LEED Green Associate Study Session #1


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This is a summed up version of our first of four LEED Green Associate Training Sessions. The LEED Credentialing Study Sessions are a service that our club, Sustainable Build and Design has offered over the last two years, preparing over 30 LEED APs from BYU, industry, and nearby universities.

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LEED Green Associate Study Session #1

  1. 1. LEED ga Study sessions<br />Proudly brought to you by the SBD Club<br />
  2. 2. LEED GA Study Sessions<br />The Test<br />80 questions<br />2 hours<br />Score: 120-200 possible. 170 to pass.<br />
  3. 3. LEED GA Study Sessions<br />Test Material<br /><ul><li>LEED Structure, Logistics, and Processes
  4. 4. Sustainable Sites
  5. 5. Water Efficiency
  6. 6. Energy & Atmosphere
  7. 7. Materials & Resources
  8. 8. Indoor Environmental Quality
  9. 9. Innovation & Regional Design</li></li></ul><li>Sample Question<br />Which of the following can affect a building’s energy efficiency?<br />Building orientation<br />Envelope thermal efficiency<br />HVAC system sizing<br />Refrigerant selection<br />VOC content of building materials<br />
  10. 10. Sample Question<br />Which of the following can affect a building’s energy efficiency?<br />Building orientation<br />Envelope thermal efficiency<br />HVAC system sizing<br />Refrigerant selection<br />VOC content of building materials<br />
  11. 11. LEED Study Session Outline<br />LEED Structure, Logistics, and Processes<br />Sustainable Sites<br />Water Efficiency<br />Energy & Atmosphere<br />Materials & Resources<br />Indoor Environmental Quality<br />Innovation & Regional Design<br />Today<br />
  12. 12. LEED Structures, Logistics, & Processes <br />Rating Systems<br />Components of the LEED Score Card (Checklist)<br />Minimum Program Requirements for LEED Certification<br />GBCI<br />LEED Credentialing<br />USGBC Policies<br />Project Registration<br />Certification Process<br />Credit Interpretation Rulings (CIRs)<br />LEED Online<br />Letter Templates<br />
  13. 13. Rating Systems<br />
  14. 14. New Construction (NC) and Major Renovations<br />Include:<br />All commercial buildings i.e. offices, institutional buildings (libraries, museums, churches, etc.), hotels, and residential buildings of 4 or more habitable stories.<br />Major renovations that involve major HVAC renovation, significant envelope modifications, and major interior rehabilitation.<br />If a remodel does not involve significant design & construction activities and focuses more on operations and maintenance activities, LEED EBO&M is more appropriate.<br />Owner must occupy more than 50% of the building’s square footage. If less than 50%, the owner should pursue LEED Core & Shell (CS).<br />
  15. 15. Schools <br />Must be used for the construction or major renovation of an academic building on K-12 school grounds.<br />Nonacademic buildings on a school campus (administrative offices, maintenance facilities, or dormitories) are eligible for LEED NC AND LEED for Schools.<br />Postsecondary academic buildings or prekindergarten buildings may choose either LEED NC or LEED for Schools.<br /> *many projects neatly fit into only one LEED rating system; others fit into 2 or more. If more than 1 rating system applies, the project team can decide which to pursue.<br />
  16. 16. Healthcare & Retail<br />Healthcare<br />For inpatient, outpatient, and long term care facilities<br />May also be used for medical offices, assisted living facilities, and medical education & research centers.<br />Retail<br />The LEED for Retail pilot recognizes the unique nature of the retail environment and addresses the different types of spaces that retailers need for their distinctive product lines.<br />The USGBC plans to create both Retail: New Construction, and Retail: Commercial Interiors.<br />*Healthcare and Retail are currently being developed and are in pilot phase.<br />
  17. 17. Core & Shell (CS)<br />Projects in which the developer controls the design and construction of the entire core and shell base building (e.g., mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems) but has no control over the design and construction of the tenant fit-out. Examples of this type of project can be a commercial office building, medical office building, retail center, warehouse, and lab facility.<br />If the owner will be occupying any of the building, it must be 50% or less. Otherwise, the owner should pursue LEED for New Construction.<br />Precertification: Core & Shell building owners can precertify their building, indicating their intent to LEED certify their building. This is a marketing tool to attract potential tenants and financiers who recognize the benefits of LEED-certified building.<br />
  18. 18. Core & Shell (CS)<br />The LEED Reference Guide includes the following appendices which account for unique aspects of Core & Shell development. They are: <br />
  19. 19. Commercial Interiors (CI)<br />Tenant spaces primarily in office, retail, and institutional buildings.<br />Tenants who lease their space or do not occupy the entire building are eligible.<br />
  20. 20. Homes (H)<br />LEED for Homes Providers – local organizations that provide certification services to LEED for Homes projects in their regional markets.<br />Provide a team of Green Raters.<br />Recruit & register projects.<br />Certify LEED homes.<br />Provide Quality Assurance of certifications.<br />Green Raters <br />Conduct on-site performance tests and visual inspections. <br />Complete checklist, accountability forms, Durability Risk Evaluation Form, and durability inspection checklist.<br />Submits the above stated paperwork to the LEED for Homes Provider for review and approval.<br />
