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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: VOC content for Shop applied finishes
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    495 John Albrecht
    AIA, LEED Fellow
    ChicagoGreen LLC
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: Commingled Waste Diversion
    in EBOM 2009 MRc9: Solid Waste Management—Facility Alterations and Additions
    39 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    preconsumer recycled content in steel
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    544 Usama Eita
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    School staff spaces closer to entrance than LE/FEV spaces
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    378 C Michael Ross
    Principal
    HBA Architecture
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: Floor Coating that Exceeds VOC Limit
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    81 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: Uploads and deleting uploads - is the webinar posted somewhere?
    in LEED 2009 Projects Getting Upgraded to New LEED Online
    25 Jesse Robbins
    Architect
    Freeman French Freeman, Inc.
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: What if only 2 of 3 stairwells meet daylighting requirement?
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    56 Kelly Pimmel
    LEED BD+C
    Christner Inc.
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: Baseline landscape type
    in EBOM-2009 WEc3: Water Efficient Landscaping
    116 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: Option 2 for submetered irrigation
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    7 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    Enter way/Filling out the Form
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    84 Bridgett Weaver
    Architectural Designer
    PDR
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    United States
    Exemplary performance for SSc2 in LEED v.2
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    245 Whysal Haddad
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: If the ventilation of kitchens in hotel should be included in
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    889 Andrew Mitchell, P.E.
    Mechanical Engineer / LEED Coordination Manager
    Moses & Associates
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    RE: Plug Load Exemption
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,794 Kim Lombard
    Architect
    AECOM
    Mon, Apr 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: LEED CI or not?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    676 Fabio Frescia
    PM, LEED AP
    Arcadia (Thailand) Company Limited
    Sat, Apr 25, 2015
    Campus road
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    209 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Fri, Apr 24, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Electrostatic paint and VOC limits
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    76 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014
    RE: Accused synergies between views documentation & other EQ points
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    59 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014
    Data Center in Portfolio Manager
    in Data Centers-EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    1 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Wed, Mar 18, 2015
    RE: Convert g/bhp to ppm
    in Healthcare-v2009: Community contaminant prevention - airborne releases
    21 Nate Tsang
    Graduate Energy Engineer
    Arup
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014
    RE: Air quality testing for targeted chemicals
    in Homes-v4: Contaminant control
    2 Russ Pellegrino
    Technical Director
    Centek Laboratories, LLC
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014
    RE: In-Patient Rooms Exempt from SSc8?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Light pollution reduction
    17 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Nov 13, 2014
    LEED EA C4 Calculator
    in NC v2.2 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    23 Achyut Kulkarni
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    India
    RE: Formaldehyde resins in mineral wool insulation and firesafing
    in Healthcare-v2009: Low-emitting materials
    55 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Nov 11, 2014
    ventilation flow rate
    in CI 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    11 ilkyaz ceren güçlü
    civil engineer
    SPC Solutions
    Mon, Nov 10, 2014
    Turkey
    Natural ventilation requirements for Basement
    in NC v2.2 EQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    58 S S
    Mon, Nov 10, 2014
    India
    RE: Expected volume and collection frequency
    in NC v2.2 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    9 Ashley Morgan
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    RE: No "new" parking, or "Not any" parking??
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Alternative transportation
    5 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    RE: SSc7.2 roof gravel
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    98 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    RE: LEED Online Form
    in Healthcare-v4: Low emitting materials
    3 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    RE: IEQp1 100% OA AHU and Valance units Comment
    in Schools-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    21 John Burnett
    FAC-LEEDership
    Thu, Nov 6, 2014
    LEED Online Form
    in Healthcare-v4: Indoor air quality assessment
    1 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Wed, Nov 5, 2014
    Parking spaces
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Alternative transportation
    8 Megan Bove
    Mon, Nov 3, 2014
    United States
    RE: Carbon Offsets
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    16 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Sun, Nov 2, 2014
    CMU as regional materials
    in Homes-v2008: Environmentally preferable products
    3 Benjie Herrera
    LEED AP BD+C ,Homes,IDC,OM
    Sat, Nov 1, 2014
    IEQc4 uploads
    in Schools IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    34 Shivani Langer
    Project Architect/LEED administrator
    Stantec
    Fri, Oct 31, 2014
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: District Cooling
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    118 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Coordinator
    YR&G
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    School with unusually large amount of artificial turf
    in Schools 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    15 Helen Kessler
    President
    HJKessler Associates
    Sun, Oct 12, 2014
    United States
    ACP and Regional Priority
    in NC 2009 RPc1: Regional Priority
    40 Joanna Yaghooti
    Director of Sustainable Design
    PageSoutherlandPage
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    United States
    Certifying New Addition, excluding Existing Building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    136 Kris Phillips
    Architect
    Arcadis
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    How many people per control
    in CI 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    29 Matthew Catterall
    Cotera+Reed Architects
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Confusion over tile
    in Schools IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    29 Crista Shopis
    Senior Engineer, LEED AP
    Taitem Engineering
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Recycled cork can contribute to achieve MRc6?
