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  • 1. 

    Which of the following does not aid in the identification of sensitive habitats? Choose 2 

    • A.

      The NatureServe Heritage Program

    • B.

      FEMA

    • C.

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    • D.

      The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

    • E.

      ACEEE

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. The NatureServe Heritage Program
    C. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    Explanation
    The NatureServe Heritage Program and The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service both aid in the identification of sensitive habitats. The NatureServe Heritage Program is a conservation organization that collects and provides data on rare and endangered species and ecosystems. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for protecting and managing fish, wildlife, and their habitats. FEMA, The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, and ACEEE are not directly involved in the identification of sensitive habitats.

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  • 2. 

    What type of water is rainwater?

    • A.

      Blackwater

    • B.

      Non-potable water

    • C.

      Graywater

    • D.

      Potable water

    Correct Answer
    B. Non-potable water
    Explanation
    Rainwater is considered non-potable water because it is not safe for drinking or human consumption without treatment. It may contain various contaminants such as pollutants, bacteria, and other impurities that can be harmful to health. While rainwater can be used for various purposes like irrigation, flushing toilets, or washing clothes, it is not suitable for direct consumption without proper filtration and purification. Therefore, it is classified as non-potable water.

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  • 3. 

    What is a negative environmental externality of locating a project in an area that does not have diverse uses or public transportation access, and is not densely developed?

    • A.

      Availability of high-paying jobs

    • B.

      Increased tax base

    • C.

      Increased air pollution

    • D.

      Increased development costs

    Correct Answer
    C. Increased air pollution
    Explanation
    Locating a project in an area that does not have diverse uses or public transportation access, and is not densely developed can lead to increased air pollution. This is because without public transportation options, people will rely more on private vehicles for commuting, resulting in higher levels of emissions. Additionally, the lack of diverse uses and development can lead to increased industrial activities, which can further contribute to air pollution through the release of pollutants and emissions from factories and other facilities.

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  • 4. 

    What statement is true regarding HydroChloroFluoroCarbons (HCFCs)?

    • A.

      HCFCs are refrigerants currently banned by the Montreal Protocol

    • B.

      HCFCs are a type of natural refrigerant

    • C.

      LEED requires zero use of HCFCs

    • D.

      HCFCs have a low ozone depletion potential compared to CFCs

    Correct Answer
    D. HCFCs have a low ozone depletion potential compared to CFCs
    Explanation
    HCFCs have a low ozone depletion potential compared to CFCs. This means that HCFCs are less harmful to the ozone layer than CFCs. The Montreal Protocol, an international agreement, does not ban HCFCs completely but instead regulates their use and production to minimize their impact on the ozone layer. LEED, a green building certification program, does not require zero use of HCFCs. HCFCs are not a type of natural refrigerant, as they are synthetic compounds.

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  • 5. 

    What are local ordinances?

    • A.

      Recommendations for good building practices

    • B.

      A law usually found in a municipal code

    • C.

      Local government regulations imposed to promote orderly development of private lands and prevent land-use conflicts

    • D.

      Building codes based on national model codes

    Correct Answer
    B. A law usually found in a municipal code
    Explanation
    Local ordinances are laws that are typically found in a municipal code. These laws are put in place by local governments to promote orderly development of private lands and prevent land-use conflicts. They serve as regulations that govern various aspects of community life, such as zoning, noise control, parking regulations, and building standards. Local ordinances are specific to a particular jurisdiction and are designed to address the unique needs and characteristics of that area. They help ensure that the community functions smoothly and that residents adhere to certain standards and regulations.

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  • 6. 

    An effective thermal comfort strategy considers the six primary factors that affect thermal comfort. A close collaboration between the owner, architect, and who else is critical to achieving thermal comfort success?

    • A.

      Lighting designer

    • B.

      Building code inspectors

    • C.

      Engineer

    • D.

      Landscape designer

    Correct Answer
    C. Engineer
    Explanation
    An engineer is critical to achieving thermal comfort success because they have the expertise to design and implement the necessary heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that regulate temperature and air quality in a building. They can analyze the building's thermal properties, calculate heat loads, and determine the appropriate HVAC equipment and controls needed to maintain thermal comfort. Additionally, engineers can collaborate with the owner and architect to ensure that the building's design and layout optimize thermal comfort for occupants.

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  • 7. 

    The owner of a historic renovation project wants to achieve carbon neutrality. Which of the following design decision will help the project team achieve this?

    • A.

      Purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)

    • B.

      Purchasing carbon offsets

    • C.

