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    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    6 Charles Nepps
    Fri, Jan 30, 2015
    Leased off-street parking spaces
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    6 Alicia Silva
    CEO
    Revitaliza consultores
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    Mexico
    LEED BD+C 2009 vs v4
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    160 MARIA FERNANDA VILLANUEVA RAMOS
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    Mexico
    RE: Parking spaces
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    362 Ellen Mitchell
    Director of Sustainability
    HKS, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    RE: BD+C Major Renovation or O+M Existing Buildings
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    633 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    RE: Autocontrol vs smart sensor-activated faucets and duration times
    in NC-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    12 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    RE: EAc1 Exemplary Performance
    in NC v2.2 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    342 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    Volume Captured on the Stormwater Mgmt Calculator
    in NC 2009 SSc6.1: Stormwater Design—Quantity Control
    219 Kimberlee Dobbins
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    United States
    RE: Structurally Independent Garage - which credits to consider?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Heat island effect - nonroof
    4 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    RE: Occupant Comfort Survey - draft from LEED User
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.1: Occupant Comfort—Occupant Survey
    55 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    RE: Trying to locate 2yr, 24hr rainfall info for Central America
    in Locating 2-year, 24-hour rainfall intensity values for EBOM SSc6
    8 Meghan Ward
    Architectural Technologist, Sustainable Design Consultant
    Aurecon South Africa
    Thu, Jan 29, 2015
    LEED documents
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    473 Olga Kim
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: Mirror Mastic
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    146 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: What category is [some random adhesive?]
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    417 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    RE: LEED 2.2 Registered Projects
    in LEED 2.2 Registered Projects (with the eventual adoption of LEED v4)
    4 emily reese
    Sustainability Consultant / Facility Planner
    Jacobs Engineering
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: where to download?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    644 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    China
    Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Wed, Jan 28, 2015
    France
    RE: Dual-flush water closets
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    224 William Weaver
    Sustainability Practice Lead
    JLL
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    RE: Optimize Energy Performance -HVAC-
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    342 Gustav Alfaro
    Mechanical Engineer
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    RE: open space not within LEED project boundary
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    170 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    RE: LED podium box for advertisement
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    890 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Flush Out Requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    66 Lindsey Walaski
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Net Zero Building
    in CS 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    72 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Campus Project
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    36 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    United States
    RE: Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Acceptable thermal conditions in naturally conditioned spaces
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    207 Panupant Phapant
    SCG Cement - Building Materials Co.,Ltd.
    Tue, Jan 27, 2015
    Thailand
    SS7.2 Design review comment
    in Schools 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    3 Michael Stills
    LEED AP BD+C
    Parkhill, Smith & Cooper
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    Site Management Policy
    in NC-2009: LEED O+M Starter Kit
    1 Kelsey Jensen
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: WEp1 - Commercial Kitchen Sinks
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    615 Sara Zoumbaris
    Sustainable Design Consulting
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    RE: Is there a occupancy % under 100% that is still considered 100%?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    4 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Gym sinks- Private or Public?
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    264 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    RE: Snow Melt
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    114 Tracy Smith
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    Sweden
    RE: LEED Homes Pilot Credit 29 - Gimme Point
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    22 Gary Hansen
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Not what I would have expected
    in Why I’m About to Fail the New, Harder LEED v4 AP Test
    3 Amy Boyce
    Mon, Nov 24, 2014
    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
    RE: LEED Canada 2009 Letter Templates (LLT)
    in LEED Canada Forum
    42 Peak Longhorn
    Wed, Oct 29, 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: Do I qualify? Lots of details, hopefully helpful How and whom...
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    138 Brett Little
    Director
    Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
    Mon, Oct 27, 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
    Brazil
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Portuguese
    in Portugal
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    Portugal
    Vista Users Out of Luck
    in Living with LEED Online - quirks, bugs and hiccups
    137 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Wed, Oct 15, 2014
    United States
    RE: LEED Volume Program - Submittal Guidance
    in Forum for LEED Volume Program Certification
    10 Ashley Catlett
    USGBC/GBCI
    Mon, Oct 13, 2014
    RE: Integrated Design...
    in LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned
    6 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Oct 8, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    Specifying metal with high recycled content?
    in NC-v4: Building life-cycle impact reduction
    23 Juliana Moreira
    Engineer
    WSP group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    United Kingdom
    Traffic associated with the building
    in Pilot Credit 57: Enhanced Acoustical Performance—Exterior Noise Control
    5 Ulrika Nobelius
    White Arkitekter AB
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    Relocation of existing trees within site
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    229 Yiwei Koh
    Sustainable Design Consultant
    WSP Ng Pte Ltd
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    United States
    MRpc80 - Salvaged/Reused Furniture
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    20 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    require future tenant?
