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    633 Jill Dalglish, PE
    Senior Engineer
    Dalglish Daylighting
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
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    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    194 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: BMP area for a green roof
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    216 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: Simultaneously encouraging and frustrating...
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    27 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    United States
    shaded area
    in Healthcare-v2009: Connection to the natural world - places of respite
    15 YP Pierce
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    Updated ACEE list of qualifying cars score >40
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    354 Marisa Picard
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    Well Building Standard
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    140 Susan Coy
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    United States
    Susbtantial Completion definition
    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    5 Erika Duran
    Sustainability Consultant
    Dagher Engineering
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: Editing Form Values
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    364 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: Ventilation Effectiveness
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    796 Dustin Balton
    Project Engineer
    Holstein White, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    United States
    NCv4 IEQc9 Acoustics - Hospitality
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Acoustic performance
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: Returned wooden pallets
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    343 Lisa Nilles
    Walker Construction
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    United States
    RE: Measuring for an Office Building with 92 Heat Pumps
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    328 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Associate
    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    LEED v4 reference guides being translated to Chinese
    in China
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    China
    LEED v4 reference guides being translated to Spanish
    in Latin America and the Caribbean
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
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    RE: Green Walls - vertical gardens
    in NC v2.2 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    60 Jamison Hill
    Energy Engineer/LEED Consultant
    Community Environmental Center
    Fri, Jun 6, 2014
    Air Purifiers? Dehumidifiers?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp3: Green Cleaning Policy
    71 Nate Gillette
    Director
    Natura Architectural Consulting LLC
    Fri, Jun 6, 2014
    Multifamily compliance with Ashrae 62.1-2004 vs 2007
    in NC v2.2 EQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    56 Catalina Caballero
    Sustainability Coordinator
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Fri, Jun 6, 2014
    RE: Case study for preliminary analysis
    in CS v4: Integrative process
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jun 6, 2014
    RE: EQc3, EQc5 and filtration requirements
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    19 Matthew Martin
    Assistant Site Superintendent
    QBS, Inc.
    Thu, Jun 5, 2014
    RE: Projects outside the US
    in CI 2009 EAc4: Green Power
    95 MM K
    Thu, Jun 5, 2014
    RE: EA Credit 5.1: Base Building Sub-metering
    in CS 2009 EAc5.1: Measurement and Verification—Base Building
    94 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    Option1 Electric Vehicle Charging vs. Option2 Liquid/Gas/Battery
    in NC-2009: Green vehicles
    14 Maggie Pipek
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    RE: LEED ND Green Buildings
    in ND-v2009: Certified green building
    16 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    RE: SSc8 and EAc1 Disconnect?
    in Schools 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    41 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jun 3, 2014
    LEED V3 GA exam Vs LEED V4 GA Exam
    in NC-v4: Must be in a permanent location on existing land
    8 Manzoor Ilahi
    Tue, Jun 3, 2014
    Commissioning with Volume Build Projects
    in Retail-CI-v4: Fundamental commissioning and verification
    1 Robin Dukelow, LEED AP BD+C
    Sustainability Consultant; Project Manager
    Henderson Engineers, Inc.; Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014
    RE: Project Incomplete Before End of Performance Period
    in EBOM 2009 MRc3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
    76 Terry Gorski
    via GBD Architects
    Fri, May 30, 2014
    RE: LEED CI V2012
    in CI 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    18 Jaewan Lee
    Consultant
    SGS Korea
    Thu, May 29, 2014
    Utility Trenches OK Beyond Boundary?
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    1 Larry Turbes
    Architect
    TKDA
    Thu, May 29, 2014
    RE: LEED Boundary
    in CS 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    39 Ellen Mitchell
    Sustainable Design Manager
    HKS, Inc.
