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    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    Singapore
    RE: Using Chilled Water Pump similar to ASHRAE 90.1
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,688 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
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    RE: Post- industrial Recycled content in Ceramic Tiles
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    618 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: High Rise Residential with mixed mode ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    50 Nancy Henderson
    Managing Partner
    ArchEcology
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    United States
    RE: ULEF documentation and LEED Online form
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    55 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    United States
    RE: A material with zero VOC content
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    508 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: ULEF documentation and LEED Online form
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    221 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    United States
    Does base building performance now impact CI performance?
    in CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    10 Kristopher Baker
    Syska Hennessy
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: n/a
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    46 Lourdes Salinas
    THREE Consultoría Medioambiental
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Construction and Demolition Waste Management - Credit Calculator
    in CI-v4: Construction and demolition waste management
    3 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Heat Island Reduction
    in EBOM-v4: Heat island reduction
    8 Samantha Longshore
    Sustainability Advisor
    Transwestern
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Normalizaiton
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    47 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Construction review unable to fill out and save the new infor
    in LEED Online Status Updates
    59 Ian McCall
    Environmental Engineer
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    France
    RE: Excellent Modeling Guide
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    130 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Typical items types for typical office
    in NC 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    54 Yusuf Turab
    Managing Director
    Y T Enterprises
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: CSI MasterFormat necessary in Europe
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    340 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    RE: WELL credits and LEED Innovation points
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    4 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    RE: RE: LI#10397
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    296 Joe Manganelli
    designer/researcher
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    United States
    RE: SSc4.1
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    282 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Occupancy Count for Residential
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    463 GreenShape Expert
    Employee
    Consulting Firm
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    United States
    RE: Definition of vegetated open space area
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    191 Cindy Estrada
    LEED AP BD&C
    SDS Architects, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Managing rainwater in clay soil with low permeability
    in CS v4: Rainwater management
    4 Maria Glädt
    White Arkitekter AB
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Sweden
    RE: Interesting Pilot Credit
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    129 Mandy Bordeaux
    Architect
    MSKTD
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    RE: EAc5 v2009 putting together M&V at the end of the project
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    247 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    RE: >75% M&V Template Requirement
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    115 Martin Meehan
    Principal
    Meehan Associates
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    Ireland
    RE: Mandatory 18% energy saving after April 2016
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,297 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    RE: 75% steel/concrete threshold
    in Healthcare-v2009: Sustainably sourced materials and products
    74 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    United States
    RE: Energy Star equipment
    in CI 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    542 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    RE: automated blinds at option 2 - greater than 3,000 lux
    in NC-v4: Daylight
    50 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    160815 FLUSH-OUT - LEED V4 IAQ ASSESSMENT PRACTICE EXAM QUESTION
    in CS v4: Tenant design and construction guidelines
    2 P Beulah
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    RE: 100% Owned
    in CI 2009 MRc1.1: Tenant Space—Long-Term Commitment
    44 William Weaver
    LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    JLL
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    RE: EQ P2 Option A - Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    116 Vanessa W.
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    Canada
    RE: Certifying a light rail station
    in NC-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    7 Ray Nolasco
    LEED AP BD+C
    MZ and Partners
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    cottages on poles on water
    in NC-v4: Must be in a permanent location on existing land
    14 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    Venezuela
    RE: Energy-related systems
    in NC-v4: Integrative process
    33 COWI AS
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    our discussion forums
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    217 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jan 19, 2016
    RE: Checklists
    in The Best UNLOCKED LEED 2009 credit checklists
    2 Dean Wilson
    Applicant Information
    Tue, Jan 19, 2016
    RE: Design Phase Submittals
    in Design Submital - 1batch only ?
    17 Bridget Brock
    Huitt-Zollars Morris
    Tue, Dec 22, 2015
    United States
    RE: LEED BD&C Healthcare vs. CI?
    in LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned
    9 Susan Walter
    Specifications Director
    Populous
    Fri, Dec 4, 2015
    LEED Pilot Credits on Resilient Design Now Available to Projects - by Alex Wilson
    Fri, Jan 15, 2016
    RE: Additional information
    in LEED-EBOM Platinum Project Shares Documentation with LEEDuser
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 27, 2015
    LEED V3 2009 SSc3- Asbestos contamination
    in Asbestos removal
    3 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    RE: Free Certification
    in First-in-Country Projects to Get Free LEED Certification
    7 Saud Abdul Rasheed
    Sustainability/Energy Engineer, CEM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Estidama PQP
    Mon, Nov 9, 2015
    RE: Correct spelling for Miranda
    in Congratulations 2015 LEED Fellows
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Oct 22, 2015
    RE: Full support
    in USGBC Plans to Make LEED 2009 Stricter on Energy
    2 Suzanne Painter-Supplee, LEED AP+ID&C
    VP, North American Sales
    Specifi, LLC
    Fri, Oct 23, 2015
    New Construction vs. Major Renovation
    in Major Renovation - Definition
    3 Curtis Clark
    Director of Sustainability Services
    GSBS Architects
    Tue, Oct 20, 2015
    RE: CARB and ECO-Certified
    in New Rules for Formaldehyde in IEQc4.4
    9 Nick _
    Architect, LEED AP
    Tue, Oct 20, 2015
    RE: Innovation Award
    in Announcing the LEEDuser Innovation Award
    4 Neil Rosen
    Director of Sustainable Development
    North Shore LIJ Health System
    Mon, Oct 12, 2015
    United States
    RE: Congrats Paula!
    in Why I’m About to Fail the New, Harder LEED v4 AP Exam
    10 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Mon, Sep 21, 2015
    RE: Do parking garages need to be included in the LEED project?
