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Pass the LEED AP ID+C Exam, Get Your Building LEED Certified, Fight Global Warming and Save Money!
Starting on December 1, 2011, GBCI began to draw LEED AP ID+C Exam questions from the second edition of Green Building and LEED Core Concepts Guide. We have incorporated this latest information in our books.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is one of the mostimportant trends in development and is revolutionizing the constructionindustry. It has gained tremendous momentum and has a profound impact on our environment.
From this book, you will learn how to:
1. Pass the LEED AP ID+C Exam.
2. Register and achieve LEED certification for a building.
3. Understand the intent of each LEED prerequisite and credit.
4. Calculate points for LEED credits.
5. Identify the credit path, submittal requirements, synergies, possiblestrategies and technologies, project phase, LEED submittal phase, andresponsible party for each prerequisite and credit.
6. Earn extra credit (exemplary performance) for LEED.
7. Implement the related codes and standards.
8. Obtain points for categories not yet clearly defined by the USGBC.
Most of the existing books on LEED and the LEED exams are too expensive andcomplicated to be practical or helpful. This guide fills in the blanksand demystifies LEED. It uncovers the secrets, codes, and jargon forLEED as well as the true meaning of "going green." It provides a solidfoundation and fundamental framework for LEED. It covers every majoraspect of LEED in plain and concise language, and introduces it toordinary people. This guide is easy to carry around. You can read itwhenever you have a few extra minutes. It is an indispensable book forordinary people, developers, brokers, contractors, administrators,architects, landscape architects, engineers, interns, drafters,designers, and other design professionals.
Check out FREE tips and info forall LEED Exams and ARE Exams at GeeForum.com, you can post jpeg filesof your vignettes or your questions for other users' review.
What others are saying about "LEED ID&C ExamGuide"...
"Excellent Guide and Good Manual
"I passed the LEED BD&C this year using Gang Chen'sstudy guide so when it came time to go for the LEED ID&C exam, Iimmediately went back to Gang Chen. His style is easy to follow and perfect ...On the book itself, Gang Chen provides study hints and guidance as well as anoutline format that makes it easy for the reader to grasp key points. He alsoprovides an excellent review of the entire accreditation process which can savepeople time in personal research. The books are more than study guides; theyare helpful as reference manuals because of the easy to follow format.Definitely a keeper in my electronic bookshelf for future project reference."
"Great Study Material
"This book is a great study guide for preparing you for theLEED test. It takes out the unnecessary information and gives you theinformation you'll need to know in order to pass the exam. It was notoverwhelming like other study materials I have read. It also contains samplequestions that are very helpful!"
"Great Way to Begin the LEED StudyProcess
"...Overall, I am pleased with thisbook and will continue to use it as I prepare for my LEED certification exams."
"Sub-title says it all!
"...This book really delivered on my goal. I am pretty comfortable withthe knowledge/information scope required for the exam as well as the style oftesting. The book really helped me structure the huge amount of informationthat is covered in the exam -- there are numerous tips for studying andremembering information that are really quite helpful...
I would recommend this book to anyone in the early stages of planning for theexam..."
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Strategies for Preparing for LEED AP ID+C Exam
LEED AP ID+C Exam is easier than LEED AP BD+C Exam. There are several strategies for preparing for LEED AP ID+C Exam:
1. Bare bone strategy:
This strategy is bold, risky, but effective, low cost, and takes the least amount of time. You can spend about two weeks to prepare and pass the exam:
a. Download and read the latest candidate handbook for LEED AP ID+C Exam
b. Study the FREE PDF files listed at the end of the latest candidate handbook for LEED AP ID+C Exam (About 20% to 30% of the test content will come from these materials).
c. Study my books, "LEED ID&C Exam Guide" and "LEED ID&C Mock Exam" (Covers the fundamental and most important information of the remaining 70% to 80% of test content will come from these materials).
d. Do NOT buy or read the USGBC reference guide AT ALL
a. Save time and money and still have a good chance of passing. In fact, a number of my readers did pass the exam using this approach.
b. You can prepare and pass the exam in about two weeks.
a. Your score may not be as high as you want since you COMPLETELY skip the USGBC reference guide (probably range from 170 to 180).
b. You may feel nervous during the real exam. You may swear that you fail in the exam, and end up passing. You may have no clue why you pass but I know why you pass the exam though: my books cover the fundamental and most important information of the exam and set up a solid foundation for your LEED knowledge.
