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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Do all units have to run at 100% OA for this credit?
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    215 Victor Avedano
    Principal
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Fri, Apr 18, 2014
    AHU system for industrial production
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,010 Renaud Gay
    Shanghai Pacific Energy Center
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: RH control with dew point control logic for IEQ 6.2
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    165 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Mary Davidge Associates
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: EAc5, Option #3 = MPR #6
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    176 Christopher Schaffner
    Principal & Founder
    The Green Engineer, LLP
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: HVAC system changed after certification completed
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    91 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    hotel with cottages
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    468 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    Illustrating Compliance using representative sampling?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.2: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    48 Ryan Hoffman
    Heapy Engineering
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    EP Threshold for LEED-HC
    in NC 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    127 Caupolican Diaz
    Sustainable Design Coordinator
    SMMA
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Building Reuse off Site
    in Schools-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    16 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Adding credits between preliminary review and final review...
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    503 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Calculation (Natural Ventilation)
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    696 Andrew Mitchell, P.E.
    Mechanical Engineer / LEED Coordination Manager
    Moses & Associates
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Wood Cladding adhesives
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    356 Jonathan Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    Blackburn Architects
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Window Frames and Window Area
    in Schools 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    123 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: Project In Dubai.
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    182 SAMER ALHMDAN
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    RE: WC for disables
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    543 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Thu, Apr 17, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: synergy with SSc5.1
    in NC v2.2 WEc1.1–1.2: Water Efficient Landscaping
    81 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
    RE: VOC Budget Process - If you make a mistake, you can still get it
    in Schools IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    78 Walter Currin
    Project Architect
    SHW Group
    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
    RE: Documentation for DES systems?
    in NC v2.2 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    51 Scott Bowman
    Principal - Corporate Sustainability Leader
    KJWW Engineering Consultants
    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
    RE: Does this credit apply for dorms?
    in NC v2.2 EQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    26 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
    RE: LCI datasets
    in Pilot Credit 63: Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
    11 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
    RE: SSpc16 - Rainwater Management
    in Pilot Credit 16: Rainwater Management
    14 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Fri, Dec 20, 2013
    RE: Background Noise Measurements
    in Schools 2009 IEQp3: Minimum Acoustical Performance
    136 Daniel Hicks
    Daniel Hicks, E.I., INCE
    Geiler & Associates
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013
    RE: CDHP Testing
    in Healthcare-v2009: Furniture and medical furnishings
    19 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013
    RE: Building reuse for parking deck?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Building reuse - maintain existing walls, floors and roof
    3 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013
    RE: Previously developed?
    in ND-v2009: Preferred locations
    11 Michael DeVuono
    Senior Staff Designer
    T&M Associates
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013
    RE: Can A project Team Perform that credit
    in Schools SSp2: Environmental Site Assessment
    52 Larry Sims
    Principal
    Studio4, LLC
    Tue, Dec 17, 2013
    RE: LTc1. possible 18 points
    in CI-v4: LEED for neighborhood development location
    3 FRAGISKOS LEVANTIS
    LEED AP BD+C
    SUSTAIN O.E.
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: Bike Lanes "in two directions"
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    33 Nicole Ferrini
    via T&M Associates
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: Utility tariff - an accepted DR strategy?
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Demand response
    2 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: LEED-Healthcare: EAc5 M&V Exemplary Performance
    in Healthcare-v2009: Measurement and verification
    2 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Mon, Dec 9, 2013
    RE: Do Requirements Apply?
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Low-emitting materials
    3 Carly Ruggieri
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 6, 2013
    RE: Proper way to apply ASHRAE 62.1 to baseline model?
    in Schools 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    49 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Dec 4, 2013
    RE: Qualifying Third party certification examples?
    in Pilot Credit 52: Environmentally Preferable Non-Structural Products and Materials—Prescriptive Attributes
    8 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    in NC v2.2 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    28 Gulcin Tanil
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: Currently scoring 85%
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views for Seated Spaces
    61 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: LEED for hotels
    in Hotels - Must We Use New Retail Program?
