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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: NC 2009 or v4 Multifamily Midrise
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    610 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Sat, Sep 20, 2014
    changes in appealed credit
    in Review Appeal
    31 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Sat, Sep 20, 2014
    RE: Concrete forming and temporary material - recycled content
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    462 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: Recycling Facility Letters of Certification
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    331 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: DES Option 2 - Clarification
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,086 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: Pre-existing Campus PV Array - Does commissioning apply?
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    200 Heather DeGrella
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Opsis Architecture
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    Refrigerants outside of the building, but still on site
    in EBOM 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    64 Levi Jimenez
    Project Manager
    BuildingWise
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: LEED Canada 2009 Letter Templates (LLT)
    in LEED Canada Forum
    41 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    What is the Air Vapor Barrier?? Roofing Membrane still exempt?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    387 Michele Helou
    Principal
    Sage Design & Consulting
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: kitchen hoods
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,378 HOUCINE TLEMSANI
    Mechanical Designer
    MEP Engineering Solutions, Inc
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    Occupancy for indoor/outdoor building types
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    188 Keelan Kaiser
    Architect and Educator
    Serena Sturm Architects and Judson University
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: Appeal Process
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    577 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    case 1 option 2 - "critical values"
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    213 Michael Johnson
    Architect
    Chenevert Architects
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    Pilot Credit 80 success
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    16 Abigail Parr
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    RE: Common Preferred Parking Signage at Car Park Entrance
    in CS 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    84 Ellen Mitchell
    Sustainable Design Manager
    HKS, Inc.
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    LEED v3 CS Warehouse - MPR Minimum Occupancy Compliance
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    1 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Fri, Apr 25, 2014
    RE: Previously developed
    in CS v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 24, 2014
    Greenhouse Program
    in Schools 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    18 Larry Turbes
    Architect
    TKDA
    Fri, Apr 18, 2014
    Illustrating Compliance using representative sampling?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.2: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    48 Ryan Hoffman
    Heapy Engineering
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Building Reuse off Site
    in Schools-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    16 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Window Frames and Window Area
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    123 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    Use of renewable energy in calculation
    in ND-v4: Optimize building energy performance
    1 Martine Desbois
    Wed, Apr 16, 2014
    RE: Multiple Buildings
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    2 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Apr 15, 2014
    RE: Credit Pending due to type of Manufactures documentation
    in Schools 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    25 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Mon, Apr 14, 2014
    IO Credit _ Option B (Additional Strategies)
    in EBOM 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    46 Pal Ahuja
    President
    Millennium Engineering Inc.
    Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    RE: Ergonomic Strategy - 75% ergonomic workstations
    in Pilot Credit 44: Ergonomics Strategy
    32 Lisa Marshall
    Ecological Building Strategies
    Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    RE: Bike Racks and project boundary
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Alternative transportation
    7 Webly Bowles
    Associate Principal
    Green Building Services
    Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    RE: Permanently Installed Furniture?
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    2 Robert Dean
    Project Coordinator, LEED AP, GHG IQ
    Teknion Limited
    Fri, Apr 11, 2014
    LEEDuser's audit IAQ form
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.1: IAQ Best Management Practices—IAQ Management Program
    28 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 10, 2014
    RE: CAMPUS Approach For Rainwater Management
    in EBOM-v4: Rainwater management
    6 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Apr 10, 2014
    Change the LEED AP person during the project
    in CS 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    13 Nándor Kovács
    Project Manager
    Obuda-Ujlak Zrt.
