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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: IEQc7.1 compliance problems
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    197 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    RE: Commissioning Agent for project larger than 50,000sf
    in CS-2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    60 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    RE: Contract between owner and CxA
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    261 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    RE: Use Ceiling Fans to Increase Ez
    in NC v2.2 EQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    57 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    Commercial Kitchens
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    802 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    RE: Selection of HVAC Baseline System
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,440 Praveenbabu R
    Energy Analyst
    Conserve consultants pvt ltd
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    India
    RE: Not enough space on MRc4 Form
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    157 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Actual Material Cost vs. Material Cost: what's the difference?
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    480 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Building Components
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    344 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Road runs through site
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    555 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Energy saving in the hot water system with low flow fixture
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    860 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Green Associate vs. AP exam materials
    in LEED AP EB O+M Exam
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Keeping them up to date
    in China
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    China
    RE: LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in Latin America and the Caribbean
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    RE: Stair nosing
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    321 Yuko Murata
    Architect, LEED AP BD+C
    Nikken Sekkei
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Balconies
    in CS v4: Open space
    1 MM K
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    Defining Outdoor Social Activities
    in NC-v4: Open space
    3 Dee Spiro
    Sustainability Manager
    Bergmeyer Associates, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 6, 2014
    Required Vegetated Area
    in CS 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    98 CT G
    Wed, Aug 6, 2014
    RE: Not Regularly occupied
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    2 Dylan Connelly
    Mechanical Engineer
    Integral Group
    Wed, Aug 6, 2014
    RE: Mechanical equipment as source of contamiants
    in Healthcare-v2009: Indoor chemical and pollutant source control
    20 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Wed, Aug 6, 2014
    Contribution to SSc 9 - Site Master Plan
    in Schools-2009: Site development - protect or restore habitat - alternative compliance path
    1 Sarah Nugent
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc
    Wed, Aug 6, 2014
    Occupant Comfort Survey - draft from LEED User
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.1: Occupant Comfort—Occupant Survey
    53 Oana Stamatin
    LEED AP BD+C
    Colliers International
    Wed, Aug 6, 2014
    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
    Invase Plant Species and Sprays
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    72 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    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: Preferred parking outside the LEED project boundary
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    122 Morteza Kasmaei
    Principal
    Climatic Design Inc.
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    RE: Groos Square Footage
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    171 Kimberly Frith
    Sustainability Consultant
    Alto Sustainability, LLC
    Sun, Aug 3, 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: IPM - vendor not yet in place
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    71 Robert Cannellos
    Sustainability Consultant
    exp
    Fri, Aug 1, 2014
    No "new" parking, or "Not any" parking??
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Alternative transportation
    4 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    RE: Schools - Case 1 and 2
    in Schools 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    25 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    RE: Water Calculator
    in Mid-Rise v4: Total water use
    2 Batya Metalitz
    Manager, LEED Technical Development
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    The RPCs have been updated
    in Non-U.S. Regional Priority Credits Added to LEED
    26 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Mon, Mar 3, 2014
    RE: *sensationalism alert*!
    in Does LEED v4 Ban PVC?
    11 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Feb 26, 2014
    RE: LEED-CS sunset date
    in Sunset Dates for CI/CSv2.0
    3 Usama Eita
    Wed, Feb 5, 2014
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    8 J-E. Dufour-G.
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014
    RE: Split Submissions now and after 2015
    in How long does it take for USGBC to do the LEED design & construction review?
    11 John Neville
    President
    Sustainable Arizona
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014
    RE: Aren't Corrections only supposed to be published in Apr and Oct?
    in A Guide to the Key LEED BD&C v2009 Addenda - NC, CS, Schools
    51 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014
    RE: Is it really the windows?
    in Poor Cell Phone Service in LEED buildings
    5 Travis Reed
    CellAntenna
    Mon, Jan 6, 2014
    GFA and other usage types on underground parking storey
    in LEED Certifications for Parking Garages No Longer Allowed
    13 Maciej Starewicz
    MArch
    visio architects and consultants
    Fri, Jan 3, 2014
    RE: Key CIR for Registered non-certified LEED-CS v2.0 projects
    in Key CIR for Registered non-certified LEED-CS v2.0 projects
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Dec 23, 2013
    I agree Tristan!
    in Dear USGBC, Give Us Transparency on LEED Energy Data
    4 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: LEED Data Set - Energy Use Way Too High!
    in Energy Star Score of 85 for 450 LEED Buildings in Biggest Data Release Yet
    2 Michele Helou
    Principal
    Sage Design & Consulting
    Thu, Dec 5, 2013
    RE: my experience
    in LEED core + shell vs. new construction
    8 Catalina Caballero
    Sustainability Coordinator
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: The role of concensus in green rating systems
    in Chemical Industry Touts Anti-LEED Language in Appropriations Bill
    19 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: V4 implementation and '09 phase out
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Sun, Dec 1, 2013
    RE: Excited to Meet Everyone!
