CleanEdison LEED Green Associate Exam Overview and Green Building Basics


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CleanEdison LEED Green Associate Exam Overview and Green Building Basics

  1. 1. LEED® Green AssociateCleanEdison Exam Prep Course Materials
  2. 2. Table of Contents 1. AIA® Continuing Education Disclaimer 2. CleanEdison Course Learning Objectives 3. CleanEdison Course Outline 4. LEED® Green Associate Exam Overview 5. CleanEdison Course SlidesCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 2
  3. 3. Table of Contents, continued 7. O + M LEED Glossary 8. Guidance on Innovation and Design Credits 9. Guidelines for Credit Interpretation RequestsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 3
  4. 4. AIA® Continuing Education Provider “CleanEdison” is a Registered Provider with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems. Credit earned upon completion of this program will be reported to CES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available on request. This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed, or construed to be an approval, or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing or dealing in any material or product. Questions related to specific materials, methods and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this presentation.Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 4
  5. 5. CleanEdison Course Learning Objectives Introduce U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Introduce Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Describe Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Define scope of the various LEED rating systems Detail crucial green building concepts and implementation Enable success on LEED Green Associate exam on the first tryCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 5
  6. 6. Course Outline  Green Associate Exam Overview  Green Building Basics; LEED and the LEED Process  Sustainable Sites  Water Efficiency  Energy and Atmosphere  Materials and ResourcesCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 6
  7. 7. Course Outline, continued  Indoor Environmental Quality  Innovation and Design Process; Innovation In Operations  Regional Priority Credits  Smart Location and Linkages  Awareness and Education  SynergiesCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 7
  8. 8. LEED Accreditation  Buildings undergo “LEED Certification” process  Base level LEED Certification is “LEED Certified”  People get “LEED Accredited”Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 8
  9. 9. LEED Accreditation Legacy LEED AP  “LEED Green Associate” requirements: • Experience on one LEED-registered project • OR work in field of sustainability (or previous employment) • OR proof of completion of green building education, like this course • AND pass 2-hour LEED GA exam  Must complete 15 hrs. of CE every two yearsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 9
  10. 10. LEED Accreditation, continued “LEED AP with Specialty” requirements (2 options): Pass LEED GA exam + at least one LEED-registered project experience + pass 2-hour Specialty standalone exam within the past three years At least one LEED-registered project experience + pass 4-hour combined exam (LEED GA & Specialty exam)  Must complete 30 hrs. of CE every two years  Legacy LEED APs: • Accredited before July 2009 • Retain current status OR transfer to Specialty via prescriptive education agreement OR transfer to Specialty via exam • Also have 30 hrs of CE required every 2 yearsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 10
  11. 11. LEED Accreditation, continued “Green Fellow” requirements: • Highest credential demonstrating 10 plus years of LEED experience and commitment to the green building field • Must be nominatedCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 11
  12. 12. LEED Green Associate Exam Overview  Apply for exam by logging into  My Credentials (you will need to upload your document of eligibility)  Within a couple of days you should receive an “eligibility number” from GBCI  Use this “eligibility number” to schedule your exam at (it may take up to 48 hours for the eligibility number to show up in Prometric’s system)  All questions are delivered randomly on computer  Measures your LEED knowledge vs. “Subject Matter Experts”Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 12
  13. 13. LEED Green Associate Exam Overview  100 multiple choice questions, some multiple-multiple  Maximum possible score is 200; minimum is 125  Score of 170 required to pass  10 minute tutorial before exam + 2 hour actual exam time + 10 minute satisfaction survey after the exam  Give yourself 2 hours and 20 minutes at the testing center  Get your score instantly  No partial credit  No penalty for wrong answers  Personal calculator forbidden; calculator tool will be on screen  Closed book!Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 13
  14. 14. LEED Green Associate Exam Overview  Exam questions + Results break down by 7 “Knowledge Areas”…  Synergistic Opportunities and LEED Application Process  Project Site Factors  Water Management  Project Systems and Energy Impacts  Acquisition, Installation, and Management of Project Materials  Stakeholder Involvement in Innovation  Project Surroundings and Public OutreachCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 14
  15. 15. LEED Green Associate Exam Overview  How do I prepare for the Green Associate Exam?  Read current GA Candidate Handbook (updated monthly)  Professional Credentials  LEED Green AssociateLEED Green  LEED Green Associate Study Guide  Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide (USGBC)  “Fair game” = Primary + Ancillary References in Handbook  “Fair game” = USGBC, GBCI websites;  Take sample exams on (no “www”)  20-25 hours studying recommended beyond this course  Don’t underestimate questions on terminology, procedureCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 15
  16. 16. LEED Green Associate Sample Question #1 What Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) program sets standards for low-emitting carpets, adhesives and pads? A. Green Seal B. Green Guard C. Green-e Certified D. Green Label Plus Answer: D – Green Label Plus This question aligns itself with: I. Synergistic Opportunities and LEED Application Process D. Standards that support LEED creditCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 16