      Using no more water than what falls on the site as precipitation

    • D.

      Participating in a demand response program

    Correct Answer
    B. Purchasing carbon offsets
    Explanation
    Purchasing carbon offsets is a design decision that can help the project team achieve carbon neutrality. Carbon offsets are a way to compensate for carbon emissions by investing in projects that reduce or remove greenhouse gas emissions elsewhere. By purchasing carbon offsets, the project owner can offset their own carbon emissions and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, thereby achieving carbon neutrality. This decision helps to balance out the carbon emissions associated with the renovation project and supports the goal of reducing overall carbon footprint.

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  • 8. 

    A hamburger franchise is planning on building thirty new restaurants across the country in the next two years. Each restaurant is based on the same prototype. How should the multiple buildings be certified?

    • A.

      Using the LEED Campus Program

    • B.

      Using the LEED Volume Program

    • C.

      As a LEED for Neighborhood Development project

    • D.

      By registering each project individually with LEED Online

    Correct Answer
    B. Using the LEED Volume Program
    Explanation
    The correct answer is using the LEED Volume Program. The LEED Volume Program is specifically designed for certifying multiple buildings that are based on the same prototype. It allows for a streamlined and efficient certification process for projects that are similar in design and construction. This program would be the most appropriate choice for certifying the thirty new restaurants being built by the hamburger franchise.

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  • 9. 

    What process uses heat recovery to capture heat from the process of generating electricity and then turns the recovered heat into thermal energy that can be used to heat a building?

    • A.

      Commissioning

    • B.

      Tertiary treatment

    • C.

      Evapotranspiration

    • D.

      Cogeneration

    Correct Answer
    D. Cogeneration
    Explanation
    Cogeneration is the correct answer because it is a process that utilizes heat recovery to capture the heat produced during the generation of electricity and then converts it into thermal energy. This thermal energy can be used to heat a building, making cogeneration an efficient and sustainable method of energy production. Commissioning, tertiary treatment, and evapotranspiration are unrelated to the process described in the question.

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  • 10. 

    Construction activity pollution prevention should address what environmental protection measures? Choose 3

    • A.

      Fresh water consumption

    • B.

      Airborne dust

    • C.

      Soil erosion

    • D.

      Greenhouse gas emissions

    • E.

      Ozone protection

    • F.

      Waterway sedimentation

    Correct Answer(s)
    B. Airborne dust
    C. Soil erosion
    F. Waterway sedimentation
    Explanation
    Construction activity can have significant negative impacts on the environment, so pollution prevention measures are necessary. Airborne dust is a concern because it can contribute to air pollution and respiratory issues. Soil erosion is important to address because construction can disturb the soil and lead to erosion, which can cause sedimentation in waterways and harm aquatic ecosystems. Waterway sedimentation is another concern as it can disrupt the natural flow of water and harm aquatic life. Therefore, addressing these three issues is crucial in preventing pollution and protecting the environment during construction activities.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following project team members is responsible for verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements?

    • A.

      The project administrator

    • B.

      The mechanical engineer

    • C.

      The LEED project reviewer

    • D.

      The commissioning authority

    Correct Answer
    D. The commissioning authority
    Explanation
    The commissioning authority is responsible for verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements. They oversee the commissioning process, which involves testing and verifying the performance of the building systems to ensure they are functioning as intended. This includes conducting inspections, reviewing documentation, and coordinating with the project team to ensure that all requirements are met. The commissioning authority plays a critical role in ensuring the quality and functionality of the building.

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  • 12. 

    Relative to the LEED project design what has a low soft cost?

    • A.

      Building commissioning

    • B.

      Carpet installation

    • C.

      Facility management costs

    • D.

      Cost of the LEED charrette

    Correct Answer
    D. Cost of the LEED charrette
    Explanation
    The cost of the LEED charrette has a low soft cost relative to the LEED project design. A charrette is a collaborative design process that brings together stakeholders to develop sustainable design strategies. Soft costs refer to expenses that are not directly related to construction, such as design, planning, and management fees. The cost of the charrette is considered a soft cost because it is an upfront investment in the design process, rather than a direct construction cost.

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  • 13. 

    A project team is trying to maximize the number of points they can achieve for their LEED project by identifying synergies. Which elements, when combined, would best achieve this goal? Choose 3

    • A.

      Occupancy sensors

    • B.

      CO2 sensors

    • C.

      Operable windows

    • D.

      Daylight sensors

    • E.

