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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    336 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    RE: Do I include plumbing fixtures in the materials scope
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    511 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    RE: LIghitng for Security Reasons
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    561 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    RE: Snow Melt
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    112 Tracy Smith
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    RE: What if only 2 of 3 stairwells meet daylighting requirement?
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    41 Erica Suarino
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    India
    RE: Data Center in on Office building Energy Modelling Calculations
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,133 esra özkonuksever
    architect
    İltay Mimarlık
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    Turkey
    RE: International Project Epa CGP
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    245 esra özkonuksever
    architect
    İltay Mimarlık
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    Turkey
    Medical Equipment Efficiency Comparison
    in Pilot Credit 3: Medical and Process Equipment Efficiency
    25 Ivan Romero
    Senior Project Manager
    KMD Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    RE: documenting Option 3, share energy/water usage
    in CS 2009 EAc5.1: Measurement and Verification—Base Building
    100 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    RE: Envelope materials with no provided u-values
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,604 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    RE: LEED Letter template
    in CS 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    31 Suha Hyderabad
    Project Engineer, LEED AP
    SRC, Inc
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United States
    RE: INSTALLATION NEW ROOF
    in EBOM 2009 MRc3: Sustainable Purchasing—Facility Alterations and Additions
    78 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    RE: Auditorium Seating
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    143 Akos Brandecker
    Sustainability Manager
    ISG
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    25 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Water Performance Measurement Innovation approach for BD+C
    in EBOM 2009 WEc1: Water Performance Measurement
    79 Courtney France
    Tue, Aug 5, 2014
    RE: Interesections Density
    in ND-v2009: Connected and open community
    36 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    No parking
    in CS v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 MM K
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    LEED site definition
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    4 Jie Xiong
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    RE: Beach Cleanup of Trash - credit?
    in EBOM 2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy
    23 Nate Gillette
    Director
    Natura Architectural Consulting LLC
    Fri, Aug 1, 2014
    RE: Water Calculator
    in Mid-Rise v4: Total water use
    2 Batya Metalitz
    Technical Director, LEED
    USGBC
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    RE: Tradable Surfaces Area
    in Schools 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    60 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    .
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    1 Suhaas Mathur
    SGS India Private Limited
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Sustainable Site Prereq 2.1 Site Assessment NCv4 SSc1
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Site assessment
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Transportation Planning Handbook NCv4 LTc7
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Middle School Student Waiting Rooms
    in Schools 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    9 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    RE: Is tempering discharged fluid with potable water OK?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Minimize potable water use for medical equipment cooling
    11 Eric Dixon
    Energy Performance Analyst
    HDR Architecture
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Rapid bus
    in CI 2009 SSc3.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    43 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager, SS TAG member
    GBD Architects
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Recycled content as regional material
    in Schools 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    34 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Allocating Tenant Plumbing Systems to Core & Shell
    in CS 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    14 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Playing fields exclusion NC 2009
    in Schools 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    28 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: EP credit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.4: Daylight and Views
    68 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: How to document split system units
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    50 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Urinals and Water Closets
    in EBOM 2009 MRc8: Solid Waste Management—Durable Goods
    42 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    Library and Laboratory Weighting Factors
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.2: Green Cleaning—Custodial Effectiveness Assessment
    64 Kara Edmonson
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    RE: MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    in Retail Project
    6 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Apr 10, 2012
    Jasmin,
    in Addition (second construction phase) to LEED certified building
    1 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Apr 10, 2012
    Integrated Water Budget
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – WE (Water Efficiency) Section
    14 ROBIN KINERK
    Owner
    Kinerk Strategic Marketing
    Mon, Apr 9, 2012
    RE: Low-emitting materials – YIKES
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) Section
    20 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    12,000th Commercial Project has Earned LEED Certification - by Marie Jessup
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: LEEDuser MR forum closed for official comments
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – MR (Materials and Resources) Section
    43 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: EA forum closed for official commenting
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – EA (Energy & Atmosphere) Section
    16 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: official commenting closed here
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – SS (Sustainble Sites) Section
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    Ebie awards
    in Could Your Existing Building Win an EBie Award?
