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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Using pre-existing conditions as oppposed to existing conditions
    in CS 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    43 Michael D. DeVuono
    Senior Staff Engineer
    T&M Associates
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Process Loads
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,613 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Thermal Barrier Tape and EPD
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    55 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: waste generated from new construction
    in Mid-Rise v4: Construction waste management
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Credit compliance in elevator halls
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    258 Gabriela Crespo
    CxA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    Mexico
    RE: Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    27 John Mlade
    Senior Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Building Area Method - highlighting merchandise
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,097 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    IEQp1&c2 Documentation
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    United Kingdom
    RE: CxA contract
    in CS-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    48 David Edenburn
    ESD Consultant
    Commtech Asia
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Ongoing commissioning when follow EA c2.1- option 2
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    42 David Edenburn
    ESD Consultant
    Commtech Asia
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: VOC limts and basement parking
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    528 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Div 12 Environmental Info
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    32 Landry Watson
    DPR Construction
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    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
    RE: interior lighting in hotels
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    115 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Using pre-existing conditions as oppposed to existing conditions
    in CS 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    43 Michael D. DeVuono
    Senior Staff Engineer
    T&M Associates
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Process Loads
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,613 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Thermal Barrier Tape and EPD
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    55 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: waste generated from new construction
    in Mid-Rise v4: Construction waste management
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    RE: Credit compliance in elevator halls
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    258 Gabriela Crespo
    CxA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    Mexico
    RE: Building Area Method - highlighting merchandise
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,097 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    IEQp1&c2 Documentation
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    United Kingdom
    RE: CxA contract
    in CS-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    48 David Edenburn
    ESD Consultant
    Commtech Asia
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Ongoing commissioning when follow EA c2.1- option 2
    in EBOM 2009 EAc2.3: Existing Building Commissioning—Ongoing Commissioning
    42 David Edenburn
    ESD Consultant
    Commtech Asia
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: VOC limts and basement parking
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    528 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Div 12 Environmental Info
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    32 Landry Watson
    DPR Construction
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: interior lighting in hotels
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    115 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    RE: Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    16 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Data Centers Modeling Guidelines
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    56 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: One model or various separate models
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    124 Ana Paula Quiros
    Architect, LEED AP BD+C
    Livet Consulting
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: LEED Boundary for CI and SSc1
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    224 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    RE: Fire Exits, with no exterior handles
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    316 Ileana Delgado
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    27 John Mlade
    Senior Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Wed, Jul 27, 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
    When should I submit Construction credits?
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    814 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 19, 2016
    United States
    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
    Adding more projects to a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    571 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016
    RE: Constructive input I hope
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    157 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 13, 2016
    v4 BD+C Licensed Professional Exemption
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    20 Helene Gotthelf
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Tue, Jul 12, 2016
    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
    LEED Rating System for tenant in existing building
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    793 Jennifer Isaac
    Electrical Engineer
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    United States
    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
    RE: Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    31 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Wed, Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Default Occupancy for a Health Club
    in Calculating FTEs
    208 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    Argentina
    RE: GBCI policy on deferring appeal
    in Defer a Design Phase Appeal
    2 Karen Elliott
    LEED AP ID+C & BD+C
    Ecoteric Ltd
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    14 Mohammad Kamali
    UBC
    Thu, May 26, 2016
    new ACP featuring Dynamic Plaque
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    37 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    IEQp1&c2 Documentation
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    United Kingdom
    IEQp1&c2 Documentation
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    United Kingdom
    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
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    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
    Vertical Garden/Green wall
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    78 Carmelito Tatlonghari
    LEED-AP BD+C
    SPCastro, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    Philippines
    Lighting Levels
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    122 Henry Richardson
    Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    United States
    SRI values and roof slope
    in NC-v4: Heat island reduction
    22 Pam Lynch
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Philippines
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    Philippines
    greenfield or previously developed site?
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Anastasia Makarenko
    EcoStandard
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    APPA Audit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    75 Ana Carolina Montecinos Ongini
    Ingeniera
    IRSA S.A
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Argentina
    n/a
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    12 robert lohr
    Sr. Director of Construction
    DSW, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Alternative Walkability Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    129 Emily Loquidis
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    Using LEED v4 standards for this credit
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    217 Jenelle Shapiro
    Sr. Sustainability Manager
    Webcor Builders
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    Required Documentation: All Projects for Site Management credit
    in EBOM-v4: Site management
    6 JOHN COOK
    Campus Sustainability Coordinator
    University of California Riverside
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    United States
    Question for Required Documentation for Option 1 of this credit
    in EBOM-v4: Site Development- protect or restore habitat
    12 JOHN COOK
    Campus Sustainability Coordinator
    University of California Riverside
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    United States
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    6 David Dixon
    President
    Genesis Design Inc
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    CEE Tier 3A Washer Requirement
    in NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    27 Katie Herber
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    Lease requirements for this credit
    in CS 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventlilation
    13 Troy Glasner
    President
    E3 Eco Group Inc.
    Thu, Jul 21, 2016
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Using pre-existing conditions as oppposed to existing conditions
    in CS 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    43 Mei Zhu
    Senior Engineer
    Gewalt Hamilton Associated, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    2016-07-27 15:26 United States
    Thermal Barrier Tape and EPD
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    55 Jennifer Webb
    CEO
    JWAC
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    2016-07-27 12:50 United States
    IEQp1&c2 Documentation
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    158 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    2016-07-27 09:28 United Kingdom
    Building Area Method - highlighting merchandise
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,097 R2M Solution Srl
    R2M Solution Srl
    Wed, Jul 27, 2016
    2016-07-27 06:59 Italy
    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
    2016-07-26 16:23 United States
    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
    2016-07-26 11:46 United States
    Exemplary Performance
    in Schools 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    16 Kevin Taterus
    CCCA, FMP, LEED AP BD+C
    Harvard Jolly Architecture
    Tue, Jul 26, 2016
    2016-07-26 10:24 United States
    Ventilation and filteration for Staircase for Feature 64
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    27 Xinrong Zhao
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 22:16 China
    Vertical Garden/Green wall
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    78 Carmelito Tatlonghari
    LEED-AP BD+C
    SPCastro, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 18:58 Philippines
    Success with LCA option?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    59 Helene Gotthelf
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 17:45 United States
    Div 12 Environmental Info
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    32 Melinda Veregge
    The Austin Company
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 12:52 United States
    Lighting Levels
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    122 Henry Richardson
    Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 12:03 United States
    a question about DES option 1
    in CS-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    48 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Mon, Jul 25, 2016
    2016-07-25 07:51 China
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    2016-07-24 20:12 Philippines
    Off-site charging station
    in NC-v4: Green vehicles
    17 Kristina Pobre
    Architect
    Sun, Jul 24, 2016
    2016-07-24 20:10 Philippines
    sunset date for projects registered under LEEDv3
    in Time to finish that LEED-NC v2.1 project, or upgrade - sunset date is coming
    2 Gail Napell
    AIA
    Gensler
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 18:00 United States
    SSc2
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    286 Erika Duran
    Sustainability Consultant
    Dagher Engineering
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 12:26 United States
    APPA Audit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    75 Ana Carolina Montecinos Ongini
    Ingeniera
    IRSA S.A
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 10:33 Argentina
    Alternative Walkability Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    129 Emily Loquidis
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 07:35 United Kingdom
    Construction Waste management
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    438 Piotr Podhajny
    LEED AP BD+C
    Midtconsult
    Fri, Jul 22, 2016
    2016-07-22 04:21 Denmark

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