An Introduction to Environmental Building Declarations

An Introduction to Environmental Building Declarations
March 2016 SABMag ConEd Article
GBCI: 0920007503

Overview
This article looks at Environmental Building Declarations and the role it plays in a project. Readers will learn what functions are evaluated as part of achieving an EBD, how they are integrated into a project and the future role and importance of EBDs in building's sustainability assessments. This article is for project owners and designers and will provide insight into whole-building life-cycle analysis assessments.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this learning unit, the reader will be able to:

  1. Describe the EBD in the project timeline.
  2. Understand how an EBD impacts building design.
  3. Describe the elements included in an EBD.
  4. Understand the future role and importance of EBDs.

Assessment
All articles offered by SABMag are GBCI approved. To qualify for continuing education learning hours, practitioners must first read the technical article below, and then proceed to complete the short quiz at the end. You must receive 80% on the quiz to record the activity as part of your continuing education. An email will be sent to you and will act as your certificate of completion once you have successfully completed the requirements.

In order to obtain your CEU Certificate of Completion for this course (1h CE):

STEP 1 : Read the article An Introduction to Environmental Building Declarations (PDF format)

STEP 2 : Take the quiz and get a minimum of 8 out of 10 correct answers to receive your Certificate of Completion.

Quiz by: SABMagazine

1. Which of the following standards or guidelines is most common in Europe for completing a whole-building life cycle assessment?
2. An Environmental Building Declaration is a tool that must be used during the design process. True or false?
3. Which BC building is The Athena Institute’s most recent recipient of an EBD?
4. What is most commonly ignored when completing a whole-building sustainability analysis of new buildings?
5. An EBD indicates whether or not a building is a good performer. True or False?
6. Which of the following standards or guidelines do not include an LCA component?
7. Can an apples-to-apples comparison of EBDs between two different buildings be done easily with currently available EBD data?
8. A third-party review issued by an EBD “Program Operator” is necessary for a building to achieve an EBD. True or False?
9. Which of the following statements is false?
10. What is not one of the Athena Institute’s goals for EBDs
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