From Gold to Platinum: the Earth Rangers Centre

From Gold to Platinum: the Earth Rangers Centre
Fall 2013 SABMag ConEd Article
GBCI: 0090010255

Overview
This article summarizes a 3 year project undertaken at the Earth Rangers Centre (ERC), including a major energy audit, capital planning and construction, followed by LEED EB: O&M certification. Proof of the success of the project is the September 2012 LEED EB: O&M Platinum certification of the ERC with 92 of a possible 110 points, the highest score in Canada to date.

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

  1. Explain key features of the LEED Gold Earth Rangers Centre.
  2. Explain the steps taken to get the building from LEED Gold to LEED Platinum.
  3. Understand how the changes made to the building impacted the certification level.
  4. Understand how the Earth Rangers Centre will work to continuously improve.

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 From Gold to Platinum: the Earth Rangers Centre (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. The Earth Rangers Centre was first certified in _______ as a _______________ project.
2. Which of the following strategies was not part of the original LEED certification?
3. Before changes were made to the building and Platinum certification was pursued, it was operating at 67% better than then MNECB: True or False?
4. One of the first things that was done as the building went from Gold to Platinum was:
5. The project performed an infrared scan of the building to evaluate building envelope-related issues. Which issue will the Owner deal with first?
6. What LEED-EB documentation proved to be most challenging?
7. Which strategy is not likely to be implemented in the future?
8. The Earth Rangers Centre still has a long way to go before the facility’s utility costs are offset by solar revenues: True or False?
9. Setting temperature set points and providing sweaters for staff were strategies that were tried in an attempt to __________________.
10. Which of the following strategies from the original LEED certification was removed because of maintenance concerns?
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