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  • LEED-NC: New Construction v2009,
  • LEED-CS: Core and Shell v2009,
  • LEED-CI: Commercial Interiors v2009,
  • LEED-Schools v2009,
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Open passage to copy room
    in NC v2.2 EQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    92 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Sat, Aug 30, 2014
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Exclude existing parking with certification of building addition
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    20 Crissy Tsai
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Webcor Builders
    Mon, Feb 24, 2014
    RE: NC v3 Hotel occupancy counts
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    58 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager, SS TAG member
    GBD Architects
    Fri, Feb 21, 2014
    RE: Existing constructions and non infiltration water tanks
    in ND-v2009: Rainwater management
    4 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Fri, Feb 21, 2014
    RE: IDp1 Health Mission Statement
    in Healthcare-v2009: Integrated project planning and design
    2 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Fri, Feb 21, 2014
    RE: Calculating Walking Distances
    in ND-v2009: Locations with reduced automobile dependence
    18 Vita Shklovsky
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    RE: Number of cycles
    in EBOM-v4: Cooling tower water use
    4 Batya Metalitz
    Manager, LEED Technical Development
    USGBC
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    Included Furniture
    in Schools IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Furniture and Furnishings
    13 Johannes Gellrich
    Wed, Feb 19, 2014
    RE: Nature Trail
    in Healthcare-v2009: Connection to the natural world - places of respite
    14 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Feb 18, 2014
    RE: Rebar - Offsite Scrap Recycling
    in CS 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    62 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Mon, Feb 17, 2014
    RE: Possible Exemption?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.3: IAQ Best Management Practices—Increased Ventilation
    10 Hannah Bronfman
    Sustainability Consultant
    YR&G
    Mon, Feb 17, 2014
    RE: Occupancy Sensors may be replaced
    in CI 2009 EAc1.2: Optimize Energy Performance—Lighting Controls
    68 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Fri, Feb 14, 2014
    controllability of system
    in CI 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    28 Yaser Al Sharif
    Thu, Feb 13, 2014
    RE: Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    63 Esmeralda Ward
    osborn architects
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014
    RE: a LEED-NC V2.2 three-story mixed use building
    in NC v2.2 EQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    54 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014
    Renovate an old school
    in Schools-EBOM-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    1 Davide Filippi
    Wed, Feb 12, 2014
    RE: Accounting for unisex restrooms
    in NC v2.2 WEc3.1–3.2: Water Use Reduction
    73 Ruben Porter
    Tue, Feb 11, 2014
    RE: Minimum Floors Requirement for EB:OM v4 Existing Building
    in EBOM-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    3 Davide Filippi
    Tue, Feb 11, 2014
    RE: What is an "Existing Buiding" for EB:OM?
    in EBOM-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    5 Davide Filippi
    Tue, Feb 11, 2014
    RE: Commercial buildings?
    in EBOM-v4: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
    3 Jonathan Miller
    Mon, Feb 10, 2014
    RE: Concrete wash-out water
    in CI 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    64 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Sun, Feb 9, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: LEED-NC
    in Advice for buildings to be constructed in phases
    2 Dean Barone
    President
    Barone International
    Mon, Aug 16, 2010
    LEED validity for D&C systems
    in LEED Certification validity period
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 16, 2010
    RE: contact GBCI
    in Change the registration information
    2 Fabio Frescia
    Sustainable Engineer
    Tue, Aug 10, 2010
    EAc1 forum
    in ASHRAE 2004 - versus ASHRAE 2007 - 90.1 Standard
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 10, 2010
    RE: Re: Additional Building Added in Middle of Project
    in Additional Building Added in Middle of Project
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 10, 2010
    RE: kitchen facilities and LEED rating system selection
    in Definition of Residential
    2 Larry Jones
    Associate
    Atelier Ten
    Fri, Aug 6, 2010
    LEED-CI credits on a LEED-EBOM project
    in Combined LEED EBO&M with LEED ID+C
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Aug 6, 2010
    Paperless Submittals - by Bruce Maine
    Thu, Aug 5, 2010
    tenant scope
    in Which area applies to a CI certification, especially according to shared (non-rented) areas
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 5, 2010
    RE: LEED Reference Guide
    in Reference Guide
    2 Paul C
    Tue, Aug 3, 2010
    upgrading to LEED 2012 and fees
    in Project Registration
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 3, 2010
    Hopefully eliminating the CBs will raise the quality of reviews
    in Clarification overkill
    1 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 2, 2010
    RE: RE: residential high rise: leed rating system selection
    in residential high rise: leed rating system selection
    4 stefano sani
    Fri, Jul 30, 2010
    a good thing but not a LEED thing
    in Possible points for reducing project scope?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 29, 2010
    RE: KEMA Services
    in Recommendations for companies that perform ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit around the Sacramento area?
