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Green Building Rating Systems for New Construction and Major Renovations


Quiz Questions

1.The LEED for New Construction Rating System is applicable to new commercial construction and major renovation projects.
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2. While LEED Rating Systems can be useful just as tools for building professionals, which one of the following can also be an asset.
Be recognized for your commitment to environmental issues in your community, your organization (including stockholders), and your industry;
Receive third party validation of achievement
Qualify for a growing array of state & local government initiatives
Receive marketing exposure through USGBC Web site, Greenbuild
conference, case studies, and media announcements.
All of the above
3.Project teams interested in obtaining LEED certification for their project must first register online. Registration during early phases of the project will ensure maximum potential for certification. The LEED website, www.leedbuilding.org, contains important details about the certification review process, schedule and fees. The applicant project must satisfactorily document achievement of all the prerequisites and a minimum number of points. See the LEED for New Construction project checklist for the number of points required to achieve LEED for New Construction rating levels.
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4.In order to reduce pollution from construction activities by controlling soil erosion, waterway sedimentation and airborne dust generation.

We need to create and implement an Erosion and Sedimentation Control (ESC) Plan for all construction activities associated with the project. The ESC Plan shall conform to the erosion and sedimentation requirements of the 2003 EPA Construction General Permit OR local erosion and sedimentation control standards and codes, whichever is more stringent. The Plan shall describe the measures implemented to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Prevent loss of soil during construction by stormwater runoff and/or wind erosion, including protecting topsoil by stockpiling for reuse.
  • Prevent sedimentation of storm sewer or receiving streams.
  • Prevent polluting the air with dust and particulate matter.
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5.In order to avoid development of inappropriate sites and reduce the environmental impact from the location of a building on a site.

Which one of the following we should not develop buildings, hardscape, roads or parking areas on portions of sites that meet any one of the following criteria:

Prime farmland as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture in the United States Code of Federal Regulations, Title 7, Volume 6, Parts 400 to 699, Section 657.5 (citation 7CFR657.5)
Previously undeveloped land whose elevation is lower than 5 feet above the elevation of the 100-year flood as defined by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Land that is specifically identified as habitat for any species on Federal or State threatened or endangered lists
Within 100 feet of any wetlands as defined by United States Code of Federal Regulations 40 CFR, Parts 230-233 and Part 22, and isolated wetlands or areas of special concern identified by state or local rule, OR within setback distances from wetlands prescribed in state or local regulations, as defined by local or state rule or law, whichever is more stringent
Previously undeveloped land that is within 50 feet of a water body, defined as seas, lakes, rivers, streams and tributaries which support or could support fish, recreation or industrial use, consistent with the terminology of the Clean Water Act
Land which prior to acquisition for the project was public parkland, unless land of equal or greater value as parkland is accepted in trade by the public landowner (Park Authority projects are exempt)
All of the above.
6.In order to reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

Locate project within 1/2 mile of an existing, or planned and funded, commuter rail, light rail or subway station. Or

Locate project within 1/4 mile of one or more stops for two or more public or campus bus lines usable by building occupants.

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7.To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use. Design the building with transportation amenities such as bicycle racks and showering/changing facilities.
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8.In order to limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff:

Implement a stormwater management plan that reduces impervious cover, promotes infiltration, and captures and treats the stormwater runoff from 90% of the average annual rainfall1 using acceptable best management practices (BMPs).

BMPs used to treat runoff must be capable of removing 80% of the average annual post development total suspended solids (TSS) load based on existing monitoring reports. BMPs are considered to meet these criteria if (1) they are designed in accordance with standards and specifications from a state or local program that has adopted these performance standards, or (2) there exists in-field performance monitoring data demonstrating compliance with the criteria. Data must conform to accepted protocol (e.g., Technology Acceptance Reciprocity Partnership [TARP], Washington State Department of Ecology) for BMP monitoring.

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9.To limit or eliminate the use of potable water, or other natural surface or subsurface water resources available on or near the project site, for landscape irrigation:

Reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 50% from a calculated mid-summer baseline case.

Reductions shall be attributed to any combination of the following items:

  • Plant species factor
  • Irrigation efficiency
  • Use of captured rainwater
  • Use of recycled wastewater
  • Use of water treated and conveyed by a public agency specifically for non-potable uses
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10.To reduce ozone depletion. When reusing existing HVAC systems, conduct an inventory to identify equipment that uses CFC refrigerants and provide a replacement schedule for these refrigerants. For new buildings, specify new HVAC equipment in the base building that uses no CFC refrigerants.
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11.For enhanced refrigerant management and to reduce ozone depletion and support early compliance with the Montreal Protocol while minimizing direct contributions to global warming.

Design and operate the facility without mechanical cooling and refrigeration equipment. Where mechanical cooling is used, utilize base building HVAC and refrigeration systems for the refrigeration cycle that minimize direct impact on ozone depletion and global warming. Select HVAC&R equipment with reduced refrigerant charge and increased equipment life. Maintain equipment to prevent leakage of refrigerant to the atmosphere. Utilize fire suppression systems that do not contain HCFCs or Halons.

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12. In order to encourage the development and use of grid-source, renewable energy technologies on a net zero pollution basis:

Determine the energy needs of the building and investigate opportunities to engage in a green power contract. Green power is derived from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass or low-impact hydro sources. Visit www.green-e.org for details about the Green-e program. The power product purchased to comply with credit requirements need not be Green-e certified. Other sources of green power are eligible if they satisfy the Green-e program’s technical requirements. Renewable energy certificates (RECs), tradable renewable certificates (TRCs), green tags and other forms of green power that comply with Green-e’s technical requirements can be used to document compliance with EA Credit 6 requirements.

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13.In order to facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills:

Coordinate the size and functionality of the recycling areas with the anticipated collection services for glass, plastic, office paper, newspaper, cardboard and organic wastes to maximize the effectiveness of the dedicated areas. Consider employing cardboard balers, aluminum can crushers, recycling chutes and collection bins at individual workstations to further enhance the recycling program.

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14.In order to establish minimum indoor air quality (IAQ) performance to enhance indoor air quality in buildings, thus contributing to the comfort and well-being of the occupants.

Design ventilation systems to meet or exceed the minimum outdoor air ventilation rates as described in the ASHRAE standard. Balance the impacts of ventilation rates on energy use and indoor air quality to optimize for energy efficiency and occupant health. Use the ASHRAE 62 Users Manual for detailed guidance on meeting the referenced requirements.

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15.One of the options to minimize exposure of building occupants, indoor surfaces, and ventilation air distribution systems to Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) is to:

  • Prohibit smoking in the building.
  • Locate any exterior designated smoking areas at least 25 feet away from entries, outdoor air intakes and operable windows.
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