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  • 1. 

    Why would a project team use low-emitting materials?

    • A.

      These materials protect the health of construction personnel and building occupants.

    • B.

      These materials reduce the glare from interior finishes.

    • C.

      These materials provide soft surfaces to improve acoustics.

    • D.

      These materials allow more daylight into the core of a building.

    Correct Answer
    A. These materials protect the health of construction personnel and building occupants.
    Explanation
    A project team would use low-emitting materials to protect the health of construction personnel and building occupants. Low-emitting materials release fewer harmful chemicals and pollutants into the air, creating a healthier indoor environment. This is particularly important during construction when workers may be exposed to these materials for extended periods. Additionally, using low-emitting materials can help prevent health issues such as respiratory problems and allergies for the occupants of the building once it is completed.

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  • 2. 

    What type of plants do the most to help reduce water use for landscaping?

    • A.

      Native plants

    • B.

      Annual flowers

    • C.

      Turf grass

    • D.

      Trees

    Correct Answer
    A. Native plants
    Explanation
    Native plants are the best type of plants to help reduce water use for landscaping. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and soil conditions, requiring less water than non-native plants. They have deep root systems that can access water from deeper in the soil, reducing the need for irrigation. Native plants also have natural defenses against pests and diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments that can contaminate water sources. Overall, planting native plants in landscaping helps conserve water resources and promotes a healthier ecosystem.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following are strategies for conserving potable water?

    • A.

      Increasing the infiltration of runoff

    • B.

      Installing a dual flush toilet

    • C.

      Installing a bioretention pond

    • D.

      Installing an onsite septic system

    Correct Answer
    B. Installing a dual flush toilet
    Explanation
    Installing a dual flush toilet is a strategy for conserving potable water because it allows users to choose between a full flush and a half flush, depending on the amount of water needed to remove waste. This reduces water consumption compared to traditional toilets, which always use the same amount of water for flushing. By providing an option for a lower water volume flush, dual flush toilets help to conserve potable water resources and promote water efficiency.

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  • 4. 

    What benefit does purchasing off-site renewable energy (Green Power) have?

    • A.

      The building design will be more efficient

    • B.

      Off-site renewable energy costs less than off-site non-renewable energy

    • C.

      Less emissions will be generated

    • D.

      The building will avoid electricity blackouts

    Correct Answer
    C. Less emissions will be generated
    Explanation
    Purchasing off-site renewable energy (Green Power) has the benefit of generating fewer emissions. This is because renewable energy sources, such as wind or solar power, produce electricity without emitting greenhouse gases or other pollutants. By opting for green power, the building can reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to mitigating climate change.

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  • 5. 

    Which of the following actions should a project team take to make sure a building remains efficient during its operation?

    • A.

      Run computer simulations to prioritize energy-efficiency opportunities

    • B.

      Turn on all systems to their maximum output to confirm the building can handle the load

    • C.

      Verify that no issues occur during a demand-response event

    • D.

      Ensure that the building systems are functioning as designed and that they support the owner's project requirements

    Correct Answer
    D. Ensure that the building systems are functioning as designed and that they support the owner's project requirements
    Explanation
    To ensure that a building remains efficient during its operation, the project team should focus on ensuring that the building systems are functioning as designed and that they support the owner's project requirements. This includes regularly monitoring and maintaining the systems, conducting performance tests, and addressing any issues that may arise. Running computer simulations to prioritize energy-efficiency opportunities can also be helpful, but it is not the primary action for ensuring ongoing efficiency. Turning on all systems to their maximum output is not necessary and may cause unnecessary strain on the building. Verifying that no issues occur during a demand-response event is important for managing energy demand, but it does not guarantee ongoing efficiency.

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  • 6. 

    Where should a project team go for updates and errata for the LEED BD+C: New Construction rating system?

    • A.

      LEED online

    • B.

      Usgbc.org

    • C.

      LEED reference guides

    • D.

      GBCI.org

    Correct Answer
    B. Usgbc.org
    Explanation
    The correct answer is usgbc.org because the US Green Building Council (USGBC) is the organization responsible for developing and maintaining the LEED rating system. Their website, usgbc.org, is a reliable source for updates and errata for the LEED BD+C: New Construction rating system. LEED online is a platform for project registration and certification, not for updates and errata. The LEED reference guides provide detailed information about the rating system, but updates and errata are typically found on the USGBC website. GBCI.org is the website for the Green Building Certification Institute, which administers the LEED certification process, but it is not the primary source for updates and errata.

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  • 7. 

    What are examples of construction hard costs for an office condominium project? choose 2

    • A.