    2 Cara Mae Cirignano
    Specialist, LEED Resource Development
    US Green Building Council
    Fri, Dec 17, 2010
    post under IEQc4.2
    in Paint VOC limits
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 14, 2010
    RE: BUilding area to site area ratio
    in EB-OM PIf2- Project Summary Details
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 8, 2010
    Proposed changes to the LEED AP credit
    in What's behind the proposed changes to the LEED AP credit for LEED 2012?
    1 James Green
    VP Engineering
    HInes
    Wed, Dec 8, 2010
    MEP components
    in Include plumbing components to recycled content
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 8, 2010
    RE: Does anyone have any thoughts
    in BREEAM as an alternative green building system?
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 7, 2010
    RE: Same here. Its been about 15
    in Pilot Credit Survey completion e-mail
    3 Batya Metalitz
    Manager, LEED Technical Development
    USGBC
    Wed, Dec 1, 2010
    Treatment of District or Campus Thermal Energy
    in DOes any one know if the USGBC produced the Addenda for LEED 2009 Districit Energy guidance?
    1 Scott DeGaro
    Sustainability Administrator
    Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 30, 2010
    Thank you
    in Want to share LEED documentation tools or documents?
    1 Terry Squyres
    Principal
    GWWO Inc./Architects
    Wed, Nov 24, 2010
    Ergonomic Design
    in Ergonomic Design for an Innovation Point
    1 Simon S.
    SL+A International, Taipei
    Thu, Nov 18, 2010
    RE: 2009 CI IEQ Credit 5 Entryway System
    in CI 2009 IEQ Credit 5 Entryway Systems
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 17, 2010
    RE: change in scope
    in Extension of Mechanical Duct work
    2 Kendrick Richardson
    LSY Architects
    Tue, Nov 16, 2010
    LEED boundary
    in Remote Parking lot, pre-existing LEED project
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 16, 2010
    MPR#6
    in Sharing energy/water useage data
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Nov 15, 2010
    RE: LEED documentation in English
    in Documentation
    3 Katsiaryna Mazur
    ISG OLSON, CJSC
    Mon, Nov 15, 2010
    certifying the process
    in LEED for Water/Wastewater Treatment Facilities?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Nov 13, 2010
    runs the gamut
    in Taking Advantage of Utility Incentives?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 12, 2010
    RE: out buildings and LEED
    in Question about multiple buildings & LEED
    2 Cara Mae Cirignano
    Specialist, LEED Resource Development
    US Green Building Council
    Fri, Nov 12, 2010
    New LEED 2009 Addenda Released - November 2010 - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Nov 8, 2010
    post to credit forum
    in Development Density declaration (in buildings per hectare)
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Nov 4, 2010
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Documented benefits as a result of LEED for Existing Buildings
    in LEED-EBOM: Eight Steps to Success
    85 31 Yun Day
    Firm Administrator
    Shlemmer+Algaze+Associates
    Wed, Sep 29, 2010
    10 basic services inside a mall in front of LEED project
    in CS 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    85 34 Michael E. Edmonds-Bauer
    Edmonds International
    Wed, Dec 19, 2012
    Residental AND Commercial
    in Project Information form
    85 45 Deborah Spira
    Mon, Sep 13, 2010
    EQc6.1 for enclosed offices
    in CI 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    85 50 Paladino &Company
    Paladino and Company
    Mon, Sep 27, 2010
    RE: No smoking policy in urban area and the 25' rule.
    in NC v2.2 EQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    85 54 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 26, 2010
    RE: Batteries - annual actual diversion performance verification
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    85 60 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Mon, Feb 21, 2011
    RE: Waste Hauler sorts off-site
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    85 64 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Sep 23, 2010
    RE: pest management control
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    85 65 Pablo Fortunato Suarez
    Principal ESD Consultant/Architect
    GreenArc Sustainable Building & Architecture
    Fri, Jul 16, 2010
    RE: Exemplary Peformance
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    85 67 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013
    Raised floor with gypsum panel - exempted from FloorScore?