      Occupant lighting controls

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Occupancy sensors
    D. Daylight sensors
    E. Occupant lighting controls
    Explanation
    Occupancy sensors, daylight sensors, and occupant lighting controls would best achieve the goal of maximizing the number of points for the LEED project by identifying synergies. Occupancy sensors help in detecting the presence of people in a space and can automatically control lighting and HVAC systems, reducing energy consumption. Daylight sensors can adjust artificial lighting levels based on the amount of natural light available, further reducing energy usage. Occupant lighting controls allow individuals to personalize their lighting preferences, promoting energy efficiency and occupant comfort. By combining these elements, the project team can optimize energy efficiency and earn more points for their LEED project.

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  • 14. 

     What factor impacts the cost of earning LEED-certification?

    • A.

      The number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) that will occupy the finished building

    • B.

      The type of land the building was built on

    • C.

      Square footage of the building

    • D.

      The number of stories the building has

    Correct Answer
    C. Square footage of the building
    Explanation
    The cost of earning LEED-certification is impacted by the square footage of the building. This means that the larger the building, the higher the cost of obtaining the certification. The square footage of the building is an important factor because it determines the scope of the project and the amount of work required to meet the LEED certification requirements. A larger building will typically require more materials, resources, and labor, which increases the overall cost of the certification process.

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  • 15. 

    Which of the following best describes systems thinking?

    • A.

      An approach to design and operations that brings team members together to work collaboratively on all of the project's systems, finding synergistic solutions that support greater levels of sustainability.

    • B.

      A formal review process of the design of a project based on its intended function in order to identify potential alternatives that reduce costs and improve performance.

    • C.

      An understanding of the built environment as a series of relationships in which all parts influence many other parts.

    • D.

      A Sustainable plan for built environments that improve existing conditions.

    Correct Answer
    C. An understanding of the built environment as a series of relationships in which all parts influence many other parts.
    Explanation
    Systems thinking is an approach that views the built environment as a complex system with interconnected parts. It recognizes that each part of the system has an impact on other parts, and that changes in one area can have ripple effects throughout the entire system. This perspective allows for a holistic understanding of how different elements within the built environment interact and influence each other. By considering these relationships, systems thinking can help identify potential solutions that address the broader system as a whole, rather than focusing on isolated components.

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  • 16. 

    An owner is questioning the additional costs of submetering of a mixed-use project's water systems. For what reason should the submeters be installed?

    • A.

      Submetering is a Minimum Program Requirement

    • B.

      The integrative process does not work without submetering data

    • C.

      Identifies disparities between how a project's water-based systems are designed to operate and how they actually perform

    • D.

      LEED requires metering by subsystem of all energy and water based systems

    Correct Answer
    C. Identifies disparities between how a project's water-based systems are designed to operate and how they actually perform
    Explanation
    The reason submeters should be installed in a mixed-use project's water systems is to identify disparities between how the systems are designed to operate and how they actually perform. By monitoring the water usage through submeters, the owner can identify any inefficiencies or issues in the system's performance. This information can then be used to make necessary adjustments or improvements to ensure that the water-based systems are operating as intended. Additionally, this can help in reducing water waste and improving overall efficiency.

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  • 17. 

    What is the purpose of having a LEED AP on a project?

    • A.

      For building commissioning

    • B.

      To serve as the project administrator

    • C.

      To submit all project data

    • D.

      To streamline the LEED process

    Correct Answer
    D. To streamline the LEED process
    Explanation
    Having a LEED AP (Accredited Professional) on a project helps to streamline the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) process. LEED is a green building certification system that promotes sustainable design and construction practices. A LEED AP is knowledgeable about the requirements and strategies for achieving LEED certification. By having a LEED AP on a project, they can ensure that the project follows the necessary guidelines and meets the criteria for certification. This helps to streamline the process by avoiding potential errors or delays in the certification process.

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  • 18. 

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

    • A.

      Groundwater contamination

    • B.

      Increased CO2 indoors

    • C.

      Increasing greenhouse gas emissions

    • D.

      Soil contamination

    Correct Answer
    C. Increasing greenhouse gas emissions
    Explanation
    Refrigerants used in HVAC&R systems are associated with increasing greenhouse gas emissions. Refrigerants, such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), have a high global warming potential and contribute to the greenhouse effect when released into the atmosphere. These emissions can lead to climate change and the warming of the Earth's atmosphere. Therefore, it is important to use alternative refrigerants with lower global warming potentials to mitigate the environmental impact of HVAC&R systems.

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  • 19. 

    What environmental issue occurs from runoff?

    • A.

      Heat islands

    • B.

      Increased municipal wastewater treatment costs

    • C.

