LEED Chapter 2

LEED Benefits
1)Saves money over life of building
2)Lower operating costs
3)Increased building value
4)Higher occupancy rates
5)Higher rents
6)State and Local government incentives
7)Good PR
What are the Phases of the Certification Process
1)Registration
2)Application
3)Preliminary review
4)Preliminary review response (clarifications)
5)Final review
6)Accept or appeal (appeals are $500 per credit)
7)Appeal review (if applicable)
8)Certification or denial
LEED is Flexible System, what are the Different types of LEED Rating Systems
1)LEED for Building Design & Construction
2)LEED for Interior Design & Construction
3)LEED for Operations & maintenance
4)LEED for Core & Shell
5)LEED for Homes
6)LEED for Neighborhood Development
7)LEED for Schools
8)LEED for Retail
9)LEED for Healthcare
What can be done in LEED Online?
1)Is the central repository for all project information. This tool:
(a)Submit all documentation online, including documents and pictures.
(b)Update credit templates
(c)View and submit Credit Interpretation Requests (CIRs)
(d)View and respond to reviewer comments
LEED Project Tools & Resources
1) LEED Online
2)Reference Guides
3)Each rating system has its own reference guide
4)Case Studies
5)USGBC Repots and Research
6)Customer Supports
7)LEED Score Card
What is CIR?
Credit Interpretation Rulings/Request. Are used to clarify a single question the project team may have and can be submitted any time after project registration.
They are for CLARIFICATIONS, not for changes.
What is the CIR Process?
1)Consult the reference guide
2)Review LEED Credit Rulings Page for previous CIRs
3)Contact LEED customer service
4)Submit formal CIR
5)Rulings – 2 to 5 weeks
What are the 3 Requirements for Building Certification?
1)Meet Minimum Program Requirements
2)Satisfy all Prerequisites
3)Satisfy a combination of Credits that achieve a certain number of points for the desired certification level.
What are the Green Building Categories? (Performance Criteria)
1)Sustainable sites
2)Water efficiency
3)Energy and atmosphere
4)Material and resources
5)Indoor environmental quality
6)Innovation in Design (Bonus)
7)Regional Priority (Bonus)
Are are the Levels of Certification?
Certified: 40-49 points
Silver: 50-59 points
Gold: 60-79 Points
Platinum: 80+ points
What is a credit?
Each sustainable category has a group of credits for a particular sustainability goal.
They are non-mandatory, but earn the project points.
Who is GBCI?
Green Building Certification Institute
What are the LEED Project Administrator’s responsibilities?
1)Setup of the project team members
2)Entering team members assignments for credits
3)Submitting the application for review
What is the LEED Score Card?
Is a Credit Checklist. It lists all of the credits for the specific rating system and helps the project team track which ones are ideal for project to attempt, and those ‘maybes’ that need to be further examined.
What are Prerequisites?
Mandatory project characteristics, but no points are given for it
USGBC’s Mission is to?
“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.”
USGBC’s Guiding Principles are?
1)Promoting Triple Bottom Line
2)Establishing leadership
3)Creating and restoring harmony between humans and nature
4)Maintaining integrity by using data
5)Ensure inclusiveness by suing democratic process
6)Exhibit transparency
What does LEED stand for?
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
What are the LEED Ratings System’s key elements?
1)A consensus process that has a balanced and transparent committee structure
2)Technical Advisory Groups to ensure scientific consistency and rigor
3)Opportunities for stakeholder comment review
4)Member ballot of new rating systems and certain changes to existing rating systems
5)A fair and open appeals process
LEED was created to? (6)
1)Define “green building” by establishing a common standard of measurement
2)Promote integrated, whole-building design practices
3)Recognize environmental leadership in the building industry
4)Stimulate green competition
5)Raise consumer awareness of green building benefits
6)Transform the building market