      Irrigation fees for water use

    • B.

      Masonry costs paid to a sub-contractor

    • C.

      Cost for installing a green roof

    • D.

      Fees to develop tenant agreements

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Masonry costs paid to a sub-contractor
    C. Cost for installing a green roof
    Explanation
    Construction hard costs refer to the direct expenses incurred during the construction process. In the context of an office condominium project, masonry costs paid to a sub-contractor and the cost for installing a green roof are both examples of construction hard costs. Masonry costs include expenses related to materials and labor for constructing the masonry walls or structures. Installing a green roof involves the cost of materials, labor, and specialized installation techniques to create an environmentally friendly and sustainable roof system. These costs directly contribute to the physical construction of the office condominium project.

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  • 8. 

    A bioswale would be used to help earn credit in what LEED category?

    • A.

      Water Efficiency

    • B.

      Sustainable Sites

    • C.

      Indoor Environmental Quality

    • D.

      Energy and Atmosphere

    Correct Answer
    B. Sustainable Sites
    Explanation
    A bioswale is a landscape element designed to manage stormwater runoff by filtering and removing pollutants before they enter natural waterways. It helps to reduce the impact of development on the surrounding environment and promotes sustainable land use practices. Therefore, the use of a bioswale would contribute to earning credit in the LEED category of Sustainable Sites, which focuses on minimizing the environmental impact of a building's site selection, development, and landscaping.

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  • 9. 

    What term refers to a mandatory project characteristic, measurement, quality, value or function as identified within the LEED rating system?

    • A.

      Minimum Program Requirement

    • B.

      Credit

    • C.

      Exemplary performance

    • D.

      Prerequisite

    Correct Answer
    D. Prerequisite
    Explanation
    A prerequisite refers to a mandatory project characteristic, measurement, quality, value, or function as identified within the LEED rating system. It is a requirement that must be met in order to achieve LEED certification.

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  • 10. 

    Which of the following can project teams use to identify a sensitive habitat? choose 2

    • A.

      The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

    • B.

      The Natural Heritage Program

    • C.

      State fish and wildlife agencies (or local equivalent)

    • D.

      The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. The Natural Heritage Program
    C. State fish and wildlife agencies (or local equivalent)
    Explanation
    Project teams can use the Natural Heritage Program and state fish and wildlife agencies (or local equivalent) to identify a sensitive habitat. The Natural Heritage Program is a comprehensive database that provides information on rare and endangered species, as well as important habitats. State fish and wildlife agencies, on the other hand, have the expertise and knowledge to identify and protect sensitive habitats in their respective regions. By utilizing these resources, project teams can ensure that they are aware of and take necessary measures to avoid or mitigate any potential negative impacts on sensitive habitats during their projects.

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  • 11. 

    Submeters are a strategy to reduce outdoor water use by:

    • A.

      Providing weather-based irrigation control

    • B.

      Providing water consumption tracking and leak identification

    • C.

      Preventing irrigation runoff

    • D.

      Billing tenants based on their portion of building occupancy

    Correct Answer
    B. Providing water consumption tracking and leak identification
    Explanation
    Submeters are a strategy to reduce outdoor water use by providing water consumption tracking and leak identification. By installing submeters, water usage can be monitored more closely, allowing for early detection of leaks or excessive water consumption. This enables prompt repairs and adjustments to be made, preventing wastage and reducing outdoor water use.

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  • 12. 

    Which of the following materials can be certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)? choose 3

    • A.

      Linoleum floor tiles

    • B.

      Leather furniture

    • C.

      Hardwood cabinets

    • D.

      Wheatboard desks

    • E.

      Bamboo floors

    • F.

      Softwood moulding

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Hardwood cabinets
    E. Bamboo floors
    F. Softwood moulding
    Explanation
    Hardwood cabinets, Bamboo floors, and Softwood moulding can be certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) because they are made from wood materials that can be sustainably sourced and managed. The FSC certification ensures that the wood used in these products comes from responsibly managed forests, which helps to protect biodiversity, support local communities, and promote environmentally friendly practices. Linoleum floor tiles, Leather furniture, and Wheatboard desks are not made from wood and therefore cannot be certified under the FSC.

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  • 13. 

    Why should a building have a green cleaning policy?

    • A.

      To reduce the costs of cleaning a building

    • B.

      To reduce the environmental effects of cleaning products

    • C.

      To decrease the time it takes to clean a building

    • D.