2. Middle of the road strategy:
This strategy is exactly the same as bare bone strategy, except that you do the following extra things:
a. Buy or read portion of the USGBC reference guide to supplement my two books:
Only refer to or read the USGBC reference guide for items you have questions, or for detailed information not covered by my books such as the Sections on Implementation and Calculations. I skip these two sections in my book, "LEED ID&C Exam Guide" because it takes too much time for you to read the information, and I think you should be able to handle most of the tasks covered in these two sections if you MASTER the other sections.
b. Do a few extra sets of mock exams.
a. Save time and money and still have an excellent chance of passing. In fact, many readers did pass the exam using this approach.
b. You can prepare and pass the exam in about two to four weeks.
a. Your score may not be as high as you want (probably range from 170 to 185).
b. You may still feel nervous during the real exam.
3. Comprehensive strategy:
This strategy is exactly the same as bare bone strategy, except that you do the following extra things:
a. Buy or read the USGBC reference guide from cover to cover several times.
b. Write your own notes or create your own spread sheets based on the USGBC reference guide.
c. Do every set of mock exams that you can find.
a. You have an excellent chance of passing if you can REALLY read the reference guide. In fact, several readers did pass the exam using this approach.
a. Your score may be either very high or very low (probably either range from 180 to 200, OR fail).
b. You need to spend two months or more to prepare and pass the exam.
c. You drag the exam prep process too long, and become tired of reading the USGBC reference guide, OR you can NOT find enough time to read the reference guide, and you end up failing the exam.
If you can pass the specialty exam, you should be able to pass the LEED Green Associate Exam. Make sure you download the PDF files listed in the candidate's handbook and peruse them. See FREE slides at our website on the LEED exam prep at:
Latest trend for LEED Exams
Recently, there are quite a few readers run into the versions of the LEED exams that have many questions on refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, and HFC), the following advice will help you answer these questions correctly:
For more information, see free pdf file of "The Treatment by LEED of the Environmental Impact of HVAC Refrigerants" that you can download at link below:
This is a VERY important document that you need to become familiar with. Many real LEED exam questions (CFC, HCFC, and HFC, etc.) come from this document. You need to download it for free and read it at least 3 times.
Pay special attention to the Table on ODP and GWP on page 3. You do not have to remember the exact value of all ODPs and GWPs, but you do need to know the rough number for various groups of refrigerants."
This latest trend regarding refrigerants (CFC, HCFC, and HFC) for LEED Exams has a lot to do with LEED v3.0 Credit Weighting. EA (including refrigerants) is the biggest winner in LEED v3.0, meaning the category has MORE questions than any other areas for ALL the LEED exams.See pages 34 to 35 of my book, LEED ID&C Exam Guide quoted below:
How are LEED credits allocated and weighted?
Answer: They are allocated and weighted per strategies that will have greater positive impacts on the most important environmental factors: CO2 reductions and energy efficiency.
They are weighted against 13 aftereffects of human activities, including carbon footprint / climate change (25%), indoor-air quality (15%), resource/fossil-fuel depletion (9%), particulates (8%), water use/water intake (7%), human health: cancer (7%), ecotoxity (6%), eutrophication (5%), land use/habitat alteration (5%), human health: non cancer (4%), smog formation (4%), acidification (3%), and ozone depletion (2%).
These 13 aftereffects were created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and are also known as "TRACI", a mnemonic for "Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts."
1) The USGBC used a reference building to estimate environmental impact in the 13 categories above.
2) The USGBC also used a tool developed by the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) to prioritize the TRACI categories.
3) The USGBC also created a matrix to show the existing LEED credits and the TRACI categories, and used data that quantify building impacts on human health and environment to allocate points for each credit.
The points for Energy and Transportation credits have been greatly increased in LEED 2009, primarily because of the importance to reduce carbon or greenhouse gas emissions. Water Efficiency is also a big winner in the credits, doubling from 5 to 10 points for some LEED rating systems.
In addition to the weighting exercise, the USGBC also used value judgments, because if they only used the TRACI-NIST tool, some existing credits would be worth almost nothing, like the categories for human health and indoor air quality. The USGBC wanted to keep the LEED system somewhat consistent and retained the existing credits including those with few environmental benefits. So each credit was assigned at least one point in the new system.
There are NO negative values or fractions for LEED points.
20% reduction of indoor water-use used to be able to gain points, now this is a prerequisite in LEED 2009.
Why is "LEED ID&C Exam Guide" Needed?
There are two main purposes for this book: to help you pass the LEED AP ID+C (Building Design and Construction) Exam and to assist you with understanding the process of getting a building LEED certified.
