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  • 1. 

    What are the goals of the Minimum Program Requirements? (Choose 3)

    • A.

      Reduce certification process challenges

    • B.

      Give clear guidance to customers

    • C.

      Protect the integrity of the LEED program

    • D.

      Verify buildings are meeting environmental goals

    • E.

      Ensure prerequisites are met

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Reduce certification process challenges
    B. Give clear guidance to customers
    C. Protect the integrity of the LEED program
    Explanation
    The goals of the Minimum Program Requirements are to reduce certification process challenges, give clear guidance to customers, and protect the integrity of the LEED program. These goals aim to streamline the certification process, provide customers with a clear understanding of the requirements, and maintain the credibility and reputation of the LEED program. By reducing challenges, providing guidance, and protecting integrity, the Minimum Program Requirements ensure that buildings are meeting environmental goals and that all prerequisites are met.

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  • 2. 

    In which of the following ways would a project use environmental product declarations (EPDs)?

    • A.

      To help the project team understand a product's sustainable qualities

    • B.

      To select product's that have met a minimum standard of energy efficiency

    • C.

      To find certified green building products

    • D.

      To identify products that contain hazardous chemicals

    Correct Answer
    A. To help the project team understand a product's sustainable qualities
    Explanation
    EPDs are used by projects to understand a product's sustainable qualities. EPDs provide information about the environmental impact of a product throughout its lifecycle, including its energy use, emissions, and resource consumption. By using EPDs, project teams can assess the sustainability of different products and make informed decisions about which ones to use. EPDs can help project teams evaluate the environmental performance of products and compare them against specific sustainability criteria or goals.

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  • 3. 

    A project team wants to install a rainwater harvesting system to provide water to flush toilets but local code does not permit this. What should the project team do?

    • A.

      Have the plumbers install the system anyway

    • B.

      Find alternative solutions for indoor water use reduction

    • C.

      Submit a CIR to the LEED project reviewer

    • D.

      Request an exception from the LEED project reviewer to allow the reduction anyway

    Correct Answer
    B. Find alternative solutions for indoor water use reduction
    Explanation
    The project team should find alternative solutions for indoor water use reduction. Since the local code does not permit the installation of a rainwater harvesting system for flushing toilets, the team should explore other options to reduce water usage indoors. This could involve implementing low-flow fixtures, using recycled or gray water for certain purposes, or adopting other water-saving technologies. By finding alternative solutions, the project team can still work towards reducing water consumption without violating local regulations.

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  • 4. 

    Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs) are most likely used for what part of the LEED process?

    • A.

      Appeal of denied credits

    • B.

      Addenda and updates to the LEED Rating Systems

    • C.

      Communicating with the project administrator and/or project team

    • D.

      Technical guidance for LEED credits

    Correct Answer
    D. Technical guidance for LEED credits
    Explanation
    Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs) are used to seek technical guidance for LEED credits. When a project team encounters a situation where the requirements of a specific credit are not clear or applicable, they can submit a CIR to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for clarification. The CIR process helps project teams understand the intent of the credit and how to achieve compliance. It provides a platform for communication between the project team and the GBCI, ensuring that the project is on the right track and following the guidelines of the LEED Rating Systems.

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  • 5. 

    What types of energy sources generate the least air and water pollution? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Oil

    • B.

      Biofuel

    • C.

      Natural gas

    • D.

      Clean coal

    • E.

      Wind

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Biofuel
    E. Wind
    Explanation
    Biofuel and wind are the energy sources that generate the least air and water pollution. Biofuels are derived from organic materials and produce less carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. Wind energy is a renewable source that harnesses the power of wind to generate electricity, causing no air or water pollution. Both of these energy sources have a minimal environmental impact, making them sustainable alternatives to traditional forms of energy production.

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  • 6. 

    Economic prosperity, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility define a project's:

    • A.

      Triple bottom line

    • B.

      Innovation

    • C.

      Minimum Program Requirements

    • D.

      Federal, state, and/or local regulations

    Correct Answer
    A. Triple bottom line
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Triple bottom line. The triple bottom line refers to the concept of considering not only economic prosperity but also environmental stewardship and social responsibility in a project. This means that a project should aim to have positive impacts on all three aspects, rather than solely focusing on financial gains. By incorporating the triple bottom line approach, organizations can strive for sustainable and balanced outcomes that benefit not only their bottom line but also the planet and society as a whole.

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  • 7. 

    A project owner wants to create a healthy work environment for employees. To help ensure indoor air quality, which of the following should be monitored? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Submetering of the HVAC system

    • B.

