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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    11 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: How to document a non-LEED-certifiable building?
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,987 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Asphalt Paving Base Material
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    380 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Vehicular control - Tire washing control
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    261 Michael D. DeVuono
    Senior Staff Engineer
    T&M Associates
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    LEED-CI vs. LEED-CI Retail
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    686 Jodie Clarke
    Sustainability Project Manager
    Unico Properties
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    PC 81 - Clarifications
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    14 Patricia Lloyd
    LEED Project Coordinator
    Leopardo Companies, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    RE: Residential high rise with school at the base
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    172 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    Pilot credits
    in EBOM-v4: Innovation
    1 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: LEED AP Legacy Group
    in How to Complete the LEED-NC WEp1 Form in LEED Online
    40 Candace Pearson
    Research Associate
    LEEDuser, BuildingGreen Inc.
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    IAQ Management plan
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.1: IAQ Best Management Practices—IAQ Management Program
    31 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Separate CxA's for Fundamental and Enhanced Cx?
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    278 Margaret Manuel
    Tetra Tech
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    Private Bathrooms
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    226 Susan Coy
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    RE: Document Upload
    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    15 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: LEED CS 2009 - WEp1 & WEc3
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    201 Candace Pearson
    Research Associate
    LEEDuser, BuildingGreen Inc.
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Decorative Lighting
    in CI 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    495 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    11 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: How to document a non-LEED-certifiable building?
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,987 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Asphalt Paving Base Material
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    380 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Vehicular control - Tire washing control
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    261 Michael D. DeVuono
    Senior Staff Engineer
    T&M Associates
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    PC 81 - Clarifications
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    14 Patricia Lloyd
    LEED Project Coordinator
    Leopardo Companies, Inc.
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    RE: Residential high rise with school at the base
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    172 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    Pilot credits
    in EBOM-v4: Innovation
    1 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    IAQ Management plan
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.1: IAQ Best Management Practices—IAQ Management Program
    31 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Separate CxA's for Fundamental and Enhanced Cx?
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    278 Margaret Manuel
    Tetra Tech
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    Private Bathrooms
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    226 Susan Coy
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    RE: Document Upload
    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    15 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: LEED CS 2009 - WEp1 & WEc3
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    201 Candace Pearson
    Research Associate
    LEEDuser, BuildingGreen Inc.
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    RE: Decorative Lighting
    in CI 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    495 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    Other universal design strategies
    in Pilot Credit 34: Design for Adaptability
    11 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    United States
    RE: Coffee Shop
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    322 Heather DeGrella
    Sustainability Coordinator
    Opsis Architecture
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    RE: Green Cleaning in a Semiconductor Fab???
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning—High Performance Cleaning Program
    34 David Gibney
    Technical Director for Sustainable Design
    M+W Group
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    United States
    RE: Requirement to undertake a Survey
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    285 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M
    YR&G
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    RE: Concrete Sealant
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    113 Catherine Blakemore
    Architect, LEED AP BC+D
    HOLT Architects
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    Topics to accomplish this credit
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    77 Hugo Pereira
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    Brazil
    RE: Multiple buildings
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    263 Stacey Olson
    Associate, LEED AP, ID+C, CID
    Gensler
    Mon, Aug 3, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    LEED-CI vs. LEED-CI Retail
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    686 Jodie Clarke
    Sustainability Project Manager
    Unico Properties
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015
    United States
    Excluding Areas during Re-Certification
    in LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Is Here
    12 Mayra Portalatin
    Project Manager
    Facility Engineering Associates, PC
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    United States
    Maintenance Staff
    in Calculating FTEs
    198 Charles Nepps
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    USGBC management shake up
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    192 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Jul 27, 2015
    RE: Appeal Design Credits After Construction Review has begun?
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    699 Garrett Ferguson
    ARCH I, LEED Green Associate
    Perkins+Will
    Wed, Jul 22, 2015
    RE: LEED Online v4 for Multiple Buildings on a Campus
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    544 Eric Anderson
    Mon, Jul 20, 2015
    How FINAL is the Appeal?
    in Review Appeal
    37 Mary Kay
    Project Coordinator
    Gray Construction
    Wed, Jul 8, 2015
    United States
    RE: Legacy LEED AP's
    in Experience Requirement Loosened for LEED v4 AP Exam
    18 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Thu, Jul 2, 2015
    RE: Treatment of shared chiller plant
    in New District Energy Guidance for LEED Released by USGBC
    67 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jun 25, 2015
    RE: LEED for Homes MidRise and Commercial Condo Space
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    144 Maureen Mahle
    Program Manager, LEED for Homes
    Steven Winter Associates, Inc.
