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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Zero lot line projects
    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    22 Theresa Backhus
    Sites Technical Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: Reporting and metering frequency
    in NC-v4: Water metering
    2 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Coordinator
    YR&G
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: VOC Budget - Shortcut?
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    95 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    VOC Budget shortcut?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    489 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    RE: Performance Metric for Powered Equipment
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    125 Lucy Williams
    Principal
    Lucy C. Williams, Architect
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: calculating shipping costs for multiple items
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    540 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: Office building with underground parking
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    471 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    IAQ Procedure - Contaminants tested
    in NC-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    2 Faun Carlson
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    RE: LPDs on LEED ONline Form
    in CS 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    155 Amanda Johnson
    Penicaud Green Building
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    France
    EA advanced Energy metering credit (LEED v4)
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    5 Angelina Ten
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Kazakhstan
    RE: Portable Air Conditioning.
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    355 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Changing out fixture trim after the performance period
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    53 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: DES system in a extremely hot and humid climate.
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    65 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: water retention agent
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    386 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: M&V Option 3 for Building Additions
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    206 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Zero lot line projects
    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    22 Theresa Backhus
    Sites Technical Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: Reporting and metering frequency
    in NC-v4: Water metering
    2 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Coordinator
    YR&G
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: VOC Budget - Shortcut?
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    95 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    VOC Budget shortcut?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    489 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    RE: Performance Metric for Powered Equipment
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    125 Lucy Williams
    Principal
    Lucy C. Williams, Architect
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: calculating shipping costs for multiple items
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    540 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: Office building with underground parking
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    471 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    IAQ Procedure - Contaminants tested
    in NC-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    2 Faun Carlson
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    RE: LPDs on LEED ONline Form
    in CS 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    155 Amanda Johnson
    Penicaud Green Building
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    France
    EA advanced Energy metering credit (LEED v4)
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    5 Angelina Ten
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Kazakhstan
    RE: Portable Air Conditioning.
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    355 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Changing out fixture trim after the performance period
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    53 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: water retention agent
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    386 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: M&V Option 3 for Building Additions
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    206 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Library and Laboratory Weighting Factors
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    67 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M
    YR&G
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Comments on Stair Distance Requirements
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    54 Lee Altman
    NYC Department of Design and Construction
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Kitchen Exhaust ?
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    887 Michelle Robinson
    Re:Vision Architecture
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Yet another exhaust question
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,160 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: Clarification on Solar Hot Water system eligibility
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    206 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Existing Central Plant serving new building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,775 Mital Patel
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    LEED for Existing Multifamily Unveiled for Comment - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    RE: DES system in a extremely hot and humid climate.
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    65 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    RE: VERTICALLY ATTACHED BUILDINGS
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    521 Vincent Dupuy
    Eng., PA LEED BD+C
    Cofely Services - GDF Suez
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    RE: Does CI fit into BD+C?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    668 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    Leeds case study
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    184 Rudrabir Ghanti
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    India
    RE: Feedback on the LEED 2009 ACPs for Projects Outside the U.S.
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    169 Eric Johnson
    Principal Sustainability Project and Cost Manager
    Green Future Now
    Fri, Apr 10, 2015
    RE: Parking garage exhaust air rate - LEED CS v3
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    35 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Fri, Apr 10, 2015
    RE: OPR for LEED ND
    in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Forum
    186 Casey Studhalter
    Project Manager, LEED
    USGBC
    Wed, Apr 1, 2015
    Reopening one path of LEED-CI SSc1.2 in Construction Review
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    658 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Fri, Mar 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Innovation Award
    in Announcing the LEEDuser Innovation Award
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 26, 2015
    Credit Complance/Justification in Spanish
    in Spain
    1 Peter Gibney
    Construction & Sustainability Manager / Leed AP
    Bovis
    Wed, Mar 25, 2015
    Spain
    RE: Forms Update
    in LEED 2009 Projects Getting Upgraded to New LEED Online
    24 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Fri, Mar 20, 2015
    RE: Energy And Water Data Release Form
    in MPR 6 - Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    48 Karen Joslin
    principal
    Joslin Consulting
    Thu, Mar 19, 2015
    RE: appeal on MRc7
    in Review Appeal
    34 jorge calderon
    earth lab
    Tue, Mar 17, 2015
    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
    RE: educational/office building project
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    31 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Mon, Mar 2, 2015
    RE: LEED v4 CIR
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    58 Neshat Sakeena
    Sustainability Consultant
    Ramboll ME
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    Parking Area Clarification
    in LEED Certifications for Parking Garages No Longer Allowed
    14 Kristy O'Hagan
    Project Manager
    Vidaris
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    United States
    RE: LEED V4 Canada, paint Questions
    in LEED Canada Forum
    44 David Rekker
    Project Principal
    MMM Group Ltd.