      To provide the janitorial staff with an opportunity to be part of the integrative design

    Correct Answer
    B. To reduce the environmental effects of cleaning products
    Explanation
    A building should have a green cleaning policy in order to reduce the environmental effects of cleaning products. Traditional cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to the environment and human health. By implementing a green cleaning policy, the use of eco-friendly and non-toxic cleaning products can be encouraged, minimizing the negative impact on the environment. This can also contribute to a healthier indoor environment for the occupants of the building.

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  • 14. 

    How would the distance from a building's entrance to the nearest bus stop be measured?

    • A.

      By calculating the street and/or bicycle network distance

    • B.

      By calculating the walking distance along infrastructure that is safe and comfortable for pedestrians

    • C.

      By determining the street network distance, excluding private drives

    • D.

      By determining the straight-line radius from point to point.

    Correct Answer
    B. By calculating the walking distance along infrastructure that is safe and comfortable for pedestrians
    Explanation
    The distance from a building's entrance to the nearest bus stop would be measured by calculating the walking distance along infrastructure that is safe and comfortable for pedestrians. This means considering the routes that pedestrians can take, such as sidewalks or pedestrian paths, and excluding any private drives or areas that are not accessible to pedestrians. This method takes into account the practicality and convenience for individuals walking from the building to the bus stop.

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  • 15. 

    A building owner and general contractor are creating a construction plan to improve the air quality during the construction process. What should the plan address?

    • A.

      Conduct custodial training, use fans to blow out construction dust, orient the building properly

    • B.

      Keep dust and dirt out of the building, protect materials from moisture damage, flush-out the building before occupancy

    • C.

      Increase ventilation, calibrate sensors and monitors, conduct an occupant survey

    • D.

      Use low VOC materials, monitor carbon dioxide, monitor outdoor airflow

    Correct Answer
    B. Keep dust and dirt out of the building, protect materials from moisture damage, flush-out the building before occupancy
    Explanation
    The plan should address keeping dust and dirt out of the building, protecting materials from moisture damage, and flushing out the building before occupancy. This will help improve the air quality during the construction process by preventing the accumulation of dust and dirt, which can contribute to poor air quality. Protecting materials from moisture damage is important to prevent the growth of mold and other contaminants that can negatively impact air quality. Flushing out the building before occupancy will help remove any remaining pollutants or odors, ensuring that the air is clean and healthy for occupants. Additionally, these measures align with best practices for maintaining good indoor air quality during construction.

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  • 16. 

    For which of the following reasons is it important to conduct occupant surveys?

    • A.

      Surveys are a Minimum Program Requirement.

    • B.

      Surveys are required for ongoing commissioning.

    • C.

      Surveys identify areas that need improvement.

    • D.

      Surveys reduce the ongoing waste stream.

    Correct Answer
    C. Surveys identify areas that need improvement.
    Explanation
    Occupant surveys are important because they help identify areas that need improvement. By gathering feedback from the occupants of a building, it becomes possible to understand their needs, preferences, and concerns. This information can then be used to make necessary adjustments and improvements to enhance the overall comfort, functionality, and satisfaction of the occupants. Without conducting surveys, it would be difficult to pinpoint specific areas that require attention and may result in missed opportunities for improvement.

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  • 17. 

    If a project owner locates a building close to a bicycle network, which of the following project elements could decrease?

    • A.

      The number of diverse uses

    • B.

      Rainwater runoff

    • C.

      Parking

    • D.

      Surrounding density

    Correct Answer
    C. Parking
    Explanation
    If a project owner locates a building close to a bicycle network, the availability and convenience of biking as a mode of transportation would increase. This would likely lead to a decrease in the need for parking spaces, as more people would choose to bike instead of driving. Therefore, the project element that could decrease in this scenario is parking.

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  • 18. 

    A healthcare project team in the pre-design phase is discussing ways to protect patient privacy. Which of the following strategies would help achieve this goal?

    • A.

      Placing recovery rooms toward the core of the building

    • B.

      Designing waiting areas with views to the outdoors

    • C.

      Using sound isolation

    • D.

      Reducing the building's footprint

    Correct Answer
    C. Using sound isolation
    Explanation
    Using sound isolation would help achieve the goal of protecting patient privacy. Sound isolation refers to the practice of designing spaces in a way that minimizes the transmission of sound between them. In a healthcare setting, this can be crucial in maintaining patient confidentiality and preventing sensitive information from being overheard by others. By implementing sound isolation measures, such as soundproof walls, doors, and windows, the project team can create a more private and secure environment for patients.

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  • 19. 

    Which of the following is aided by locating a project within a dense area?

    • A.

      Promoting vehicles with alternative fuels

    • B.

      Increased diversity

    • C.

