LEED AP Interior Design & Construction Raises the Bar

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:47

While looking through the LEED AP ID+C Candidate Handbook, I paused for a moment at the sample exam questions. Wow, they are wordy if not downright difficult. I can clearly see why they added the calculator to the exam. Four of the six provided sample exam questions involve a math calculation. It seems that the GBCI has taken LEED NC and put the straightforward questions in LEED Green Associate and put the devious, multiple-answer tricky type questions in the LEED AP exams. Overall, I think that this is a good thing, as the questions really do require analysis, which, at its core, requires a thorough understanding of the rating system and the impacts of the credits.

Here are the six sample questions from the GBCI LEED AP ID+C Candidate Handbook: 

1: Which credit would no longer be available if the project team design charrette occurs after a shell space project site has been selected?

A. Materials and Resources, Regional Materials

B. Materials and Resources, Material Reuse, Furniture, and Furnishings

C. Energy and Atmosphere, Optimize Energy Performance - HVAC

D. Materials and Resources, Building Reuse, Maintain Interior Nonstructural Components

2: A new office will be located 1/2 mile (0.8 Km.) from two subway stations on the same train line that has trains running every 25 minutes, 24 hours a day. No bus lines are available within 3 miles (4.8 Km.). Why is the project not eligible to receive the Exemplary Performance Credit for Alternative Transportation - Public Transportation Access?

A. There is not a subway station within the required radius.

B. There is not a bus line available within the required radius.

C. There are not enough subway lines.

D. There is not enough frequency of service.

3. When calculating the shown values for the Materials and Resources Credit, Certified Wood, what is the amount of certified wood achieved, cost of certified wood, and number of points anticipated?

Systems Furniture $250,000 30% Wood 98% FSC

Wood Blocking $5,000 100% Wood 0% FSC

Particle board $8,000 100% Wood 0% FSC

Millwork $100,000 100% Wood 30% FSC

A. 28%, $103,500.00, and zero points

B. 55%, $103,500.00, and one point

C. 95%, $345,000.00, and one point

D. 95%, $345,000.00, and two points

4: Which of the following are eligible for on-site renewable energy credit considerations? (Choose two.)

A. Geothermal energy

B. Architectural features

C. Daylighting strategies

D. Solar thermal systems

E. Passive solar strategies

5: Within a tenant space, there is a 200-Sq.-Ft. (18.6-Sq.-M.) private office and a 120-Sq.-Ft. (11.1-Sq.-M.) attached conference room. If 75% of each room has a direct line of sight to the outdoor environment, how much combined area is included in the calculation for Indoor Environmental Quality Credit, Daylight and Views - Views for Seated Spaces?

A. 200 Sq. Ft. (18.6 Sq. M.)

B. 240 Sq. Ft. (22.3 Sq. M.)

C. 290 Sq. Ft. (26.9 Sq. M.)

D. 320 Sq. Ft. (29.7 Sq. M.)

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Well, at least they gave out six free sample LEED exam questions. It will actually be enjoyable to teach this material because these types of questions require a more in-depth understanding of the material rather than simply memorizing the referenced standard percentages and requirements.