    4 Craig Bloomfield
    Mon, Mar 26, 2012
    RE: LEED certification for factories
    in Certified Industrial projects
    7 jorge torres coto
    Building Systems Commissioning Engineer
    Empirical Engineering, LLC
    Fri, Mar 23, 2012
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Protect or Restore Habitat - 2.5 acre Pond
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    229 Katherine Carlin
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    United States
    RE: What Rating System to use
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    631 Lauren Wallace
    LEED Project Reviewer, LEED AP BD+C, Senior LEED Specialist
    Certifications Department Manager, Epsten Group, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    No parking
    in CS v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 MM K
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    LEED site definition
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    4 Jie Xiong
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    RE: Not enclosed meeting room
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    240 CT G
    Sat, Aug 2, 2014
    RE: Runoff/Gully Water
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    381 Tamary Alvarez
    Sustainability & Commissioning Specialist
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Fri, Aug 1, 2014
    United States
    RE: Runoff/Gully Water
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    381 Tamary Alvarez
    Sustainability & Commissioning Specialist
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Fri, Aug 1, 2014
    United States
    RE: Default Gravel SRI Values
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    276 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    RE: Bus parking space
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    249 jorge calderon
    earth lab
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    Mexico
    University Building - Weekend Trips
    in NC-v4: Access to quality transit
    4 Michelle DiPenti
    Project Coordinator
    HDR, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    PC14 closed?
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    80 Jens Apel
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    .
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    1 Suhaas Mathur
    SGS India Private Limited
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    RE: Bus parking space
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    249 jorge calderon
    earth lab
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Mexico
    Sustainable Site Prereq 2.1 Site Assessment NCv4 SSc1
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Site assessment
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Transportation Planning Handbook NCv4 LTc7
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Middle School Student Waiting Rooms
    in Schools 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    9 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    India
    RE: Master Site Registration
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    74 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    LEED Exam Prep Course Reviews & Recommendations
    in LEED AP Specialities: Should You Get One?
    29 quinn redman
    Thu, Jul 24, 2014
    RE: MR cr2 : Option2
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    13 Remigio Antonio Rancan
    civil and structural engineer LEED AP BD+C GBC HOME AP
    Wed, Jul 23, 2014
    Italy
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Simultaneously encouraging and frustrating...
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    36 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 14:46 United States
    Not enough space on MRc4 Form
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    163 Heidi Sentivan
    Project Manager
    Cueto Kearney Design
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 11:19 United States
    Is Cradle-to-Cradle Certification acceptable?
    in Schools IEQc4.6: Low-Emitting Materials—Ceiling and Wall Systems
    70 Chris Moore
    Touchstone CPM, Inc.
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 11:13 United States
    Cost!
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    36 Nena Elise
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 11:10 United States
    More Info on Program is Needed
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    36 Melissa Wrolstad
    Senior Project Manager
    CodeGreen Solutions
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 10:58 United States
    Green-e equivalency
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    16 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 10:03 Mexico
    LEED V4 DATA CENTER
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    129 Caroline Vallieres
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 09:17 Canada
    GoO equivalency to Green-e Standard
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    16 Paola Moschini
    Architect LEED AP BD+C, ID+C
    MACRO DESIGN STUDIO
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 06:07 Italy
    CS 2009 or CS v4
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    631 Toni Herena Montull
    Project Engineer
    Aiguasol
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 04:01 Spain
    On-site renewable energy
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,604 Juliane Muench
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 03:34 Denmark
    Green Cleaning
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    536 Stella Stella
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    2014-10-15 01:44 Philippines
    LEED V4 DATA CENTER
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    115 Caroline Vallieres
    Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    2014-10-14 13:02 Canada
    Lights on Fence around the building
    in CS 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    148 Saud Abdul Rasheed
    LEED Engineer
    Al Yamama Company
    Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    2014-10-14 08:12 Saudi Arabia
    How to calculate Squatter Toilet in we p1? and roof garden?
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    614 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    2014-10-14 07:15 China
    External Lightning Exceptions
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,604 Ivan Souza
    Sustainability Consultancy Services
    Cushman & Wakefield
    Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    2014-10-14 05:30 Brazil
    Error - ours or v5 form
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    331 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    2014-10-14 03:31 Bulgaria
    Returned wooden pallets
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    365 Lisa Nilles
    Walker Construction
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    2014-10-13 16:44 United States
    Actual Material Cost vs. Material Cost: what's the difference?
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    511 Marcio Alberto Casado Pereira
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    2014-10-13 14:51 Brazil
    Masonry Flash Mastic
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    415 Chris Moore
    Touchstone CPM, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    2014-10-13 14:31 United States
    Pilot vs v4 Demand Response - Full Automation
    in Pilot Credit 8: Demand Response
    30 Jennifer Wehling
    Director of Sustainability
    Lionakis
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    2014-10-13 14:25 United States

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