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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    ASHRAE 55 - apartment
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    225 Hieu Huynh
    Environmental Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    Sun, Aug 30, 2015
    Vietnam
    LEED EBOM EA c.4
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    100 Fabio Frescia
    PM, LEED AP
    Arcadia (Thailand) Company Limited
    Sun, Aug 30, 2015
    Thailand
    RE: Assembly Calculator for Materials with Recycled Content
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    565 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sat, Aug 29, 2015
    RE: LEED-NC or LEED for Homes (and v3 vs v4)?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    709 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Sat, Aug 29, 2015
    United States
    Historical Landmark
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    963 Muge Karasahin
    LEED AP BD+C, Architect
    ALAN Mimarlik ve Proje Yonetimi
    Sat, Aug 29, 2015
    RE: Combining Option 1 and Option 2
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    133 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    RE: Diverse Uses: Community Anchor Uses: Housing
    in NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    6 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C
    YR&G
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    Multiple Building or One Building?
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    4 Muge Karasahin
    LEED AP BD+C, Architect
    ALAN Mimarlik ve Proje Yonetimi
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    Injected foam insulation with 0 g/L VOCs
    in Schools IEQc4.6: Low-Emitting Materials—Ceiling and Wall Systems
    73 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    United States
    RE: LED lamps
    in EBOM-v4: Purchasing - lamps
    4 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C
    YR&G
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    RE: Transit Service Tables
    in PIf3: Project Location and Base Mapping
    4 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    RE: How does the formula work with mixed new and existing projects?
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    274 Charles Nepps
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    Natural Ventilation on HAP
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,031 Khaled Fouda
    Design Engineer
    Energy Concepts
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    High Pressure Sodium lamps--interior or exterior?
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - mercury
    10 Maria Unruh
    Electrical Engineer
    Antella Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    United States
    RE: Lease Language Mandate for Fixture Flow Rate Thresholds
    in CS 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    19 Ruel Galve
    Executive Mechanical Engineer
    PT Meinhardt Indonesia
    Fri, Aug 28, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Medical gases
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - lead, cadmium and copper
    19 Susan Walter
    Specifications Director
    Populous
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014
    RE: Transportation emissions
    in EBOM 2009 EAc6: Emissions Reduction Reporting
    33 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    Does a "no drugs" sign satisfy the intent of this prerequisite?
    in Schools 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    7 Charles Stevenson
    Integrated EcoStrategy LLC
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    Clarification
    in CI-v4: Quality views
    1 Charles Gatins
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    copy paste
    in Retail-CI-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 manuel de jesus gonzalez duron
    civil engineer
    SYASA
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014
    RE: Fundamental Refrigerant Management: Leed v4- Campus Credit
    in EBOM-v4: Fundamental refrigerant management
    2 Ante Vulin
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014
    RE: SS 4.3
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles
    2 Susan Walter
    Specifications Director
    Populous
    Wed, Jun 11, 2014
    RE: Landscape Architect Statement template
    in ND-v2009: Tree-lined and shaded streets
    2 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Tue, Jun 10, 2014
    Prefered Parking Requirement
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - parking capacity
    1 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Tue, Jun 10, 2014
    Hot Humid, Multi Family Compliance
    in Mid-Rise v4: Ventilation
    1 Jason Biondi
    Managing Director
    Energy Cost Solutions Group
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014
    RE: Case study for preliminary analysis
    in CS v4: Integrative process
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jun 6, 2014
    RE: EQc3, EQc5 and filtration requirements
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    19 Matthew Martin
    Assistant Site Superintendent
    QBS, Inc.
    Thu, Jun 5, 2014
    Option1 Electric Vehicle Charging vs. Option2 Liquid/Gas/Battery
    in NC-2009: Green vehicles
    14 Maggie Pipek
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    RE: SSc8 and EAc1 Disconnect?
    in Schools 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    41 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jun 3, 2014
    Commissioning with Volume Build Projects
    in Retail-CI-v4: Fundamental commissioning and verification
    1 Robin Dukelow, LEED AP BD+C
    Sustainability Consultant; Project Manager
    Henderson Engineers, Inc.; Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014
    Utility Trenches OK Beyond Boundary?