      Preserving historic districts

    • D.

      Promoting walkability

    Correct Answer
    D. Promoting walkability
    Explanation
    Locating a project within a dense area can aid in promoting walkability. In a dense area, there are usually shorter distances between destinations, making it easier for people to walk from one place to another. This can encourage more people to choose walking as a mode of transportation, leading to reduced reliance on vehicles and promoting a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

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  • 20. 

    What must be considered in the project budget for a green building project that would not be part of a conventional project?

    • A.

      Selecting only ENERGY STAR appliances

    • B.

      Additional time in the schedule for construction

    • C.

      Added building equipment to make the building more energy efficient

    • D.

      Contingencies for research of unconventional techniques or materials

    Correct Answer
    D. Contingencies for research of unconventional techniques or materials
    Explanation
    In a green building project, it is important to consider contingencies for research of unconventional techniques or materials. Unlike a conventional project, a green building project may require exploring new and innovative methods and materials that are not commonly used. This research may involve additional costs and time to ensure that the building is truly energy efficient and sustainable. Therefore, including contingencies in the project budget allows for flexibility and adaptation to unexpected challenges that may arise during the research phase.

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  • 21. 

    Globally, transportation is responsible for what percent of greenhouse gas emissions?

    • A.

      25%

    • B.

      35%

    • C.

      30%

    • D.

      20%

    Correct Answer
    A. 25%
    Explanation
    Transportation is responsible for 25% of greenhouse gas emissions globally. This is because transportation relies heavily on fossil fuels, such as gasoline and diesel, which release carbon dioxide when burned. Cars, trucks, ships, airplanes, and trains all contribute to these emissions. Additionally, the growing demand for transportation services, especially in developing countries, has led to an increase in greenhouse gas emissions from this sector. Therefore, transportation plays a significant role in contributing to climate change and global warming.

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  • 22. 

    An additional cost that a green building project may have compared to a conventional project is

    • A.

      Added utility costs

    • B.

      Increased prices for selecting a sustainable site

    • C.

      Permit fees for plumbing

    • D.

      Consultant fees for green building experts

    Correct Answer
    D. Consultant fees for green building experts
    Explanation
    In a green building project, one additional cost that may arise compared to a conventional project is the consultant fees for green building experts. These experts are necessary to ensure that the project meets the required sustainability standards and certifications. They provide guidance and expertise in areas such as energy efficiency, renewable energy systems, water conservation, and environmentally friendly materials. Their fees contribute to the overall cost of the project, but they are essential for achieving the desired green building objectives.

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  • 23. 

    What has ozone depletion potential (ODP)?

    • A.

      Paints with high VOCs

    • B.

      Construction dust

    • C.

      CFC-based refrigerants used in HVAC systems

    • D.

      Runoff from the flooding of a construction site

    Correct Answer
    C. CFC-based refrigerants used in HVAC systems
    Explanation
    CFC-based refrigerants used in HVAC systems have ozone depletion potential (ODP). Ozone depletion potential refers to the ability of a substance to deplete the ozone layer. CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) are known to be major contributors to ozone depletion. When released into the atmosphere, CFCs break down and release chlorine atoms, which then react with ozone molecules, leading to the destruction of ozone molecules. Therefore, CFC-based refrigerants used in HVAC systems have a significant impact on ozone depletion.

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  • 24. 

    What design strategy would reduce the light trespass from a site to help prevent light pollution?

    • A.

      Paint all hardscapes white

    • B.

      Install lamp posts every 20 feet (6 meters) around the entire property line

    • C.

      Install shielded fixtures

    • D.

      Up-lighting

    Correct Answer
    C. Install shielded fixtures
    Explanation
    Installing shielded fixtures is a design strategy that would reduce light trespass from a site and help prevent light pollution. Shielded fixtures are designed to direct light downward and minimize the amount of light that is emitted horizontally or upward. This helps to contain the light within the intended area and reduces the amount of light that spills over into neighboring properties or the night sky. By using shielded fixtures, the site can effectively control and minimize light pollution, creating a more environmentally friendly and sustainable lighting solution.

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  • 25. 

    A large home builder is developing a new neighborhood with 200 homes. What strategies would help the builder save on material costs and conserve materials? choose 3

    • A.

      Low VOC paints

    • B.

      Choose products made in factories that support worker health

    • C.

      Select products that ship with less packaging

    • D.

      Advanced framing

    • E.

      Structural insulated panels

    • F.

