The LEED v4 Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About the New LEED v4
Bloomington, Ind. - The newest version of LEED, known as v4, has several changes, many which will impact the professional cleaning and building industries. The following quiz is designed to highlight some of these changes so you have a better understanding of LEED v4. Have fun with the quiz; the answers are below.
1. In v4, green cleaning is now a prerequisite in order for a facility to be LEED certified.
2. LEED v4 puts greater emphasis on the careful use of which of the following chemicals:
Floor care strippers/finishes
Disinfectants and sanitizers
All of the above
3. LEED v4 requires that facilities increase their purchases of green cleaning chemicals, paper products, plastic liners and similar items from the current 30% to (based on cost):
4. Of the following, which does LEED v4 put greater emphasis on compared to earlier versions?
Chemical free cleaning systems
Conservation of water and energy
The use of sanitizers and disinfectants to ensure healthy cleaning
Indoor air quality
5. LEED v4 recognizes there have been significant advances in which of the following cleaning technologies:
Turning tap water into cleaning solutions
HEPA filtration systems
Cold water chemicals
6. Under v4, facilities can earn one credit for having at least 10 feet of entry matting installed at building entries.
7. One of the big changes with v4 is that facilities no longer need to select vacuum cleaners or carpet extractors that have the Seal of Approval from the Carpet and Rug Institute.
8. Approximately what percentage of U.S. commercial space is LEED certified?
9. If a facility's cleaning professionals have been CIMS-GB (Cleaning Industry Management Standard-Green Building) or GS-42 (Green Seal's standard for commercial/institutional cleaning) certified, it means the facility:
Is meeting the green cleaning requirements of v4
The facility can earn up to 2 credits
The facility can earn up to 4 credits
These are not recognized in LEED v4
- Stephen P. Ashkin is president of The Ashkin Group, a consulting firm specializing in greening the cleaning industry, and CEO of Sustainability Dashboard Tools, which offers a cloud-based dashboard that allows organizations to measure, report and improve their sustainability efforts. He is also coauthor of both The Business of Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning for Dummies.
2. Disinfectants and sanitizers
4. Conservation of water and energy
5. Turning tap water into cleaning solutions
9. Is meeting the green cleaning requirements of v4