Quiz: Can your house be LEED certified?
by Staff
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?

  • gold
  • platinum
  • diamond

Which of these states has its own regionally specific credits for green practices, as defined under the new LEED v3?

  • Texas
  • Florida
  • California
  • all of the above

True or False: The LEED program covers the indoor air quality of a building.

  • TRUE

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?

  • wetlands
  • mountains
  • deserts

As a prerequisite for certification, all LEED homes must meet minimum requirements under which other energy standard?

  • 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.

  • TRUE

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.

  • TRUE

What type of plants are banned as a prerequisite for LEED certification?

  • invasive plants
  • flowering plants
  • bushes

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

True or False: LEED-certified homes cannot contain fireplaces.

  • TRUE