LEED Green Associate - Closed System

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Marlyn Bucayan
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July 30, 2015

What is a closed system and open system? And what credit category are those belong and/or related?

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Hi Marlyn, thanks for your question. For the purposes of the LEED rating system, a closed system is often considered one in which there is no waste, therefore more sustainable than an open system. An open system may be considered one where waste is produced but not reused.

Cradle to Cradle certification is a "closed system" in that a new product is created from the remnants of older versions of itself, or other reused/recycled materials. The "INTERFACE FLOR" company is one that uses a closed system to recycle carpet into new carpet.

At "end of life" material that would otherwise be considered waste is not considered waste, but is material to create future life or materials. Nature is a closed system in terms of how waste is not waste.

In LEED a construction waste management (CWM) system can be considered a closed system.

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July 30
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Thank you Rob. I encountered such question during my first attempt of the exam.

I have another question though.. How do I schedule my second take for the Leed Green Associate Exam? I checked my usgbc account and it seems my eligibiliy ID does not exist when I schedule for another exam in prometric. My registration is still valid until next year though.. 

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Hi Marlyn, once you log into your account on USGBC.org, go to Credentials > Overview.

Then scroll down to the credential examinations that you can choose from.

You should see the LEED Green Associate logo there and USGBC will ask you to pay for the exam again.

Once you pay for the exam, you'll be able to schedule your exam with Prometric.

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August 1
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Hey Rob, Im confused. Is the $250 fee for Leed Green Associate exam valid only once? I thought the exam fee is good for 3 attempts. My registration is still valid until next year. 

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August 1
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Hi Marlyn, USGBC charges each time you take the exam. There's a fee from Prometric and/or USGBC each time you take the LEED GA. You have three attempts to pass the exam within 1 year.

Once you register and pay for your exam, you have one year to schedule your exam session. You may request up to a six month extension of this one-year period by submitting the circumstances and any supporting documentation to GBCI/USGBC.

Exam fees are non refundable. After three unsuccessful attempts within a year period you'll have to wait 90 days before submitting a new registration to GBCI/USGBC.

The cost of the exam is $200 for members and $250 for non-members.

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August 5
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Ok Rob, Thanks again. 

 

I've got one last question. How do I get a pdf files of all my practice exams for Leed Green Associate here in poplar? I purchased the super study pack.

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August 13
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Hi Marlyn, sorry for the delay in responding. The online practice tests in the LEED GA v4 Super Study Pack can't be downloaded, however, you could print out the answer sheet to your completed exams if you wanted. You would need to save the page as a PDF to your local computer and then print.

The online practice tests weren't really designed to be printed, but to mimic the online exam at Prometric.

The Super Study Pack also comes with the LEED GA v4 Study Guide which you can print, which includes over 100 questions.

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