performs on-site inspections and testing for the LEED for Homes Rating System.

Green Rater

53

A key part of the integrated design process, the _____ is a one or two day meeting of high-level discussions at the beginning of a project to define the overall strategy and including all the key project stakeholders.

project charette

54

What category provides design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for designs or processes not specifically addressed by LEED.

Innovation in Design

55

_____ is the primary resource for managing the LEED documentation process.

LEED Online

56

_____ deals specifically with speculative buildings where the interior tenant spaces will be built later and/or by a different party.

LEED for Core and Shell

57

A LEED _____ is the highest credential, demonstrating 10 or more years of LEED experience and commitment to the green building field.

Green Fellow

58

List examples of soft costs.

  • design fees & permit expenses
  • project registration & certification fees
  • appeals and CIR fees
  • LEED consultant fees
  • energy modeling fees

59

Define tradeoff as it relates to the LEED credits.

A tradeoff happens when a single strategy for one credit and/or prerequisite hurts another.

60

List some of the LEED Project Administrator's responsibilities.

  • establish user documents
  • register project
  • set up team members
  • assign credit responsibilities
  • submit documents to GBCI