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    85 67 William Wong
    Tue, Dec 18, 2012
    RE: Metering
    in EBOM 2009 WEc1: Water Performance Measurement
    85 75 Natalie Bodenhamer
    Associate
    Altura Associates, Inc.
    Thu, Sep 16, 2010
    Existing AHU serves more than the LEED tenant space- what to do?
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    85 78 Kathy Buck
    Senior Project Manager
    Neumann/Smith Architecture
    Thu, Aug 5, 2010
    RE: Permanent entryways on the roof
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    85 81 Sarah Corbitt
    Assoc AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    LS3P
    Wed, Oct 6, 2010
    RE: Does hotel type building can achieve this credit?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    85 85 Jennifer Jewell
    Project Manager/Project Architect
    Design Collective, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 8, 2010
    RE: Exterior lighting - option 3
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    85 103 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Sep 14, 2010
    RE: Staging Flush Out.
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    85 137 Allison Beer McKenzie
    Architect, Director of Sustainability
    SHP Leading Design
    Mon, Sep 27, 2010
    footprint clarification
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    85 148 Jennifer Ratts
    P.E. LEED AP
    AMEC Earth and Enviornemntal
    Fri, Nov 30, 2012
    RE: Outdoor Air Contamination
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    85 215 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Thu, Jan 10, 2013
    Pool Complex EAp2
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    85 441 Emilio Rovira
    Sustainability Planner
    DoD US Marine Corps
    Mon, Nov 19, 2012
    RE: Interior lighting for residential project
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    85 488 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Sep 28, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    suspiciously high savings in auxillary power
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    237 shashank jain
    Environmental Analyst
    BDSP Partnership
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    Cafeteria/Training Room: Regurlarly Occupied Area?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    169 Alejandro Rivera Rivera
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Studio Domus
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    Spaces smaller than 3000ft2
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Tue, Apr 16, 2013
    Providing verification that there will be side stream filtration
    in Pilot Credit 17: Cooling Tower Water Use
    26 Sara Greenwood
    Green Building Consultant
    Cadmus Group
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    Current Regs?
    in Pilot Credit 66: Community Contaminant Prevention—Airborne Releases
    7 Robert Millspaugh
    Fri, Apr 12, 2013
    New USGBC searchable database..
    in Key LEED 2009 Interpretations
    4 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    Test
    in NC v2.2 EQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    67 Victor Avedano
    Principal
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    Evapotranspiration rate units?
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    316 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    Flush-out Spreadsheet?
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    137 James Houston
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    "Keep Calm and Do Your Homework"
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    16 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013
    Air Curtain for Building in Climate Zone 3A
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    Calculating FTE- LEED for Healthcare
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    169 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    Hi all, (I posted this
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    558 Diaa Madkour
    Architect
    Sun, Apr 7, 2013
    Full list of
    in Key LEED 2009 Interpretations
    4 Michael E. Edmonds-Bauer
    Edmonds International
    Sat, Apr 6, 2013
    LEED for Multi-Family Homes Bicycle Security
    in Pilot Credit 13: Bicycle Network, Storage, and Changing Rooms
    35 Nicole Koedyker
    Sat, Apr 6, 2013
    waterless urinals
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    52 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    Trace Modeling for Carrier Infinity-V speed heat pumps ??
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,010 Robert Sutton
    P.E., C.E.M, President/Owner
    Sutton Engineered Systems, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    Documents/ details needed for alternative compliance path
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    50 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Design Project Manager
    HDR Architecture, Inc.
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    The new communications protocol will be MUCH smoother
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    16 Marian Keeler
    Senior Associate
    Thornton Tomasetti / Sustainability
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013
    LEED Retail-CI Restaurant Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    118 Linda Davisson
    Senior Consultant
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013

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