    Wed, May 28, 2014
    LEED Boaundary and Utility Connections
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    1 Larry Turbes
    Architect
    TKDA
    Wed, May 28, 2014
    RE: Low Emitting Materials - French Legislation Class A+
    in Retail-NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    7 Ian McCall
    Environmental Engineer
    Le Sommer Environnement
    Mon, May 26, 2014
    RE: Do school buses contribute to the Option 2 rate
    in Schools-EBOM-v4: Alternative transportation
    3 R. Ted Krasnesky
    Manager of Sustainable Construction
    Pepper Construction Company
    Fri, May 23, 2014
    RE: Certified LEED CI project going for EBOM
    in EBOM 2009 SSc1: LEED Certified Design and Construction
    37 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Thu, May 22, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: change LPE info
    in Change LPE
    4 Peter Warren
    Principal
    Warren Architecture
    Tue, Jul 24, 2012
    RE: And the winning number is???
    in Tristan's thumbs up rating?
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 23, 2012
    Green Globes Guiding Principles Certification
    in Government Hears Overwhelming Support for LEED
    1 John Chyz
    Commissioning Authority
    The Cross Creek Initiative, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 13, 2012
    RE: LEED EBOM: India
    in assistance for overseas projects
    6 sanjay vashishtha
    Dr.
    Firstgreen Consulting
    Thu, Jul 12, 2012
    First LEED-ND Platinum Certification for NYC at Columbia University - by Erin Weaver
    Wed, Jul 11, 2012
    LEED for Existing Homes
    in LEED for EB- O&M for Homes
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 2, 2012
    LEED “Certifiable” Specifications: 4 Approaches - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Jun 27, 2012
    ACP Process : BREEAM equivalency
    in LEED Now Recognizes Energy Credits from BREEAM
    1 CHRISTOPHE MATHIEU
    Sustainable Design And Construction Consultants, Paris, France
    greenaffair
    Mon, Jun 25, 2012
    RE: What should USGBC do with the extra time to ensure success?
    in LEED 2012 Postponed to 2013, Renamed LEED v4
    28 Larry Sims
    Principal
    Studio4, LLC
    Thu, Jun 14, 2012
    RE: LEED Specifications
    in Top Six Things LEED Consultants Do Wrong in Specs
    5 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Wed, Jun 20, 2012
    Dan,
    in LEED Submittal Forms, Beta to v3
    1 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Jun 12, 2012
    RE: LEED Online Access to Certified Projects
    in LEED Online Access to Certified Projects
    8 Matt Bartner
    Wed, May 30, 2012
    RE: 4th comment period open
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – Guide to Key Changes and Forum
    107 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Tue, May 15, 2012
    RE: LEED certification in China
    in Hi from China LEED engineer
    3 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Sat, May 5, 2012
    retaining LEED certification
    in Loss of LEED Certification after renovating?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 1, 2012
    Reference Guide E-Books need to be editable or updated by USGBC
    in LEED 2012 Behind the Scenes - follow up conversation
    4 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, May 1, 2012
    RE: Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – LT (Location and Transportation) Section
    16 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Fri, Apr 27, 2012
    RE: Fundamental Commissioning
    in LEED 2012 – 2nd Public Comment – Performance (PF) Section
    9 Daniel Forino
    Sustainability Engineering
    Horizon Engineering Associates
    Thu, Apr 19, 2012
    RE: GSF with demolition
    in Demolition of Existing Building
    4 Clint Newton
    Project Manager
    Spillman Farmer Architects
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012
    RE: Specific Forum
    in The Certification of an Institutional Building
    2 Marco Antonio
    Sustainability Manager
    Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Equipment which uses NO water
    in Healthcare-v2009: Water use reduction - food waste systems
    3 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Tue, May 20, 2014
    Roof Area Clarification
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    96 Maggie Hogan Skaug
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    United States
    Prime farmland if drained
    in NC v2.2 SSc1: Site Selection
    25 Tina Gillman
    CRSA
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    RE: VOC Compliant Chemicals - IEQ3.3
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    133 Garrett Gerst
    Sr Marketing Manager
    Unisource Worldwide
    Mon, May 19, 2014
    Waste stream audit
    in EBOM-v4: Ongoing purchasing and waste policy
    1 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
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    Sun, May 18, 2014
    10% Exemption
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    54 Elizabeth Felder
    Thu, May 15, 2014
    Brand New - Raw space
    in CI-2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    60 Ruben Garza
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    Molok Containers for MRp1
    in CS 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    46 Kristopher Lashley
    Wed, May 14, 2014
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    Door Distributor CoC
    in Schools 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    21 Nicole Ferrini
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    Tue, May 13, 2014
    Pilot credit # 45
    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    16 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Tue, May 13, 2014
    France
    RE: Active controls and thermal control
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    324 Terry Schroeder
    Senior Project Engineer
    Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
    Mon, May 12, 2014
    RE: Active controls and thermal control
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    324 Terry Schroeder
    Senior Project Engineer
    Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP
    Mon, May 12, 2014
    International Projects Regional Credits
    in EBOM-v4: Regional priority
    1 Luis Huertas
    Principal
    Luis G Huertas, Architect
    Sun, May 11, 2014
    LEED v4 and Pilot Credit Requirements
    in Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
    5 Chloe Bendistis
    Sustainability Project Manager
    The Sheward Partnership, LLC
    Fri, May 9, 2014
    Building Metering and Utility Metering
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    35 Kelly Duepner
    LEED BD+C
    Christner Inc.