    Tue, Feb 24, 2015
    RE: design vs construction credits
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    11 Raymond Salfiti
    Managing Director
    G
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    VOC Budget shortcut?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    489 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    VOC Budget shortcut?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    489 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    IAQ Procedure - Contaminants tested
    in NC-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    2 Faun Carlson
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    United States
    EA advanced Energy metering credit (LEED v4)
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    5 Angelina Ten
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Kazakhstan
    Existing Central Plant serving new building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,775 Mital Patel
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Open space definition
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    174 sompoche sirichote
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    Pakistan
    Occupant Survey
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.1: Occupant Comfort—Occupant Survey
    56 Teresa Farmer
    Director of Sustainability and Training
    Kelsan Inc
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    FSC Wood COC
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    433 Andy Prestridge
    Project Engineer
    R & O Construction Co.
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    United States
    Does restaurant dishwashers qualify as waste water?
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    117 Kristopher Lashley
    INVIRO Engineered Systems Ltd.
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    Canada
    LEED PC 66 Community Contaminant Prevention
    in Pilot Credit 66: Community Contaminant Prevention—Airborne Releases
    13 Amanda Brathwaite
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    CSR- GRI Report
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    27 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    Fueling Capacity - multiple stations
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    376 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED Green Associate
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    United States
    outdoor air flow monitoring location
    in CS 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    57 Lily Li
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    United States
    Cut Sheets for re-used Furniture?
    in CI 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    98 Katie Peterschmidt
    Associate Director, CORE Steward
    Cooper Carry
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    Terraces
    in CS 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    40 MM K
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    Leeds case study
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    184 Rudrabir Ghanti
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    India
    FSC Wood COC
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    433 Andy Prestridge
    Project Engineer
    R & O Construction Co.
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    United States
    Leeds case study
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    184 Rudrabir Ghanti
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    India
    Prescriptive compliance
    in CI-v4: Optimize energy performance
    2 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Wed, Apr 15, 2015
    Singapore
    Original LEED AP laid off just before Construction Review
    in NC 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    49 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Tue, Apr 14, 2015
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    VOC Budget shortcut?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    489 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    2015-04-21 12:37 United States
    Anti-Rust vs flat primer
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    489 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    2015-04-21 12:29 United States
    IAQ Procedure - Contaminants tested
    in NC-2009: Indoor air quality procedure - alternative compliance path
    2 Faun Carlson
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    2015-04-21 10:46 United States
    LPDs on LEED ONline Form
    in CS 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    155 Amanda Johnson
    Penicaud Green Building
    Tue, Apr 21, 2015
    2015-04-21 05:20 France
    EA advanced Energy metering credit (LEED v4)
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    5 Angelina Ten
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 23:41 Kazakhstan
    calculating shipping costs for multiple items
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    540 Amy Blizzard
    LEED Engineer
    Paramount Builders
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 17:44 Samoa
    Existing Central Plant serving new building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,775 Mital Patel
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 17:39 United States
    M&V Option 3 for Building Additions
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    206 Mark Zoeteman
    Sr. Mech Engr
    FTC&H, Inc.
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 14:24 United States
    VOC Budget - Shortcut?
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    95 Rick Farrell
    Architect & Design Consultant
    Woodwright Hardwood Floor Company
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 11:45 United States
    water retention agent
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    386 Renaud Gay
    Shanghai Pacific Energy Center
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 06:28 China
    Open space definition
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    174 sompoche sirichote
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 05:00 Pakistan
    Clarification on Solar Hot Water system eligibility
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    206 Sasha Peters
    Mon, Apr 20, 2015
    2015-04-20 03:56 United Arab Emirates
    recovered wood fiber
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    540 Michele Helou
    Principal
    Sage Design & Consulting
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    2015-04-17 15:56 United States
    Furniture - Piano and Ping Pong Table?
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    24 Lea McRoberts
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    2015-04-17 14:19 United States
    Tenants Obliged to Share Data with USGBC?
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    91 Ian McCall
    Environmental Engineer
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    2015-04-17 10:53 France
    FSC Wood COC
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    433 Andy Prestridge
    Project Engineer
    R & O Construction Co.
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    2015-04-17 10:40 United States
    Baseline heating set-point when no heating system exists
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,775 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015
    2015-04-17 07:00 Portugal
    Does restaurant dishwashers qualify as waste water?
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    117 Kristopher Lashley
    INVIRO Engineered Systems Ltd.
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    2015-04-16 17:15 Canada
    SSc8 Local Ordinance Requirements
    in Schools 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    62 Christopher Strunk
    P.E.
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    2015-04-16 16:28 United States
    Open Floor Plan with different Tvis Values
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    667 Marisa Picard
    Thu, Apr 16, 2015
    2015-04-16 13:31 United States

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