      Sedimentation

    • D.

      Ozone depletion

    Correct Answer
    C. Sedimentation
    Explanation
    Runoff is the flow of water that occurs when excess rainwater or melted snow flows over the land and does not infiltrate into the ground. This runoff carries sediment, such as soil particles, rocks, and debris, which can be deposited in bodies of water like rivers, lakes, and oceans. This process is known as sedimentation. Sedimentation can have negative environmental impacts, including the degradation of aquatic habitats, reduced water quality, and disruption of ecosystems. Therefore, sedimentation is the environmental issue that occurs from runoff.

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  • 20. 

    Designing a building with a natural ventilation system will impact what credit categories? choose 2

    • A.

      Energy and Atmosphere

    • B.

      Sustainable Sites

    • C.

      Indoor Environmental Quality

    • D.

      Materials and Resources

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Energy and Atmosphere
    C. Indoor Environmental Quality
    Explanation
    Designing a building with a natural ventilation system will impact the Energy and Atmosphere credit category because it reduces the need for mechanical cooling systems, thus reducing energy consumption. Additionally, it will impact the Indoor Environmental Quality credit category as natural ventilation improves air quality and provides a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment for occupants.

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  • 21. 

    The built environment, including buildings and transportation systems, account for what percent of all greenhouse gas emissions?

    • A.

      1/2

    • B.

      2/3

    • C.

      1/4

    • D.

      1/3

    Correct Answer
    B. 2/3
    Explanation
    Buildings and transportation systems contribute to a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions. The correct answer, 2/3, indicates that these sectors are responsible for two-thirds of all greenhouse gas emissions. This highlights the importance of implementing sustainable practices and technologies in the built environment to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change.

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  • 22. 

    What are the benefits of reducing potable water use in buildings? choose 2

    • A.

      Decreased building operating costs

    • B.

      Increased irrigation efficiency

    • C.

      Reduced contamination of nearby water bodies

    • D.

      Reduced drawdown of water from water bodies and aquifers

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Decreased building operating costs
    D. Reduced drawdown of water from water bodies and aquifers
    Explanation
    Reducing potable water use in buildings can have several benefits. One of the benefits is decreased building operating costs. By reducing the amount of potable water used, buildings can lower their water bills and save money on water consumption. Another benefit is reduced drawdown of water from water bodies and aquifers. By using less potable water, there is less strain on water sources, helping to conserve and preserve these valuable resources. This can also help to mitigate the risk of depleting water bodies and aquifers, ensuring their sustainability for future generations.

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  • 23. 

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

    • A.

      Installing fixtures that meet the EPAct 1992 standard

    • B.

      Installing submeters

    • C.

      Installing low-consumption flush fixtures and low-flow rate faucets

    • D.

      Implementing cooling tower water management

    Correct Answer
    C. Installing low-consumption flush fixtures and low-flow rate faucets
    Explanation
    Installing low-consumption flush fixtures and low-flow rate faucets is effective at reducing potable water use indoors because these fixtures and faucets are designed to use less water compared to traditional ones. By installing these water-saving fixtures, less water is wasted during flushing toilets and using faucets, resulting in significant water savings over time. This helps in conserving potable water resources and promoting sustainable water management practices.

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  • 24. 

    Which of the following are mandatory for LEED certification? choose 2

    • A.

      Having a LEED AP on the project

    • B.

      Achieving all Regional Priority credits

    • C.

      Meeting the Minimum Program Requirements

    • D.

      Meeting all prerequisites

    • E.

      Earning at least 50 points

    • F.

      Earning Innovation points

    Correct Answer(s)
    C. Meeting the Minimum Program Requirements
    D. Meeting all prerequisites
    Explanation
    To achieve LEED certification, it is mandatory to meet the Minimum Program Requirements, which are the basic eligibility criteria for a project. Additionally, meeting all prerequisites is also necessary as these are the specific requirements that must be fulfilled in order to qualify for certification. These prerequisites cover various aspects such as sustainable site development, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design. Meeting both the Minimum Program Requirements and all prerequisites ensures that the project meets the necessary standards for LEED certification.

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  • 25. 

    'To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life' denotes which of the following:

    • A.

      USGBC's vision

    • B.

      The purpose of LEED Online

    • C.

      USGBC's 2013-2015 strategic plan

    • D.

      USGBC's mission

    Correct Answer
    D. USGBC's mission
    Explanation
    The statement "To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life" describes USGBC's mission. This mission statement outlines the organization's goal to promote sustainable and responsible practices in the design, construction, and operation of buildings and communities, with the aim of creating a healthier and more prosperous environment that enhances the quality of life for individuals and communities.