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    1 Larry Turbes
    Architect
    TKDA
    Thu, May 29, 2014
    LEED Boaundary and Utility Connections
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    1 Larry Turbes
    Architect
    TKDA
    Wed, May 28, 2014
    RE: Low Emitting Materials - French Legislation Class A+
    in Retail-NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    7 Ian McCall
    Environmental Engineer
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Mon, May 26, 2014
    RE: Do school buses contribute to the Option 2 rate
    in Schools-EBOM-v4: Alternative transportation
    3 R. Ted Krasnesky
    Manager of Sustainable Construction
    Pepper Construction Company
    Fri, May 23, 2014
    RE: Certified LEED CI project going for EBOM
    in EBOM 2009 SSc1: LEED Certified Design and Construction
    37 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Thu, May 22, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    LEED 2012 Points—or, How we’ll eventually get points - by Emily Catacchio
    Mon, Aug 13, 2012
    RE: Re: Vertical Garden and credits SS 5.1 & 7?
    in Vertical Garden and credits SS 5.1 & 7?
    2 Luis Miguel Diazgranados
    Green Factory
    Mon, Feb 7, 2011
    Tobie, yes, you'll need to
    in Version 2 Commerical Interiors - Credits under Energy & Atmosphere
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Feb 3, 2011
    New LEED CI Project information form
    in LEED CI in existing commercial space with expansion
    1 Susann Geithner
    Global Sustainability Manager
    Predictive Service
    Thu, Feb 3, 2011
    RE: Focus of Webinar
    in USGBC offers IEQp1 webinar: Common pitfalls and how to avoid them
    2 Julia Feder
    Director, Educational Technology
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Tue, Feb 1, 2011
    Time to finish that LEED-NC v2.1 project, or upgrade - sunset date is coming - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Jan 31, 2011
    How will points for LEED 2012 credits be weighted? - by Tristan Roberts
    Thu, Jan 27, 2011
    More EBOM addenda highlights
    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014
    RE: CMP renewal
    in CE Credits
    2 Lu Anne Nielsen
    Office Administrator
    The Weitz Company
    Tue, Jan 25, 2011
    RE: LEED Online agreement
    in LEED User Registration Agreement - Jan. 2011 version 3
    2 John Ida
    President
    Urban Works, Inc.
    Fri, Jan 21, 2011
    see the FAQ
    in LEEDuser Templates
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jan 21, 2011
    LEED selection thread
    in NC or LEED for Homes
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 13, 2011
    forms or templates
    in LEED worksheet
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jan 11, 2011
    saving LOv3 forms
    in Understanding saving features on the LEED forms
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jan 11, 2011
    combined submission
    in Design Credit Submission during Construction Phase Submission?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jan 7, 2011
    RE: Plaster coatings under SCAQMD
    in is polished/venetian plaster exempt from LEED VOC categories?
    2 Dave Low
    Fri, Jan 7, 2011
    RE: IDc1
    in Unit Mock-up
    2 Melanie Harris
    Project Manager
    HOK
    Fri, Jan 7, 2011
    post within comment thread
    in Previously Developed Sites
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 6, 2011
    registering the project
    in LEED AP
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 6, 2011
    post to EAp2
    in Servers Now Included for Equipment and Appliances
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 5, 2011
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    school playgrounds
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    21 Mike Halcom
    Principal
    Halcom Consulting LLC
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    RE: LEED Baundary Campus - parking lot
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    212 Anya Fiechtl
    ARCHITECT, LEED AP BD+C
    High Plains Architects
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    FTE calculations and bicycle parking
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    264 Nicholas Klever
    Intern Architect
    Bailey Edward Architecture
    Thu, Oct 16, 2014
    United States
    Core and Shell project with public bike scheme adjacent
    in CS v4: Access to quality transit
    1 Sean Hogan
    LEED AP
    RKD Architects
    Thu, Oct 16, 2014
    Ireland
    Vista Users Out of Luck
    in Living with LEED Online - quirks, bugs and hiccups
    137 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    United States
    24 Hour Retail
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Light pollution reduction
    1 Daniel Zaneto
    MMA Architects
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    Minimum Protected area
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    240 Roberto Meza
    Sustainable Building Consultant
    SPHERA Sustainable Building Consultants
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    Costa Rica
    RE: VRF with DOAS inyecting air into common return plenum
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    339 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    RE: Pilot Credit Closed
    in Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response
    34 Batya Metalitz
    Technical Director, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    No new parking
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    40 Amanda L
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    United States
    RE: Combining Option 1 and Option 2
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    133 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    School with unusually large amount of artificial turf
    in Schools 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    15 Helen Kessler
    President
    HJKessler Associates
    Sun, Oct 12, 2014
    United States
    RPc Threshold Questions
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    42 INviro Design
    INviro Design & Consulting
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    How many people per control
    in CI 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    29 Matthew Catterall
    Cotera+Reed Architects
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Confusion over tile
    in Schools IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    29 Crista Shopis
    Senior Engineer, LEED AP
    Taitem Engineering
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Recycled cork can contribute to achieve MRc6?