    Mon, Jun 22, 2015
    RE: educational/office building project
    in More Money, Less Guesswork: ITE Parking Generation Study and SSc4.4
    35 deborah lucking
    associate
    fentress architects
    Thu, Jun 18, 2015
    RE: LEED Volume Program - Submittal Guidance
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    11 Michelle Cottrell
    President
    Design Management Services
    Thu, Jun 18, 2015
    RE: EQ Space Matrix file on USGBC's website is damaged
    in LEED IEQ Space Matrix - Frequently Asked Questions
    37 Lyle Axelarris
    Civil/Structural Engineer, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Design Alaska
    Mon, Jun 1, 2015
    Storm dry pond onsite overflows to stormceptor
    in LEED Canada Forum
    45 Marie-France Duthilleul
    Engineer
    exp Services Inc.
    Wed, May 27, 2015
    Canada
    RE: share energy and water usage
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    28 Andrey Kuznetsov
    Green Building and Sustainability Consultant (LEED AP BD+C)
    Signy Group
    Fri, May 22, 2015
    Dynamic Plaque for ID: Green Education
    in Discuss the LEED Dynamic Plaque
    1 BKSK Architect
    BKSK Architects
    Wed, May 20, 2015
    United States
    RE: Innovation Award
    in Announcing the LEEDuser Innovation Award
    3 Neil Rosen
    Director of Sustainable Development
    North Shore LIJ Health System
    Wed, May 20, 2015
    United States
    EBie Awards 2015 Finalists Announced by Urban Green - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, May 19, 2015
    RE: International Projects
    in LEED 2009 Registration Extended to October 2016
    138 Andrew Carman
    Sustainability Consultant
    Sebesta
    Thu, May 14, 2015
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    10 Carolyn Risley
    Fri, May 8, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Guardbooth
    in Site Boundary
    69 RIM Architects
    RIM Architects
    Thu, Nov 22, 2012
    LEED credit achievement
    in Credit Achievement Tally
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Nov 22, 2012
    Project Information (PI) forums
    in Project Information form
    45 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Nov 21, 2012
    RE: EA Pr2 Form V5 - EAp2-9
    in Schools 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    61 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Nov 20, 2012
    RE: HVAC system wasn't running during construction
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    128 Francis Chua
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Project Architect at NK Architects
    Thu, Nov 15, 2012
    RE: Rack location
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - bicycle storage and changing rooms
    3 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Nov 15, 2012
    RE: Licensed Professional Exemption (LPE) - outside of USA
    in Licensed Professional Exemption
    19 Sylvain laporte
    GASD-Co
    Thu, Nov 15, 2012
    Other universal design strategies
    in Pilot Credit 34: Design for Adaptability
    11 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Fri, Nov 9, 2012
    United States
    RE: Categories and prescriptive path alternate option
    in GBCI Streamlines LEED Credentialing, Offers New Window for Legacy LEED APs
    47 Erin Emery Hartz
    Manager, Marketing & Product Development
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Nov 7, 2012
    RE: Does an indoor sewage pit need exahust for EQc5?
    in CS 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    96 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Tue, Nov 6, 2012
    RE: IEQc5
    in Schools 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    31 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Tue, Nov 6, 2012
    Other universal design strategies
    in Pilot Credit 34: Design for Adaptability
    11 Christine Robbins-Elrod
    Studio Director
    5G Studio Collaborative,llc.