    Fri, May 9, 2014
    Qualifying spaces must meet IEQ c5
    in Healthcare-v2009: Connection to the natural world - direct exterior access for patients
    5 YP Pierce
    Fri, May 9, 2014
    We have a resort project,
    in Site boundaries for multi-phase Projects
    18 Eunju Park
    Thu, May 8, 2014
    RE: Medical gases
    in Healthcare-v2009: PBT source reduction - lead, cadmium and copper
    19 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, May 7, 2014
    RE: Concrete Sediment Control
    in NC v2.2 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    33 michelle bombeck
    Project Assistant
    O'Brien & Company
    Tue, May 6, 2014
    CLO level adjustments
    in NC-v4: Thermal comfort
    2 Adam Kingsbury
    Tue, May 6, 2014
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    Well Building Standard
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    140 Susan Coy
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
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    EBOM & the future
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    27 Shevaun Barrie
    Inland Technical Services
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 14:09 Canada
    occupied area
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    364 ilkyaz ceren güçlü
    civil engineer
    SPC Solutions
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 13:27 Russian Federation
    LEED v4 reference guides being translated to Chinese
    in China
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:33 China
    Editing Form Values
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    364 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:25 United States
    LEED v4 reference guides being translated to Portuguese
    in Brazil
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:22 Brazil
    LEED v4 reference guides being translated to Portuguese
    in Portugal
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:22 Portugal
    Summary marked "N"
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    194 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
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    Ventilation Effectiveness
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    796 Dustin Balton
    Project Engineer
    Holstein White, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
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    An unusual situation with Recycling Tickets
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    343 Christine Castellano
    LEED GA
    RC Andersen LLC
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:32 United States
    Ventilation Effectiveness
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    140 Dustin Balton
    Project Engineer
    Holstein White, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 10:26 United States
    Hot desks as regularly occupied space?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    633 Paul Rogers
    Architect
    BAU Architects
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 06:07 Sweden
    LEED Projecdt Boundary and SSc8
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    551 Dan Barton
    via Greengrade LEED Management Software
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 15:54 United States
    NC 2009 Retail IEQ7.2- humidistat needed in non-employee spaces?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    96 Laura Case
    Southface
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 15:29 United States
    Pot washing sink
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    602 Christine Harvey
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 15:21 United States
    Molok Containers for MRp1
    in CS 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    46 Kristopher Lashley
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 13:28 Canada
    Submitting design prereq. credits during construction review
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    604 kelly ryan
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 12:29 United States
    Scandinavian DES protocol
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,091 Yue Nie
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 10:38 Germany
    LEED Site boundary – underground parking
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    200 Robert Himmler
    EGS-plan International GmbH
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 08:18 Austria
    Pressure Drop Adjustment
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,430 Ivan Souza
    Sustainability Consultancy Services
    Cushman & Wakefield
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
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