    in NC 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    50 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Portugal
    #45 - Innovation or Pilot Credit
    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    17 Alicja Bieszyńska
    Skanska
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014
    RE: MR Project boundary in multi story building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    6 Charles Nepps
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014
    RE: Certifying a single Building within a Complex - energy metering
    in EBOM 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance
    121 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014
    RE: VRF with DOAS inyecting air into common return plenum
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    339 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Oct 8, 2014
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    Sensors calibration during the performace period
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.1: Performance Measurement—Building Automation System
    36 Agata Mozer
    GO4IT SP Z OO SP K
    Wed, Mar 18, 2015
    2015-03-18 10:56 Poland
    HVAC System 8 Baseline
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    963 CINDY CHAI
    ESD SENIOR ENGINEER
    KAER SDN BHD
    Wed, Mar 18, 2015
    2015-03-18 10:53 Malaysia
    Car wash bay
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    667 Marni Punt
    Associate
    Aurecon
    Wed, Mar 18, 2015
    2015-03-18 10:36 South Africa
    Point Structure For MRc5
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    305 Robert Sherlock
    Western Industrial Contractors Ltd
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    2015-03-17 18:02 Canada
    No nontradable Surfaces
    in CS 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    165 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    2015-03-17 16:41 United States
    Use of LPD Calculation Template
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    599 ÅF Lighting
    ÅF Infrastructure
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    2015-03-17 12:35 Sweden
    Shipping Room
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    187 Omar ElRawy
    Building Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    EA Building Consultants
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    2015-03-17 11:44 Egypt
    Material and Resource Calculator
    in CI 2009 MRc3.2: Materials Reuse—Furniture and Furnishings
    59 Patrick Blees
    CMA
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    2015-03-17 11:37 United States
    Cleaning Requirements for bathroom demo
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    24 Megan Bove
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    2015-03-17 08:43 United States
    Low Mercury Lamps
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    52 Sara Greenwood
    Green Building Consultant
    Cadmus Group
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015
    2015-03-16 15:05 United States
    Access Point to an Active Freight Rail Line
    in Warehouses-NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    1 Jonathan Payne
    Sustainability Analyst
    Liberty Property Trust
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015
    2015-03-16 13:24 United States
    Energy Modelling Issues
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,031 Cindy Estrada
    LEED AP BD&C
    SDS Architects, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015
    2015-03-16 12:36 United States
    LEED ND with Buildings Under Construction
    in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Forum
    186 Philippa Cameron
    Architect
    CH2M
    Mon, Mar 16, 2015
    2015-03-16 05:32 Qatar
    Interstitial or Interior Blinds
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,204 Sandra Lester
    CEO
    Affecting Change Inc.
    Sat, Mar 14, 2015
    2015-03-14 10:38 Canada
    Does Revit daylight analysis satisfy CaGBC for IEQc8.1
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    669 ben chouinard
    Fri, Mar 13, 2015
    2015-03-13 18:06 Canada
    DES for school campus
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    963 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Fri, Mar 13, 2015
    2015-03-13 04:37 China
    Costs of LEED NC v LEED EBOM
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    79 Adi Negara, LEED AP BD+C
    Green Building Facilitator
    PT. Indonesia Environment Consultant
    Fri, Mar 13, 2015
    2015-03-13 03:49 Indonesia
    Regularly Occupied Space
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    8 Saul Pichardo, AIA
    Principal/Director
    AOB
    Thu, Mar 12, 2015
    2015-03-12 20:48 United States
    Atypical Fixture on a Floor with 0 FTE
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    273 Alexis Thompson
    Sustainability Specialist
    Sellen Construction Company
    Thu, Mar 12, 2015
    2015-03-12 18:56 United States
    Sharing my BD+C exam tips!
    in Why I’m About to Fail the New, Harder LEED v4 AP Exam
    7 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 12, 2015
    2015-03-12 16:34 United States

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