    Thu, Apr 10, 2014
    RE: DIRTT Millwork on a LEED project
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    45 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Apr 9, 2014
    RE: Pilot Credit 43... How many projects have attemped this credit?
    in Pilot Credit 43: Certified Products
    22 Ashley Nedza
    Project Designer, LEED AP BD+C
    Baskervill
    Wed, Apr 9, 2014
    RE: Rater and Provider requirements?
    in Mid-Rise v4: Integrative process
    2 Ann Edminster
    founder/principal
    Design AVEnues LLC
    Tue, Apr 8, 2014
    RE: Regional Priority Point
    in NC-2009: Site development - protect or restore habitat - alternative compliance path
    3 Kai Starn
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates
    Tue, Apr 8, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: LEEDuser MR forum closed for official comments
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – MR (Materials and Resources) Section
    43 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: EA forum closed for official commenting
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – EA (Energy & Atmosphere) Section
    16 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: official commenting closed here
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – SS (Sustainble Sites) Section
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    Ebie awards
    in Could Your Existing Building Win an EBie Award?
    4 Craig Bloomfield
    Mon, Mar 26, 2012
    RE: LEED certification for factories
    in Certified Industrial projects
    7 jorge torres coto
    Building Systems Commissioning Engineer
    Empirical Engineering, LLC
    Fri, Mar 23, 2012
    RE: Not that so
    in Worker Safety on LEED Projects Questioned
    2 Eric Shamp
    Principal
    Ecotype Consulting
    Tue, Mar 20, 2012
    No. The 1/2 mile radius
    in SS C2 density calculation for site area
    1 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Mar 14, 2012
    Hi Luana
    in Domestic hot water
    1 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Mar 5, 2012
    Video – LEED 2012 3rd Public Comment Period and Beyond: The Future of LEED - by Tristan Roberts
    Thu, Mar 22, 2012
    RE: LEED 2012 time-line
    in LEED 2012 – Second Public Comment – Guide and Open Forum
    53 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 1, 2012
    RE: LEED 2012 - ENERGY + ATMOSPHERE PR 2 - 2nd Commenting Period
    in LEED EBOM 2012 Version I Feedback & Comments
    17 Janna Nash
    Thu, Feb 23, 2012
    IEQc4.2
    in How does true fresco--painting with natural pigments on wet plaster--fall into LEED categories?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 21, 2012
    contact GBCI
    in Changing Registration from CS to NC and viceversa
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 17, 2012
    RE: EA Optimized Energy Performance
    in LEED 2012 – 2nd Public Comment – Energy & Atmosphere (EA) Section
    33 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Feb 16, 2012
    LEED 2012 3rd Public Comment Period Announced - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Feb 15, 2012
    RE: Team Members Blocked from accessing the Project
    in Owner team member and signatories
    12 Mairead Morrissey
    Principal Environmental Consultant
    AWN Consulting Ltd
    Mon, Feb 13, 2012
    RE: project budget
    in Budget and Historic Project Data
    3 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012
    LEED Fellow - by Heather Holdridge
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012
    Cost info on LEED EBOM
    in The Cost of LEED EBOM Re-certification
    3 James Doyle
    Owner
    ConServe
    Fri, Jan 20, 2012
    LEED Project Mechanical Engineer Volunteer Available - by Matthew Lusardi
    Sat, Jan 14, 2012
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Changing project name
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    94 31 Shivani Langer
    Architect
    SHW Group
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    Precast concrete for LEED
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    94 148 Mohamed Ravuthar, LEED AP, BD+C
    LEED Engineer
    Contrack International Inc
    Wed, Nov 30, 2011
    RE: Ongoing Commissioning Overlap with New Building Commissioning
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    94 29 Doug Pierce, AIA
    Architect / Sustainability Strategist
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 12, 2010
    RE: 100% WATER CONSUMPTION FROM TREATED HARVESTED RAIN WATER
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    94 51 Anshul Chawla
    Green Building Analyst
    Environmental Design Solutions
    Fri, Sep 17, 2010
    RE: Can I change the project name?
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    93 577 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Feb 27, 2013
    Tree canopy
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    93 231 Carolina Vergnano
    LEED AP
    Concremat
    Fri, Dec 21, 2012
    Energy modeling Gross Surface / Net surface.
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    93 835 Alessio Zampaglione
    Architects
    StudioAZA
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    RE: Fruits & Vegetables?