    Tue, Nov 6, 2012
    United States
    RE: Categories and prescriptive path alternate option
    in GBCI Streamlines LEED Credentialing, Offers New Window for Legacy LEED APs
    47 Erin Emery Hartz
    Manager, Marketing & Product Development
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Sat, Nov 3, 2012
    PC 9 - Open & Connected Community
    in Pilot Credit 9: Street Network
    67 michael kollman
    Fri, Nov 2, 2012
    RE: Low System Ventilation Efffiency for Corridors
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Ilona Johnson, PE, CEM, LEED AP
    Associate
    Lilker EMO Energy Solutions
    Thu, Nov 1, 2012
    RE: A few comments...
    in LEED v4 Public Comment Forum - LEED Takes a New Direction
    98 Brian McCallister
    Thu, Nov 1, 2012
    #45 - Innovation or Pilot Credit
    in Pilot Credit 45: Site Assessment
    17 Alicja Bieszyńska
    Skanska
    Mon, Oct 29, 2012
    RE: Decorative Lighting
    in CI 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    495 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Sat, Oct 27, 2012
    RE: EAp2
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    480 Mike Opitz
    Director, Energy Conservation Services
    RECURRENT, LLC
    Thu, Oct 25, 2012
    RE: A few comments...
    in LEED v4 Public Comment Forum - LEED Takes a New Direction
    98 Brian McCallister
    Thu, Oct 25, 2012
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Attachments for the Resubmission
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    699 kelly ryan
    Tue, Oct 7, 2014
    2014-10-07 09:36 United States
    Modeling pump, fan, COP
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    961 Hieu Huynh
    Environmental Engineer, LEED AP BD+C
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 23:20 Vietnam
    This credit omitted from v4?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Community contaminant prevention - airborne releases
    22 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 20:54 United States
    Dining Halls
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    130 Laura Charlier
    LEED Services Director
    Group14 Engineering
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 15:35 United States
    CS project without bathrooms and elegible fixtures
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    201 Maria Isabel Conde
    Owner
    Aqua Terra (Panama) S.A.
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 13:49 Panama
    Bio-based products / USDA BioPreferred designation
    in EBOM-v4: Solid waste management - ongoing
    4 Sarah Martinez
    Sustainability Maven
    Eco-Products
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 13:46 United States
    Campus Site Lignting Calcs - again, sorry
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    961 charles bell
    principal
    theGreenTeam, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 13:21 United States
    Addition added after documentation has been submitted
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    172 Angela Bickford
    LEED AP BD+C, Mechanical Project Engineer
    Allen & Shariff Engineering
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 13:08 United States
    Contract between owner and CxA
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    278 Gina Dederer
    URS Deutschland GmbH
    Mon, Oct 6, 2014
    2014-10-06 05:24 Germany
    MRc4 Recycled content
    in CI 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    180 Lorissa Kimm
    Owner
    Lorissa Kimm Architect
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    2014-10-03 17:37 United States
    Open Space Accessibility
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    177 Ilana Judah
    Director of Sustainability
    FXFOWLE
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    2014-10-03 17:23 United States
    MOB - Recycling Calculations
    in Healthcare-v2009: Storage and collection of recyclables
    15 Lauren Bellamy
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    2014-10-03 14:24 United States
    Master Site Registration
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    79 Lilian Martins
    Sustainability Consultant, BArch, MSc
    MLM Consulting Engineers
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    2014-10-03 05:37 Brazil
    Exterior Lighting- Roof
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    598 EBRU UNVER
    LEED AP BD+C
    Fri, Oct 3, 2014
    2014-10-03 02:54 Turkey
    0.2 FC at LEED Site Boundary if adjacent to Ambulance Drop-off?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Light pollution reduction
    22 Joyce Kelly
    Consultant
    Architectural Fusion
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    2014-10-02 17:28 United States
    Number of bus stops and bus lines required
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    215 Sarah Lavalliere
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    2014-10-02 15:57 Canada
    Natural ventilation
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Gaston Michaud
    Mechanical Engineer
    CTS
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    2014-10-02 14:44 Panama
    Non regulated items (residential light & receptacle loads)
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,987 Juhi Jain
    Project Consultant
    Thornton Tomasetti / Sustainability
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    2014-10-02 14:20 United States
    Multi-Purpose Latex Primer/Sealer
    in Schools IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    81 Stephanie Santiago
    Venegas Engineering Management & Construction Inc
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    2014-10-02 14:15 United States
    Equipment Pads in Heat Island Effect: Non-Roof
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    45 Heidi Sentivan
    Project Manager
    Cueto Kearney Design
    Thu, Oct 2, 2014
    2014-10-02 12:18 United States

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