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    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    116 Juan Sergio Simborio
    Sat, Feb 28, 2015
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    Garage Negative Pressure Requirement
    in NC v2.2 EQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    93 Peter Dishno
    Commissioning Engineer
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Baseline Exterior Lighting Power Allowance
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,142 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    RE: G3.1.10 (d) "Heating only System"
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,654 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    Commissioning Documents
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    273 Heather Anderson
    Robinson Hill Architecture
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    United States
    Pilot Credit 87: Verified C&D Recycling Rates
    in NC-2009: Verified Construction & Demolition Recycling Rates
    1 Sara Greenwood
    Green Building Consultant
    Cadmus Group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: 3 glazed panels - LEEDv2009
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    396 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    RE: LEED male/female 50/50 gender ratio
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    632 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    Information on denied credits?
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    167 Civil Engineer
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: government areas
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    234 Ellen Mitchell
    Director of Sustainability
    HKS, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    RE: Sustainable furniture cost >100% total furniture cost
    in Healthcare-v2009: Furniture and medical furnishings
    38 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    RE: Option 3: Determining HC and NOx emissions
    in EBOM-v4: Site management
    3 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: educational/office building project
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    29 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    RE: direct reading instruments
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction Indoor Air Quality Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    269 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    RE: Must non-potable water sources be used to earn IP credit?
    in NC-v4: Integrative process
    18 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Feb 27, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: IEQ 4.4 - does veneer apply ?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    187 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    RE: Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    195 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    Providing carpool spaces within an unreserved parking garage
    in CI-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    2 Jennifer Rinkus
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: Captured rainwater for flushing toilets- WE Cr.3
    in CS 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    15 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    RE: Views for Inpatients - 90% of ...?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Daylight and views - views
    29 Ghaith Moufarege
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015
    Wall Skirting - or - Baseboards
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    331 Blanca Cespedes
    PROYECTO BANCO DE LA NACION - LIMA, PERU
    COSAPI.SA
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    Peru
    RE: LEEDuser's audit IAQ form
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.1: IAQ Best Management Practices—IAQ Management Program
    29 Jessica Hawley
    Sustainability Consultant
    EBI Consulting
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    RE: Concrete Tracking Form
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    167 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    New addition to existing vs. MPR#2
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    130 maartje van roosmalen
    senior sustainable design consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Wed, Feb 25, 2015
    Singapore
    CO2 sensors
    in NC 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventilation
    93 Ema S
    Tue, Feb 24, 2015
    United States
    RE: Cutsheet unavailable
    in EBOM-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    15 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Tue, Feb 24, 2015
    RE: Regional Materials - Steel
    in Healthcare-v2009: Sustainably sourced materials and products
    64 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Feb 24, 2015
    RE: posted signage
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    289 Steve Loppnow
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Feb 24, 2015
    RE: Number and location of bicycle racks
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    250 Amy Van Dam
    Sustainable Design Coordinator
    Boulder Associates Architects
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    RE: LEED Certified C&D sites
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    369 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    Residents excluded?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    274 Miranda Lescaze
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    United States
    RE: Fire suppression system
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    328 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    RE: HET Retrofit
    in CI 2009 WEc1: Water Use Reduction
    95 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    HET Retrofit
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    114 Matthew Catterall
    Cotera+Reed Architects
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    RE: Campus setting, trespass boundary criteria clarified?
    in NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
    20 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    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 Exam
    3 Amy Boyce
    Mon, Feb 2, 2015
    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
    RE: Peak and Daily Average Transient
    in Determing Transients (Students/Visitors)
    11 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Tue, Nov 18, 2014
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    9 Damien Boylan
    TMP
    Wed, Nov 12, 2014
    RE: Great concept, poor execution
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    36 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Tue, Nov 4, 2014
    Additional information
    in LEED-EBOM Platinum Project Shares Documentation with LEEDuser
    1 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    United States
    RE: LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in Latin America and the Caribbean
    17 Marge Barradas Machin
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    RE: LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    62 Glen Phillips
    Director of Sustainable Education
    GreenCE, Inc.
    Tue, Oct 28, 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: Susbtantial Completion definition
    in 17 critical—and misunderstood—LEED terms
    6 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    Congratulations 2014 LEED Fellows - by Tristan Roberts
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in South America
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Portuguese
    in Brazil
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Thermostats with humidity and CO2
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    100 Kristopher Lashley
    INVIRO Engineered Systems Ltd.
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015
    Canada
    Cost Analysis?
    in Pilot Credit 60: Integrative Process
    5 James MacMillan
    VP - Director of Sustainability
    Karpinski Engineering
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015
    RE: LEED male/female 50/50 gender ratio
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    632 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015
    Transient number for residential
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    207 Eeshoo Rehani
    Sustainablity Coordinator
    LRS Architects, Inc
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    Mixed Use, Mid Rise Residential, CO2 in units?