      Carbon-dioxide levels

    • C.

      Wind speed and direction

    • D.

      Outdoor airflow

    • E.

      Daylighting levels

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Carbon-dioxide levels
    D. Outdoor airflow
    Explanation
    To create a healthy work environment, it is important to monitor carbon-dioxide levels and outdoor airflow. Monitoring carbon-dioxide levels is crucial as high levels of carbon dioxide can cause drowsiness, headaches, and poor concentration. It indicates that the indoor air is not properly ventilated. Monitoring outdoor airflow helps ensure that fresh air is being brought into the building, reducing the concentration of pollutants and improving indoor air quality. Submetering of the HVAC system, wind speed and direction, and daylighting levels may be important for other aspects of the work environment but are not directly related to ensuring indoor air quality.

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  • 8. 

    A building with a vegetated roof is going to require additional costs for more materials to support the structure and for waterproofing, as well as plant materials. What are the life cycle costing benefits of a vegetated roof? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Reduction in rainwater runoff

    • B.

      Longer product life

    • C.

      Reduced heat islands

    • D.

      Lower maintenance costs

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Reduction in rainwater runoff
    B. Longer product life
    Explanation
    Vegetated roofs, also known as green roofs, offer several life cycle costing benefits despite the initial additional costs for materials, structure support, waterproofing, and plant materials. Two significant benefits are:
    Reduction in rainwater runoff: Vegetated roofs can absorb and retain rainwater, reducing the volume of runoff into drainage systems. This decreases the burden on stormwater infrastructure and minimizes erosion and water pollution.
    Longer product life: A green roof provides insulation and protects the roof membrane from UV radiation and extreme temperature fluctuations, leading to a longer life span of the roofing materials. This increased durability can lower replacement and maintenance costs over time.
    While vegetated roofs can also contribute to reduced heat islands and lower maintenance costs in some cases, the primary life cycle costing benefits are the reduction in rainwater runoff and the longer product life.

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  • 9. 

    Which of the following would help with sustainable purchasing during building operations?

    • A.

      Purchasing cafeteria food from a nearby distribution center

    • B.

      Ordering toner cartridges online

    • C.

      Purchasing recycled printer paper

    • D.

      Removing any ENERGY STAR qualified vending machines

    Correct Answer
    C. Purchasing recycled printer paper
    Explanation
    Purchasing recycled printer paper would help with sustainable purchasing during building operations because it reduces the demand for new paper production, which in turn reduces deforestation and saves energy and water resources. Using recycled paper also helps to decrease the amount of waste sent to landfills and reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with paper production.

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  • 10. 

    Some wood flooring recovered from a local barn demolition is being used for flooring in a new office project. What type of material is the wood flooring considered?

    • A.

      Recycled and refurbished material

    • B.

      Reused material

    • C.

      Recycled content

    • D.

      Virgin resource

    Correct Answer
    B. Reused material
    Explanation
    The wood flooring from the local barn demolition is considered as "reused material" because it is being repurposed for flooring in a new office project. Instead of discarding the wood flooring, it is being given a second life by using it again in a different context. This helps to reduce waste and minimize the need for new resources.

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  • 11. 

    A project team wants to reuse a building in a historic district for a project. Which of the following credit areas will this aid? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Sensitive land protection

    • B.

      Protecting or restoring habitat

    • C.

      High-priority sites

    • D.

      Building lifecycle impact reduction

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. High-priority sites
    D. Building lifecycle impact reduction
    Explanation
    Reusing a building in a historic district for a project would aid in the credit areas of High-priority sites and Building lifecycle impact reduction. By reusing an existing building, the team is avoiding the need for new construction on undeveloped land, which aligns with the goal of high-priority sites. Additionally, reusing a building reduces the overall environmental impact of the project by minimizing the resources and energy required for new construction, thus contributing to building lifecycle impact reduction.

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  • 12. 

    A project administrator needs specific information on an interior paint used in a tenant space.The information on the VOCs in the paint need to be uploaded into LEED Online. Where would this information be found?

    • A.

      Local building code office

    • B.

      MSDS

    • C.

      LEED Online materials database

    • D.

      USGBC materials database

    Correct Answer
    B. MSDS
    Explanation
    The Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) would contain the specific information on the VOCs in the interior paint. The MSDS provides detailed information about the composition, properties, and potential hazards of a substance, including any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present. This information is important for the project administrator to upload into LEED Online, as it helps determine the environmental impact and sustainability of the paint used in the tenant space. The local building code office, LEED Online materials database, and USGBC materials database may provide other useful information, but the MSDS is the most relevant source for VOC information.