    in NC 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    50 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014
    Portugal
    Pilot credit # 45
    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    16 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014
    France
    RE: MR Project boundary in multi story building
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    6 Charles Nepps
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014
    Certifying a single Building within a Complex - energy metering
    in EBOM 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Efficiency Performance
    120 Peter Gibney
    Construction & Sustainability Manager / Leed AP
    Bovis
    Thu, Oct 9, 2014
    RE: Ventilation rates for manufacturing facilities
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp1: Minimum Indoor Air Quality Performance
    332 Grace Ming
    Senior ESD Consultant
    Wed, Oct 8, 2014
    RE: Cutsheet unavailable
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    15 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Wed, Oct 8, 2014
    Ice Makers on LEED 2009 for Retail NC
    in Retail–NC-v2009: Water use reduction
    1 Nic Millard
    Senior Mechanical Engineer
    MPW Engineering
    Tue, Oct 7, 2014
    United States
    RE: Pilot Credit 88: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    in NC-v4: Innovation
    10 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Oct 7, 2014
    RE: SSc7.2 roof gravel
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    98 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Oct 7, 2014
    Baseline for Blow-out Fixtures
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    196 study topenergy
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    RE: Open space definition
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    175 Ellen Mitchell
    Director of Sustainability
    HKS, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    RE: Convert g/bhp to ppm
    in Healthcare-v2009: Community contaminant prevention - airborne releases
    21 Nate Tsang
    Graduate Energy Engineer
    Arup
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    Only one bus line, but within an extensive public trans system
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    211 Jeff Ross-Bain, PE, LEED Fellow
    Principal
    Ross-Bain Green Building
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    United States
    Lighting Controls in Jewelry Store
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - lighting controls
    5 Luke Wild
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    United States
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Pilot Credit 74: EQ – No environmental tobacco smoke
    in Homes-v2008: No environmental tobacco smoke
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 16:09 United States
    Pilot Credit 71: EA – Performance of ENERGY STAR for Homes
    in Homes-v2008: Performance of ENERGY STAR for Homes
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 16:04 United States
    Pilot Credit 47: EQ – Acoustic Comfort
    in Homes-v2008: Acoustic comfort
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 15:59 United States
    MRpc34 Design for Adaptability
    in Homes-v2008: Design for adaptability
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 15:51 United States
    Autocontrol vs smart sensor-activated faucets and duration times
    in NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    13 Heather DeGrella
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Opsis Architecture
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 14:21 United States
    Coat area - regularly occupied?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    399 Eric White
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 13:11 Canada
    shuttle buses
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    211 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    2015-01-19 12:28 China
    Can we write up this plan and use it as the basis for our EBOM?
    in Pilot Credit 64: Site Improvement Plan
    2 Katherine Carlin
    Fri, Jan 16, 2015
    2015-01-16 14:56 United States
    Steel Extraction Location - Manufacturer Claim
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    292 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Fri, Jan 16, 2015
    2015-01-16 14:33 United States
    Fire Station FTE
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    215 Deborah Morgan
    Fri, Jan 16, 2015
    2015-01-16 11:07 United States
    LEED Project Boundary for Renovation Projects
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    116 Nicholas Klever
    Intern Architect
    Bailey Edward Architecture
    Fri, Jan 16, 2015
    2015-01-16 11:00 United States
    Subtraction of utility's renewable energy sources from RECs?
    in NC 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    163 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 18:27 United States
    following v4 requirements?
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    86 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 17:08 United States
    Innovation point for NCv3?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    23 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 17:04 United States
    Complex projects benefit from turn-key waste mgmt services
    in NC-2009: Construction and demolition waste management
    11 Joanna Switzer
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 14:58 United States
    GRI Sustainability Reports
    in Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
    6 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 14:04 United States
    Certifying an addition to an existing building with LEED NC
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    116 Veronica Reed
    Founder
    SDSARCH CIA. LTDA.
    Thu, Jan 15, 2015
    2015-01-15 11:48 Ecuador
    No longer required to complete Design prereqs before review?
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,794 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Wed, Jan 14, 2015
    2015-01-14 23:32 United States
    LEED O&M on a portion of a building
    in EBOM-v4: Must comply with project size requirements
    4 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Wed, Jan 14, 2015
    2015-01-14 20:12 Mexico
    PIf2
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    193 Shaun Andriano
    Project Manager
    C2 Design Architecture
    Wed, Jan 14, 2015
    2015-01-14 17:12 United States

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