      Reducing hallways

    Correct Answer(s)
    D. Advanced framing
    E. Structural insulated panels
    F. Reducing hallways
    Explanation
    Advanced framing, structural insulated panels, and reducing hallways are all strategies that can help a large home builder save on material costs and conserve materials. Advanced framing techniques involve using less wood and reducing the amount of waste generated during construction. Structural insulated panels are pre-fabricated panels that provide better insulation and reduce the need for additional materials. Reducing hallways can help minimize the amount of materials needed for construction and also increase the usable space within the homes. These strategies not only save on material costs but also contribute to sustainability and energy efficiency.

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  • 26. 

    Which of the following strategies can a project team combine to mimic natural systems and manage rainwater?

    • A.

      Xeriscaping and monitoring yearly rainfall

    • B.

      Green infrastructure (GI) and low-impact development (LID)

    • C.

      Submetering irrigation systems and replacing potable water with non-potable water

    • D.

      Piping and conveyance

    Correct Answer
    B. Green infrastructure (GI) and low-impact development (LID)
    Explanation
    Green infrastructure (GI) and low-impact development (LID) are strategies that can be combined to mimic natural systems and manage rainwater. Green infrastructure involves using natural elements such as vegetation, permeable surfaces, and rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff. Low-impact development focuses on minimizing the impact of development on the environment and includes techniques like rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, and permeable pavement. By combining these strategies, a project team can mimic the natural water cycle, reduce stormwater runoff, and manage rainwater in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner.

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  • 27. 

    What helps a project take advantage of the environmental assets of the area they live in?

    • A.

      Minimum Program Requirements

    • B.

      Regional Priority credits

    • C.

      Prerequisites

    • D.

      Local building code

    Correct Answer
    B. Regional Priority credits
    Explanation
    Regional Priority credits help a project take advantage of the environmental assets of the area they live in. These credits are awarded to projects that address specific environmental priorities identified by the local region. By earning these credits, a project can demonstrate its commitment to sustainable practices and contribute to the overall environmental goals of the area. This can include aspects such as energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, and the use of local resources. By incorporating regional priorities into their design and construction, projects can better align with the unique environmental characteristics of their location.

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  • 28. 

    The point values of a credit are based on the credit's ability to: choose 2

    • A.

      Decrease building costs

    • B.

      Mitigate the environmental harms of a building

    • C.

      Be easily implemented

    • D.

      Contribute to a higher certification level

    • E.

      Promote beneficial effects

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Mitigate the environmental harms of a building
    E. Promote beneficial effects
    Explanation
    The point values of a credit are based on the credit's ability to mitigate the environmental harms of a building and promote beneficial effects. This means that credits that have a significant impact in reducing the negative environmental impact of a building and have positive effects on the environment will be given higher point values. This ensures that buildings that prioritize sustainability and have a positive impact on the environment are rewarded with higher certification levels.

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  • 29. 

    When would a project team need to consider increasing the ventilation levels to improve indoor air quality?

    • A.

      Pre-design

    • B.

      After the occupants have moved in

    • C.

      Before the occupants move in

    • D.

      During building commissioning

    Correct Answer
    A. Pre-design
    Explanation
    Increasing ventilation levels to improve indoor air quality is a crucial consideration during the pre-design phase of a project. This is because the pre-design phase involves the initial planning and conceptualization of the project, where key decisions regarding the building's design and systems are made. By addressing ventilation needs at this stage, the project team can ensure that the building's design incorporates adequate ventilation systems to provide fresh air and remove pollutants effectively. This proactive approach helps create a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment for future occupants.

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  • 30. 

    Green Seal and Environmental Choice are third party standards for what products?

    • A.

      Flooring

    • B.

      Electronic equipment

    • C.

      Cleaning products

    • D.

      Furniture

    Correct Answer
    C. Cleaning products
    Explanation
    Green Seal and Environmental Choice are third party standards that certify and label cleaning products. These standards ensure that the products meet specific environmental and health criteria, such as being biodegradable, non-toxic, and made from sustainable materials. By choosing cleaning products with these certifications, consumers can make more environmentally friendly choices and contribute to a healthier and more sustainable future.

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  • 31. 

    What standard can assist project teams with engaging in a comprehensive integrative process?

    • A.

      Integrative Process (IP) ANSI Consensus National Standard Guide 2.0 for Design and Construction of Sustainable Buildings and Communities

    • B.

      ICC

    • C.

      ENERGY STAR

    • D.