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  • 26. 

    Indoor water use reductions require projections based on which of the following:

    • A.

      The number of fixtures installed

    • B.

      The cost of potable water

    • C.

      Occupants' usage

    • D.

      The gross area of the building

    Correct Answer
    C. Occupants' usage
    Explanation
    Indoor water use reductions require projections based on occupants' usage because the amount of water used indoors is directly influenced by the behavior and habits of the people using it. Factors such as the frequency and duration of showers, the frequency of toilet flushing, and the frequency of using appliances like dishwashers and washing machines all depend on the occupants' usage patterns. Therefore, understanding and estimating the water usage habits of the occupants is crucial in accurately projecting and implementing water use reductions.

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  • 27. 

    Which of the following statements regarding LEED Interpretations is NOT true?

    • A.

      LEED interpretations are used to add new requirements to the LEED Rating System.

    • B.

      LEED interpretations are reviewed by LEED committees comprised of member-selected green building practitioners and USGBC staff.

    • C.

      LEED interpretations are an opportunity to contribute to LEED in a significant way.

    • D.

      LEED interpretations can be applied to multiple projects.

    Correct Answer
    A. LEED interpretations are used to add new requirements to the LEED Rating System.
    Explanation
    LEED interpretations are not used to add new requirements to the LEED Rating System. Instead, they are used to provide clarification or guidance on existing requirements.

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  • 28. 

    Which of the following impact categories is given the greatest weight in LEED?

    • A.

      Protect, Enhance and Restore Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

    • B.

      Promote Sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles

    • C.

      Enhance Individual Human Health and Well-Being

    • D.

      Build a Greener Economy

    • E.

      Protect and Restore Water Resources

    • F.

      Reverse Contribution to Global Climate Change

    Correct Answer
    F. Reverse Contribution to Global Climate Change
    Explanation
    The greatest weight in LEED is given to the impact category of "Reverse Contribution to Global Climate Change." This suggests that LEED places a high emphasis on reducing and mitigating the negative effects of human activities on climate change. It indicates that LEED prioritizes sustainable practices and strategies that aim to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, promote renewable energy, and address climate-related challenges. This focus on climate change aligns with the global efforts to combat and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

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  • 29. 

    For which of the following credit areas would a site plan be submitted for documentation?

    • A.

      Acoustic design

    • B.

      Furniture reuse

    • C.

      Outdoor water use reduction

    • D.

      Demand response

    Correct Answer
    C. Outdoor water use reduction
    Explanation
    A site plan would be submitted for documentation for the credit area of outdoor water use reduction. This is because outdoor water use reduction focuses on reducing the amount of water used for landscaping and outdoor purposes. A site plan would outline the specific strategies and measures taken to minimize water usage, such as using drought-resistant plants, installing efficient irrigation systems, or implementing rainwater harvesting techniques. The site plan would provide a visual representation of the site layout and demonstrate how the outdoor water use reduction measures are implemented.

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  • 30. 

    What is a benefit of selecting a project location surrounded by existing built density?

    • A.

      Reduction of heat islands

    • B.

      Protection of undeveloped land

    • C.

      Increased availability of rainwater

    • D.

      More lenient zoning rules

    Correct Answer
    B. Protection of undeveloped land
    Explanation
    Selecting a project location surrounded by existing built density can benefit by protecting undeveloped land. When a project is located in an area with existing built density, it reduces the need to clear or develop undeveloped land for construction purposes. This helps in preserving the natural environment, wildlife habitats, and ecosystems. It also prevents the loss of green spaces and promotes sustainable development by utilizing already developed areas. By protecting undeveloped land, the project contributes to the conservation of biodiversity and maintains the ecological balance.

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  • 31. 

    A project team developing a library on a greenfield site decides to reduce the project's parking footprint. Which of the following additional areas of the project could this also aid?

    • A.

      Protecting sensitive land

    • B.

      Restoring habitat

    • C.

      Encouraging walkable design

    • D.

      Increasing the project density

    Correct Answer
    A. Protecting sensitive land
    Explanation
    Reducing the project's parking footprint can aid in protecting sensitive land because it means less land will be used for parking spaces, allowing more land to be preserved in its natural state. By minimizing the amount of land used for parking, the project team can help protect environmentally sensitive areas, such as wetlands or wildlife habitats, that may exist on the greenfield site. This approach aligns with the goal of sustainable development and conservation of natural resources.

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  • 32. 