The LEED AP ID+C Exam has two parts (or sections):
Part One is EXACTLY the same as the LEED Green Associate Exam. It has 100 multiple choice questions and must be finished within two hours (The total exam time for BOTH parts of the exam is four hours). In this book, "LEED AP ID+C Exam Part One," "LEED AP ID+C Exam Section One," and "LEED Green Associate Exam" are used interchangeably since they are EXACTLY the same.
Part Two is the LEED AP ID+C specialty exam. It focuses on information and knowledge related directly to green interior design and construction (ID+C). It also contains 100 multiple choice questions and must be finished within two hours.
Both sections (Part One and Part Two) of the LEED AP ID+C Exam must be taken back-to-back in the same sitting. The only exception is when a test taker fails one of the two parts, he can retake only the failed section of the exam at a later date.
The raw exam score is converted to a scaled score ranging from 125 to 200. The passing score is 170 or higher. You need to answer about 60 questions correctly for each section to pass. There is an optional 10-minute tutorial for computer testing before the exam and an optional 10-minute exit survey.
The LEED Green Associate Exam is the most important LEED exam for two reasons:
1. You have to pass it in order to get the title of LEED Green Associate.
2. It is also the required Part One (2 hours) of ALL LEED AP+ exams. You have to pass it plus Part Two (2 hours) of the specific LEED AP+ exam of your choice to get any LEED AP+ title unless you have passed the old LEED AP exam before June 30, 2009.
There are a few ways to prepare for the LEED AP ID+C Exam:
1. You can take USGBC courses or workshops. You should take USGBC classes at both the 100 (Awareness) and 200 (LEED Core Concepts and Strategies) level to successfully prepare for Part One of the exam. USGBC classes at 300 level (Green Interior Design and Construction: The LEED Implementation Process) can be taken to prepare for Part Two of the exam. A one-day course normally costs $450 (as of publication) with an early registration discount, otherwise it is $500. You will also have to wait until the USGBC workshops or courses are offered in a city near you.
2. Take USGBC online courses. Refer to the USGBC or GBCI websites for information. The USGBC online courses are less personal and still expensive.
3. Read related books. Unfortunately, there are few official USGBC books on the LEED AP ID+C Exam, and, as of publication, no exam guides with sample questions. LEED AP ID+C Exam Guide is one of the first books covering this subject and will fill in this blank to assist you with passing the exam.
4. The USGBC Reference Guides: They are comprehensive, but they give too much information. Searching for information related to LEED AP ID+C Exam from the USGBC Reference Guides is like "looking for a needle in a haystack." For example, The LEED 2009 Reference Guide for Green Building Design and Construction (ID&C) has about 480 full-size pages. Many of the calculations in the books are too detailed for the exam. They are also expensive (approximately $200 each, so most people may not buy them for their personal use, but instead, will seek to share an office copy).
It is good to read a reference guide from cover to cover if you have the time. The problem is that few people have the time to read the whole reference guide. Even if you do read the whole guide, you may not remember the important issues to pass the LEED exam. You need to reread the material several times before you can remember much of it.
Reading the reference guide from cover to cover without a guidebook is a difficult and inefficient way of preparing for the LEED AP ID+C exam, because you do NOT know what USGBC and GBCI are looking for in the exam.
5. Various books published by a third party are available on Amazon. However, most of them are not very helpful.
To stay at the forefront of the LEED and green building movement, I sign up for USGBC courses and workshops myself, and I review the USGBC and GBCI websites and many other sources to get as much information as possible on LEED. Based on this very comprehensive research, I summarize the information in my latest book, "LEED ID&C Exam Guide: A Must-Have for the LEED AP ID+C Exam: Study Materials, Sample Questions, Mock Exam, Green Interior Design and Construction, Green Building LEED Certification, and Sustainability (LEED v3.0)." I have done the hard work so that you can save time preparing for the exam by reading it.
"LEED ID&C Exam Guide" will fill in the blanks and become a valuable, reliable source:
a. It will give you more information for your money. It has more information than the related USGBC workshops.
b. It is exam-oriented and more effective than the USGBC reference guides.
c. It is better than most, if not all, of the other third-party books. It gives you comprehensive study materials, sample questions and answers, mock exams and answers, and critical information on building LEED certification and going green. Other third-party books only give you a fraction of the information.
d. It is comprehensive yet concise. It is easy to carry around. You can read it whenever you have a few extra minutes.
e. It is great a timesaver. I have highlighted the important information that you need to understand and MEMORIZE. I also make some acronyms and short sentences to help you easily remember the credit names.
It should take you about 1 to 2 weeks of full-time study to pass each of the LEED exams. I have met people who have spent 40 hours to study and passed the exams.
You can find sample texts and other information on the LEED Exam Guides Series in customer discussion sections under each of my book's listing on Amazon.
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