      I-Codes

    Correct Answer
    A. Integrative Process (IP) ANSI Consensus National Standard Guide 2.0 for Design and Construction of Sustainable Buildings and Communities
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Integrative Process (IP) ANSI Consensus National Standard Guide 2.0 for Design and Construction of Sustainable Buildings and Communities. This standard is specifically designed to assist project teams in engaging in a comprehensive integrative process. It provides guidelines and best practices for designing and constructing sustainable buildings and communities, emphasizing the importance of collaboration and integration of various disciplines and stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle. By following this standard, project teams can ensure that all aspects of the project are considered and integrated in a holistic and sustainable manner.

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  • 32. 

    What unit of measurement is used for a lavatory faucet?

    • A.

      Process water rate

    • B.

      Gallons / liters per flush

    • C.

      Gallons / liters per minute

    • D.

      Design efficiency

    Correct Answer
    C. Gallons / liters per minute
    Explanation
    The unit of measurement used for a lavatory faucet is gallons / liters per minute. This refers to the amount of water that flows out of the faucet in a minute, measured in either gallons or liters. This measurement is important for determining the efficiency and effectiveness of the faucet in terms of water usage.

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  • 33. 

    What design strategy would promote biodiversity the most?

    • A.

      Installing a rock garden

    • B.

      Increasing open space and covering it with turf grass

    • C.

      Planting a variety of indigenous plants

    • D.

      Installing a dry pond planted with invasive plants

    Correct Answer
    C. Planting a variety of indigenous plants
    Explanation
    Planting a variety of indigenous plants would promote biodiversity the most because indigenous plants are naturally adapted to the local environment and provide food and habitat for native wildlife. By planting a diverse range of indigenous plants, it creates a balanced ecosystem and supports a wide variety of species, including insects, birds, and other animals. This helps to maintain a healthy and thriving ecosystem, contributing to the overall biodiversity of the area.

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  • 34. 

    At a minimum, a project team must successfully do which of the following to obtain LEED certification? choose 2

    • A.

      Gather documentation for the prerequisites

    • B.

      Hire a LEED AP

    • C.

      Record all vendors used on the project

    • D.

      Gather documentation for 40 of the points available

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Gather documentation for the prerequisites
    D. Gather documentation for 40 of the points available
    Explanation
    To obtain LEED certification, a project team must gather documentation for the prerequisites, which are the minimum requirements that must be met in order to be eligible for certification. Additionally, they must gather documentation for 40 of the points available, as LEED certification is based on a points system where projects earn points for various sustainable design and construction strategies. By gathering documentation for both the prerequisites and a sufficient number of points, the project team demonstrates their compliance with the necessary criteria for LEED certification.

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  • 35. 

    One way to reduce a building's energy load is to do which of the following?

    • A.

      Reduce a building's thermal mass

    • B.

      Increase the size of the building

    • C.

      Configure the building to minimize solar gain in summer and maximize it in winter

    • D.

      Site the building far away from adjacent buildings

    Correct Answer
    C. Configure the building to minimize solar gain in summer and maximize it in winter
    Explanation
    To reduce a building's energy load, one can configure the building to minimize solar gain in summer and maximize it in winter. This means designing the building in a way that minimizes the amount of heat gained from the sun during hot summer months, such as using shading devices or reflective materials. In contrast, during winter, the building can be designed to maximize solar gain by allowing sunlight to enter and warm the interior, reducing the need for heating. By optimizing solar gain throughout the year, the building's energy load can be reduced.

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  • 36. 

    What is NOT a principle that should be followed for a successful green building project?

    • A.

      Multidisciplinary approach

    • B.

      Budgeting the planning and design costs separately from the operations costs

    • C.

      Committing to green building early in the process

    • D.

      Commitment to the process through the life of the project

    • E.

      Looking at long term savings

    Correct Answer
    B. Budgeting the planning and design costs separately from the operations costs
    Explanation
    Budgeting the planning and design costs separately from the operations costs is not a principle that should be followed for a successful green building project. In a successful green building project, it is important to consider the lifecycle costs of the building, including both the upfront costs of planning and design, as well as the ongoing operations costs. By considering both costs together, it allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the financial implications of the project and ensures that sustainable practices are integrated throughout the entire lifecycle of the building.

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  • 37. 

    A tenant is reviewing cabinets for an office kitchen. One option is wheatboard cabinets sourced from different areas and compressed together with glue. A second option is solid oak cabinets extracted and manufactured locally. How can the environmental attributes of the products be compared?

    • A.

      By a review of the manufacturer's corporate sustainability policy

    • B.

      By a life-cycle assessment

    • C.

      By an air-quality sample

    • D.

