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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Shuttle Bus Periodic Service
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    268 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Energy Simulation
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    120 Muzamil Rafique
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    Pakistan
    RE: Exercise Equipment
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    120 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Baseline system selection
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,556 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Option 1 Interior Building Lighting
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    635 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Inherently Non-Emitting vs. Zero VOCs
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    197 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    Soil restoration and testing
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    14 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: Tile on counters and walls
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    388 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: Operable windows
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    225 Larissa Oaks
    Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: R-438A
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    57 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    Operable windows & mechanically ventilated space
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,041 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: Distance from windows to area
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    141 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: Classification of PVC adhesive and Primer
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    501 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    How to get the benefit of automatic shading control device
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,269 Yusuf Turab
    Managing Director
    Y T Enterprises
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    India
    ECp2 and c1 - Location of this Addendum?
    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
    2 Michelle Bracewell-Musson
    Owner, LEED AP
    Green Expectations Sustainability Solutions
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Shuttle Bus Periodic Service
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    268 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Energy Simulation
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    120 Muzamil Rafique
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    Pakistan
    RE: Exercise Equipment
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    120 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Baseline system selection
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,556 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Option 1 Interior Building Lighting
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    635 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Tue, Jun 28, 2016
    RE: Inherently Non-Emitting vs. Zero VOCs
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    197 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    Soil restoration and testing
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    14 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    United States
    RE: Tile on counters and walls
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    388 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: Operable windows
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    225 Larissa Oaks
    Specialist, LEED
    USGBC
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: R-438A
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    57 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    Operable windows & mechanically ventilated space
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,041 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: Distance from windows to area
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    141 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    RE: Classification of PVC adhesive and Primer
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    501 John-David Hutchison, LEED AP BD+C, PMP
    Sustainability Consultant
    CSV Architects
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    How to get the benefit of automatic shading control device
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,269 Yusuf Turab
    Managing Director
    Y T Enterprises
    Mon, Jun 27, 2016
    India
    RE: Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    315 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    125 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    124 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    448 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    745 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    320 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Sat, Jun 25, 2016
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    ECp2 and c1 - Location of this Addendum?
    in Highlights from the LEED-EBOM addenda
    2 Michelle Bracewell-Musson
    Owner, LEED AP
    Green Expectations Sustainability Solutions
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016
    United States
    RE: Best Methods for Conducting a Drawing Review
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    807 Charles Nepps
    Charles Nepps Consulting
    Fri, Jun 24, 2016
    RE: design vs construction credits
    in A New, More Accessible LEED Online for LEED v4
    16 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Thu, Jun 23, 2016
    RE: DES Rates
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    73 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jun 21, 2016
    GBES Resources for WELL AP Exam
    in WELL Building Standard Discussion Forum
    14 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Thu, Jun 16, 2016
    United States
    LEED Rating System for tenant in existing building
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    793 Jennifer Isaac
    Electrical Engineer
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Wed, Jun 15, 2016
    United States
    RE: parking demand vs 1000sf or vs employees
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    37 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    RE: Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    31 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Wed, Jun 8, 2016
    United States
    Default Occupancy for a Health Club
    in Calculating FTEs
    208 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    Argentina
    RE: ampus vs project specific credits
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    562 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: GBCI policy on deferring appeal
    in Defer a Design Phase Appeal
    2 Karen Elliott
    Ecoteric Ltd
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    14 Mohammad Kamali
    UBC
    Thu, May 26, 2016
    new ACP featuring Dynamic Plaque
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    37 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    new Alternative Compliance Path
    in Discuss the LEED Dynamic Plaque
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    RE: LEED-GA as a student
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    70 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 24, 2016
    RE: elevator question
    in Attaining credits through advanced elevator technology?
    8 michelle bombeck
    Project Associate
    O'Brien & Company
    Fri, May 20, 2016
    RE: LEED Dynamic Plaque vs EB Recertification
    in LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Is Here
    15 Bharati Karmarkar Bhosale
    Operations Manager
    Healthy Buildings
    Thu, May 19, 2016
    Deadline for Construction Review
    in Deadline to Submit Construction Submittal - LEED NC (LEED for Schools)
    4 Mandy Bordeaux
    Architect
    MSKTD
    Wed, May 18, 2016
    United States
    RE: precerticfiation
    in LEED-CS v3 Precertification
    39 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, May 6, 2016
    LEED for Homes Training in Europe
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    151 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Wed, Apr 20, 2016
    Spain
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Green Educational Program Format
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    64 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Jun 10, 2014
    Hot Humid, Multi Family Compliance
    in Mid-Rise v4: Ventilation
    1 Jason Biondi
    Managing Director
    Energy Cost Solutions Group
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014
    Marking credits as Complete
    in Registering Projects
    17 kelly ryan
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014
    RE: SSpc14 Walkable project Site
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    126 Emily Loquidis
    Mon, Jun 9, 2014
    RE: Natural or mechanical ventilation for Split Units
    in NC v2.2 EQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    64 Michael Brown
    Sustainability Discipline Director
    Jordan Skala Engineers, Inc.