    2 Andy Rhoades
    Partner
    Leading Edge Consulting
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    RE: good question
    in credit stats
    2 Natesan Seshagiri
    Architect
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    EBOM changes explored in more depth
    in July 2010 LEED Addenda Published by USGBC
    17 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    RE: Construction phase
    in Changes after Design Submittal
    2 Scott Bowman
    Owner - Building Sage
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    RE: Manufactured Offices?
    in ASHRAE 90.1- 2.3
    2 Jun Hashimoto
    RLA, LEED-AP
    Mon, Jul 26, 2010
    RE: Length of construction project
    in EBOM or NC? When is it too late to utilize the NC rating system?
    2 Thomas Boyd
    MEP Construction Manager
    Tonn and Blank Construction, LLC
    Sat, Jul 24, 2010
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    HVAC Zone deffinition
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.3: Occupant Comfort—Thermal Comfort Monitoring
    87 25 David Grosdeck
    Property Manager
    Cassidy Turley
    Tue, Sep 14, 2010
    RE: Documented benefits as a result of LEED for Existing Buildings
    in LEED-EBOM: Eight Steps to Success
    87 31 mike w lackey, pe
    principal
    lackey de carvajal cx
    Wed, Aug 4, 2010
    RE: Ongoing Commissioning Overlap with New Building Commissioning
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    87 29 Pierce Holstrom
    Director of Engineering
    Environmental Building Strategies
    Wed, Aug 11, 2010
    RE: Precast concrete for LEED
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    87 148 Frances Yang
    Mon, Dec 5, 2011
    RE: No smoking policy in urban area and the 25' rule.
    in NC v2.2 EQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    87 54 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 26, 2010
    Sampling Procedure Clarification Needed
    in NC v2.2 EQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    87 54 John Hollingsworth
    Home Energy Consultant
    Carolina Home Energy LLC
    Fri, Oct 22, 2010
    Conductivity Meter and Auto Controls/No chemical management
    in EBOM 2009 WEc4: Cooling Tower Water Management
    87 61 John Ida
    President
    Urban Works, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 10, 2010
    Existing AHU serves more than the LEED tenant space- what to do?
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    87 79 Kathy Buck
    Senior Project Manager
    Neumann/Smith Architecture
    Thu, Aug 5, 2010
    Total credits by ex exemplary performance
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    87 47 Xavi B
    Sun, Sep 26, 2010
    RE: Permanent entryway system in underground garage?