      By the product's MSDS

    Correct Answer
    B. By a life-cycle assessment
    Explanation
    A life-cycle assessment is the most appropriate method for comparing the environmental attributes of the two cabinet options. This assessment considers the entire life cycle of the products, including raw material extraction, manufacturing, transportation, use, and disposal. It takes into account factors such as energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste generation. By conducting a life-cycle assessment, the tenant can evaluate the overall environmental impact of each cabinet option and make an informed decision based on sustainability criteria.

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  • 38. 

    Reduced emissions are a benefit of purchasing:

    • A.

      Materials with high SRI

    • B.

      Certified wood

    • C.

      Recycled water

    • D.

      Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

    Correct Answer
    D. Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)
    Explanation
    Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) are a benefit of purchasing because they help reduce emissions. RECs are certificates that represent the environmental attributes of renewable energy generation. By purchasing RECs, individuals or organizations support the production of renewable energy and contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These credits incentivize the development of renewable energy projects and help shift the energy market towards cleaner and more sustainable sources. Therefore, purchasing RECs can have a positive impact on reducing emissions and promoting a more environmentally friendly energy system.

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  • 39. 

    When there are two or more rating systems that might be applicable to a project, how should the project team decide which rating system to use?

    • A.

      Choose the rating system that will result in the lowest certification costs

    • B.

      Choose the rating system that has the most regional priority credits

    • C.

      Check with local code what rating system to use

    • D.

      Use the 40/60 rule

    Correct Answer
    D. Use the 40/60 rule
    Explanation
    The 40/60 rule suggests that the project team should consider both the cost and regional priority credits when deciding which rating system to use. This means that they should prioritize the rating system that will result in the lowest certification costs, but also take into account the number of regional priority credits available in each rating system. By using this rule, the team can make a more informed decision that balances both financial considerations and regional priorities.

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  • 40. 

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

    • A.

      ENERGY STAR

    • B.

      LEED

    • C.

      Green-e

    • D.

      LEED Online

    Correct Answer
    A. ENERGY STAR
    Explanation
    ENERGY STAR can be used to compare the energy performance of two buildings. ENERGY STAR is a program developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that provides energy efficiency ratings for various products and buildings. It rates buildings based on their energy consumption and performance, allowing for a comparison between different buildings. By using ENERGY STAR, individuals and organizations can make informed decisions regarding energy efficiency and choose buildings that have a higher energy performance rating.

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  • 41. 

    LEED credit forms must be signed by which person?

    • A.

      Project owner

    • B.

      Project manager

    • C.

      Declarant

    • D.

      Local code official

    Correct Answer
    C. Declarant
    Explanation
    The LEED credit forms must be signed by the Declarant. The Declarant is the individual or organization responsible for submitting the LEED project for certification. They are the ones who declare that the project meets all the necessary requirements and criteria for LEED certification.

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  • 42. 

    A demand response (DR) event is triggered by the ____.

    • A.

      Utility company

    • B.

      Building occupants

    • C.

      Facility manager

    • D.

      Building owner

    Correct Answer
    A. Utility company
    Explanation
    A demand response (DR) event is triggered by the utility company. This is because the utility company is responsible for managing and balancing the electricity grid's supply and demand. During periods of high demand or system emergencies, the utility company may initiate a demand response event to reduce electricity consumption. This can be done by sending signals to participating buildings or customers to temporarily reduce their electricity usage, such as by adjusting thermostat settings or turning off non-essential equipment. By triggering the DR event, the utility company can effectively manage the grid and ensure its stability and reliability.

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  • 43. 

    What site selection would promote walkability and reduce vehicle distance traveled?

    • A.

      A site near mass transit

    • B.

      A site near a solar garden

    • C.

      A site near public parking

    • D.

      A site with pedestrian access between diverse uses

    Correct Answer
    D. A site with pedestrian access between diverse uses
    Explanation
    A site with pedestrian access between diverse uses would promote walkability and reduce vehicle distance traveled. This means that the site would have a layout that allows people to easily walk between different types of destinations, such as residential areas, workplaces, shops, and recreational facilities. By providing convenient pedestrian access, people would be more inclined to walk instead of using vehicles, thereby reducing the distance traveled by vehicles and promoting a more sustainable and environmentally friendly mode of transportation.

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  • 44. 

    WaterSense labels apply to what products? choose 3

    • A.

      Private lavatory faucets

    • B.

      Toilets

    • C.

      Showerheads

    • D.

      Irrigation submeters

    • E.