    What impact category addresses reducing negative environmental impacts throughout the materials life-cycle?

    • A.

      GHG Emissions Reduction from Materials and Water Embodied Energy Use

    • B.

      Promote Sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles

    • C.

      Protect, Enhance and Restore Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

    • D.

      Reverse Contribution to Global Climate Change

    Correct Answer
    B. Promote Sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles
    Explanation
    The correct answer, "Promote Sustainable and Regenerative Material Resources Cycles," addresses reducing negative environmental impacts throughout the materials life-cycle. This impact category focuses on ensuring that materials are used in a sustainable and regenerative manner, minimizing waste and promoting the efficient use of resources. By promoting sustainable and regenerative material resource cycles, negative environmental impacts such as pollution, depletion of resources, and waste generation can be reduced.

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  • 33. 

    Which of the following is not a credit category for LEED for Neighborhood Development?

    • A.

      Awareness and Education

    • B.

      Smart Location and Linkage

    • C.

      Neighborhood Pattern and Design

    • D.

      Green Infrastructure and Buildings

    Correct Answer
    A. Awareness and Education
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Awareness and Education." This is not a credit category for LEED for Neighborhood Development. LEED for Neighborhood Development focuses on promoting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in the design and development of neighborhoods. The credit categories include Smart Location and Linkage, Neighborhood Pattern and Design, and Green Infrastructure and Buildings. While awareness and education are important aspects of sustainability, they are not specifically categorized as a credit category in LEED for Neighborhood Development.

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  • 34. 

    What process identifies the high-performance building systems that will save money over the life of a project?

    • A.

      First costs

    • B.

      Life-cycle assessment

    • C.

      Value engineering

    • D.

      Life-cycle costing

    Correct Answer
    D. Life-cycle costing
    Explanation
    Life-cycle costing is the process that identifies the high-performance building systems that will save money over the life of a project. This process involves evaluating the costs of a building system throughout its entire life cycle, including initial costs, operating costs, maintenance costs, and disposal costs. By considering all these costs, life-cycle costing helps in making informed decisions about which building systems are the most cost-effective in the long run.

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  • 35. 

    What financial incentives can a municipality offer to a developer that proposes a green building?choose 3

    • A.

      Revolving loan funds

    • B.

      Increases in the allowable density

    • C.

      Allowing a building to be have an increased height

    • D.

      Fee waivers

    • E.

      Tax credits

    • F.

      Percentage increase in the floor area ratio

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Revolving loan funds
    D. Fee waivers
    E. Tax credits
    Explanation
    A municipality can offer revolving loan funds to a developer proposing a green building as a financial incentive. This means that the municipality can provide a low-interest loan to the developer to support the construction of the green building. Additionally, fee waivers can be offered, which means that the municipality can waive certain fees associated with the building permit or other development processes. Tax credits can also be provided as an incentive, allowing the developer to receive a reduction in their tax liability for constructing a green building. These financial incentives encourage developers to prioritize sustainability and contribute to the overall environmental goals of the municipality.

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  • 36. 

    Which greenhouse gas is produced in landfills as a result of solid waste disposal?

    • A.

      Radon

    • B.

      Methane

    • C.

      CO2

    • D.

      NH3

    Correct Answer
    B. Methane
    Explanation
    Methane is produced in landfills as a result of solid waste disposal. When organic waste decomposes in landfills, it produces methane gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming and climate change. It has a much higher warming potential than carbon dioxide, making it a significant concern for environmental impact. Therefore, the correct answer is methane.

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  • 37. 

    What describes a project that has been certified to the base level?

    • A.

      LEED Accredited

    • B.

      LEED's Certified

    • C.

      LEED Certified certified

    • D.

      LEED Certified

    Correct Answer
    D. LEED Certified
    Explanation
    The answer "LEED Certified" accurately describes a project that has been certified to the base level. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system that evaluates the environmental performance of buildings. The certification signifies that the project meets certain sustainability standards and has been verified by the appropriate authorities. Therefore, "LEED Certified" is the correct answer to describe a project that has achieved this certification.

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  • 38. 

    What statement is true regarding green building?

    • A.

      LEED teams are achieving certification through widely diverse methods

    • B.

      LEED buildings were increasingly common until construction costs rose 30% in the last two years

    • C.

      The construction of green buildings have no major significant cost difference to non-green buildings

    • D.

      Green design is a cost neutral add-on

    Correct Answer
    C. The construction of green buildings have no major significant cost difference to non-green buildings
    Explanation
    The answer states that the construction of green buildings does not have a major significant cost difference compared to non-green buildings. This suggests that the cost of constructing green buildings is comparable to that of traditional buildings, indicating that the perception of green buildings being more expensive may not be accurate.