  17. 17. LEED Green Associate Sample Question #2 Why should a green project be located in an existing community? A. Adequate parking is available on site. B. The zoning approval for the project is easier. C. Native plantings can be used for erosion control. D. The connection to basic community resources is present. Answer: D This question aligns itself with: II. Project Site Factors B. Community connectivityCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 17
  18. 18. LEED Green Associate Sample Question #3 The Montreal Protocol bans the production of which of the following to conserve stratospheric ozone? A. HFC B. CFC C. Propane D. HCFC Answer: B – CFC (LEED Core Concepts Pg. 48) This question aligns itself with: IV. Project Systems and Energy Impacts A. Environmental concernsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page 18
  19. 19. Section IGreen Building Basics
  20. 20. Objectives  Define green building  Describe the integrative design approach  Clarify the triple bottom line  Illustrate direct vs. indirect environmental impactsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 2
  21. 21. Introduction U.S. commercial + residential building construction + operations account for: 72% of electricity consumption 24%-50% of energy use 40% of raw materials use 38% of all CO emissions 2 30% of waste output 14% of potable water consumptionSource: Annual statistics, U.S. DOE Energy Information Administration 2005 Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 3
  22. 22. Defining Green Building  Efficiently uses energy and uses benign energy  Conserves water, land and materials  a.k.a. “sustainable” or “high performance” building, meeting the needs of today without compromising the needs of future generations  Occupant health; employee productivity  Reduces waste and pollution  Addresses lifetime performanceCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 4
  23. 23. Whole Building Design, aka Integrative Design ProcessLand use Transportation Lighting Indoor Environment Building HVAC&R Orientation & N Material Selection Location Courtesy of Siemens Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 5
  24. 24. Integrative Design Process, continued  IDP maximizes opportunities for cost-effective green building features  LEED encourages IDP, which emphasizes good interaction between building disciplines and building elements  a.k.a. Whole Building Design  LEED AP must facilitate a multidisciplinary, holistic approach  IDP starts in pre-design, continues through project handover  “Value engineering” may conflict with LEED goalsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 6
  25. 25. Traditional Design Building components were viewed as separate elements Building systems had isolated budgets Disciplines had minimal interaction Design decisions were based on budget and schedule considerations, piece-by piece Did NOT emphasize life-cycle performance of the completed buildingCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 7 Courtesy of Siemens
  26. 26. Traditional Design Step-by-StepCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 8
  27. 27. Integrative Design Process Step-by-StepCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 9
  28. 28. Integrative Design Process: Project Team  Successful design requires integrated team approach and buy-in from all “stakeholders”  Stakeholders are not just the owner and project team  Stakeholders may include: •Construction workers •Future occupants •Future maintenance team •Neighbors •Community, gov’t reps •Utility companiesCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 10
  29. 29. Integrative Design Process: Keys to Success Collaboration in conceptioncompletion  Possibly assisted by Building Information Modeling with AutoDesk® Revit or Bentley® BIM, e.g. Attainable, quantifiable goals Familiarity with LEED Continuous progress monitoring Performance bonuses for team achieving:  Sustainability goals  Budget targets  Delivery dates  Health and safety goalsCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 11
  30. 30. Ongoing Operations & Maintenance Checking the Building Systems:  HVAC filters needing replacement?  Exhaust fans need replacing?  Hot water boilers functioning properly?  Performance of existing buildings is evaluated in the LEED O&M rating system during “performance periods”  Re-commissioning/retro- commissioning/enhanced commissioningCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 12
  31. 31. Triple Bottom Line Issues to consider for a particular green building feature:  Does this produce a long-term positive economic impact?  How does it directly and indirectly affect the environment?  Does the building promote the well-being of laborers, occupants, community members, neighbors, and other stakeholder interests?  a.k.a. “People, Profit, Planet”Copyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 13
  32. 32. Direct and Indirect Impacts  LEED encourages consideration of both direct and indirect environmental impacts  Direct Impact Examples:  CFC-based refrigerant leakage from HVAC  stratospheric O3 depletion  Construction activity  erosion + sedimentation in nearby streams  Indirect Impact Examples:  Selecting propane or H2O refrigerant reduces ozone depletion, but increases HVAC equipment size and therefore requires more electricity from an off-site coal plant, emitting additional greenhouse gases  Purchase of non-FSC® wood products may promote deforestationCopyright 2010 CleanEdison Inc Page I - 14
  33. 33. Building LEED Exam Prep Other Green Performance • Green Associate Test • RESNET HERS Rater Institute Prep P • Green 101 Certifications • Building Design and • Lead Renovator Construction Test Prep Training • Building Analyst • Operations and • Geothermal Installer • Envelope and Shell Maintenance Test Prep and Driller • Heating Specialist • Interior Design and • Solar PV Installer • AC/ Heat Pump Construction Test Prep • Solar PV for Sales • y Multifamily • Homes Test Prep p • Solar Thermal Boot • Manufactured Housing • Continuing Ed Camp • Installer • Hybrid Auto245