The LEED Green Associate Exam

 

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LEED Green Associate Exam
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An experienced, building-industry project manager, Tony DiTucci has overseen the construction of multifamily and assisted-living residential housing as a vice president of DGA Builders since 2013. In addition to his bachelor of arts in economics and political science from Saint John Fisher College and his master of arts in administration from Central Michigan University, Tony DiTucci holds multiple industry licenses and accreditations, including active certification as an LEED green associate.

A rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) evaluates the sustainable design initiatives and general environmental performance of professionals and organizations in the construction field. LEED green associate certification serves as a reliable indicator of expertise in essential green design, construction, and operational processes.

In order to earn the LEED green associate credential, candidates must pass a two-hour exam that consists of a task domain and a knowledge domain. Reflecting LEED concerns with safety and effectiveness, the task domain addresses aspects of green construction ranging from LEED project and team coordination to LEED credit analysis. The exam’s knowledge domain includes 85 questions on topics such as integrative strategies, water efficiency, and indoor environmental quality.

The LEED Green Associate Certification

 

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LEED Green Associate
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The vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, Tony DiTucci has more than 20 years of experience managing industrial, commercial, retail, and multi-family residential construction projects. Supplementing both his experience and education, Tony DiTucci holds certification as a LEED Green Associate.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certifications are third-party verifications for green buildings offered by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). While there are no specific eligibility requirements to become a LEED Green Associate, it is suggested that professionals are familiar with LEED and green building concepts before seeking a LEED Green Associate certification. The certification shows that a professional is up to date on best practices relating to green building and demonstrates an individual’s commitment to their future understanding of green building.

The LEED Green Associate certification examination includes two parts, task domains and knowledge domains. Task domains serve to show that a professional can perform LEED effectively and includes everything from LEED project coordination to advocacy. Meanwhile, knowledge domains reflect what an individual must know to be a LEED Green Associate. This includes such topics as integrative strategies, project surroundings, and indoor environmental quality. The exam costs $200 for USGBC members and $250 for non-members. Students can register for $100.

New Trends in Apartment Living

 

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DGA Builders, LLC
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Tony DiTucci brings years of experience in the construction industry to his position of vice president of DGA Builders, LLC, a construction management firm with locations in both New York and Pennsylvania. Through his work with DGA, Tony DiTucci has been a part of both senior and multifamily housing developments.

Apartment buildings exemplify one type of multifamily dwelling, and newer apartment buildings often include modern amenities. Following is a list of some of the extras that are trending in newly built apartments.

1. Workstations – Some apartments provide Wi-Fi-equipped workstations in common areas to satisfy the needs of renters who may wish to work remotely, but require some quiet to do so.

2. Pet spas – Builders are finding that owners want luxury for themselves–and their pets. Some new buildings offer grooming services and exclusive areas for renters to exercise their pets.

3. Green leases – A selection of newer apartments are LEED certified and energy efficient, making them more affordable for tenants. To live in these buildings, renters must sign “green leases,” committing to practices such as composting, recycling, and using public transportation.