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  • 13. 

    Which of the following has the greatest direct impact on global warming?

    • A.

      SRI of a building's roof

    • B.

      Building orientation

    • C.

      Size of a project's impermeable areas

    • D.

      HVAC operating efficiency

    Correct Answer
    D. HVAC operating efficiency
    Explanation
    HVAC operating efficiency is the correct answer because HVAC systems are responsible for a significant amount of energy consumption in buildings. When the HVAC system operates efficiently, it uses less energy to heat or cool the building, resulting in reduced greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast, inefficient HVAC systems consume more energy, leading to increased emissions and contributing to global warming. Therefore, improving the operating efficiency of HVAC systems can have a direct and substantial impact on reducing global warming.

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  • 14. 

    The use of open grid pavement can help a project achieve points in what LEED areas? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Heat Island Reduction

    • B.

      Outdoor Water Use Reduction

    • C.

      Rainwater Management

    • D.

      Open Space

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Heat Island Reduction
    C. Rainwater Management
    Explanation
    The use of open grid pavement can help a project achieve points in the areas of Heat Island Reduction and Rainwater Management. Open grid pavement allows for better infiltration of rainwater into the ground, reducing stormwater runoff and helping with rainwater management. Additionally, the open design of the pavement allows for better air circulation and heat dissipation, reducing the heat island effect in urban areas.

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  • 15. 

    Harvesting rainwater can help with what project areas?

    • A.

      Minimizing impervious areas

    • B.

      Reducing fertilization needs for the landscape

    • C.

      Minimizing site hardscapes

    • D.

      Reducing runoff

    Correct Answer
    D. Reducing runoff
    Explanation
    Harvesting rainwater can help with reducing runoff. By collecting and storing rainwater, it prevents excess water from flowing off the land and into storm drains or water bodies. This helps to reduce the amount of runoff and the associated problems such as erosion, flooding, and pollution. Harvesting rainwater can be done through various methods such as using rain barrels, cisterns, or underground storage systems, and it can be used for purposes like irrigation, toilet flushing, or even drinking water. By reducing runoff, rainwater harvesting contributes to sustainable water management and conservation efforts.

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  • 16. 

    Which of the following are phases of a LEED integrative process? (Choose 3)

    • A.

      Value Engineering

    • B.

      Discovery

    • C.

      Financing

    • D.

      Design and Construction (Implementation)

    • E.

      Occupancy, Operations, and Performance Feedback

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Discovery
    D. Design and Construction (Implementation)
    E. Occupancy, Operations, and Performance Feedback
    Explanation
    The LEED integrative process includes three phases: Discovery, Design and Construction (Implementation), and Occupancy, Operations, and Performance Feedback. During the Discovery phase, the project team identifies project goals, opportunities, and constraints. The Design and Construction phase involves the actual implementation of the project, including the design and construction of the building. The Occupancy, Operations, and Performance Feedback phase focuses on the post-construction phase, where the building is occupied, operated, and monitored for performance feedback. Value Engineering and Financing are not mentioned as phases of the LEED integrative process.

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  • 17. 

    In which of the following ways does integrated pest management (IPM) help a building owner save money? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Because over application can be avoided

    • B.

      Because pests are never present on the site

    • C.

      Because only beneficial insects that contribute to a healthy ecosystem are allowed to thrive on the site.

    • D.

      Because only appropriate chemicals are used

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Because over application can be avoided
    D. Because only appropriate chemicals are used
    Explanation
    Integrated pest management (IPM) helps a building owner save money because over application of pesticides can be avoided. By using IPM, pests can be controlled effectively without the need for excessive pesticide use, reducing costs associated with purchasing and applying pesticides. Additionally, IPM ensures that only appropriate chemicals are used, minimizing the risk of using expensive or unnecessary pesticides. This targeted approach saves money by reducing waste and promoting efficient pest control practices.

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  • 18. 

    With regards to refrigerants what is a natural conflict between the prevention of ozone depletion and global warming?

    • A.

      Refrigerants that are neutral to the ozone layer are less efficient

    • B.

      Refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer are less efficient

    • C.

      Refrigerants contain global warming gases

    • D.

      Refrigerants contain ozone layer gases

    Correct Answer
    A. Refrigerants that are neutral to the ozone layer are less efficient
    Explanation
    Refrigerants that are neutral to the ozone layer are less efficient because they do not have the same cooling properties as refrigerants that deplete the ozone layer. This creates a conflict between the prevention of ozone depletion and global warming, as using ozone-friendly refrigerants may lead to increased energy consumption and therefore contribute to global warming.

