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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: NC-2009 SSc4.1 - Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    288 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: >75% M&V Template Requirement
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    126 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    31 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    (HERS) index score of at least 75
    in ND-v2009: Building energy efficiency
    13 mugahid khatib
    TexEnergy Solutions
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Canada
    RE: CI or NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    796 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: Calculating MRc4 - Recycable Material Credits
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    623 Richard Metts
    CPC, LEED AP BD+C
    Durotech, Inc.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    United States
    Water meters to each tenant area.
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    45 Ciaran McCabe
    METEC Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Trigeneration
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    139 Victoria Watson
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Solar PV Array Ownership
    in NC-v4: Renewable energy production
    6 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Lease Duration
    in CI 2009 MRc1.1: Tenant Space—Long-Term Commitment
    46 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: adjusted dailyuses for urinal when restroom without urinal exist
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    Principal
    Ecoworks Studio
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: SS Credit 8 Compliance
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    642 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Water metering
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    177 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: postponing a construction credit
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    834 Sara Curlee
    Project Architect
    BWBR
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: PVC Welding Cement
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    205 Leanne Conrad
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: NC-2009 SSc4.1 - Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    288 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: >75% M&V Template Requirement
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    126 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    31 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    (HERS) index score of at least 75
    in ND-v2009: Building energy efficiency
    13 mugahid khatib
    TexEnergy Solutions
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Canada
    RE: Calculating MRc4 - Recycable Material Credits
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    623 Richard Metts
    CPC, LEED AP BD+C
    Durotech, Inc.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    United States
    Water meters to each tenant area.
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    45 Ciaran McCabe
    METEC Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    Trigeneration
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    139 Victoria Watson
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Solar PV Array Ownership
    in NC-v4: Renewable energy production
    6 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Lease Duration
    in CI 2009 MRc1.1: Tenant Space—Long-Term Commitment
    46 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: adjusted dailyuses for urinal when restroom without urinal exist
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    Principal
    Ecoworks Studio
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: SS Credit 8 Compliance
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    642 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: Water metering
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    177 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: PVC Welding Cement
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    205 Leanne Conrad
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    noise and emissions controls
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    136 cathy keagle
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    RE: AGi32 -b sDA
    in NC-v4: Daylight
    53 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    Homes / Low Rise Multifamily
    in Homes-v4: Environmentally preferable products
    1 Mark Murphy
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: DOAS
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,047 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional
    JLL
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    appropriate zoning, solar exposure - apartment
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    442 Yuna Chen
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Energy Model DHW peak flow vs WEp1 peak flow
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    Dorm projects
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    123 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: CI or NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    796 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016
    RE: postponing a construction credit
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    834 Sara Curlee
    Project Architect
    BWBR
    Thu, Sep 29, 2016
    Congratulations 2016 LEED Fellows - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: v4 BD+C Licensed Professional Exemption
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    21 Eric Anderson
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016
    RE: LEED Green Associate Exam!!! Leedv4
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    72 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 6, 2016
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    15 Trevor Anderson
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates
    Fri, Sep 2, 2016
    RE: GBES Resources for WELL AP Exam
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    38 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP, WELL AP
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Mon, Aug 29, 2016
    United States
    RE: FIT Program vs LEED Points
    in LEED Canada Forum
    56 Fayoke Banjo
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    Canada
    RE: Energy Star compliant attic access doors
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    159 Brett Little
    Executive Director
    GreenHome Institute
    Tue, Aug 2, 2016
    RE: *sensationalism alert*!
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    12 joel longstreth
    Marketing Manager
    brentwood plastics
    Mon, Aug 1, 2016
    RE: Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    572 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Jul 28, 2016
    RE: sunset date for projects registered under LEEDv3
    in Time to finish that LEED-NC v2.1 project, or upgrade - sunset date is coming
    2 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    n/a
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    12 robert lohr
    Sr. Director of Construction
    DSW, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Core & Shell Warehouses in LEED v4 - by Michelle Rosenberger
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Selection of Leed certification
    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    7 B B
    Mon, Jul 18, 2016
    Trinidad and Tobago
    RE: Deadline for Construction Review
    in Deadline to Submit Construction Submittal - LEED NC (LEED for Schools)
    5 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Sun, Jul 10, 2016
    ECp2 and c1 - Location of this Addendum?