    in MPR6: Must commit to sharing whole-building energy and water usage data
    1 Courtney Royal, LEED AP BD+C
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Taitem Engineering
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    China
    Solid quartz flooring
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    73 CT G
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    Entering nonregularily occupied spaces in IEQp1 spread sheet cal
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    7 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    Russian Federation
    Minimum exhaust Rates
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 Elodie DUMAS
    ALTO Ingénierie
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    France
    Extraction Monoxide in Basement During Construction
    in CS 2009 IEQc3: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    29 Alan Viale
    SUMAC
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
    Peru
    RE: BD+C Major Renovation or O+M Existing Buildings
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    633 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Tue, Jan 20, 2015
    RE: Uploads and deleting uploads - is the webinar posted somewhere?
    in LEED 2009 Projects Getting Upgraded to New LEED Online
    18 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    Pilot Credit 74: EQ – No environmental tobacco smoke
    in Homes-v2008: No environmental tobacco smoke
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    United States
    Pilot Credit 71: EA – Performance of ENERGY STAR for Homes
    in Homes-v2008: Performance of ENERGY STAR for Homes
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    United States
    Pilot Credit 47: EQ – Acoustic Comfort
    in Homes-v2008: Acoustic comfort
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    United States
    MRpc34 Design for Adaptability
    in Homes-v2008: Design for adaptability
    1 Jonathan Lindstrom
    Project Manager
    Kramer Marks Architects
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    United States
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    China
    RE: Energy Star's Portfolio Manager Tool
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    14 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    RE: Runoff/Gully Water
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    381 Tamary Alvarez
    Sustainability & Commissioning Specialist
    Commissioning Agents Inc.
    Mon, Jan 19, 2015
    United States
    minimum amount of materials?
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    12 Alfonzo Collins
    Fri, Jan 16, 2015
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    Floor slab on grade
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 09:10 Russian Federation
    Footprint, at grade or below grade?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    182 Maria Porter
    Environmental Certification Engineer
    Skanska Sweden
    Mon, Jan 26, 2015
    2015-01-26 04:45 Sweden
    Is this strictly for non-profit organizations?
    in NC-2009: Green training for contractors, trades, operators and service workers
    12 Asa Posner
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    Sustainable Investment Group (SIG)
    Sun, Jan 25, 2015
    2015-01-25 15:15 United States
    PC 29 Index
    in Pilot Credit 29: Housing & Jobs Proximity
    22 Gary Hansen
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 17:41 United States
    LIghitng for Security Reasons
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    566 Todd Bundren
    Director of Sustainabilty - Architectural Project Manager
    Lawrence Group
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 15:08 United States
    Option 1: Zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    342 Diego Pietzsch
    Mechanical Engineer
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 14:31 Brazil
    Ventilation design-worst case conditions
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    143 S Nagarajan
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 10:17 India
    International Project Epa CGP
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    245 esra özkonuksever
    architect
    İltay Mimarlık
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015
    2015-01-23 06:33 Turkey
    Energy Modeling Requirements
    in Retail-CI-v4: Minimum energy performance
    1 Jeff Halliwell
    Mechanical Designer
    CJTSS
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    2015-01-22 11:54 United States
    Lease Language
    in CS v3 - Appendix 4 - Tenant Lease or Sales Agreement
    25 Chris Freeland
    Architect
    Aller Lingle Massey Architects
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
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    Envelope materials with no provided u-values
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,608 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    Thu, Jan 22, 2015
    2015-01-22 05:08 Thailand
    Protect or Restore Habitat - 2.5 acre Pond
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    229 Katherine Carlin
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 18:26 United States
    State DEQ-Listed Brownfield Site - credit denied
    in NC 2009 SSc3: Brownfield Redevelopment
    103 Michele Otazua
    CSHQA
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 17:19 United States
    PLF4 was not approved because ..& recommendation for final submi
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    65 Ahmet D
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 14:28 United States
    200 rides per day required for shuttle buses?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    209 Weidong Luo
    Ecotech International
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 12:28 China
    Two new buildings joined by unconditioned walkway
    in MPR2: Must be a complete, permanent building or space
    129 Perrilyn Fanfulik
    PE, LEED AP BD+C
    WMATA
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 09:08 United States
    Entering nonregularrly occuoied spaces in IEQp1 calculator
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    21 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 08:41 Bulgaria
    Entering nonregularily occupied spaces in IEQp1 spread sheet cal
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    7 Vassil Vassilev
    Manager
    Termoservice OOD
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 08:39 Russian Federation
    No information of VOC in MSDS
    in NC v2.2 EQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    92 Yodi Danusastro
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 04:46 Indonesia
    Natural ventilation for residential
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    135 mai elly
    Wed, Jan 21, 2015
    2015-01-21 03:06 Malaysia

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