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  • 19. 

    What is different about green building design compared to conventional design?

    • A.

      Green building does not have a bidding phase

    • B.

      Green building has longer schedules

    • C.

      Green building costs more

    • D.

      Green building uses an integrative process

    Correct Answer
    D. Green building uses an integrative process
    Explanation
    Green building design is different from conventional design because it uses an integrative process. Unlike conventional design, which often focuses on individual components or systems, green building design takes a holistic approach. It considers the interrelationships between various elements of a building, such as energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, and materials selection. This integrative process ensures that the design maximizes environmental performance and minimizes the negative impact on the planet.

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  • 20. 

    What is the value of documenting and tracking a building's resource use?

    • A.

      Reduces first costs

    • B.

      Reduces a building's embodied energy

    • C.

      Contributes to knowledge that will advance research in the future

    • D.

      Reduces end-of-life costs

    Correct Answer
    C. Contributes to knowledge that will advance research in the future
    Explanation
    Documenting and tracking a building's resource use contributes to knowledge that will advance research in the future. By keeping records of a building's resource consumption, researchers can analyze patterns and trends, identify areas of improvement, and develop more efficient and sustainable strategies for resource management. This knowledge can then be used to inform future research and development, leading to advancements in building design, construction, and operation that are more environmentally friendly and resource-efficient.

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  • 21. 

    After a building is completed and occupied, how can energy demand be reduced?

    • A.

      By conducting routine waste audits

    • B.

      By purchasing environmentally preferable cleaning supplies

    • C.

      By opening and closing shades to control solar energy

    • D.

      By encouraging occupants to stagger work hours

    Correct Answer
    C. By opening and closing shades to control solar energy
    Explanation
    Opening and closing shades to control solar energy can help reduce energy demand in a building. By adjusting the shades, occupants can regulate the amount of sunlight entering the building, thereby reducing the need for artificial lighting and cooling. This can lead to energy savings and a more efficient use of resources.

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  • 22. 

    The baseline water use of a urinal is:

    • A.

      2.2 gpm (8.3 lpm)

    • B.

      1.0 gpm (3.8 lpm)

    • C.

      1.0 gpf (3.8 lpf)

    • D.

      2.2 gpf (8.3 lpf)

    Correct Answer
    C. 1.0 gpf (3.8 lpf)
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 1.0 gpf (3.8 lpf). This means that the baseline water use of a urinal is 1.0 gallons per flush (3.8 liters per flush). This indicates the amount of water that is used every time the urinal is flushed.

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  • 23. 

    A project team is removing from the design a solar car shading device that also serves as afueling station. Which of the following is this most likely to impact? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Rainwater management

    • B.

      Heat island reduction

    • C.

      Green vehicles

    • D.

      Reduced parking footprint

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Heat island reduction
    C. Green vehicles
    Explanation
    The removal of the solar car shading device that also serves as a fueling station is most likely to impact heat island reduction and green vehicles. The shading device helps in reducing the heat island effect by providing shade and reducing the temperature in the surrounding area. Additionally, the device also serves as a fueling station for green vehicles, indicating that its removal would impact the availability of sustainable fueling options for these vehicles.

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  • 24. 

    The linear use of resources where outputs are treated as waste contributes to the toxins accumulating in the atmosphere, water and on the ground. This has accelerated the pace of the planet's biggest problem which is:

    • A.

      Products containing hazardous chemicals

    • B.

      Indoor air quality

    • C.

      Poor water quality

    • D.

      Climate change

    Correct Answer
    D. Climate change
    Explanation
    The linear use of resources, where outputs are treated as waste, leads to the accumulation of toxins in the atmosphere, water, and on the ground. This contributes to climate change, which is considered the planet's biggest problem. Climate change refers to the long-term alteration of temperature and typical weather patterns in a place. It is caused by the release of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the atmosphere. These gases trap heat from the sun and cause the Earth's temperature to rise, resulting in various negative impacts on the environment, ecosystems, and human societies.

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  • 25. 

    A project team member is discussing adding soft surfaces to a perimeter room. What would be the result of doing this?

    • A.

      Reduced glare

    • B.

      Improved acoustics

    • C.

      Improved daylighting

    • D.

