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    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
    RE: BMP area for a green roof
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    215 Steve Loppnow
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    shaded area
    in Healthcare-v2009: Connection to the natural world - places of respite
    15 YP Pierce
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    RE: Hot desks as regularly occupied space?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    632 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    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
    363 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
    LEED v4 reference guides being translated to Spanish
    in South America
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Annual Energy Cost Escalation
    in Schools 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    24 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 7, 2012
    RE: LEED Homes Pilot Credit 29 - Gimme Point
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    20 Jon Texter
    President
    Essex General Construction, Inc.
    Thu, Jun 14, 2012
    RE: Identify Indemnified
    in Pilot Credit 11: Chemical Avoidance in Building Materials
    32 Julie Hendricks
    Director of EcoServices
    Kirksey
    Thu, Jan 26, 2012
    Help with Submittal Documentation
    in Pilot Credit 4: Innovative Ventilation
    6 Erik Ruoff
    Senior Project Manager
    The Green Engineer, Inc
    Wed, Jan 25, 2012
    Webinar on Chemicals of Concern
    in Pilot Credit 54: Avoidance of Chemicals of Concern in Building Materials
    3 Sarah Buffaloe
    Specialist, LEED
    US Green Building Council
    Tue, Dec 11, 2012
    Webinar From USGBC
    in Pilot Credit 2: PBT Source Reduction—Dioxins and Halogenated Organic Compounds
    20 Sarah Buffaloe
    Specialist, LEED
    US Green Building Council
    Wed, Jan 4, 2012
    RE: LEED AP consistency
    in NC v2.2 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    7 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, May 31, 2012
    Credit Calculations
    in Pilot Credit 19: Whole Building Re-use
    16 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Mon, Oct 3, 2011
    RE: Can a PC count for Campus?
    in Pilot Credit 41: Wastewater Management (Neighborhood Development)
    2 Batya Metalitz
    Manager, LEED Technical Development
    USGBC
    Wed, May 25, 2011
    RE: 62MZ Calculation for IEQ2 - For VAV Systems
    in Schools 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    5 Julia Weatherby
    Senior Mechanical Engineer
    Lindgren & Sharples, P.C.
    Wed, May 11, 2011
    RE: Sampling
    in Pilot Credit 36: Compartmentalization
    3 Asa Foss
    LEED for Homes Techincal Development
    US Green Building Council
    Wed, Mar 30, 2011
    RE: Non-structural wall resurfacing
    in Schools 2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Nov 25, 2012
    RE: LEED for Homes Midrise (Pilot)- Baseline Building Surprises
    in Pilot Credit 33: Performance of ENERGY STAR for Homes
    3 alexandra ramsden
    Sustainability
    Rushing
    Wed, Feb 23, 2011
    Help test the Pilot Credits!
    in Pilot Credit 35: Environmental Tobacco Smoke
    1 Maureen Mahle
    Program Manager, LEED for Homes
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 22, 2010
    RE: Low-flush WC problems
    in Schools 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 5, 2012
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Paperless Submittals - by Bruce Maine
    Thu, Aug 5, 2010
    tenant scope
    in Which area applies to a CI certification, especially according to shared (non-rented) areas
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 5, 2010
    RE: LEED Reference Guide
    in Reference Guide
    2 Paul C
    Tue, Aug 3, 2010
    upgrading to LEED 2012 and fees
    in Project Registration
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 3, 2010
    Hopefully eliminating the CBs will raise the quality of reviews
    in Clarification overkill
    1 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Aug 2, 2010
    RE: RE: residential high rise: leed rating system selection
    in residential high rise: leed rating system selection
    4 stefano sani
    Fri, Jul 30, 2010
    a good thing but not a LEED thing
    in Possible points for reducing project scope?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 29, 2010
    RE: KEMA Services
    in Recommendations for companies that perform ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit around the Sacramento area?
    2 Andy Rhoades
    Partner
    Leading Edge Consulting
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    RE: good question
    in credit stats
    2 Natesan Seshagiri
    Architect
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    EBOM changes explored in more depth
    in July 2010 LEED Addenda Published by USGBC
    17 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    RE: Construction phase
    in Changes after Design Submittal
    2 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Tue, Jul 27, 2010
    RE: Manufactured Offices?
    in ASHRAE 90.1- 2.3
    2 Jun Hashimoto
    RLA, LEED-AP
    Mon, Jul 26, 2010
    RE: Length of construction project
    in EBOM or NC? When is it too late to utilize the NC rating system?
    2 Thomas Boyd
    MEP Construction Manager
    Tonn and Blank Construction, LLC
    Sat, Jul 24, 2010
    RE: Also, fees...
    in Switching from NC to EB
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 24, 2010
    RE: LEED for Healthcare date
    in Healthcare
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 24, 2010
    looking for this in LEED Reference Guides
    in MRc4 Referenced Standards : FTC vs. ISO
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 24, 2010
    From the current FAQ located
    in About Regional Priority Credits
    1 Tim Rogers
    Designer
    The Clark Enersen Partners
    Wed, Jul 21, 2010
    Energy Plus or EQuest - by Billy Ng
    Fri, Jul 23, 2010
    New Unlocked LEED Checklists from USGBC - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Jul 19, 2010
    ERB-approved
    in How to get certified to teach a CEU?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 19, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    feedback comment
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    54 Mónika Egyed
    Sun, Apr 28, 2013
    feedback comment
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    54 Mónika Egyed
    Fri, Apr 26, 2013
    RE: IEQc5 - Average Pascal Calculation
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    86 Elise LaPaglia
    Intern Architect
    HKS, Inc.
    Fri, Apr 26, 2013
    RE: Pot washing sink
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    602 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Thu, Apr 25, 2013
    SSp1 in case of campus projects
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    496 Mónika Egyed
    Wed, Apr 24, 2013
    feedback comment
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    54 Mónika Egyed
    Tue, Apr 23, 2013
    Golf Course Clubhouse Project Advice
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    458 Johanna Hendricks
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    United States
    Expansion area
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    360 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    RE: Different HVAC system in baseline than proposed design- C&S
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    254 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Apr 19, 2013
    Summary marked "N"
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    193 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Thu, Apr 18, 2013
    United States
    note about this forum
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Apr 16, 2013
    RE: Basic learning...
    in Pilot Credit 17: Cooling Tower Water Use
    26 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Mon, Apr 15, 2013
    RE: LEED for Healthcare - EAc7 -
    in Pilot Credit 66: Community Contaminant Prevention—Airborne Releases
    10 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Apr 12, 2013
    New USGBC searchable database..
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    RE: Calculating unobstructed operable window area of top hung window
    in NC v2.2 EQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    67 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    Expansion area
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    360 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    RE: Resample Air Quality Test
    in NC v2.2 EQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    153 Russ Pellegrino
    Technical Director
    Centek Laboratories, LLC
    Thu, Apr 11, 2013
    RE: Thanks Tristan!
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    19 Megan Ritchie Saffitz
    Director of LEED Support
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Apr 10, 2013
    note about this forum
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    Summary marked "N"
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    193 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    United States
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    Well Building Standard
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    140 Susan Coy
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 14:23 United States
    EBOM & the future
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    25 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
    363 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
    363 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
    193 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:54 United States
    Ventilation Effectiveness
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    796 Dustin Balton
    Project Engineer
    Holstein White, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:43 United States
    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
    632 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
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    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
    2014-10-17 08:10 Brazil

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