      Washing machines

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Private lavatory faucets
    B. Toilets
    C. Showerheads
    Explanation
    WaterSense labels apply to private lavatory faucets, toilets, and showerheads. These products are all commonly found in residential bathrooms and are major sources of water usage. By labeling these products as WaterSense, it indicates that they meet certain water efficiency criteria set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This helps consumers make informed choices about water-saving products and encourages water conservation in households. Irrigation submeters and washing machines are not mentioned as products that are eligible for WaterSense labels.

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  • 45. 

    What is a strategy for construction activity pollution prevention that would prevent waterway sedimentation?

    • A.

      Increasing soil compaction

    • B.

      Reducing fertilization

    • C.

      Providing natural buffers around the property

    • D.

      Protecting on-site materials

    Correct Answer
    C. Providing natural buffers around the property
    Explanation
    Providing natural buffers around the property is a strategy for construction activity pollution prevention that would prevent waterway sedimentation. Natural buffers, such as vegetation or wetlands, can act as a barrier between construction sites and nearby waterways, preventing sediment runoff. These buffers can help filter and absorb sediment, preventing it from entering the water and causing pollution. By implementing natural buffers, construction activities can minimize their impact on water quality and reduce the risk of sedimentation in waterways.

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  • 46. 

    An environmentally conscience tenant wants to select flooring that is environmentally preferable in an effort to plan ahead for when the tenant will eventually move to a larger office space. Which of the following flooring products meet the criteria? choose 2

    • A.

      Ceramic tile that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and recycles

    • B.

      Carpet that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and burns

    • C.

      Linoleum tile that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and sends to the landfill

    • D.

      Wood flooring that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and refinishes

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Ceramic tile that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and recycles
    D. Wood flooring that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and refinishes
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Ceramic tile that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and recycles and Wood flooring that a manufacturer takes back after its end of life and refinishes. These options meet the criteria of being environmentally preferable because the manufacturer takes back the flooring after its end of life and either recycles it (in the case of ceramic tile) or refinishes it (in the case of wood flooring). This reduces waste and promotes sustainability by reusing materials instead of sending them to the landfill or burning them.

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  • 47. 

    What is USGBC's vision?

    • A.

      See the transformation of a built environment that leads to a sustainable future

    • B.

      Lead and accelerate the transformation to high-performing, healthy green buildings, homes, and communities throughout the United States

    • C.

      Buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation

    • D.

      Transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated

    Correct Answer
    C. Buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation
    Explanation
    USGBC's vision is to create buildings and communities that will regenerate and sustain the health and vitality of all life within a generation. This means that they aim to develop sustainable and environmentally-friendly structures and neighborhoods that promote the well-being of both humans and the natural world. They seek to go beyond simply constructing green buildings and instead focus on creating spaces that contribute to the overall health and vitality of all living beings.

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  • 48. 

    Grammatically, what language is the appropriate usage to describe a project that has been certified at any level?

    • A.

      LEED-certified

    • B.

      LEED certification

    • C.

      LEED Certified certified

    • D.

      LEED Certified

    Correct Answer
    A. LEED-certified
    Explanation
    The appropriate language to describe a project that has been certified at any level is "LEED-certified." This term indicates that the project has received certification according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. It is grammatically correct and concise, conveying the necessary information about the project's certification status.

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  • 49. 

    What strategies will not reduce the use of potable water for irrigation?

    • A.

      Installing native plants

    • B.

      Using graywater for irrigation

    • C.

      Replacing permeable pavement with turf grass

    • D.

      Using rainwater for irrigation

    Correct Answer
    C. Replacing permeable pavement with turf grass
    Explanation
    Replacing permeable pavement with turf grass will not reduce the use of potable water for irrigation. This is because turf grass requires a significant amount of water to maintain its health and appearance, especially in dry climates. On the other hand, installing native plants, using graywater, and using rainwater for irrigation are all strategies that can help reduce the use of potable water for irrigation. Native plants are adapted to the local climate and require less water, graywater is recycled water from household use that can be used for irrigation, and rainwater can be collected and stored for later use in irrigation.

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  • 50. 

    What accounting methodology is used to evaluate the economic performance of a product or system over its useful life?

    • A.

      Cradle-to-cradle

    • B.

      Life cycle assessment

    • C.

      Triple bottom line accounting

    • D.

      Life cycle costing

    Correct Answer
    D. Life cycle costing
    Explanation
    Life cycle costing is the accounting methodology used to evaluate the economic performance of a product or system over its useful life. It involves considering all costs associated with a product or system, including initial purchase cost, operating and maintenance costs, and disposal costs. By analyzing the total cost over the life cycle, businesses can make informed decisions about the economic viability and sustainability of their products or systems. This approach helps in identifying potential cost savings and making more efficient use of resources.

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