      Reduced contaminants

    Correct Answer
    B. Improved acoustics
    Explanation
    Adding soft surfaces to a perimeter room would result in improved acoustics. Soft surfaces such as carpets, curtains, or acoustic panels can help absorb sound waves and reduce echo, resulting in better sound quality and clarity in the room. This can be particularly beneficial in spaces where noise control is important, such as offices, conference rooms, or recording studios.

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  • 26. 

    Which of the following best describes the LEED charrette?

    • A.

      An intensive, multiparty workshop that brings people from different disciplines and backgrounds together to produce specific deliverables

    • B.

      Meetings with the project team at least monthly to review project status, introduce new team members to project goals, discuss problems, formulate solutions, review responsibilities, and identify next steps

    • C.

      The operational hand-off between the project team and the facility manager and building occupants during which the control of systems is reviewed

    • D.

      At least eight hours of training (extending a full day or over several days) on the green aspects of the project, as well as ways in which the trades can contribute to achieving each LEED prerequisite and attempted credits

    Correct Answer
    A. An intensive, multiparty workshop that brings people from different disciplines and backgrounds together to produce specific deliverables
    Explanation
    The LEED charrette is a workshop that involves individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines coming together to collaborate and create specific outcomes. This intensive and multiparty workshop allows for the exchange of ideas and expertise, resulting in the production of deliverables related to the project at hand.

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  • 27. 

    What statement is true regarding the evaluation process if a project team is considering a new technology to bring more sunlight into a building?

    • A.

      The technology does not need to be evaluated in relation to other systems

    • B.

      Further evaluation is not necessary if new information becomes available

    • C.

      Adequate time for research and testing will be needed for evaluation

    • D.

      If it is a proven technology, alternatives do not need to be considered

    Correct Answer
    C. Adequate time for research and testing will be needed for evaluation
    Explanation
    When considering a new technology to bring more sunlight into a building, it is important to allocate adequate time for research and testing in order to properly evaluate its effectiveness and feasibility. This implies that a thorough evaluation process is required, which involves gathering information, conducting experiments, and analyzing the results. By allowing sufficient time for research and testing, the project team can make informed decisions about whether or not to implement the new technology.

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  • 28. 

    Selecting which of the following sites would have the greatest positive environmental impact?

    • A.

      A previously undeveloped site

    • B.

      Parkland near diverse uses

    • C.

      Locating the project near public parking

    • D.

      An old building

    Correct Answer
    D. An old building
    Explanation
    An old building would have the greatest positive environmental impact because it is already existing infrastructure, which means no new resources would be needed for construction. By repurposing and renovating the old building, it would reduce waste and energy consumption compared to constructing a new site. Additionally, repurposing the old building would help preserve historical and cultural value, while also potentially reducing the need for urban sprawl and preserving green spaces.

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  • 29. 

    A declarant is the person on the project team who:

    • A.

      Is technically qualified to verify the information on the LEED credit forms and is authorized by the project administrator to sign the form

    • B.

      Assigns credits to each of the team members

    • C.

      Creates the project narrative

    • D.

      Submits any Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs) to GBCI

    Correct Answer
    A. Is technically qualified to verify the information on the LEED credit forms and is authorized by the project administrator to sign the form
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that a declarant is the person on the project team who is technically qualified to verify the information on the LEED credit forms and is authorized by the project administrator to sign the form. This means that the declarant has the necessary expertise to ensure that the information provided on the credit forms is accurate and meets the requirements of the LEED certification process. They are also given the authority by the project administrator to officially sign off on the form, indicating that the information has been verified.

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  • 30. 

    The project owner of a LEED BD+C Retail project has decided NOT to provide financial support to a local land trust. Which of the following will this decision impact?

    • A.

      Reduced-parking footprint

    • B.

      Surrounding density and diverse uses

    • C.

      Habitat protection or restoration

    • D.

      Open space

    Correct Answer
    C. Habitat protection or restoration
    Explanation
    The decision to not provide financial support to a local land trust will impact habitat protection or restoration. By not supporting the land trust, the project owner is not contributing to the preservation or restoration of natural habitats in the area. This decision may have negative consequences for the local ecosystem and the biodiversity of the region.

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  • 31. 

    To help with water use reduction in LEED, a lavatory faucet must use less water than the rates set by:

    • A.

      Clean Water Act

    • B.

      Local code

    • C.

      WaterSense

    • D.

      EPAct of 1992

    Correct Answer
    D. EPAct of 1992
    Explanation
    The EPAct of 1992 is the correct answer because it is a federal law that sets standards for water conservation and energy efficiency. It includes provisions for reducing water use in plumbing fixtures, including lavatory faucets. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that promotes sustainable design and construction practices. To meet LEED requirements, a lavatory faucet must use less water than the rates set by the EPAct of 1992. The Clean Water Act, local codes, and WaterSense are not directly related to the specific water use reduction requirements in LEED.

