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Define: Simple Payback A A sustainable design concept of strategy that must be achieved on any project that pursues LEED Certification. The time it will take to see enough savings to pay back an initial investment, calculated by dividing the initial cost of the investment by annual savings. LEED for Homes Reference
Which Rating Systems offer Innovation in Design points for using an integrated project team, holding a design, charrette, and/or orienting the building for solar design? Define: LEED Project Boundary
The boundary describing the extents of the project that is being submitted for LEED certification. This may or may not coincide with the project site boundary. Which LEED Rating Systems All LEED Rating Systems offers a credit for involving a LEED Accredited Professional in the project? What is the name of Greenbuild USGBCs annual convention and exposition? A local code or standard may If the local code or standard is shown to be be used instead of the equal to or more stringent than the named national standard specified national standard. by a credit in what case? Will a reviewer from the No, all certification documentation is Green Building Certification submitted electronically through LEEDInstitute (GBCI) ever visit online or handled by a LEED for Homes your project? Provider. What organization creates The Green Building Certification Institute and manages the Green (GBCI) Associate and LEED AP professional credentialing programs? What are the 7 categories of Sustainable Sites the LEED for Operations & Water Efficiency Maintenance Rating Energy & Atmosphere System? Materials & Resources Indoor Environmental Quality
What is the primary tool for documenting a LEED project? What is the purpose of the life-cycle cost analysis?
Innovation in Design Regional Priority LEED Online To take into account not just the first cost of a product or system but also consider potential future costs such as maintenance or replacement costs and potential savings such as utility costs saved by reducing energy or water use. An individual who has successfully completed the LEED accreditation exam. A project that contains any combination of commercial retail and/or residential components. Employees or contractors who are responsible for the maintenance of a building and its systems. Registered: The initial contact with USGBC – this activates the LEED-Online project site and begins the documentation process; Certified: A LEED award has been given, attesting that the project meets LEED standards. Buildings are Certified; Accredited: Distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills of the LEED Rating Systems. The Project Administrator
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Define: LEED Accredited Professional Define: Mixed-Use Project Define: Management Staff What is the difference between Registered, Certified, and Accredited?
Who assigns team members roles and invites them to join LEED-Online? Which rating system adjusts LEED for Homes the point thresholds of the four certification levels based on the square footage of the project? What does LEED stand for? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Define: LEED Technical A committee of industry experts that assist Advisory Group (TAG) in interpreting existing LEED credits and making improvements to existing LEED rating systems. What is the Mission of According to the USGBC, “LEED LEED? encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation
How can you find out which credits have been identified as “Regional Priority” credits for your project location? What is the maximum word count for a CIR submission? Why is Integrative Design important to LEED? What organizations provide project certification services for LEED for Homes projects? Define: LEED Intent Define: LEED Regenerative Design What are the two submittal phases for LEED Documentation? Define: LEED Project Boundary Which Rating Systems will award a project one or more points for already being LEED Certified? What organization administers the project certification for LEED for Building Design and Construction, LEED for Interior Design and Construction and LEED for Operations and Maintenance? Does a project have to already have a LEED certification in another rating system to pursue certification under LEED for Existing
and implementation of universally understood and accepted standards, tools and performance criteria.” View the Regional Priority database at www.USGBC.org and search by your project’s zip code. 600 words (or 4,000 characters). To achieve maximum results, sustainable strategies cannot simply be layered on top of each other, but rather integrated with each other. LEED for Homes Providers. These providers are local organizations that have been chosen by USGBC to administer the LEED for Homes Rating System. The primary goal of a LEED prerequisite or strategy. Going beyond reducing negative impacts by actually improving existing conditions. The Design Phase & the Construction Phase. The boundary describing the extents of the project that is being submitted for LEED certification. This may or may not coincide with the project site boundary. LEED ID+C (5 points); LEED O+M (1 Point)
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Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)
No. Any existing building, including those that already have another LEED Certification, can pursue certification under LEED for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance.
Buildings Operations & Maintenance What are the three subsystems of the LEED Building Design and construction Rating System? Where can you find courses given by USGBC or offered by approved USGBC Education Providers? What is the difference between Project Boundary, LEED Boundary, and Property Boundary?
