Test your knowledge of the history of LEED – Trivia Friday
See the answer to last week's question about MR credits here. This week:
Which of the folllowing is NOT a true statement about the history of LEED?
A) Rob Watson, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), took over as chair of the USGBC's rating system committee in 1995, with LEED being conceived under his chairmanship—earning him the "father of LEED" nickname.
B) The "LEED" moniker (for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design") was conceived on the USGBC rating system committee in April 1996. Another idea that came up on the committee was "Leadership in Environmentally Responsible Design" but the resulting "LERD" acronym was rejected.
C) The concept of a rating system was first put before the USGBC by David Gottfried, a co-founder of the council, at its inception in 1993. Gottfried's interest came the BREEAM system in the U.K.
D) LEED v1.0 was originally referred to as the LEED Pilot Program.
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E) Funding from the U.S. Department of Energy financed the administration of the first LEED pilot projects and the creation of a LEED v.1.0 Reference Guide.
F) LEED 2.0 was approved by USGBC members in May 2000, in the first of several cycles of improvement.
G) At first, no scores were assigned to the dozen LEED pilot projects. But one eventually earned the honor of the first-ever LEED Platinum building with 38 points—the Philip Merrill Environmental Center (headquarters for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation).
Need to brush up on your LEED history? Check out the definitive article from Environmental Building News, "LEED: A Look at the Rating System That’s Changing the Way America Builds."