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  • 32. 

    How can the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the built environment be reduced? (Choose 2)

    • A.

      Improving the energy efficiency of buildings

    • B.

      Implementing a waste-to-energy program

    • C.

      Installing single pane glazing in buildings

    • D.

      Improving the energy efficiency of communities

    • E.

      Building on a greenfield site

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Improving the energy efficiency of buildings
    D. Improving the energy efficiency of communities
    Explanation
    Greenhouse gas emissions caused by the built environment can be reduced by improving the energy efficiency of buildings and communities. This can be achieved through various measures such as using energy-efficient materials, implementing renewable energy systems, and adopting sustainable building practices. By reducing energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels, the emissions associated with the built environment can be significantly lowered.

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  • 33. 

    What specifies the set of rules for the minimum acceptable level of safety for buildings?

    • A.

      American Institute of Architects

    • B.

      Local ordinances

    • C.

      Building codes

    • D.

      Local zoning

    Correct Answer
    C. Building codes
    Explanation
    Building codes specify the set of rules for the minimum acceptable level of safety for buildings. These codes are developed by regulatory bodies and are enforced by local authorities. They outline the requirements for construction materials, structural integrity, fire safety, electrical systems, plumbing, and other aspects of building design and construction. Building codes are essential to ensure that buildings are safe for occupants and to prevent hazards such as structural failures, fires, and other accidents. They serve as a standard to ensure that buildings meet minimum safety standards and comply with regulations.

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  • 34. 

    A building design in a cool climate includes daylighting, natural ventilation, operable windows, and individual lighting controls. What else can be included in the design to improve occupant comfort and control?

    • A.

      Walk off mats in all emergency exits

    • B.

      Discounted transit passes

    • C.

      Bicycle racks near the building entrance

    • D.

      Ergonomic desks

    Correct Answer
    D. Ergonomic desks
    Explanation
    Ergonomic desks can be included in the building design to improve occupant comfort and control. These desks are designed to provide proper support and positioning for the user, reducing strain and discomfort during long periods of work. By incorporating ergonomic desks, the building design takes into consideration the well-being of the occupants, allowing them to work comfortably and efficiently. This addition promotes better productivity and overall satisfaction among the building's users.

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  • 35. 

    A home owner in a sunny climate has decided to lease a photovoltaic system instead of purchase one. Which of the following about that choice is true?

    • A.

      Leasing the system would decrease the home's electricity demand

    • B.

      Leasing the system would allow the owner to participate in a demand response program

    • C.

      Leasing the system would offset a large up-front cost.

    • D.

      Leasing the system would increase the home's energy efficiency

    Correct Answer
    C. Leasing the system would offset a large up-front cost.
    Explanation
    Leasing the photovoltaic system instead of purchasing one would allow the home owner to avoid the large up-front cost associated with buying the system. By leasing, the home owner can pay a monthly fee instead of making a significant investment upfront. This choice provides a financial advantage by spreading out the cost over time and making it more affordable for the home owner.

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  • 36. 

    A multi-family building that is 3 stories tall would be certified under what rating system?

    • A.

      LEED Multifamily Midrise

    • B.

      LEED BD+C: New Construction

    • C.

      LEED Homes and Multifamily Lowrise

    • D.

      LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors

    Correct Answer
    C. LEED Homes and Multifamily Lowrise
    Explanation
    A multi-family building that is 3 stories tall would be certified under the LEED Homes and Multifamily Lowrise rating system. This rating system is specifically designed for low-rise residential buildings, including multi-family buildings. It focuses on promoting sustainable design and construction practices, energy efficiency, water conservation, and indoor environmental quality in residential buildings. LEED BD+C: New Construction is more suitable for larger commercial buildings, LEED Multifamily Midrise is for mid-rise residential buildings, and LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors is for the interior design and construction of commercial spaces.

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  • 37. 

    When selecting windows for a building project, along with performance and adaptability, what else should the project team consider?

    • A.

      Reusing old windows

    • B.

      Leverage points in the windows

    • C.

      Embodied energy of the windows

    • D.

      The social context of the windows

    Correct Answer
    C. Embodied energy of the windows
    Explanation
    The project team should consider the embodied energy of the windows when selecting windows for a building project. Embodied energy refers to the total energy required to produce, transport, install, and eventually dispose of a product. By considering the embodied energy of the windows, the project team can make more sustainable choices and minimize the environmental impact of the building project.