LEED for New Construction; LEED for Schools; LEED for Core and Shell USGBC’s Greenbuild 365 Website
What is LEED Registered Project Tools Website? Can the LEED O+M Rating System be used to certify a portion of a larger building? Define: Percentage Improvement Define: Green Rater
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How often must a LEED for Existing Buildings O+M project recertify? When can an appeal be filed? Which LEED Rating System requires a Performance Period? In what year was the USGBC formed? When is the best time to register a LEED projects? What is the name of the documentation form that
These three terms may mean the same thing, especially on small, single building sites. On large, multi-building campuses, however, you may chose to draw a separate LEED Boundary that encloses just the current project and its associated site for the purpose of documenting LEED credits. www.usgbc.org/projecttools - This USGBC website is a collection of resources for each rating system including sample documentation and credit calulators. No. LEED O+M is a whole building certification and must be applied to 90% or more of a building. The savings achieved when a design case is compared to a baseline case. An individual who aids in the LEED for Homes certification process by performing field inspections and performance testing for the LEED for Homes Provider. At least once every 5 years, but as often as once a year. After the design phase review, after the construction phase review or after a combined review. LEED for Existing Buildings O+M 1993 As early in the design process as possible. An Accountability Form
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must be submitted for each prerequisite and credit that has a substantial design requirement that is being attempted in the LEED for Homes Rating System? What is a Performance/Intent An alternative compliance path that may Equivalent Alternative allow you to achieve point(s) for a credit Compliance Path (PIEACP)? that you meet the intent of but may not meet the exact requirements of. A proposed PIEACP must be approved by certification reviewers to earn points. What are the 7 categories of Sustainable Sites, Water Effieciency, the LEED for Interior Design Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & and Construction Rating Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, System? Innovation in Design, Regional Priority What information can you A simple text description of your inquiry as submit as part of a CIR? it relates to one prerequisite or credit. Attachments such as drawings or photos are not allowed. What are the required Project Summary and Scope; Building and elements of a LEED Project Site; Occupancy and Usage narrative? Define: Transient Users Building users who do not use the building on a regular, daily basis. Examples include shoppers in a retail environment, students in a college setting or visitors in institutional settings. At what point can a project Once a final score for the project has been team no longer appeal a accepted. credit? Define: Stratified Random This sampling method divides a population Sampling into subgroups and then samples each subgroup according to its percentage of the total population. Which Rating System LEED for Existing Buildings O+M requires recertification? Define: Declarant A member of a LEED project team that is technically qualified to sign and upload a LEED letter template to LEED Online. Define Full-Time Equivalent A measure of occupancy that represents (FTE) one regular building user who works 40 hours per week. Two 20 hour per week employees would equal 1 FTE. How many points are 136 points. available in the LEED for
Homes Rating System? Americans spend, on average, how much of their time indoors? Who has access to CIRs?
90% Any USGBC member can access existing CIRs through the USGBC website. Only the project administrator of a registered LEED project may submit new CIRs. CIR stands for both Credit Interpretation Request and Credit Interpretation Ruling. CIRs allow project teams to seek and receive guidance on technical and administrative matters relating to LEED credits. Minimum Program Requirements. The MPRs are minimum characteristics that a project must posses in order to be eligible for LEED Certification. These requirements are found in each individual Rating System. $220.00 Yes, ?/Maybe, No
What is a CIR?
What are MPRs?
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How money does it cost to submit a CIR? A LEED checklist or scorecard has what three columns for evaluating the likelihood of credit achievement? What non-profit organization created the LEED Rating System? Define: Churn
The movement of people and workstations in a building or space. What is Environmental A publication written by Building Green, Inc. Building News? that covers environmental news from the building industry. Who uploads letter templates Most letter templates and supporting and supporting documents to documentation may be uploaded by any LEED-Online? member of the project team, including the owner, architects, engineers, and contractors. The Project Administrator will assign responsibilities to team members. Some letter templates require a designated signatory. If an Innovation credit is No – the threshold of what is “innovative” is awarded for one project does always changing and being raised. it automatically mean that the same Innovation credit
will be accepted for future projects? How much does credit appeal cost? What sort of decision-making process does the USGBC use when developing and launching the LEED Rating Systems? What is Integrative Design?
$500 A consensus-based, member-driven process.
Define: LEED for Homes Provider Which Rating System has an Innovation in Design Prerequisite for identifying a Preliminary Rating? Who maintains a project’s LEED-Online interface and oversees the entire sustainable design process? What is the threshold of alteration or addition that requires a building to be certified under the LEED for Building Design and Construction Rating System instead of the LEED for Existing Buildings O+M Rating System? What is Exemplary Performance?