    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
    2 Michelle Bracewell-Musson
    Owner, LEED AP
    Green Expectations Sustainability Solutions
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: design vs construction credits
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    16 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
    RE: DES Rates
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    73 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016
    RE: parking demand vs 1000sf or vs employees
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    37 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    WEpc10
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    62 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Fri, Apr 26, 2013
    RE: Office CS without housekeeping storage room
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    115 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Fri, Apr 26, 2013
    RE: Unisex Toilet
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    765 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Thu, Apr 25, 2013
    RE: Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    572 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Wed, Apr 24, 2013
    WEpc10
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    62 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Tue, Apr 23, 2013
    Energy Star Portfolio Manager
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    516 Pablo Fortunato Suarez
    Principal ESD Consultant/Architect
    GreenArc Sustainable Building & Architecture
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    How is an area/square footage assigned to a tree?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Tricia Loe
    Sustainable Concepts
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    United States
    RE: Appendix G Oversizing
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    323 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    RE: What defines complex occupancy?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    290 Jeannie Rueter
    Green Building Analyst
    Ausonio Incorporated
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    United States
    note about this forum
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Apr 16, 2013
    Never Have Cooling Towers
    in Pilot Credit 17: Cooling Tower Water Use
    28 Janice Rogers
    Design Manager/LEED Manager
    Kirlin Builders
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    United States
    RE: Lack of PPM data plus suggestions for improvement
    in Pilot Credit 66: Community Contaminant Prevention—Airborne Releases
    22 Francis Chua
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Project Architect at NK Architects
    Fri, Apr 12, 2013
    New USGBC searchable database..
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    RE: Calculating unobstructed operable window area of top hung window
    in NC v2.2 EQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    67 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    How is an area/square footage assigned to a tree?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Tricia Loe
    Sustainable Concepts
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    United States
    RE: Resample Air Quality Test
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    153 Russ Pellegrino
    Technical Director
    Centek Laboratories, LLC
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    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
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013
    note about this forum
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    RE: What defines complex occupancy?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    290 Jeannie Rueter
    Green Building Analyst
    Ausonio Incorporated
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    United States
    RE: CI or NC?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    796 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Sun, Apr 7, 2013
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Post Locationsort icon
    Is there any Credit Language for this
    in Schools-2009: Social equity within the project team
    2 Vada Kornegay
    Principal
    JiL Architects & Technologists
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 17:49 United States
    ETS During Construction
    in NC-v4: Environmental tobacco smoke control
    5 Laurie Winter
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 17:17 Canada
    Insulation - option 2 budget calculation method
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    205 CAROLINE PIN
    In charge of environmental certification on a jobsite
    EIFFAGE CONSTRUCTION
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 13:20 France
    UV Lacquer
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    547 Susan Coy
    LEED Administrator
    GMB Architecture + Engineering
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-16 12:26 United States
    VAV Fan control for baseline system 6
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    2014-12-17 00:37 Thailand
    Heat gain originating from hooded equipment in energy modeling
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 03:16 Thailand
    How to prove compliance with Mechanical Ventilation
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Praveen Raj
    Sustainability Engineer
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 05:53 India
    Submeters to measure AND RECORD energy use
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    177 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 05:44 Sweden
    Lighting boundary SSc6 in new
    in NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
    71 Ilse Dijkstra-Nugteren
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    2014-12-17 05:18 Netherlands
    Acoustic performance
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    2 neeraj arora
    Fri, Dec 19, 2014
    2014-12-19 04:34 India
    Water Efficiency Calculation
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    125 ABDUL MUTHALIB MOHAMED
    INNOWELL ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD
    Fri, Dec 19, 2014
    2014-12-19 09:07 Bangladesh
    Water Efficiency Calculation
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    130 ABDUL MUTHALIB MOHAMED
    INNOWELL ENGINEERING INTERNATIONAL PVT LTD
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
    2014-12-31 00:44 Bangladesh
    LEED Boundary / Silt Fencing
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    296 Marcia Gibson
    Architect
    Chenevert Architects
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
    2014-12-30 19:02 United States
    Application/Performance period
    in Performance Period
    57 Keith Johnson
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
    2014-12-30 12:18 United States
    Empty parking spots
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    466 S. Macgregor
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
    2014-12-30 09:55 Canada
    Permanently Installed Materials
    in NC v2.2 MRc5: Regional Materials
    128 Erika Duran
    Sustainability Consultant
    Dagher Engineering
    Wed, Dec 31, 2014
    2014-12-31 12:45 United States
    Shared building electricity meter
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    48 LEED Pro Consultant
    Bioconstruccion & Energia Alternativa
    Mon, Jan 5, 2015
    2015-01-05 15:53 Mexico
    Cnstrctn began with no LEED intent nw thy wnt rsume seeking LEED
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    296 Aly Adel
    Tue, Jan 6, 2015
    2015-01-06 12:00 Egypt
    Third Party Review v4?
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    139 SBS Department
    EllisDon
    Tue, Jan 6, 2015
    2015-01-06 09:47 Canada
    Zero Lot Line calc
    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    88 Janika McFeely
    Associate, Sustainability Specialist
    EHDD Architecture
    Mon, Jan 5, 2015
    2015-01-05 20:00 United States

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