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LEED AP - Experience required

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LEED AP - Experience required

September 1, 2014

Is the Estidama experience valid as LEED experience for the LEED AP exam?

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Which speicalty I should choose (BD+C or ID + C)?

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Which speicalty I should choose (BD+C or ID + C)?

August 30, 2014

Hi Tristan,

I am a lighting designer that responsible both for the exterior and interior lighting of different kind of project such as government urban area or luxury retails, I have just passed the Green Association Exam, i want to go on to get the AP, but which specialty i should choose? BD+C or ID + C? It seems some content of BD cover the ID, so is better to choose BD+C, right?

And pls help to tell me your corresponding charge including the online project experience assignment for both of them.

Thanks and Best Regards,
Eric

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Commerical Clothes Washers

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Commerical Clothes Washers

August 21, 2014

In reviewing certification requirements for hospitality regarding commercial clothes washers it is stated that they should be CEE Tier 3A but that standard has expired according to CEE's website. Are there updated requirements / standards for commercial clothes washers for water reduction? Thank you!

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LEEDv4 MPRs - Definition of Single Building

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LEEDv4 MPRs - Definition of Single Building

August 21, 2014

We are preparing to register a project for LEED v4 Existing Buildings O+M, and I need to determine whether we should use the Group Certification approach or register our project as a single building.

The project is a single connected superstructure, owned, occupied, and operated by the same party. The superstructure is about 500,000 square feet and is a commercial pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. The structure is separated into two portions that are connected by an interior circulation bridge spanning over a railroad track. The space is one contiguous enclosure. We have reviewed the Supplemental Guidance to the Minimum Program Requirements and are unclear on two things:

1. Does the Supplemental Guidance to the Minimum Program Requirements, Revision 2, Updated September 1, 2011 apply to LEED v4, or is there a different guidance document for the LEED v4 MPRs?

2. According to Page 22 of the aforementioned document, or according to the relevant guidance document if the aforementioned document is not relevant to LEED v4, does our building qualify as a single building?

Thanks for any opinions!

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LEED Spec-construction credits' responsibility on GC/CM

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LEED Spec-construction credits' responsibility on GC/CM

August 8, 2014

Has anyone had any luck on writing their LEED Specification in which the general contractor or construction manager is actually responsible for filling out the LEED Online credits?

Our office uses MasterSpec to assist in writing our specs and they are very vague when it comes to this topic. It basically only holds the GC or CM responsible for responding to questions the architect has in regards to any LEED credits, and submittal information. I was hoping to be able to take it a step further and actually put the responsibility on the contractor to fill the forms out online. We, the architect, would still be responsible for submitting the credits to USGBC and verifying the information the contractor is submitting is correct.

We've had a contractor do that before and the process went a lot smoother! However we did not have it written in the specifications that they were responsible for this, we just got lucky.

Was hoping to find a sample specification here on LEEDuser, had no such luck.

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salt free water softening / citrus based chelation

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salt free water softening / citrus based chelation

August 7, 2014

Hi all. I am hoping to ascertain whether or not a credit can be applied for the use of a salt free water softener.
All the benefits of a traditional softener, but without salt water discharge or wasted water from purging a brine tank. Surely the prevention of scaling throughout a system with no wasted water or contamination to waste water would be valuable...

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LEED AP exam

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LEED AP exam

August 3, 2014

I am going to take my LEED AP exam and I have a question about the exam questions.

what are the missed 15 exam question?

consider the following question list:
LEED Process (8 Questions:)
Integrative Strategies (9 Questions)
Location and Transportation (9 Questions)
Sustainable Sites (9 Questions)
Water Efficiency (9 Questions)
Energy and Atmosphere (14 Questions)
Materials and Resources (12 Questions)
Indoor Environmental Quality (11 Questions)
Project Surroundings and Public Outreach (4 Questions)

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Certify a Building Extension

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Certify a Building Extension

July 30, 2014

Hello all,
we would like to certify the extension of an already LEED certified building. Do anyone know if there are other regulations or it is possible to extend the first certification? Many of the credits are the same like the sustainable site credits.
Many thanks for your help.

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Mixing Solar PV, LED Lighting and LEED GA Accreditation

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Mixing Solar PV, LED Lighting and LEED GA Accreditation

July 15, 2014

Hi,
I recently received my accreditation as a Green Associate. I'm currently working in Solar PV & LED Lighting company that does consulting, design and installation of these systems. I'm wondering how can I best apply the LEED GA accreditation to my work. Is anyone in a similar situation? Anyone has any ideas to contribute? I can see potential in applying my accreditation to my work but don't know specifically how.

I'm also a new graduate from the Environment & Business program at the University of Waterloo, and from the Renewable Energy Techniques program at Conestoga College in Waterloo, Canada.

Thanks in advance for any help!

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LEED v4 Green Associate Exam (for Non-US/International)

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LEED v4 Green Associate Exam (for Non-US/International)

July 5, 2014

Hello LEEDusers! I am a newly-registered member and I would like to thank everyone (esp. Tristan!) for this very helpful site.

I am an environmental professional from the Philippines and plan to take the LEED Green Associate Exam, hopefully, this year (2014). I am starting this new comment thread so I can help generate insights, study tips, guidance for would-be examinees like me, particularly that LEED v4 has just been released, and secondly, that I am a non-US resident and may be involved in non-US projects. I am sure that the LEED v4 considers international/global circumstances but it would be great to generate insights from practitioners who have been involved in projects outside of the US.

For example, how was it working in countries where LEED 4 guidelines had already been adopted (e.g., in the Philippines, we already have something similar called BERDE or "Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence"). Some questions that come to my mind are:

- Is it better /wiser to take the local professional certification first (in my case, BERDE) before taking the one from LEED (either Green Associate or AP or both)? [My own bias is to take the LEED first because I would rather have an over-all/global outlook first, and then something more 'localized' later on.]

- Are there circumstances where regulations/criteria/guidance from LEED somehow conflict with local regulations/guidance? What were the protocols/decisions that were eventually followed to find the common grounds?

- What relevant (more updated) materials/links are recommended, in the light of v4. I noticed that many materials have not yet been updated to meet the v4 requirements. (I am doing my own research and hope to share the links/materials later on but in case some of you have come across useful sites by now, then it makes our collective efforts more helpful to all)

Tristan, I hope this thread will be approved. :) If not, please feel free to recommend where this thread must be subsumed. :)

Many thanks, cheers,
Mei

P.s. Here is the BERDE site:
http://berdeonline.org/

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