Quiz: Can your house be LEED certified?
So you're building a new home and want to make it supremely green. Think you know what it takes to construct a house that can get earn LEED certification? Take our quiz and find out!
Which of the following is NOT one of the nine areas of green practices that LEED covers?
- water efficiency
- carbon footprint reduction
- regional priority
What is the highest level of LEED certification that the U.S. Green Building Council recognizes?
Which of these states has its own regionally specific credits for green practices, as defined under the new LEED v3?
- all of the above
True or False: The LEED program covers the indoor air quality of a building.
What is a "no disturbance zone"?
- an area on a property where plants and trees cannot be cut down
- an area on a property where wildlife cannot be hunted
- a sound-proofed area of a home
What percentage of the yard must be dedicated to a "no disturbance zone" to get a credit under the LEED guidelines?
- 100 percent
- at least 80 percent
- at least 40 percent
How close should a LEED home be to existing water and sewer lines to claim certification credit?
- within one-half mile
- within 1 mile
- within 100 yards
Which of these natural features should NOT be located near a LEED home in order to claim certification credits?
As a prerequisite for certification, all LEED homes must meet minimum requirements under which other energy standard?
- ENERGY STAR
- California's energy efficiency standards
- the Kyoto Treaty
True or False: A builder can earn LEED points for a building when he or she educates its tenants or buyers on green living.
What is the maximum percentage of a new construction's budget that can be spent on wasted materials, under LEED guidelines?
- 0 percent
- 8.3 percent
- 12.6 percent
What is the urban heat island effect?
- the tendency of urban areas to be hotter than rural areas, because of heat absorbed by stone, concrete, roofing material and metal
- the tendency of urban areas to be hotter than rural areas, because of the concentrated body heat of city residents
- the title of an upcoming science fiction movie
What does the term "high-albedo" mean?
- It refers to a material that reflects more sunlight than it absorbs.
- It means that the water coming from a home's pipes is too toxic to be consumed.
- It describes a LEED building that has the highest certification level.
What is "conventional turf"?
- a typical grass lawn
- a synthetic type of grass
- a type of grass that is more environmentally friendly
What is gray water?
- another word for rainwater
- water that is recycled from drains, washing machines and showers
- water that is collected from a well
True or False: LEED gives no points for environmental improvements that aren't outlined in the standards.
What type of plants are banned as a prerequisite for LEED certification?
- invasive plants
- flowering plants
How many gallons per flush must a LEED home's toilets use?
- 1.6 gallons
- 1 gallon
- There is no firm requirement.
True or False: To be certified, LEED homes must be subjected to a process called "commissioning" to make sure they are using energy efficiently.
True or False: LEED-certified homes cannot contain fireplaces.