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  • 38. 

    The installation of water submeters in a building will provide the facility manager with the ability to do each of the following EXCEPT:

    • A.

      Evaluate the quality of captured rainwater

    • B.

      Determine fixture performance

    • C.

      Pinpoint leaks

    • D.

      Track consumption

    Correct Answer
    A. Evaluate the quality of captured rainwater
    Explanation
    The installation of water submeters in a building allows the facility manager to determine fixture performance, pinpoint leaks, and track consumption. However, it does not directly provide the ability to evaluate the quality of captured rainwater. This would require additional testing and analysis beyond what the submeters can measure.

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  • 39. 

    The area of a project site that is used by the building structure, defined by the perimeter of the building plan is the:

    • A.

      Building footprint

    • B.

      Development footprint

    • C.

      Building shell

    • D.

      Building envelope

    Correct Answer
    A. Building footprint
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Building footprint" because it refers to the area of the project site that is occupied by the building structure. It is determined by the perimeter of the building plan, which includes all the walls and other structural elements. The building footprint is important for determining the overall size and layout of the building, as well as for assessing its impact on the site and surrounding environment.

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  • 40. 

    For which of the following would a LEED Green Associate use the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG)?

    • A.

      Updating a project's public information

    • B.

      Communicating with local USGBC chapters to obtain project assistance

    • C.

      Exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment

    • D.

      Issuing a press release to the green building community

    Correct Answer
    C. Exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment
    Explanation
    A LEED Green Associate would use the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) to explore and compare the green dimensions of the built environment. GBIG is a platform that provides access to a vast amount of data related to green buildings, including information on energy usage, water consumption, and sustainable features. By using GBIG, a LEED Green Associate can analyze and compare the environmental performance of different buildings or projects, helping them make informed decisions and recommendations regarding sustainable design and construction.

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  • 41. 

    Which of the following is considered potable water?

    • A.

      Water from a local well that meets EPA's drinking water quality standards that is used for lavatory faucets

    • B.

      Municipally recycled water used for landscape irrigation

    • C.

      Wastewater from water closets

    • D.

      Harvested rainwater used for flushing toilets

    Correct Answer
    A. Water from a local well that meets EPA's drinking water quality standards that is used for lavatory faucets
    Explanation
    Water from a local well that meets EPA's drinking water quality standards and is used for lavatory faucets is considered potable water because it meets the necessary quality standards for drinking. This water is safe and suitable for human consumption.

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  • 42. 

    What factors related to location would NOT affect a project team's priorities?

    • A.

      There are no banks nearby that provide construction loans

    • B.

      The area only receives 12" (30 cm) of rainfall each year

    • C.

      Local zoning requires all buildings to be no more than four stories high

    • D.

      The community emphasizes sports and athletics for all ages

    Correct Answer
    A. There are no banks nearby that provide construction loans
    Explanation
    The factors related to location that would not affect a project team's priorities are the availability of banks nearby that provide construction loans. While factors such as rainfall, zoning requirements, and community emphasis on sports and athletics may influence the project team's priorities, the absence of nearby banks providing construction loans does not directly impact their priorities.

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  • 43. 

    What are the economic benefits of installing a vegetated roof?

    • A.

      Increased habitat for birds

    • B.

      Provides occupants a connection to the outdoors

    • C.

      Lower cooling costs for HVAC

    • D.

      Lower investment cost compared to roof surfaces with high SRI

    Correct Answer
    C. Lower cooling costs for HVAC
    Explanation
    Installing a vegetated roof can lead to lower cooling costs for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems. Vegetated roofs provide insulation and reduce heat transfer, resulting in decreased demand for cooling. This can lead to energy savings and lower operating costs for HVAC systems.

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  • 44. 

    What stakeholders would likely be involved in a building operations project?

    • A.

      Local residents

    • B.

      Community representatives

    • C.

      Architect

    • D.

      Cleaning contractors

    Correct Answer
    D. Cleaning contractors
    Explanation
    In a building operations project, cleaning contractors would likely be involved as stakeholders. This is because cleaning contractors play a crucial role in maintaining the cleanliness and hygiene of the building. They are responsible for ensuring that the building is kept clean and tidy on a regular basis. Their involvement is essential for the smooth functioning and upkeep of the building, making them important stakeholders in the project.

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  • 45. 

    A developer is considering pursuing LEED for an eight-story, multi-family residential project. How would the baseline building performance be determined?