    in See You in Philly! Greenbuild 2013
    5 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013
    Feds: Green Globes as Good as LEED - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    Congratulations 2013 LEED Fellows - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    RE: Tenant Sales or Lease Agreement
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    24 Julie Hendricks
    Director of EcoServices
    Kirksey
    Thu, Nov 7, 2013
    RE: Any info that you'd be willing to share on Green Globes?
    in Getting to Know Green Globes
    7 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: All LEED sample forms
    in Sample LEED Online credit forms
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: No New Wood
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    394 Jason Grant
    Principal
    Jason Grant Consulting
    Tue, Jul 22, 2014
    RE: IPM - vendor not yet in place
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    71 Robert Cannellos
    Sustainability Consultant
    exp
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    CLO level adjustments
    in NC-v4: Thermal comfort
    2 Adam Kingsbury
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Golf Course Clubhouse Project Advice
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    458 Johanna Hendricks
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    United States
    RE: Compliance paths for estar eligible buildings with scores <75
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    3 Edward Malesevich
    Sustainability Analyst
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    No "new" parking, or "Not any" parking??
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Alternative transportation
    4 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: Using EBOM credit as an ID credit for NC 2009 submittal
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.4: Green Cleaning—Sustainable Cleaning Equipment
    45 CT G
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    2 part flushout?
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    64 Susan Di Giulio
    Project Manager
    Zinner Consultants
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    10% Exemption
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.5: Green Cleaning—Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    54 Elizabeth Felder
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    62MZ calculator in version 4 LEED
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    6 BEE Bisagni Environmental Enterprise
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    RE: Selection of HVAC Baseline System
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,440 Praveenbabu R
    Energy Analyst
    Conserve consultants pvt ltd
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    India
    Pressure flow rates
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    12 OSCAR DE LA RED
    LEED AP BD+C
    PROMEC
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    RE: About reviewer comment
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    107 Tom Dietsche
    LEED Project Manager
    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    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
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    LEED reviewer comment
    in CS 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    16 Gaston Michaud
    Mechanical Engineer
    CTS
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    Well Building Standard
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    140 Susan Coy
    Wed, Jul 16, 2014
    United States
    RE: Switching to LEED V4
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    57 Jeslin Varghese
    GBRI
    Mon, Jul 14, 2014
    RE: Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow
    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    12 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jul 14, 2014
    RE: Service Bay Entries
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    77 Agnes Vorbrodt
    Principal
    VvS | Architects & Consultants
    Mon, Jul 14, 2014
    Invase Plant Species and Sprays
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    72 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Mon, Jul 14, 2014
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    Commercial Kitchens
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    802 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    2014-10-25 13:53 United States
    Do I qualify? Lots of details, hopefully helpful How and whom...
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    135 Bruce Johnson
    Sat, Oct 25, 2014
    2014-10-25 03:03 United States
    Ice-cream factory with sub-zero working conditions
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    197 André Harms
    Ecolution Consulting
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    2014-10-24 10:18 South Africa
    Separate CxA's for Fundamental and Enhanced Cx?
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    261 Timothy Casper
    Voith & Mactavish Architects
    Fri, Oct 24, 2014
    2014-10-24 09:17 United States
    Is there a occupancy % under 100% that is still considered 100%?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    3 Blair Seibert
    Principal, Architect
    Verde Concepts, Inc.
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    2014-10-23 19:36 United States
    IDF curves
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    218 MKK LEED
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    2014-10-23 12:19 Colombia
    Medical Center MRI, CT Scan Rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    636 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    2014-10-23 09:35 United States
    Selection of HVAC Baseline System
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,440 Praveenbabu R
    Energy Analyst
    Conserve consultants pvt ltd
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    2014-10-23 06:26 India
    Heating only system; Baseline modeling of DHW
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,440 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    2014-10-23 02:28 Russian Federation
    Modeling Laboratory Systems
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,096 Victoria Watson
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 19:15 United States
    LEED Online Not Displaying Multiple Credit Assignees
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    141 Peter Warren
    Principal
    Warren Architecture
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 17:30 United States
    Project without exterior lighting
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    555 María Fernanda Aguirre
    Architect LEED AP BD + C - LEED AP ID + C
    Renato Miranda and Associates
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 16:26 Chile
    The missing point
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    99 Angelica Ospina Alvarado
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 15:40 Colombia
    Commissioning of renewable energy systems
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    261 Margaret Manuel
    Tetra Tech
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 12:50 United States
    BAS - whole building
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.1: Performance Measurement—Building Automation System
    34 Melissa Schifman
    Principal
    Sustology
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 12:47 United States
    Exception b. of G3.1.1 and setpoint temperature
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,440 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    leedme.it
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 11:27 Italy
    LEED: Homes eligibility?
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    135 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 00:01 United States
    Making the Shipping Company Take the Packaging?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    83 Kimberlee Dobbins
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 15:21 United States
    LEED lease agreement for CS
    in CS 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventlilation
    8 Alfonzo Collins
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 11:43 United States
    WEc3 denial
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    109 Therese Thompson
    Project Manager
    Cordogan, Clark & Associates
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 11:17 United States

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