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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    340 Diego Pietzsch
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Brazil
    RE: Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    RE: WEp1 - Commercial Kitchen Sinks
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    615 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: State DEQ-Listed Brownfield Site - credit denied
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    101 Michele Otazua
    CSHQA
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: Is there a occupancy % under 100% that is still considered 100%?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    4 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Multiple buildings with common basement
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    504 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Gym sinks- Private or Public?
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    264 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Snow Melt
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    114 Tracy Smith
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    LED podium box for advertisement
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    889 Katrina Chong
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Sweden
    RE: Single-Use Batteries
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    67 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Ecocert
    in EBOM 2009 MRc5: Sustainable Purchasing—Food
    82 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    340 Diego Pietzsch
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Brazil
    RE: Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    RE: WEp1 - Commercial Kitchen Sinks
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    615 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: State DEQ-Listed Brownfield Site - credit denied
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    101 Michele Otazua
    CSHQA
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: Is there a occupancy % under 100% that is still considered 100%?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    4 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Gym sinks- Private or Public?
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    264 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Snow Melt
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    114 Tracy Smith
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    LED podium box for advertisement
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    889 Katrina Chong
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Sweden
    RE: Single-Use Batteries
    in EBOM 2009 MRc7: Solid Waste Management—Ongoing Consumables
    67 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Ecocert
    in EBOM 2009 MRc5: Sustainable Purchasing—Food
    82 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: Can we write up this plan and use it as the basis for our EBOM?
    in Pilot Credit 64: Site Improvement Plan
    2 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: SS 7.1-4 LEED Online form issues?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    54 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: No information of VOC in MSDS
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    92 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    RE: BDC Material & Resource Calculator- Percentage Regional
    in CS 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    33 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Sun, Jan 25, 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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Multiple buildings with common basement
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    504 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Mon, Jan 26, 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
    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.
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    RE: FTE for Apartment building
    in Calculating FTEs
    189 CT G
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
    RE: Uploads and deleting uploads - is the webinar posted somewhere?
    in LEED 2009 Projects Getting Upgraded to New LEED Online
    18 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    RE: Deadline for Appeal
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    635 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jan 13, 2015
    RE: LEED Consulting fees / rates.
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    159 Max Speigle
    Fri, Jan 2, 2015
    Application/Performance period
    in Performance Period
    52 Keith Johnson
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014
    United States
    How to Build Your Team on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Dec 22, 2014
    RE: LEED AP BD+C V4
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    16 Jeffrey Ornstein
    Associate Project Manager for Architecture, LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, CDT
    New York City Housing Authority
    Sat, Dec 20, 2014
    Stability and predictablility is needed...
    in USGBC: Restore Confidence in v4 in Four Simple Steps
    19 Robert Andrews
    Partner - Sustainability Department Manager
    AHA Consulting Engineers, Inc.
    Thu, Dec 18, 2014
    RE: selecting the correct rating system in v.2009
    in What LEED rating system to use?
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    Special Reports and Webcasts for LEEDuser Members - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Dec 15, 2014
    RE: Purchased Energy Rate
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    59 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014
    Store
    in Most Downloaded LEEDuser Documentation Templates, Calculators, and Samples
    1 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    RE: PUBLISHED ACP DOCUMENTATION GUIDANCE FOR PROJECTS OUTSIDE THE US
    in International Projects - alternative compliance path
    159 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    The 10 Most Popular LEEDuser Forums - by Tristan Roberts
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    RE: Shopping mall and Community Connectivity
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    29 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    Not what I would have expected
    in Why I’m About to Fail the New, Harder LEED v4 AP Test
    3 Amy Boyce
    Mon, Nov 24, 2014
    RE: Sunset date for LEED 2009 and incentives for using LEED v4
    in LEED 2009 Registration Extended to October 2016
    137 Taryn Holowka
    VP, Marketing & Communications, LEED AP
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Nov 19, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    2 Michael Stills
    LEED AP BD+C
    Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    LED podium box for advertisement
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    889 Katrina Chong
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Sweden
    RE: LEED Homes Pilot Credit 29 - Gimme Point
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    20 Gary Hansen
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    India
    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
    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
    Specifying metal with high recycled content?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    23 Juliana Moreira
    Engineer
    WSP group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United Kingdom
    Traffic associated with the building
    in Pilot Credit 57: Enhanced Acoustical Performance—Exterior Noise Control
    5 Ulrika Nobelius
    White Arkitekter AB
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    Protect or Restore Habitat - 2.5 acre Pond
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    229 Katherine Carlin
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    United States
    MRpc80 - Salvaged/Reused Furniture
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    20 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    require future tenant?
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    1 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    China
    Solid quartz flooring
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    73 CT G
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    Entering nonregularily occupied spaces in IEQp1 spread sheet cal
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    7 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    Russian Federation
    Natural ventilation for residential
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    133 mai elly
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    Extraction Monoxide in Basement During Construction
    in CS 2009 IEQc3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    29 Alan Viale
    SUMAC
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
    Peru
    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.
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
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    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    2015-01-27 10:48 United States
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    2015-01-27 03:10 Thailand
    SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    2 Michael Stills
    LEED AP BD+C
    Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 18:49 United States
    Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 09:10 Russian Federation
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 04:45 Sweden
    Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    2015-01-25 15:15 United States
    PC 29 Index
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    20 Gary Hansen
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 17:41 United States
    LIghitng for Security Reasons
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    561 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 15:08 United States
    Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    340 Diego Pietzsch
    Mechanical Engineer
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 14:31 Brazil
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 10:17 India
    International Project Epa CGP
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    245 esra özkonuksever
    architect
    İltay Mimarlık
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 06:33 Turkey
    Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    25 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    2015-01-22 10:49 United States
    Envelope materials with no provided u-values
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    2015-01-22 05:08 Thailand
    Protect or Restore Habitat - 2.5 acre Pond
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    229 Katherine Carlin
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 18:26 United States
    State DEQ-Listed Brownfield Site - credit denied
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    101 Michele Otazua
    CSHQA
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 17:19 United States
    PLF4 was not approved because ..& recommendation for final submi
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    65 Ahmet D
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 14:28 United States
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 12:28 China
    Two new buildings joined by unconditioned walkway
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    129 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 09:08 United States
    Entering nonregularrly occuoied spaces in IEQp1 calculator
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    21 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 08:41 Bulgaria
    Entering nonregularily occupied spaces in IEQp1 spread sheet cal
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    7 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 08:39 Russian Federation

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