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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Option-3: Irrigation Meter Installed
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    14 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016
    India
    IEQp1 online form - potential error
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    167 Scott McMillan
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    Future development
    in NC-v4: Open space
    9 Mike Fortier
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: High Rise Residential with mixed mode ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    51 Nancy Henderson
    Managing Partner
    ArchEcology
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    LEED project with associated Parking Deck
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    12 Ashley Love
    LEED AP BD+C
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    Vertically attached - vertical expansion
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    209 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: CHP electricity not used by the building
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,698 Santiago Velez
    ASHRAE BEMP HBDP - LEED GA, Building Performance Consultant
    Zonda Engineering
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    444 Laura Eubanks
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Moseley Architects
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Valuation of Recycled Content
    in CI-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    4 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Enhanced and Fundamental Comissioning
    in NC-v4: Enhanced commissioning
    32 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Combination Shower/Bathtub in Dormitory
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    252 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    HGA
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Green Product- FSC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - products and materials
    8 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Structure and enclosure
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    66 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    United States
    RE: Third-Party Energy Reporting Innovation Credit
    in CI 2009 EAc3: Measurement and Verification
    171 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED AP BD+C
    Perkins+Will
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    RE: Natural ventilated stairs and lift shaft
    in NC-2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    304 LEEDme STRATEGIE SRL
    STRATEGIE SRL
    Thu, Aug 25, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    bus rapid transit stop
    in NC-v4: Bicycle facilities
    42 Erin Holdenried
    Sustainable Design Manager
    AECOM
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    United States
    ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    44 Gregory Martin
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Signage Language
    in EBOM-v4: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
    10 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Rainwater Management
    in NC-v4: Rainwater management
    80 Michael D. DeVuono
    Senior Staff Engineer
    T&M Associates
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    Institute for Research
    in Healthcare-v2009: Development density and community connectivity
    5 Rachel Manoguerra
    Green Associate
    3QC, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Electrical Commissioning Scope
    in NC-v4: Fundamental commissioning and verification
    15 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: USGBC’s residential midrise simulation guidelines
    in Mid-Rise v4: Minimum energy performance
    7 Asa Foss
    LEED for Homes Techincal Development
    US Green Building Council
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: LEED CI - HVAC Syatem selection and Fan power Modeling
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    436 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: GRI Sustainability Reports
    in Pilot Credit 53: Responsible Sourcing of Raw Materials
    9 David Dixon
    President
    Genesis Design Inc
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    RE: Post- industrial Recycled content in Ceramic Tiles
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    618 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    non smoking hotel rooms
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    320 Noriko Yasuhara
    Woonerf Inc.
    Wed, Aug 24, 2016
    Open Plan office served by 4 AHUs
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    Singapore
    RE: ULEF documentation and LEED Online form
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    55 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    United States
    RE: ULEF documentation and LEED Online form
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    221 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    United States
    Does base building performance now impact CI performance?
    in CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    10 Kristopher Baker
    Syska Hennessy
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: n/a
    in Pilot Credit 55: Bird Collision Deterrence
    46 Lourdes Salinas
    THREE Consultoría Medioambiental
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Construction and Demolition Waste Management - Credit Calculator
    in CI-v4: Construction and demolition waste management
    3 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP® BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Heat Island Reduction
    in EBOM-v4: Heat island reduction
    8 Samantha Longshore
    Sustainability Advisor
    Transwestern
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Normalizaiton
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    47 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    RE: Excellent Modeling Guide
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    130 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Tue, Aug 23, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    RE: precerticfiation
    in LEED-CS v3 Precertification
    39 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Fri, May 6, 2016
    new LEED Online forum
    in LEED 2009 Projects Getting Upgraded to New LEED Online
    26 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    new LEED Online forum
    in leedonline.com access - is it possible???
    19 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    new forum for LEED Online updates
    in Living with LEED Online - quirks, bugs and hiccups
    138 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sun, Apr 10, 2016
    RE: The cost of Certification
    in LEED for Healthcare forum - LEED-HC users welcome!
    128 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Wed, Apr 6, 2016
    Argentina
    LEED ND Review options
    in What’s New in LEED for Neighborhood Development v4
    4 SOHA YAMANI
    Wed, Mar 30, 2016
    Egypt
    RE: Performance Period Extension, Post-Reviewer's Comments
    in Performance Period
    57 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Mar 24, 2016
    RE: should an aerobics area be multi-occupant for IEQc6.2?
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    45 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Wed, Mar 23, 2016
    Multiple Building HVAC system
    in Campus and Multiple Buildings Approach
    4 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Tue, Mar 22, 2016
    Argentina
    Submitting for a CIR or LEED Interpretation
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    30 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Mar 3, 2016
    United States
    RE: Recert vs. new Cert
    in Recertification
    64 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow, BREEAM Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Tue, Mar 1, 2016
    Re-Appeal for a data center
    in Review Appeal
    38 Ed Healy
    ESD Consultant
    hurleypalmerflatt
    Wed, Feb 17, 2016
    Green Globes CIEB Technical Reference Manual?
    in Green Globes Q&A
    10 Albert Minton
    SENSAIRE SERVICES LLC
    Thu, Feb 4, 2016
    United States
    RE: Credit Complance/Justification in Spanish
    in Spain
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jan 19, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Supermarket in a small neighbourhood
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    292 Heraldo Muñoz
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    Paraguay
    High-rise Residences: NC or C&S?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    794 Maria Isabel Conde
    Owner
    Aqua Terra (Panama) S.A.
