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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Qualification for Credit
    in EBOM 2009 SSc6: Stormwater Quantity Control
    61 Wendy Lao
    LEED Sustainability Intern
    County of Santa Clara
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    Reclaimed water
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    1 Alexa Stone
    ecoPreserve - Building Sustainbility
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: Option 1 plus Option 2?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    308 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: GREENGUARD Gold (formerly Children & Schools), CA 01350, CARB II
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    171 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: What about buildings occupying the whole site?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    224 LEEDme STRATEGIE D'IMPRESA
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    reused water for cooling towers and process saving
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    99 Renaud Gay
    Shanghai Pacific Energy Center
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: Energy Modeling for Casino
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,347 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Post occupancy installation of photovoltaics as an appeal
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    197 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Anticipated Tenant Fit Out
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    3 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Anticipated Tenant Fit Out
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    129 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: HVAC system's capability to accommodate CO2 sensors
    in CS 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    55 CT G
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Not enclosed meeting room
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    240 CT G
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Two options for compliance (pictures or signature)? IEQ cr3.1
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    109 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Anticipated Tenant Fit Out and IEQ compliance
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    54 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Fixture replacement authentication
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    255 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Clarifications
    in Healthcare-v2009: Construction activity pollution prevention
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Apr 22, 2013
    RE: May 2011 Addenda - CFC Phaseout Plan
    in CI 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    38 Dana Villeneuve
    Sustainability Generalist
    New Belgium Brewing
    Tue, Apr 16, 2013
    RE: Recycling Design Guidelines for large projects
    in ND-v2009: Solid waste management infrastructure
    7 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Tue, Apr 16, 2013
    RE: Capitol Cost ECMs
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.2: Existing Building Commissioning—Implementation
    32 Robert Calloway
    President
    Global Facility Solutions, LLC
    Fri, Jan 17, 2014
    RE: LEED AP Consultant Fee
    in EBOM 2009 IOc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    10 Rodney Berry
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    RE: Roof Mounted Sky Lights
    in NC v2.2 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    92 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    RE: ND standard vs the NC standard
    in ND-v2009: Construction activity pollution prevention
    2 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Thu, Mar 28, 2013
    RE: USGBC Overhauls Demand Response Pilot - in Response to Critics
    in Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response
    29 Daniel Whittet
    LEED AP BD&C EBOM Assoc. AIA
    AHA Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Mar 22, 2013
    PC 26 Advanced Energy Metering - Feedback
    in Pilot Credit 26: Advanced Energy Metering
    17 SOFIA KESIDOU
    Mon, Mar 18, 2013
    PC 25 Water Metering and Reporting - Feedback
    in Pilot Credit 25: Water Metering & Reporting
    8 SOFIA KESIDOU
    Mon, Mar 18, 2013
    RE: Area rugs / Loose mats
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Carpet Systems
    29 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 14, 2013
    RE: DG Gravel
    in Schools 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    14 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Mar 13, 2013
    RE: Can you earn SSc1 opt 2 RP credits if only pursing SSc1 opt 1?
    in CI 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Oct 16, 2013
    RE: LEED AP working from an other city
    in Retail–CI-v2009: LEED Accredited Professional
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Feb 9, 2013
    RE: buidable land
    in ND-v2009: Steep slope protection
    8 Noriko Yasuhara
    CSR Design & Landscape Co., Ltd.