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    93 215 Nena Elise
    Fri, Sep 10, 2010
    RE: Historic Building Restoration
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    93 81 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Sat, Nov 3, 2012
    RE: Paint Colorants?
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    93 90 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Sep 24, 2010
    RE: ACP for IEQp1 uses EU Ventilation Norms
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    93 154 Susann Geithner
    Global Sustainability Manager
    Predictive Service
    Mon, Oct 31, 2011
    RE: LEED EBOM 2009 EA Prerequisite 2 & Credit 1 - ACP
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    93 154 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Mon, Nov 14, 2011
    RE: re: Using default occupancy v/s estimated occupancy
    in CS 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    93 86 Maria Lopez
    Fri, Jan 27, 2012
    Domestically Manufactured Rapidly Renewables
    in NC 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    93 49 Elliot Powers
    LEED AP BD+C
    Fri, May 7, 2010
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    93 72 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Wed, Feb 9, 2011
    other providers
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    93 57 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 14, 2013
    RE: other providers
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    93 57 Yoseika Castillo Muñoz
    LEED AP, Interior Architect
    c_arquitectura
    Mon, Oct 28, 2013
    RE: Substantive revisions
    in A Guide to the Key LEED BD&C v2009 Addenda - NC, CS, Schools
    93 51 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Aug 20, 2012
    RE: Using different metrics (volume and weight) for MR: Solid Waste
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    93 61 Dan Ackerstein
    Principal
    Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
    Fri, Aug 6, 2010
    RE: Composite materials
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    93 148 Gary Ashford
    Architect
    Duket Architects Planners
    Tue, Sep 28, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    2 separate CI spaces, 1 project?
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    3 Charles Nepps
    Sat, Mar 22, 2014
    Green Cleaning products for norovirus?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning—High Performance Cleaning Program
    25 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Thu, Mar 20, 2014
    Calculating Hazardous Glass Area
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    35 ray keane
    Principal
    Engineering 350 LLC
    Thu, Mar 20, 2014
    Purchased Energy Rate
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    56 May Xu
    Wed, Mar 19, 2014
    Precertification in LEED-CS v4
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    127 Nándor Kovács
    Project Manager
    Obuda-Ujlak Zrt.
    Wed, Mar 19, 2014
    AGMBC: Multiple Building and On-Campus Projects
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    3 Tam Kin Hung
    Wed, Mar 19, 2014
    Community Connectivity travel distance
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    218 Jennifer Rennick
    Principal
    In Balance Green Consulting
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    Achieving this credit in a Shopping mall?
    in CS 2009 IEQc6: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    34 Omar Katanani
    Mon, Mar 17, 2014
    previous documents
    in EBOM 2009 SSc6: Stormwater Quantity Control
    61 Brian Dougherty
    Sat, Mar 15, 2014
    Can FSC Product Certification replace invoices?
    in CI 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    98 Mauricio Ramirez
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Open grid pavement
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    39 james connors
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Certified Green Seal vs Certified Green Seal GS37 or GS40
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    129 amy kaspar
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Insulating Concrete Forms
    in Pilot Credit 20: Recycled Content for Non-Structural Materials
    11 Amy Van Dam
    Sustainable Design Coordinator
    Boulder Associates Architects
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Review Appeal
    in Review Appeal
    31 Regina Ng
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Appeal with a new credit
    in Review Appeal
    31 Regina Ng
    Thu, Mar 13, 2014
    Controller Efficiency
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    357 Scott Fornaciari
    Principal
    Landarc Associates, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 12, 2014
    Purchasing RECS after the Performance Period
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    91 Summer Gorder
    Owner
    ecoREAL
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    LEED Project Boundary for a Transit Station
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    198 Kimberlyn Caoagas
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    Qualification for LEED CS vs. NC
    in PIf1: Development Program and Site Type
    22 Jin Yang
    LEED GA
    ECADI
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014
    Multiple buildings, common basement
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    610 Ann Palermo
    Tue, Mar 11, 2014

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