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  • 39. 

    The process of green building begins with the idea of the project and continues until:

    • A.

      The construction documents are prepared

    • B.

      The project begins operating

    • C.

      The schematic design is completed

    • D.

      The project is reused or recycled

    Correct Answer
    D. The project is reused or recycled
    Explanation
    The process of green building begins with the idea of the project and continues until the project is reused or recycled. This means that the entire lifecycle of the project, from conception to its eventual end, is focused on sustainability and minimizing environmental impact. The goal of green building is to create structures that are energy-efficient, use renewable materials, and can be repurposed or recycled at the end of their life cycle. By emphasizing reuse and recycling, green building aims to reduce waste and promote a circular economy.

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  • 40. 

    What is the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) intended to replace?

    • A.

      ASHRAE 189.1

    • B.

      LEED

    • C.

      ENERGY STAR

    • D.

      Traditional building codes

    Correct Answer
    D. Traditional building codes
    Explanation
    The International Green Construction Code (IgCC) is intended to replace traditional building codes. Traditional building codes typically focus on minimum standards for safety and health, but they do not specifically address sustainable and environmentally-friendly construction practices. The IgCC, on the other hand, provides a comprehensive set of regulations and guidelines for designing, constructing, and operating green buildings. It promotes energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor air quality, and other sustainable practices. By replacing traditional building codes with the IgCC, there is a greater emphasis on creating buildings that are not only safe and healthy but also environmentally responsible.

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  • 41. 

    Which of the following preventive maintenance tasks would a facility manager routinely perform to maintain indoor air quality? choose 2

    • A.

      Calibrating sensors

    • B.

      Replacing air filters

    • C.

      Dusting all blinds with electrostatic cloths

    • D.

      Conducting a flush-out

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Calibrating sensors
    B. Replacing air filters
    Explanation
    A facility manager would routinely perform the task of calibrating sensors to maintain indoor air quality. This is important as sensors are used to monitor various parameters such as temperature, humidity, and air quality, and if they are not calibrated properly, they may provide inaccurate readings. Additionally, replacing air filters is also crucial for maintaining indoor air quality. Air filters help to remove dust, allergens, and other pollutants from the air, and if they are not replaced regularly, they can become clogged and less effective in filtering the air.

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  • 42. 

    Which of the following legally binding documents describe the quality of the materials to be used on the project?

    • A.

      Health Product Declaration (HPD)

    • B.

      Specifications

    • C.

      Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

    • D.

      Cradle-to-Grave Analysis

    Correct Answer
    B. Specifications
    Explanation
    Specifications are legally binding documents that describe the quality of the materials to be used on a project. They outline the specific requirements and standards that must be met in terms of the materials' composition, performance, and other characteristics. Specifications ensure that the materials used meet the project's needs and comply with any relevant regulations or industry standards. They serve as a reference for contractors, suppliers, and other stakeholders involved in the project, providing clear guidance on the materials to be used and helping to ensure the project's quality and integrity.

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  • 43. 

    Using passive strategies such as daylighting is an example of which of the following:

    • A.

      Renewable energy practice

    • B.

      Energy performance management

    • C.

      Increasing energy efficiency

    • D.

      Reducing energy demand

    Correct Answer
    D. Reducing energy demand
    Explanation
    Passive strategies such as daylighting reduce energy demand by utilizing natural light instead of artificial lighting. This practice decreases the need for energy consumption, resulting in lower energy demand. By maximizing the use of natural light, less energy is required for lighting purposes, leading to reduced energy consumption and overall energy demand.

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  • 44. 

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

    • A.

      Sustainable purchasing policy

    • B.

      Materials checklist

    • C.

      Commissioning plan

    • D.

      LEED Project Checklist

    Correct Answer
    D. LEED Project Checklist
    Explanation
    The LEED Project Checklist should be used during all project phases to verify the green building goals are being met. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a widely recognized green building rating system, and the checklist includes criteria and requirements for various aspects of sustainable design and construction. By using the LEED Project Checklist, project teams can ensure that they are following the necessary guidelines and implementing sustainable practices throughout the project, ultimately helping to meet the green building goals.

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  • 45. 

    What is considered a positive externality of LEED-certified buildings on building occupants?

    • A.

      Reduced water consumption

    • B.

      Improved daylighting

    • C.

      Decreased absenteeism

    • D.