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Terms and concepts used in the form
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    287 Gabriela Mesquita
    LEED AP BD+C
    ARKÉ
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Paraguay
    Occupancy Count for Residential
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    463 GreenShape Expert
    Employee
    Consulting Firm
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    United States
    Managing rainwater in clay soil with low permeability
    in CS v4: Rainwater management
    4 Maria Glädt
    White Arkitekter AB
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    Sweden
    RE: Awarded the credit?
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    202 Craig Graber
    Sr. Environmental Designer
    Atelier Ten
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    United States
    160815 FLUSH-OUT - LEED V4 IAQ ASSESSMENT PRACTICE EXAM QUESTION
    in CS v4: Tenant design and construction guidelines
    2 P Beulah
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    cottages on poles on water
    in NC-v4: Must be in a permanent location on existing land
    14 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Mon, Aug 15, 2016
    Venezuela
    Municipally supplied "purple pipe"
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    130 Kath Williams
    LEED Fellow 2011, Principal
    Kath Williams + Associates
    Sat, Aug 13, 2016
    United States
    RE: Discharging the rainwater to municipality facilities.
    in CS 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    46 Markus Henning
    M.Eng Facility Management LEED AP BD+C | LEED GCP
    Alpha Immobilien Consulting GmbH
    Fri, Aug 12, 2016
    Site adjacent to 5 lane highway - with no On-0ff ramp.
    in Warehouses-NC-v4: Surrounding density and diverse uses
    3 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    United States
    LEED CI Modeling Question
    in Completing the LEED Online EAp2 Form – Option 1: Whole Building Energy Simulation
    55 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    United States
    Existing MultiFamily High Rise-Exclude Occupied Commerical Space
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    237 Laura Steinbrink
    Principal
    HLMS Sustainability Solutions
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    United States
    Energy Star Related Product
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Minimum energy performance
    13 Wei Zeng
    APMJ Energy Technology(Shanghai) Co.,Ltd
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    China
    RE: Mandatory 18% energy saving after April 2016
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,297 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 11, 2016
    RE: 75% steel/concrete threshold
    in Healthcare-v2009: Sustainably sourced materials and products
    74 Mark Meaders
    Sustainable Leader
    HDR, Inc.
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    United States
    Cooler and freezer storage
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    231 Mercè Llorca
    DEERNS, S.L.
    Wed, Aug 10, 2016
    Spain
    RE: Structure and enclosure
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    66 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    United States
    Toilet Partitions
    in CI-v4: Interiors life-cycle impact reduction
    6 Kerry Honsinger
    Reynolds Ash and Associates
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    Toilet Partitions
    in CI-v4: Interiors life-cycle impact reduction
    6 Kerry Honsinger
    Reynolds Ash and Associates
    Tue, Aug 9, 2016
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Heat Island Reduction
    in EBOM-v4: Heat island reduction
    8 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Sat, Aug 20, 2016
    2016-08-20 07:59 India
    leedonline offline?
    in LEED Online Status Updates
    59 Caroline Hedin
    Architect
    studio point253
    Sat, Aug 20, 2016
    2016-08-20 00:30 United States
    return fan for PTAC
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,698 Francesco Passerini
    engineer
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    2016-08-19 12:33 Italy
    Terms and concepts used in the form
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    287 Gabriela Mesquita
    LEED AP BD+C
    ARKÉ
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    2016-08-19 10:44 Paraguay
    Energy Submetering
    in EBOM-v4: Advanced energy metering
    7 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    2016-08-19 08:00 India
    Pest management
    in EBOM-v4: Integrated pest management
    12 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    2016-08-19 06:10 India
    Factory-Existing Building
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    47 VISHESH AGARWAL
    Fri, Aug 19, 2016
    2016-08-19 06:04 India
    Group projects w/ DES / central plants
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    1,107 Stacey Olson
    Associate, LEED AP, ID+C, BD+C, CID
    Gensler
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 20:03 United States
    Service water heating for electric water heaters
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,698 Billy Condor
    Engineer
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 18:47 Peru
    High Rise Residential with mixed mode ventilation
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    51 Nancy Henderson
    Managing Partner
    ArchEcology
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 18:30 United States
    Tenant with LEED ID&C Certification is moving spaces in building
    in PIf5: Building System Control
    16 Summer Gorder
    Owner
    ecoREAL
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 14:26 United States
    Can CARB’s ATCM 93120 (2008).
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    221 Summer Gorder
    Owner
    ecoREAL
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 14:14 United States
    Smoking on the roof?
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    320 Amber Richane
    Associate Principal
    Callison
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 13:45 United States
    Supermarket in a small neighbourhood
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    292 Heraldo Muñoz
    Thu, Aug 18, 2016
    2016-08-18 09:55 Paraguay
    Occupancy Count for Residential
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    463 GreenShape Expert
    Employee
    Consulting Firm
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    2016-08-17 09:51 United States
    Managing rainwater in clay soil with low permeability
    in CS v4: Rainwater management
    4 Maria Glädt
    White Arkitekter AB
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    2016-08-17 09:26 Sweden
    CSI MasterFormat necessary in Europe
    in NC 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    340 Paul Deinhofer
    MSc
    Schöberl & Pöll GmbH
    Wed, Aug 17, 2016
    2016-08-17 06:04 Austria
    RE: Feeding renewable energy into the project
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    298 Joe Manganelli
    designer/researcher
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    2016-08-16 18:41 United States
    RE: LI#10397
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    298 Joe Manganelli
    designer/researcher
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    2016-08-16 18:36 United States
    Enhanced Refrigerant Mgmt - Refrigerators & Kitchen Equipment
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    161 Theresa Lehman
    LEED Fellow, LEED Faculty®, LEED® AP-BD&C, ID&C, Provisional WELL AP
    Miron Construction Co., Inc.
    Tue, Aug 16, 2016
    2016-08-16 11:00 United States

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