Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Green Building Quiz

My students taking photos inside the U.S.'s first skyscraper
to earn the top rating from LEED. Which building is it?
It has been months since the last On the Brink Quiz. As spring approaches, the construction season is right around the corner. It seems like mid March is a good time for a Green Building Quiz. The answers to the quiz are in the comments section. Also, links to other On the Brink quizzes follow the questions. Good luck!

1. In the United States, the main green building benchmarking systems is called LEED. What does LEED stand for?

2. What organization certifies LEED buildings?

3. LEED buildings are certified into categories with metal names. Name these categories.

4. The LEED rating system is often criticized by people who concern themselves with equity issues in urban planning. Why?

5. What was the first skyscraper in the U.S. to earn the highest LEED rating and when did it earn the award?

6. Trick Question Warning!! What is the greenest building in the world?

7. What is the name of the main green building rating system in Europe?

8. Historic preservation is a key element of green building policy. By not building a building (see Question 6) you are saving resources. What is the name of the main organization that has been working on historic preservation in the U.S. since 1949?

9. Site selection is a key element for which one can earn points in most green building systems. For example, by choosing to build on a brownfield, one avoids developing on greenfield. What is a brownfield and what is the difference between a brownfield and a greenfield.

10. Most green building benchmarking systems take into consideration the life cycle of a building. What are the main elements of a building's lifecycle that can be evaluated in a rating scheme?

11. PassivHaus is a green building rating system that was introduced in Germany in the 1990's. What distinguishes this rating system from others?

12. What organization started the Energy Star system that rates the energy efficiency of electronics used in a wide variety of residential, commercial, and industrial applications?

13. What state in the U.S. has the most certified LEED buildings?


Bob Brinkmann said...

1. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
2. U.S. Green Building Council
3. Platinum, Gold, Silver. The lowest rating is just called Certified and is not given a metal designation.
4. The system doesn't take into account how a building is used. Thus someone could be a 10,000 square foot green mansion for one person with a huge footprint per person and it could be certified.
5. The Bank of America Building in New York City. 2009.
6. The one you don't build.
7. BREEAM. It stands for Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology which is why everyone calls it BREEAM.
8. The National Trust for Historic Preservation
9. A brownfield is a piece of land that may or may not be contaminated. By having a perception of contamination, the property often loses value. The costs of clean up prior to development are unknown. Thus, many avoid developing brownfield properties due to cost concerns. There are public/private programs available to help organizations develop these properties. Abandoned gas stations or factory sites are good examples of brownfield properties.
10. Planning, site selection, construction, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.
11. It focuses almost exclusively on energy efficiency.
12. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
13. Illinois

Bob Brinkmann said...

Also, for #9. A greenfield is a piece of land that has not been developed for building such as a farm field or forest.