    Wed, Feb 6, 2013
    RE: Credit availability
    in Pilot Credit 48: Discovery—Analysis to Support Integrative Process
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Feb 3, 2013
    RE: UV Treatment of Intake air?
    in Schools 2009 IEQc10: Mold Prevention
    26 Sonia M. Miranda Palacios
    RA / LEED AP BD+C / QCxP
    cota.CERO
    Fri, Feb 1, 2013
    RE: Water Bodies
    in Schools 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    13 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 31, 2013
    IAQ Procedure contaminant testing - costs and concerns
    in EBOM-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    1 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Thu, Jan 31, 2013
    IAQ Procedure contaminant testing - costs and concerns
    in NC-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    1 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Sun, Feb 10, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Study Guides and Practice Exams for LEED v4
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    56 Cindy Davis
    Associate Principal
    Callison Architecture
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014
    RE: Unleased areas in New Construction
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    602 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014
    RE: ACP Form
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    154 Sean Fish
    Project Manager, LEED
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Aug 27, 2014
    RE: Changing a Design Credit in Construction
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    559 Charles Nepps
    Mon, Aug 25, 2014
    Cannot upload after review comments
    in Living with LEED Online - quirks, bugs and hiccups
    136 Robert Wichert
    Engineer
    Fri, Aug 22, 2014
    Commerical Clothes Washers
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    125 Laura MacSweeney
    Thu, Aug 21, 2014
    RE: Campus-Same master site- LEED NC v4 and LEED EBOM 2009
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    495 FRAGISKOS LEVANTIS
    LEED AP BD+C
    SUSTAIN O.E.
    Tue, Aug 19, 2014
    RE: CARB and ECO-Certified
    in New Rules for Formaldehyde in IEQc4.4
    7 Nick _
    Architect, LEED AP
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    RE: Thanks Tristan!
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    19 Megan Ritchie Saffitz
    Director of LEED Support
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Mon, Aug 11, 2014
    RE: LEED Interpretation: Effective Date
    in Review Comments with Phantom Requirements
    89 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Fri, Aug 8, 2014
    Defering Design credit
    in Defer Credits
    4 Stella Stella
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    RE: hotel with restaurant
    in Calculating FTEs
    184 LEEDme STRATEGIE D'IMPRESA
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    RE: plaque presentation
    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    RE: LEED Volume Program - Submittal Guidance
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    7 Ashley Catlett
    USGBC/GBCI
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: LEED AP BD+C V4
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    12 Filipe Boni
    Brain
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014
    RE: Project Registration Required
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    10 Megan Sparks
    Manager, Program Integration
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014
    RE: LEED v4 Green Associate
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    57 Tonima Ferdous
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    RE: Large footage residence and threshold adjustment
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    131 Ann Edminster
    founder/principal
    Design AVEnues LLC
    Tue, Jul 8, 2014
    RE: Licensed Professional Exemption (LPE) - outside of USA
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    19 Sylvain laporte
    GASD-Co
    Tue, Jul 8, 2014
    RE: Reusing IO credits for recertification
    in Recertification
    58 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Thu, Jul 3, 2014
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Underground Parking
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    79 52 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 4, 2010
    Laundry drain water
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    79 54 Wei Jiang
    Fri, Jun 22, 2012
    RE: MERV 8 filtration
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    79 19 Franklin Snyder
    President
    Susquehanna Valley Engineering Group, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 30, 2010
    RE: non-project specific RECs
    in CI 2009 EAc4: Green Power
    79 95 John Bauer
    Fri, Sep 10, 2010
    RE: IEQ C6.2, acceptable adjustable diffusers?
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    79 169 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Aug 30, 2010
    RE: Monthly Commingled Diversion Rate Regulatory Requirements
    in NC v2.2 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    79 110 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, May 11, 2011
    Changing project name
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    79 31 Shivani Langer
    Architect
    SHW Group
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    NC High Residential Building
    in LEED Minimum Program Requirements
    79 440 Felipe Duran
    Tue, Jan 17, 2012
    RE: GFA Defination
    in LEED Minimum Program Requirements
    79 440 Donald R. Able
    Director of Sustainability
    BSA LifeStructures
    Wed, Feb 15, 2012
    RE: Including Gyms in Regularly Occupied Spaces
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    79 63 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Aug 18, 2010
    RE: how to compute the runoff rate?