    in LEED Certifications for Parking Garages No Longer Allowed
    16 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Sep 16, 2015
    RE: LEED credit achievement
    in Credit Achievement Tally
    2 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional
    JLL
    Fri, Sep 4, 2015
    RE: Legacy LEED AP's
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    18 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Jul 2, 2015
    EBie Awards 2015 Finalists Announced by Urban Green - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, May 19, 2015
    RE: International Projects
    in LEED 2009 Registration Extended to October 2016
    138 Andrew Carman
    Sustainability Consultant
    Sebesta
    Thu, May 14, 2015
    MR - Ongoing Purchasing and Waste Policy - Food waste (compost)
    in LEED for Existing Multifamily Unveiled for Comment
    1 Julien Lafond
    Altanova, LLC
    Thu, Aug 27, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    MRpc69 Attainable in the New Construction Project
    in NC-2009: Construction and demolition waste management
    14 Vanessa Cardona
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 3, 2016
    United States
    Commissioning of DATA Centers
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    1 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Aug 3, 2016
    Russian Federation
    RE: Multiple Street Frontages
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    131 Jeffrey Binsley
    Designer
    Glave and Holmes Architecture
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    residence scenario emission test
    in Homes-v4: Low-emitting products
    1 Danielle McMahon
    Vermont Energy Investment Corp.
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    United States
    IEQ4.1 Aerosol Adhesives conversion
    in Schools IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    35 Kevin Taterus
    CCCA, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Harvard Jolly Architecture
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    United States
    Existing MultiFamily High Rise-Exclude Occupied Commerical Space
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    237 Laura Steinbrink
    Principal
    HLMS Sustainability Solutions
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    United States
    Green-E Equivalency
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    111 David Ellner
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    United States
    Non-LEED-Certifiable Buildings on Site
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    12 Krissy Buck
    Architect
    LRK, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    United States
    RE: WELL credits and LEED Innovation points
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    4 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    One building.
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    20 CT G
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    How to Draw line of sight for light fixtures
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    116 SaMI S
    Sun, Jul 31, 2016
    Qatar
    ISO versus ASHRAE Option
    in NC-v4: Thermal comfort
    14 Steven Burke
    Sustainability Manager
    SMMA
    Fri, Jul 29, 2016
    Disconnect within Pilot Credit Database
    in Pilot Credit 52: Environmentally Preferable Non-Structural Products and Materials—Prescriptive Attributes
    14 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Fri, Jul 29, 2016
    RE: Minimum of green area
    in NC-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    30 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 29, 2016
    Sliding Scale
    in NC-2009: Site development - protect or restore habitat - alternative compliance path
    6 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016
    RE: A material with zero VOC content
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    508 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016
    Open Plan office served by 4 AHUs
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    Singapore
    Basic resource with many uses...
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    1 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    Supermarket in a small neighbourhood
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    292 Heraldo Muñoz
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    Paraguay
    Reporting through Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    43 Claudia Galvis
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
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    LEED CI Modeling Question
    in Completing the LEED Online EAp2 Form – Option 1: Whole Building Energy Simulation
    55 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 11:42 United States
    Existing MultiFamily High Rise-Exclude Occupied Commerical Space
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    237 Laura Steinbrink
    Principal
    HLMS Sustainability Solutions
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
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    Commercial Interior; EAc1.3
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,688 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 06:42 Russian Federation
    n/a
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    46 Maria Rios
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 06:24 Spain
    Taking credit for DCV in car parks
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,688 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 04:50 Portugal
    Energy Star Related Product
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Minimum energy performance
    13 Wei Zeng
    APMJ Energy Technology(Shanghai) Co.,Ltd
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 04:12 China
    EAc1 points using DES Option 1 + A lot of Renewables
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,297 Reniel Barroso
    Engineering Manager
    Green Technologies FZCO
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 01:54 United Arab Emirates
    EAc1 Credits Using DES Option 1 + A lot of Renewables
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,688 Reniel Barroso
    Engineering Manager
    Green Technologies FZCO
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    2016-08-11 01:28 United Arab Emirates
    WELL Building Credits used for LEED ID Credit
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    35 Laura Steinbrink
    Principal
    HLMS Sustainability Solutions
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    2016-08-10 16:34 United States
    Food Service Equipment
    in Healthcare-v2009: Sustainably sourced materials and products
    74 Rachel Manoguerra
    Green Associate
    3QC, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    2016-08-10 12:39 United States
    Cooler and freezer storage
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    231 Mercè Llorca
    DEERNS, S.L.
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    2016-08-10 09:51 Spain
    EQ P2 Option A - Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    116 Vanessa W.
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    2016-08-10 09:36 Canada
    MR credit: Building Disclosure
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    63 Francisca Herrera
    Architect
    Idiem
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 18:18 Chile
    residential kitchen - spray nozzle
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    130 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 16:45 United States
    EAp2
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,688 sherif el adly
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 16:18 Saudi Arabia
    Sculpture Lighting
    in CI 2009 EAc1.1: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Power
    110 Kristopher Croghan
    Senior Associate
    OPX
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 15:47 United States
    "DES Energy Cost" Thread Follow-Up
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,297 Joseph Chappell
    Energy Engineer
    Design Engineers
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 15:47 United States
    Frequency of rides per day that have to be given by the shuttle
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    282 Jorge López de Obeso
    Architect / Environmental adviser
    EA Energia y Arquitectura
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 14:02 Mexico
    Multi-occupant Spaces Vs. Patients rooms
    in Healthcare-v2009: Controllability of systems - lighting
    10 VICTOR MORENO
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
    ISOLANA AHORRO ENERGÉTICO SL
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 11:36 Spain
    Multi-occupant Spaces Vs. Patients rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    351 VICTOR MORENO
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
    ISOLANA AHORRO ENERGÉTICO SL
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    2016-08-09 11:33 Spain

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