    Fri, Jun 6, 2014
    RE: Best Methods for Conducting a Drawing Review
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    807 Charles Nepps
    Charles Nepps Consulting
    Thu, Jun 5, 2014
    MRc6 Waste Audit - Weight vs. Volume
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    100 Gwen Sheinfeld
    Director, Corporate Sustainability
    Healthy Buildings
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    United States
    Option1 Electric Vehicle Charging vs. Option2 Liquid/Gas/Battery
    in NC-2009: Green vehicles
    14 Maggie Pipek
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    LEED for Homes Training in Europe
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    151 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Wed, Jun 4, 2014
    Spain
    Commissioning with Volume Build Projects
    in Retail-CI-v4: Fundamental commissioning and verification
    1 Robin Dukelow, LEED AP BD+C
    Sustainability Consultant; Project Manager
    Henderson Engineers, Inc.; Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
    Mon, Jun 2, 2014
    access to medical point and massage point
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    608 Agata Mozer
    GO4IT SP Z OO SP K
    Fri, May 30, 2014
    Poland
    RE: Can this school building apply for LEED for School?
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    3 Saud Abdul Rasheed
    Sustainability/Energy Engineer, CEM, PMP, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP O+M, Estidama PQP
    Thu, May 29, 2014
    RE: Legacy LEED AP's
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    18 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, May 29, 2014
    RE: New Merged ID+C and BD+C MR Calculator v06
    in CI 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    107 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, May 23, 2014
    Master's Research Survey
    in Pilot Credit 63: Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
    17 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Thu, May 22, 2014
    United States
    RE: prescriptive efficiency requirement for purchased heat
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    404 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, May 21, 2014
    RE: Evapotranspiration Rates
    in Filling out the LEED Online credit form for WEc1 – Option 1
    17 Rubén M. R.
    Codirector
    CIVITA
    Wed, May 21, 2014
    Future Tenant Ventilation and Parking Garage Exhaust Volume
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    154 Shenhao Li
    Atkins
    Tue, May 20, 2014
    IAQ Testing path option 2
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    333 Nanechka Pagan
    Architect, LEED GA
    Bayside Contractors, Inc.
    Tue, May 20, 2014
    Tenant Space Energy Modeling
    in CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    4 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, May 20, 2014
    Argentina
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Post Location
    Probability distribution of annual PV production.
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    270 Hieu Huynh
    Environmental Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015
    2015-11-16 22:25 Vietnam
    AP Certification on v2009
    in CI 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    22 Paul Duva
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015
    2015-11-16 15:59 United States
    OA Air Flow Monitoring in Laundry
    in NC-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    296 Joe Kaminski
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015
    2015-11-16 15:56 United States
    Which MRT to use
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    253 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015
    2015-11-16 12:41 Sweden
    Flat land
    in ND Plan-v4: Steep slope protection
    4 Flavia Marques
    Ramboll
    Mon, Nov 16, 2015
    2015-11-16 04:19 United Arab Emirates
    when we register a pilot credit....
    in Pilot Credit 65: Monitoring Based Commissioning
    5 Gail Napell
    AIA
    Gensler
    Sat, Nov 14, 2015
    2015-11-14 16:03 United States
    LEED CI for Retail - MRp1
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Storage and collection of recyclables
    1 Gail Napell
    AIA
    Gensler
    Sat, Nov 14, 2015
    2015-11-14 14:27 United States
    SSpc14 Walkable Project Sites - navigating process
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    126 Margaret Montgomery
    Principal
    NBBJ
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    2015-11-13 21:01 United States
    Balancing Devices to meet ASHRAE 90.1 Mandatory Requirements
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,556 jorge torres coto
    Building Systems Commissioning Engineer
    Empirical Engineering, LLC
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    2015-11-13 13:23 Mexico
    Balancing Devices to meet ASHRAE 90.1 Mandatory Requirements
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    329 jorge torres coto
    Building Systems Commissioning Engineer
    Empirical Engineering, LLC
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    2015-11-13 13:20 Mexico
    Tools and flexibility
    in Pilot Credit 63: Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment
    17 Devani PERERA
    Green Building Consultant
    ELAN
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    2015-11-13 08:23 France
    VRP Compliance Calculator
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,556 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    2015-11-13 06:39 Russian Federation
    IEQp1 VRP Calculator
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    155 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015
    2015-11-13 05:49 Russian Federation
    Green Cleaning
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    166 H. Group
    Thu, Nov 12, 2015
    2015-11-12 18:04 United States
    Very old CI 2009 registered project - can we still certify?
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    15 Eric Thompson
    Architect
    NBBJ
    Thu, Nov 12, 2015
    2015-11-12 12:21 United Kingdom
    Section 6.4.1.2, crossed ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    43 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M; CxA: Green Rater in Training
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Wed, Nov 11, 2015
    2015-11-11 20:48 Colombia
    Future Pedestrian Access
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    283 Rachel Weber
    Wed, Nov 11, 2015
    2015-11-11 13:14 United States
    Residential - SSc 4.4 Requirements
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    354 Jason Biondi
    Managing Director
    Energy Cost Solutions Group
    Wed, Nov 11, 2015
    2015-11-11 04:30 United States
    LEED Boundary adjacent to the Ocean
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    233 Thomas Ehrnschwender
    Architect LEED AP
    CH2MHILL
    Tue, Nov 10, 2015
    2015-11-10 15:00 United States
    Number of chillers in Energy Model
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Optimize energy performance
    6 Izumi Takayama
    Arup
    Tue, Nov 10, 2015
    2015-11-10 04:29 Japan

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