Congratulations to the ACE Mentor Program in Frederick, MD for their win at the Second Annual National Design Competition! Refer to the link below for more details:

Architecture, Construction, and Engineering – ACE – Frederick Affiliate Wins National Design Competition

On a more personal note, I am extremely proud of the San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate who place second at this same competition — I am bit partial to this team because I served as a mentor to this group of impressive high school students.

ace_logo.jpgThe ACE Mentor newsletter for the San Francisco Affiliate has been published for the year. Check out the link below to get an update on the teams throughout the Bay Area:

ACE Mentor Program – San Francisco Bay Area – Newsletter 2007-2008

USGBCThis comment was just received from the posting entitled, “How I Passed the LEED AP V2.2 Exam”. I thought the readers of this blog would appreciate another point of view on what to study for the test. The comments starts below:

“Just returned from the exam,…passed,…170 – no style points awarded thank goodness.

I failed my first test (165) by taking the exam lightly. I have passed all my A.R.E tests to date, I also studied sustainability as my senior project in college, so I thought how hard can this be. We don’t be fooled. One must study extensively to pass the NC v2.2 test. It is intentionally difficult due to higher rates of passes. The USGBC/GBCI have made the test more difficult in v2.2 to bring down passing rates.

I utilized the Colorado LEED Study Guide, the USGBC Reference Guide – NC V2.2, and the Flash Cards. I found the Colorado guide helpful in that is focuses on the process of certification quite a bit. This is substantial part of the test. The most important thing to do is read the reference guide. Read it cover to cover. The first time is crammed and only read intents and submittal requirements. I did not commit to memory all the percentage/threshold requirements, nor most of the other “back-ground reading”. There is a lot of embedded information in the approach/implementation segments, considerations, economic issues, resources, submittal requirements, and definitions that help you sort through the questions during the test. After reading the entire book, I took the practice exams, went over questions I got wrong and re-read sections I did poorly on. I studied the Flashcards periodically. Then the morning of the exam went over the Flashcards one last time. They do a great job in boiling down the intents and percentage thresholds.

Good Luck.”