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    87 85 Allison Beer McKenzie
    Architect, Director of Sustainability
    SHP Leading Design
    Mon, Jan 24, 2011
    RE: other providers
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    87 57 Heather DeGrella
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Opsis Architecture
    Mon, Oct 7, 2013
    RE: Environmentally friendly deicing products
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    87 101 Kathleen Seus
    Director, Green Purchasing
    Delta Institute
    Wed, Dec 29, 2010
    LEED for Schools - Bike Lane Req. (Sorry for Cross Posting)
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    87 199 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Thu, Nov 3, 2011
    RE: 100% WATER CONSUMPTION FROM TREATED HARVESTED RAIN WATER
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    86 51 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    Residental AND Commercial
    in Project Information form
    86 45 Deborah Spira
    Mon, Sep 13, 2010
    RE: Demolition of topping slab & SF of interior structural walls
    in NC v2.2 MRc1.1–1.2: Building Reuse
    86 24 Michael Miller
    Project Architect
    Wed, Nov 24, 2010
    RE: Precast concrete for LEED
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    86 148 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Dec 5, 2011
    RE: Water in Concrete
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    86 148 Brian Lutey
    VP of Green Building
    Ozinga RMC Inc
    Mon, May 21, 2012
    RE: Off-site sorting and land clearing debris
    in CS 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    86 62 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 28, 2010
    Exemplary Performance in Stage 1
    in LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Forum
    86 179 Daniel Costantino
    Urban Planner, LEED AP ND
    Ecology & Environment, Inc.
    Wed, Feb 1, 2012
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Well Said - Not All PVCs are Equal - Good Decisions are Required
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    11 Louise Schlatter
    Architect
    SSOE Group
    Mon, Sep 23, 2013
    LEEDuser template updated
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    101 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 17, 2013
    Remediating to "residential (unrestricted) use"
    in Healthcare-v2009: Environmental site assessment
    6 Kathy Wislocky
    Project Manager
    Isgenuity LLC
    Thu, Sep 12, 2013
    Core performance path
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,069 Jatuwat Varodompun
    Dr
    Green Building Soultion
    Sat, Sep 7, 2013
    LEED Scorecard Forms
    in Scorecard
    6 Clara Simon
    Sustainability Manager
    University of Washington - Capital Projects Office
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    BREEAM and LEED
    in BREEAM Equivalency for LEED Projects
    1 Emily Rhee
    Fri, Sep 6, 2013
    Australian equivalent of fuel-efficient vehicles
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    341 Mary Haw
    Senior ESD Consultant
    Cundall
    Wed, Sep 4, 2013
    Minimum IAQ Requirement: Ashrae 62.1 vs. Ashrae 170
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    129 Daniel Joseph
    GLHOMES
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    Pressure and flow rates
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    590 MM K
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    Flush out in tropical climate region (Climate Zone 1)
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    247 Adi Negara, LEED AP BD+C
    Green Building Facilitator
    PT. Indonesia Environment Consultant
    Thu, Aug 29, 2013
    EAp2 Sample L4 Narrative
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    817 Thomas Newbold
    Wed, Aug 21, 2013
    Plenum Zones
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,069 Rosana Correa
    Director
    Casa do Futuro
    Mon, Aug 19, 2013
    What requirements apply?
    in Pilot Credit 66: Community Contaminant Prevention—Airborne Releases
    9 Patrick Salmon
    EIT, LEED AP BD+C
    Highland Associates
    Thu, Aug 15, 2013
    What was your LEED deliverable after the site assessment?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Environmental site assessment
    6 Jill DeMarotta
    Interior Designer
    Gresham Smith and Partners
    Tue, Aug 13, 2013
    Streamlined Signatures
    in Required Signatories in LEED Online Forms
    66 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Mon, Aug 12, 2013
    Future changes to AHUs
    in CI 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    29 Catalina Caballero
    Sustainability Coordinator
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Thu, Aug 8, 2013
    I am also an independent LEED
    in New USGBC Membership Fee Structure
    59 Brad Miller
    Principal
    Environnmental Concepts Company
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013
    Percent Annual HVAC Energy Cost Reduction
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    317 Catalina Caballero
    Sustainability Coordinator
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013
    ASHARAE 90.1 HVAC terminolgy
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Minimum energy performance
    8 FABIO VIERO
    Head of Sustainability
    Manens-Tifs s.p.a.
    Thu, Aug 1, 2013
    Industrial Flooring - Concrete Waterproofing / Sealer
    in Healthcare-v2009: Low-emitting materials
    43 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Fri, Jul 26, 2013

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