Sustainable You

Sustainability and the Built Environment

Wk 3: Sustainable Space Planning

Response due at the beginning of class 9/03 by each individual (not a team answer).

After visiting the job site and calculating the available square footage, one of your main design challenges on this project is designing to Cottages_Preliminary_Platmaximize use of your square footage.  As Winchip (2007) explains, “It is important for existing buildings and new  construction to minimize the size of the buildings while maximizing the effictiveness of the interiors” (p. 144).   Ironically, residences in the U.S. have increased in size over the past 50 years even though family size has decreased.

There are many reasons why . Please read this article and consider what other reasons people are choosing homes with efficient square footage Tiny House Article .

To best optimize the square footage on your Cottages at Hilltop project, please read Winchip pages 144 -147, and pay special attention to Box 6.1 Principles of Spatial Strategies (p. 146). Winchip lists many ways to space plan to optimize your square footage. Please read through the spatial strategies in Box 6.1  and answer the following questions:

1.) In your project, what approaches from Box 6.1 will you utilize to maximize your square footage?  Please discuss atleast 5 different strategies and explain why you think those will work with your house plan on Lot 15.

Filed under: LEED, Residential Interiors, Sustainable Design, Weekly Assignment,

Current LEED APs have 3 options

If you are a LEED AP certified before the testing requirements changed in April 1, 2009, you will have 3 options, please see the link below at the GBCI website GBCI: Enrollment FAQS to read in full detail.

Below is a quick excerpt on  GBCI: Enrollment FAQS and current LEED AP options:

“Q: How do I fit into the new tiered system as a LEED AP credentialed under New Construction, Commercial Interiors, or Existing Buildings?
A: LEED APs credentialed under NC, CI, or EB have three options:

  1. Become a LEED AP with specialty by enrolling in the new tiered system—i.e. agreeing to the Credentialing Maintenance Program (CMP) and signing the disciplinary policy—and completing prescriptive CMP for the initial 2-year reporting period. Once you have enrolled, you will use one of the new specialty designations (O&M, BD&C, ID&C) after your name.  Enrollment must occur before summer 2011.
  2. Become a LEED AP with specialty by passing one of the new specialty examinations; only the specialty part of the exam will be required if testing by summer 2011. When applying for the exam you will need to sign the disciplinary policy and agree to CMP.  You will need to complete the ongoing CMP for your designation and will use one of the new specialty designations (O&M, BD&C, ID&C) after your name.
  3. Do nothing; you will be designated a LEED AP without specialty in the LEED Professional Directory.” (source: GBCI: Enrollment FAQS)

Filed under: LEED, Sustainable Design,

LEED Green Associate Exam

LEED Green Associate information LEED credentials now have a tiered system, please read about it here GBCI: Tiered Credential FAQS.

Below is a quick excerpt from GBCI: Tiered Credential FAQS page explaining the tiered system:

“Q: What are the three tiered credentials?
A: Tier I
LEED Green Associate: As the first step in a LEED professional’s career pathway, the Green Associate credential attests to basic knowledge and skill in understanding and supporting green design, construction, and operations. There are no specialties within the LEED Green Associate tier.

Tier II
LEED AP with specialty: The LEED AP with specialty credential signifies an advanced depth of knowledge in green building practices and specialization in a particular LEED Rating System:

  1. Building Design & Construction (BD&C)
  2. Operations & Maintenance (O&M)
  3. Interior Design & Construction (ID&C)
  4. Homes
  5. Neighborhood Development (ND)

Tier III
LEED AP Fellow: Although the application process is currently under development, this tier will distinguish an elite class of leading professionals. Fellows contribute to the standards of practice and body of knowledge for achieving continuous improvement in the green building field.”

View more information about GBCI’s new credentialing tiers. “ (Source: GBCI: Tiered Credential FAQS)

Anyone will be eligible to take the LEED Green Associate , which is the Tier I of testing. Once you gain professional work experience on LEED projects, you will then be able to test into Tier II: Leed AP with Speciality.

Page 11 & 12 of the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook explain the Eligibility Requirements:

“To take the LEED Green Associate exam, you must have experience in the form of involvement on a LEED-registered project, employment (or previous employment) in a sustainable field of work, or engagement in (or completion of) an education program that addresses green building principles. You only have to meet one of these criteria to demonstrate eligibility.”  (Source: LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook, p. 12)

Students of Dr. Lee’s, please feel free to contact me personally to discuss your eligibility for the Green Associate exam.  Non-students of my class reading this post can take educational eligibility requirements offered through USGBC educational website, easy enough to achieve the educational component.


  1. First read the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook and it will tell what references are needed to study for the exam (page 8).
  2. Read the Green Building & LEED Core Concepts Guide, 1st Edition (US Green Building Council, 2009) (available for purchase at > Publications).  This is a really helpful overview of LEED, itis a great introduction and quick easy way to get the basic grasp of what LEED is all about.
  3. Visit In the LEED website, it is an excellent resource for studying for LEED exams.  Also, the site has a for purchase LEED Green Associate Exam study guide that people are raving about (LEED Study Guide).
  4. Definately take some online exams prior to taking your exam to make sure you are prepared for the exam.  This site offers quality exams at resonable prices (Green Exam Prep).

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