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    242 Joanna Yaghooti
    Director of Sustainable Design
    PageSoutherlandPage
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    United States
    Exterior walk-off mats permitted?
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    3 Vince Briones
    Sustainable Design Manager
    Atkins
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    United States
    RE: Hydroponic based on FTE counts and IPM questions
    in NC-2009: Local food production
    20 Batya Metalitz
    Technical Director, LEED
    USGBC
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    share energy and water usage?
    in CS 2009 SSc9: Tenant Design and Construction Guidelines
    37 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    share energy and water usage
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    27 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    dealership building and a detached carwash
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    505 Art Kamm
    Kamm Consulting, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    United States
    Liquid hand soaps/body wash
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    138 Jutta Berns-Mumbi
    principal
    ecocentric cc
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    South Africa
    Project boundary issues
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    207 Muneeb Haider
    Architect
    SIDEworks
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    Pakistan
    RE: no new parking, but how to use local zoning for off-site park?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    302 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Mon, Feb 16, 2015
    share energy and water usage
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    27 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Sun, Feb 15, 2015
    Information on denied credits?
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    167 Civil Engineer
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    United States
    Wall Skirting - or - Baseboards
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    331 Blanca Cespedes
    PROYECTO BANCO DE LA NACION - LIMA, PERU
    COSAPI.SA
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    Peru
    Daily Occupancy for Cinema
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    225 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    Daily Occupancy for a cinema
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Water use reduction
    4 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    Mexico
    Changing out fixture trim after the performance period
    in EBOM 2009 WEc2: Additional Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    52 Tom Kennedy
    Thomas E Kennedy, PE
    Thu, Feb 12, 2015
    RE: Sensory Stimulation
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    44 Laura Crawford
    Wed, Feb 11, 2015
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Residents excluded?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    274 Miranda Lescaze
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    2015-02-23 15:14 United States
    Baseline Return/Relief Fan Power
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,654 Haojie Wang
    Energy Modeler
    KJWW Engineering
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    2015-02-23 14:05 United States
    LEED V4 Canada, paint Questions
    in LEED Canada Forum
    44 Francois Bellefleur
    Team Leader Tech Service
    PPG
    Mon, Feb 23, 2015
    2015-02-23 09:22 Canada
    Exam room sinks
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    632 Laura Charlier
    LEED Services Director
    Group14 Engineering
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015
    2015-02-20 16:20 United States
    Construction Waste Diversion vs Material Re-Use
    in CS 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    71 Tim Gaidis
    Sustainable Design Leader
    HOK
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015
    2015-02-20 13:11 United States
    Innovation In Design Credits
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    540 Brian Harris
    Principal
    TcaArchitecture Planning
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015
    2015-02-20 12:20 United States
    No new parking
    in NC v2.2 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    40 Amanda L
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015
    2015-02-20 09:43 United States
    CSRs
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    23 NESLIHAN AKSOY
    architect
    ERKE
    Fri, Feb 20, 2015
    2015-02-20 08:47 Turkey
    LEED Certified C&D sites
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    369 Frances Stark
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015
    2015-02-19 21:25 United States
    Thermostats with humidity and CO2
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    100 Kristopher Lashley
    INVIRO Engineered Systems Ltd.
    Thu, Feb 19, 2015
    2015-02-19 18:56 Canada
    Ancillary site buildings
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    249 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 17:32 Vietnam
    Annual Energy Cost
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    204 Sarah Thompson
    Sustainability Coordinator
    XL Construction
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 17:00 United States
    Mixed Use, Mid Rise Residential, CO2 in units?
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    242 Joanna Yaghooti
    Director of Sustainable Design
    PageSoutherlandPage
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 14:47 United States
    LEED Online V4 problems
    in NC 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    48 Susannah Goddard
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 12:02 United Kingdom
    Are windows on one side, at large hall, sufficient?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    396 Jiri Dobias
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 11:26 Czech Republic
    Mechanical Boundary Differs from Overall Project Boundary
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    190 John Havenstrite
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 09:26 United States
    Exterior walk-off mats permitted?
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    3 Vince Briones
    Sustainable Design Manager
    Atkins
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 08:39 United States
    Application Guide for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    167 Jeff Smitley
    Managing Principal
    Bold Rock Development Group
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 19:44 United States
    Glare control
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    106 Belén Valladares López
    Mrs
    Valladares Ingenieria
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 17:45 Spain
    Local Food Production
    in NC-2009: Local food production
    20 OSLEIDE WALKER
    Associate
    IBI Group
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 16:53 United States

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