  21. 21. Homes (H)<br />Five Steps to Participate<br />Contact a LEED for Homes Provider and join the program.<br />Identify a project team.<br />Build the home to the stated goals.<br />Certify the project as a LEED home.<br />Market and sell the LEED home.<br />
  22. 22. Neighborhood Development (ND) - Pilot<br />The rating system is designed to certify exemplary development projects that perform well in terms of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building. Projects may constitute whole neighborhoods, fractions of neighborhoods, or multiple neighborhoods.<br />
  23. 23. Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBO&M) <br />Designed to certify the sustainability of ongoing operations of existing commercial and institutional buildings. <br />Available for: <br />Building operations, system upgrades, minor space-use changes, and minor alterations or additions.<br />Buildings new to LEED certification OR buildings previously certified under LEED NC, Schools, or CS.<br />May be new construction or an existing building.<br />
  24. 24. LEED EBO&M is a whole-building rating system; individual tenant spaces are ineligible.<br />Must file for recertification at least once every 5 years to maintain their certification status.<br />Performance Period: a continuous, unbroken time during which sustainable operations performance is being measured to receive a credit.<br />Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance (EBO&M) <br />
  25. 25. Components of LEED Score Cards (Checklist)<br />This is the LEED NC Checklist<br />It is a list of all available credits<br />Broken out into categories<br />
  26. 26. Components of LEED Score Cards (Checklist)<br />Points Attempting<br />Maybe Attempting<br />Not Attempting<br />Possible Points<br />Prerequisites: No point values, but are required for certification<br />Credits: Have point values<br />
  27. 27. Certification Levels<br />
  28. 28. Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs)<br />The LEED 2009 Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs) define the minimum characteristics that a project must possess in order to be eligible for certification under LEED 2009. <br />Example MPRs for LEED NC (and other rating systems):<br />The LEED project must include a minimum of 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.<br />No building or space that is designed to move at any point in its lifetime may pursue LEED Certification.<br />
  29. 29. GBCI (Green Building Certification Institute)<br />A separate organization from the USGBC<br />Provides 2 main services:<br />Project Certification<br />Professional credentials<br />
  30. 30. LEED Green Associate (GA)<br />LEED Accredited Professional (AP) with Specialty<br />LEED Fellow<br />LEED Credentialing<br />
  31. 31. LEED Green Associate<br />For professionals who want to demonstrate green building expertise in non-technical fields of practice.<br />Thank you, SBD Club<br />$200 +$50 biennially<br />
  32. 32. LEED AP<br /><ul><li>The LEED AP credential signifies an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices; it will also reflect the ability to specialize in a particular LEED Rating System.</li></ul>The LEED AP exam is divided into two parts. <br />LEED Green Associate Exam<br />Specialty exam based on one of the LEED Rating Systems<br />$400 minimum + $50 biennially<br />
  33. 33. LEED AP<br />LEED AP Specialties<br />LEED Rating Systems<br />Homes<br />ND – Neighborhood Development<br />ID+C – Interior Design & Construction<br />BD+C - Building Design & Construction<br />O+M – Operations & Maintenance<br />
  34. 34. Credentialing Maintenance<br />Continuing education (CE) required on a 2-year cycle, beginning on the exam date.<br />LEED GA: 15 CE hours biennially (3 must be LEED-specific hours)<br />LEED AP: 30 CE hours biennially (6 must be LEED-specific hours)<br />Non-compliance will lead to credential expiration, and exams will have to be retaken to become a GA or an AP again.<br />
  35. 35. Fellow<br />“an extraordinary class of leading professionals distinguished by their years of experience and contributions to the standards of practice and body of knowledge” in green building.<br />Still under development<br />
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  37. 37. Project Registration<br />USGBC Members: $450, Non-Members: $600<br />
  38. 38. Certification Process<br />A 70,000 SF school would cost $2,450 to certify.<br />
  39. 39. Sample Questions<br />What information is required to register a project for LEED certification?<br />List of LEED project team members<br />Name of LEED AP who will be working on project.<br />Primary contact information<br />Project owner information<br />Project Type<br />
  40. 40. Sample Questions<br />What information is required to register a project for LEED certification?<br />List of LEED project team members<br />Name of LEED AP who will be working on project.<br />Primary contact information<br />Project owner information<br />Project Type<br />FIND THIS TYPE OF STUFF OUT, BY MESSING AROUND ON GBCI.ORG<br />
  41. 41. Credit Interpretation Rulings (CIRs)<br />Situation: Your building plans to use biofuels to provide power to the building.<br />Problem: You want to receive a credit for this, but the Renewable Energy credit only addresses solar, wind, and biomass. You aren’t sure if you can get credit for this.<br />
  42. 42. Credit Interpretation Rulings (CIRs)<br />
  43. 43. LEED Online<br />Click here to go to LEED Online and watch the Demo<br />
  44. 44. Available Resources<br /><ul><li>www.usgbc.org US Green Building Council - Created LEED
  45. 45. LEED Rating Systems
  46. 46. LEED Checklists
  47. 47. Webcasts & Videos
  48. 48. Etc.
  49. 49. www.gbci.org – Green Building Certification Institute – Conduct LEED credentialing & building certification
  50. 50. Green Associate Candidate Handbook
  51. 51. Etc.
  52. 52. SBD Club Provided Material
  53. 53. USGBC Green Associate Study Guide</li>