    in NC v2.2 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    79 41 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 31, 2010
    RE: Temporary Irrigation for portion of a site
    in NC v2.2 WEc1.1–1.2: Water Efficient Landscaping
    79 81 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, May 20, 2011
    RE: Standard usage ratio of 50/50 M/F
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    78 99 Louise Schlatter
    Architect
    SSOE Group
    Tue, Nov 9, 2010
    RE: summary for mechanically ventilated spaces
    in CS 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    78 55 Michael E. Edmonds-Bauer
    Edmonds International
    Tue, Dec 11, 2012
    ACP for IEQp1 uses EU Ventilation Norms
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    78 154 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Fri, Oct 28, 2011
    LEED for Schools - international projects
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    78 154 Susann Geithner
    Global Sustainability Manager
    Predictive Service
    Tue, Nov 15, 2011
    RE: All ACP for international projects allow Metric Unit submittals
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    78 154 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Tue, Nov 29, 2011
    RE: Exemplary Performance for EA Cr3 Enhanced Commissioning
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    78 249 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, Sep 24, 2010
    RE: CI V3 - IEQp1 Uploads
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    78 131 Roger Chang
    Principal, Director of Sustainability
    Westlake Reed Leskosky
    Mon, Aug 30, 2010
    CI V3 - IEQp1 Uploads
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    78 131 Malik Rehman
    Thu, Aug 26, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    District Energy Systems: Confusion
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    317 Marco Abdallah
    Tue, Feb 5, 2013
    LEED-EBOM stress test
    in Where Do I Start?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 1, 2013
    IAQ Procedure contaminant testing - costs and concerns
    in NC-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    1 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Tue, Jan 29, 2013
    Is data being gathered and used?
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    35 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jan 22, 2013
    Material-Efficient Framing based on LEED-Homes?
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    525 Heather DeGrella
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Opsis Architecture
    Tue, Jan 15, 2013
    street network
    in Pilot Credit 9: Street Network
    67 Sara Aschliman
    Mon, Jan 14, 2013
    New LEED boundary definition for SSc8
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Jan 14, 2013
    USGBC Membership and Cont. Ed
    in LEED AP Specialities: Should You Get One?
    29 Cassandra Kail
    MWA Architects
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013
    Modified AHU
    in CI 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    455 Alejandro Rivera Rivera
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Studio Domus
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013
    Bicycle Network
    in Pilot Credit 30: Alternative Transportation
    9 Nate Steeber
    LEED Consultant & Designer
    Sol Developments
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013
    LI #2500/#10209 Shower Requirements for Mixed Use Buildings
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Jan 9, 2013
    Carbon Offset V4 Alternative Compliance Success - LEED CI
    in CI 2009 EAc4: Green Power
    95 Andreas Gyr
    [e]Team Design and Construction Integrator
    Google
    Thu, Jan 3, 2013
    USGBC BPP
    in Pilot Credit 38: Advanced Utility Tracking
    6 Sara Aschliman
    Thu, Jan 3, 2013
    Missing requirement on Pilot Form?
    in Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
    5 Brian Leet
    Freeman French Freeman
    Mon, Dec 31, 2012
    Two building connected by bridge.
    in Multiple Buildings - One Registration
    5 Zonda E. Team
    Zonda Engineering
    Fri, Dec 28, 2012
    LEED CI 2009 : Project without HVAC change
    in LEED CI 2009 : Integrating HVAC work after project completion
    3 Diana Hill
    Sat, Dec 22, 2012
    market transformation
    in USA Today attacks LEED schools next, again with selective use of data
    18 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Wed, Dec 19, 2012
    Requirements of this madatory credit for India based projects
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    207 Kevin Sullivan
    Director
    Leap Sustainability Design Consulting
    Tue, Dec 18, 2012
    Patriotism meets Efficiency
    in USA Today attacks LEED schools next, again with selective use of data
    18 Matthew Macko
    Principal
    Environmental Building Strategies
    Thu, Dec 13, 2012
    LEED EB Recertification - Where's the Value?
    in LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Is Here
    9 K W
    IC
    Thu, Dec 13, 2012

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