    • A.

      By using the EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager

    • B.

      By obtaining an ENERGY STAR for Homes rating

    • C.

      By the project obtaining a HERS index

    • D.

      By calculations made using ASHRAE 90.1

    Correct Answer
    D. By calculations made using ASHRAE 90.1
    Explanation
    The baseline building performance for the eight-story, multi-family residential project would be determined by making calculations using ASHRAE 90.1. ASHRAE 90.1 is a standard developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) that provides minimum requirements for energy-efficient designs for buildings. By using these calculations, the developer can establish the baseline performance of the building and then work towards achieving LEED certification by implementing energy-saving measures and strategies. The other options mentioned, such as using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, obtaining an ENERGY STAR for Homes rating, or obtaining a HERS index, may be relevant for other energy efficiency assessments or certifications, but they are not specifically used for determining the baseline building performance for LEED certification.

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  • 46. 

    What type of system is more sustainable?

    • A.

      Dynamic system

    • B.

      Neutral system

    • C.

      Closed system

    • D.

      Open system

    Correct Answer
    C. Closed system
    Explanation
    A closed system is more sustainable because it is a self-contained system that does not exchange matter or energy with its surroundings. This means that resources within the system are conserved and waste is minimized. In contrast, an open system constantly interacts with its environment, leading to potential resource depletion and increased waste generation. A closed system allows for more efficient use of resources and promotes long-term sustainability.

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  • 47. 

    What is an example of adaptive reuse?

    • A.

      Renovating a historic home

    • B.

      Designing a building with a flexible floor plan that can accommodate offices or apartments

    • C.

      Designing classrooms so they can be divided into separate class spaces

    • D.

      Renovating an old steel mill into an apartment complex

    Correct Answer
    D. Renovating an old steel mill into an apartment complex
    Explanation
    An example of adaptive reuse is renovating an old steel mill into an apartment complex. Adaptive reuse refers to the practice of repurposing an existing building or structure for a different use than it was originally intended for. In this case, the old steel mill is being transformed into a residential space, which is a different use than its original purpose of steel production. This not only preserves the historic value of the building but also provides a sustainable solution by utilizing existing infrastructure rather than constructing a new building from scratch.

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  • 48. 

    Who decides if water from showers can be used for irrigation?

    • A.

      Project team

    • B.

      USGBC via the CIR process

    • C.

      Local authorities with jurisdiction in the area

    • D.

      Universal plumbing code

    Correct Answer
    C. Local authorities with jurisdiction in the area
    Explanation
    Local authorities with jurisdiction in the area decide if water from showers can be used for irrigation. These authorities have the power to set regulations and guidelines regarding water usage and determine whether or not it is permissible to use shower water for irrigation purposes. They consider factors such as water scarcity, environmental impact, and public health when making these decisions.

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  • 49. 

    A project site in an urban area has already been selected by an owner. The team is researching how it can reduce the heat-island effect and have open space at the lowest cost. Which of the following should be considered for a rooftop design?

    • A.

      An artificial turf soccer field on the roof

    • B.

      An intensive vegetated roof

    • C.

      A roof covered with high SRI material

    • D.

      An extensive vegetated roof

    Correct Answer
    D. An extensive vegetated roof
    Explanation
    An extensive vegetated roof should be considered for the rooftop design in order to reduce the heat-island effect and have open space at the lowest cost. Extensive vegetated roofs typically consist of a thin layer of lightweight soil and low-maintenance plants, such as sedum or grasses. These roofs provide insulation, absorb rainwater, and help to reduce the urban heat island effect by providing a cooling effect through evapotranspiration. Additionally, extensive vegetated roofs are generally less expensive to install and maintain compared to intensive vegetated roofs or other options like an artificial turf soccer field or a roof covered with high SRI (Solar Reflectance Index) material.

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  • 50. 

    Which of the following helps reinforce the open consensus process of new LEED versions?

    • A.

      The addition of new LEED adaptations

    • B.

      Government oversight

    • C.

      The feedback projects receive from LEED credit reviewers

    • D.

      The balloting process with USGBC membership

    Correct Answer
    D. The balloting process with USGBC membership
    Explanation
    The balloting process with USGBC membership helps reinforce the open consensus process of new LEED versions. This process involves USGBC members voting on proposed changes and adaptations to the LEED rating system. By allowing members to vote and provide their input, it ensures that the development of new LEED versions is a collaborative and transparent process. This helps to maintain the open consensus and credibility of the LEED rating system.

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