Integrative Design is a design methodology by which as many project stakeholders as possible are included in the design process as early as possible. This early inclusion of all project team members to have early and on-going input into the design leading to more holistic, integrated design solutions. An organization that serves as an official certifier of LEED for Homes projects on behalf of the USGBC. LEED for Homes
The Project Administrator
Define: Regularly Occupied Spaces
Demonstrating “Exemplary Performance” means exceeding the performance threshold of an existing credit by an established, substantial amount in order to earn one additional point. Alternatively, for credits with more than one compliance path, you may be able to earn an additional point for using more than one path. Areas where building occupants are seated or standing as they work or study. In
Can a Credit Interpretation Ruling (CIR) guarantee the award of a credit? What organization creates and manages the Green Associate and LEED AP professional credentialing programs? Define: Soft Costs
residential projects, regularly occupied areas are all areas except bathrooms, utility rooms, storage rooms, and closets. No – a CIR gives guidance but does not guarantee credit approval – the credit must still be fully documented and submitted for review to demonstrate compliance. Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI)
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How many points are available in the LEED O+M, LEED BD+C and LEED ID+C Rating Systems? Is USGBC a profit, nonprofit, or governmental organization? What does GBCI stand for? What is the difference between a building inspector and a home inspector?
Project costs that are not direct construction costs. These could include architectural fees, insurance, financing and other fees. 100 base points plus 10 bonus (exemplary) points A non-profit organization. The Green Building Certification Institute A building inspector is typically an employee of a governmental agency that inspects a building for structural quality and safety issues and enforces compliance with building codes. A home inspector is typically hired by a home purchaser to assess the home condition, systems, and structure. A LEED Letter Template
What documentation tool is required for each prerequisite and credit that is being attempted in all rating systems except for LEED for Homes? What is a LEED Charrette?
A LEED charrette is a gathering of all project stakeholders where sustainability goals, criteria, and priorities can be set, values can be defined and responsibilities can be assigned. Additionally, a preliminary LEED checklist can be developed. What are some possible dual LEED BD+C & LEED O+M;
LEED certifications? 87. Who needs to be involved in an integrative design process? What are the two levels of USGBC membership? Where can project team members access the required LEED Letter Templates? Can the USGBC logo be used on product packaging?
LEED for Neighborhood Development & LEED for Homes; LEED BD+C & LEED ID&C All project stakeholders, including the owner, architect, construction team, building facility managers, government agencies, utility companies, etc. National, Corporate membership; Local, individual membership. LEED Online
Yes, but the use of a logo on packaging must be reviewed by the USGBC Marketing Department. USGBC does nor review, certify or endorse an products or services, so logo use on a product must be in association with a member company not a product name. What are the 8 categories of Innovation & Design Process, the LEED for Homes Rating Location & Linkages, System? Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, Awareness & Education What are the 3 LEED LEED Green Associate, LEED AP, LEED Credentialing Levels? Fellow Define: Non-occupied Space Rooms that are not open for use by occupants but are used by maintenance staff such as janitorial, storage and mechanical rooms. What are the 5 specialty LEED AP in Operations & Maintenance; LEED exams that will be LEED AP in Homes; available? LEED AP in Building Design & Construction; LEED AP in Interior Design & Constructions; LEED AP in Neighborhood Development A LEED certification A Project Narrative. The project narrative application must be describes major elements of the project’s accompanied by what kind of requirements and design strategies. narrative? Define: Commissioning A verification and documentation process
When should the Construction Review Submittal be completed and submitted to GBCI for review? Which LEED Rating System offers credits for Innovations in Operations instead of Innovation in Design? What are the four levels of LEED certification? Which Rating System will award a project points for completing the LEED for Neighborhood Development Certification process? Define: Core Learning Spaces What is an IDR?
that shows that a building’s energy consuming systems have been designed, installed, and tested correctly and are being operated and maintained to meet the Owner’s Project Requirements (OPR). At substantial completion of the construction (owner occupancy of the project). LEED for Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance Basic Certification, Silver Certification, Gold Certification, Platinum Certification LEED for Homes
When should the Design Review Submittal be completed and submitted to GBCI for review? What are the three base requirements for LEED certification? How long must a building be fully occupied before it can seek LEED for Existing Buildings O+M certification? What is pre-certification?
Areas within a school where the primary function is teaching and learning. Innovative Design Request. This process of earning points outside of the established credits is only available on LEED for Homes projects. Once construction documents are complete. Complying with all of the Minimum Project Requirements (MPRs); Meeting all of the prerequisites; Achieving at least 40 points (45 points in LEED for Homes) 12 continuous months.
Pre-certification is offered for Core & Shell projects as a marking tool. USGBC will review documentation at the beginning of a project and certify that the project is working toward LEED certification. This
What is the difference between a hard cost & a soft cost? Define: Life-cycle Assessment Define: Systematic Sampling In what year was the first LEED Rating System pilot program released?
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process is only available for Core & shell projects. A hard cost is an actual construction cost such as the cost of materials or labor. Soft costs can include architect’s fees, insurance premiums or financing fees. An analysis that looks at the whole life environmental impacts of a product, process, or service. Uses a constant skip interval applied to a random sampling order to create a representative group. 1998