      Energy efficiency improvements

    Correct Answer
    C. Decreased absenteeism
    Explanation
    LEED-certified buildings are designed to be environmentally friendly and promote sustainability. Decreased absenteeism can be considered a positive externality of these buildings on building occupants because they provide a healthier and more comfortable indoor environment. Factors such as improved air quality, natural lighting, and thermal comfort in LEED-certified buildings contribute to the overall well-being of occupants, reducing the likelihood of illness and absenteeism.

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  • 46. 

    Which of the following is a difference between Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and a carbon offset?

    • A.

      RECs are tradable commodities

    • B.

      RECs encourage the reduction of GHG emissions

    • C.

      RECs are purchased

    • D.

      RECs must be purchased locally

    Correct Answer
    A. RECs are tradable commodities
    Explanation
    RECs are considered tradable commodities because they can be bought and sold on the market. This means that individuals or organizations can purchase RECs to offset their own carbon emissions. On the other hand, carbon offsets are not necessarily tradable commodities. While they can also be purchased, carbon offsets represent a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that is achieved by investing in projects or activities that reduce emissions. Therefore, the key difference is that RECs are specifically tradable commodities, while carbon offsets represent emission reductions achieved through investments.

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  • 47. 

    Which of the following would help increase the daylight brought into a space?

    • A.

      Clerestory windows, light shelves, reflective paint, and skylights

    • B.

      Ergonomic furniture, reused acoustic ceiling tiles, polished concrete flooring, and movable partitions

    • C.

      Low VOC interior walls, single-pane glazing, and reused furniture

    • D.

      Task lighting, occupancy sensors, window blinds, and operable windows

    Correct Answer
    A. Clerestory windows, light shelves, reflective paint, and skylights
    Explanation
    Clerestory windows, light shelves, reflective paint, and skylights would help increase the daylight brought into a space. Clerestory windows are high windows that allow natural light to enter a space from above eye level. Light shelves are horizontal surfaces that reflect light deeper into a space. Reflective paint can bounce natural light around a room, increasing its brightness. Skylights are windows installed in the roof or ceiling, allowing direct sunlight to enter the space. Together, these features maximize the amount of natural light entering the space, reducing the need for artificial lighting and creating a brighter and more inviting environment.

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  • 48. 

    During the integrative process a building owner decides to replace a low VOC ten-year carpet tile with a less expensive and higher VOC twelve-year carpet tile. Which of the following would be impacted by this change?

    • A.

      Construction waste management

    • B.

      Raw material sourcing

    • C.

      Indoor air quality

    • D.

      Material reuse

    Correct Answer
    C. Indoor air quality
    Explanation
    By replacing the low VOC ten-year carpet tile with a higher VOC twelve-year carpet tile, the indoor air quality would be impacted. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are chemicals that can be emitted from certain materials, including carpets. High levels of VOCs can contribute to poor indoor air quality, which can have negative effects on the health and well-being of occupants. Therefore, the change in carpet tiles would likely result in a decrease in indoor air quality.

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  • 49. 

    What does ASHRAE 55 specify?

    • A.

      Indoor air quality

    • B.

      Thermal comfort

    • C.

      Energy performance

    • D.

      Commuting surveys

    Correct Answer
    B. Thermal comfort
    Explanation
    ASHRAE 55 is a standard developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) that specifies the conditions for thermal comfort in indoor environments. It provides guidelines for factors such as temperature, humidity, air speed, and radiant heat, aiming to create a comfortable and healthy indoor environment for occupants. This standard helps in designing and maintaining HVAC systems to ensure that occupants feel comfortable and productive in various indoor spaces, such as offices, schools, and residential buildings.

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  • 50. 

    Which of the following reduce the energy use and waste associated with the demolition and construction of buildings? choose 3

    • A.

      Rehabilitating blighted buildings

    • B.

      Designing buildings with single-pane glazing for daylighting

    • C.

      Preserving historic structures

    • D.

      Restoring existing buildings

    • E.

      Incinerating construction waste from a demolition

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Rehabilitating blighted buildings
    C. Preserving historic structures
    D. Restoring existing buildings
    Explanation
    Rehabilitating blighted buildings, preserving historic structures, and restoring existing buildings are all methods that can reduce energy use and waste associated with demolition and construction. By rehabilitating blighted buildings, existing structures can be repurposed and renovated instead of being torn down and replaced, reducing the amount of waste generated. Preserving historic structures also avoids demolition and the associated waste, while restoring existing buildings focuses on improving and renovating them rather than starting from scratch. These approaches promote sustainability and resource conservation in the construction industry.

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