LEED Green Associate Exam Study Sessions Flashcards. Sourced from LEED for Existing Buildings Reference Guide Glossary – an official reference for the exam Screened for definitions and standards related to Exam Specifications plus a few highly applicable to green building practice in general.
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The organization that created the Green Score standard; and it sets a rating of 40 or more for vehicles to be considered low-emitting and fuel-efficient.
ACEEE (American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy)
A measure of the ability of a surface material to reflect sunlight.
The area comprised of all contiguous land that is associated with and supports normal building operations for the LEED project building, including all land that was or will be disturbed for the purpose of undertaking the LEED project.
A standard for thermal comfort - air and radiant temperatures, air speed, and humidity.
ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers) 55 (-2004)
A standard for minimum ventilation rates for acceptable Indoor Air Quality.
ASHRAE(American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers) 62.1 (-2007)
Mainly, this standard establishes minimum energy performance requirements in the EA category, but it is also referenced in relation to Light Pollution Reduction, in the SS category.
ASHRAE(American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers) 90.1 (-2007)
Wastewater from toilets and urinals.
Some authorities having jurisdiction may also wastewater from include kitchen sinks, showers, or bathtubs.
Standard practice for calculating Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of horizontal and low-sloped opaque surfaces.
ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) E1980 (-01)
The area of the site occupied by the building structure, not including parking lots, landscapes, and other non-building facilities.
Hydrocarbons that are used as refrigerants and cause depletion of the stratospheric ozone layer. Banned by the Montreal Protocol as of 1995.
Defined by the Uniform Plumbing Code as untreated household waste water which has not come into contact with toilet waste.
The ratio of the radiation emitted by a surface after exposure to sunlight to the radiation emitted by a black body at the same temperature.
An EPA standard that outlines a set of provisions construction operators must follow to comply with NPDES stormwater regulations.
Construction General Permit
A joint program of the U.S. EPA and DOE that promotes energy-efficient buildings, products, and practices: it is used mainly in regards to building Minimum and Optimized Energy Performance, as well as for Appliances and Office Equipment. However, the standard is also used for initial reflectance measurements of Roofing Products.
An online tool that helps track and assess energy and water consumption.
ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
An online tool that can establish energy performance goals for a project.
ENERGY STAR Target Finder
This federal law establishes regulations on the use, leakage and the recycling of ozone-depleting compounds.
EPA Clean Air Act (Title VI - section 608)
A U.S. Act; and law, which is referred to in the Water Efficiency category in regards to fixtures and fixture fittings (where applicable) such as: water closets, urinals, lavatory faucets, showers, kitchen sink faucets and pre-rinse spray valves.
Energy Policy Act 1992
A Federal agency which is referred to in LEED in regards to the 100-year flood definition.
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
A testing program which certifies floor covering products for compliance with indoor air quality emissions. Floor covering products include: vinyl, linoleum, laminate flooring, wood flooring, ceramic flooring, rubber flooring and wall base.
An independent, non-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world's forests. It labels products that come from responsibly managed forest and from verified recycled sources.
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
Created by the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), this standard sets VOC limits for carpet and carpet cushion products
Green Label Plus
A standard for low VOC material and green cleaning products. This standard includes adhesives, paints, coatings, and cleaning products.
A program established by the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) to both promote green electricity products and provide consumers with a rigorous and nationally recognized method to identify those products. This standard is referred to in the relation to Green Power - mainly, Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and utility green pricing programs.
A certification program with performance-based standards which define goods with low chemical and particle emissions for use indoors. This standard is mainly referred in relation to furniture and seating products being used.
A roof or portion of a roof on a building that is covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. They help keep air above roofs cool, treat stormwater, and create habitat.
A nonprofit organization founded in New York in 1906. It publishes lighting design and illumination standards that are often used in conjunction with ASHRAE standards for energy efficiency.
IESNA (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America)
This industry standard defines maximum flow rates and consumption for plumbing fixtures and fittings, including public and private lavatories, showerheads, sink faucets, urinals, and water closets. This code is developed by the International Code Council (ICC). (Note: the Uniform Plumbing Code [UPC] 2006 also defines water-conserving fixtures)
International Plumbing Code (IPC) 2006
This International standard defines terms and suggests best practices for quantifying the results of energy efficiency investments and renewable energy projects through measurement and verification.
IPMVP (International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol)
A standard used to define Recycled Content - Environmental labels and declarations.
ISO 14021 (-1999)
A filter rating established by ASHRAE in its Method of Testing General Ventilation Air Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size.
MERV (Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value)
A landmark international agreement designed to protect the stratospheric ozone layer. Within LEED, this standard is referred to in regards to phasing out CFCs and HCFCs in refrigerants.
This Institute is a nonprofit, public-benefits corporation Its mission is to promote energy efficiency in buildings through technology research, guidelines, and codes. LEED refers to this institute's "Advanced Buildings Core Performance Guide" in regards to Minimum Energy Performance. They also conduct studies in on the benefits of green building and LEED.
NBI (New Buildings Institute)
A measure of a material’s ability to reject solar heat. Standard black is 0 and standard white is 100.
Solar Reflective Index
This standard's ruling sets VOC limits for paints and coatings.
SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) Rule 1113
This standard ruling sets VOC limits for adhesives, sealants and sealant primers.
SCAQMD (South Coast Air Quality Management District) Rule 1168
An international association of HVAC contractors; which sets IAQ guidelines for occupied buildings under construction - to maintain healthful indoor air quality during demolitions, renovations, and construction.
SMACNA (Sheet Metal and Air-conditioning Contractors' National Association)
This standard identifies water-efficiency products and programs for some high-efficiency fixtures or fittings. It is a partnership program created by the EPA.
The speed at which an appliance loses refrigerant, measured between refrigerant changes or over 12 months, whichever is shorter.
The percentage of materials in a product that is recycled from manufacturing waste. Examples include sawdust, trim materials, and agriculture wastes. Excluded are materials such as rework, regrind, or scrap being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.
Pre-Consumer or Post-Industrial Recycled Content