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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Major Change to Who Can Be a CxA!
    in NC-2009 EAc3: Enhanced Commissioning
    246 Scott Bowman
    Owner - Building Sage
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Submitting documents on LEED online for EAc4
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    101 Mridul Sarkar
    Mechanical Engineer
    Dar Al-Handasah
    Sun, Jul 27, 2014
    RE: Using 5% of Total Parking Slots instead of 5% of FTE
    in CI 2009 SSc3.3: Alternative Transportation—Parking Availability
    119 Michelle Robinson
    Re:Vision Architecture
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: SS7.2 Heat Island Effect Roof - Material with no SRI
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    95 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Vegetated area requirement
    in CS 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    94 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Allocating Tenant Plumbing Systems to Core & Shell
    in CS 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    14 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Water Teatment Plant
    in CS 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    21 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: applicability of the project
    in CI 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    18 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Playing fields exclusion NC 2009
    in Schools 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    28 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Stormwater tank
    in CS 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    55 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Raised Access Floors (specialist)
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    102 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Difference VOC emissions - VOC content (adhesives and sealants)
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    64 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: FTE Calculation
    in Calculating FTEs
    182 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Utility Trenches Part of Project Boundary?
    in PIf4: Schedule and Overview Documents
    59 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: How to interpret "Huddle Rooms"?
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    316 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP BD+C
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Proprietary Ingredients
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    67 Elizabeth Felder
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Beach Cleanup of Trash - credit?
    in EBOM 2009 MRp2: Solid Waste Management Policy
    21 Nate Gillette
    Director
    Natura Architectural Consulting LLC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    CLO level adjustments
    in NC-v4: Thermal comfort
    2 Adam Kingsbury
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    CASE 2 and EAP2 Cumpliance
    in EBOM 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Efficiency Performance
    451 João Gaio
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: EBOM Compliance Path
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    529 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Case 2, Option 2 clarification - years
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    2 Alexa Stone
    ecoPreserve - Building Sustainbility
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    SSc 3.3 Parking Availbility
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Alternative transportation
    3 Jaclyn Noga
    Environmental Intern
    EHRA, LLC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: Accessories Included in Baseline.
    in Healthcare-v2009: Water use reduction
    12 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: Conducting Survey: Mid-Week OK?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc4: Alternative Commuting Transportation
    269 Dan Ackerstein
    Principal
    Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    System CRI certified
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.4: Green Cleaning—Sustainable Cleaning Equipment
    43 Gabriel Frasson
    Project Manager
    OTEC
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: No Smoking Campus Policy
    in CI 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    25 Akos Brandecker
    Sustainability Manager
    ISG
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: Total Gross Area: does the roof area counts?
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    2 Jens Glöggler
    Dipl.Ing
    ATP sustain
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    RE: Server Room
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    350 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Mon, Jul 21, 2014
    Re-certification of a LEED 2009 EBOM project in 2017
    in PIf1: Minimum Program Requirements
    1 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Sun, Jul 20, 2014
    10% Exemption
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.5: Green Cleaning—Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    54 Elizabeth Felder
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    RE: Combined Waste Stream Audits
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    78 Elizabeth Felder
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    ASHRAE 62.1-2013 Version
    in NC-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    4 Adam Stoker
    Sustability Consultant
    University of Calgary
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    RE: Basic Manual Shades
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    89 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    RE: IEQc8.2 Exemplary Performance
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    51 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 18, 2014
    RE: Flooring & Composite Wood Emissions and Content Standards
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    29 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Thu, Jul 17, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    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
    Mon, Aug 19, 2013
    Complete LEED-EBOM Gold Project Documents on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Aug 13, 2013
    I am also an independent LEED
    in New USGBC Membership Fee Structure
    59 Brad Miller
    Principal
    Environnmental Concepts Company
    Tue, Aug 6, 2013
    RE: Allowed but not necessarily advisable
    in Can you register a project for LEED CI after construction has been completed?
    8 Mary Ostafi
    Sustainability Specialist
    HOK
    Wed, Jul 24, 2013
    RE: Technical Manual for new Green Globes for New Construction
    in The Hidden Beltway Lobbyists Who Shape Green Building Policy
    20 Paula Melton
    Managing Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jul 11, 2013
    RE: Embolden ACC?
    in The LEED v4 Ballot: The Case For and Against
    15 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Fri, Jun 28, 2013
    LEED v4 Homes
    in LEED v4 Public Comment Forum - LEED Takes a New Direction
    97 Alicia Silva
    CEO
    Revitaliza consultores
    Mon, Jun 17, 2013
    First in Africa ?
    in First-in-Country Projects to Get Free LEED Certification
    5 Mike Barker
    Principal : Energy / Electrical Engineer
    BuildingPhysics South Africa
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013
    RE: Can't select "other" in space usage type drop down
    in Filling out Space Usage Type
    19 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: Timeline for CIR responses from GBCI
    in How long for CIR responses?
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jun 3, 2013
    RE: BD&C Exam Prep
    in Earn CEUs on LEEDuser—With Ease
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013
    RE: new database
    in USGBC's New LEED Interpretations Similar to Old Precedent-Setting CIRs
    27 Elizabeth Thompson
    LEED Specialist
    USGBC
    Mon, Apr 29, 2013
    New USGBC searchable database..
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Thu, Jul 3, 2014
    Partial interior fit-out
    in LEED CI - Is there a minimum tenant rennovation scope?
    10 Mariela Garate Clarke
    Architect
    Green Building Council Chile
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    RE: Guardbooth
    in Site Boundary
    69 RIM Architects
    RIM Architects
    Mon, Nov 4, 2013
    LEED-CI Silver Office Documentation Available on LEEDuser - by Tristan Roberts
    Tue, Mar 26, 2013
    RE: Stairs
    in Does underground parking count for certification fees?
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Mar 22, 2013
    RE: LEED GA and LEED AP exam changes
    in Do you have questions for GBCI?
    44 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 21, 2013
    RE: LEED AP v4
    in LEED NC 2009 (v3) Professional Credentials
    3 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 18, 2013
    asbestos roof
    in Asbestos Roof
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Mar 11, 2013
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Pin-based CFL's
    in EBOM 2009 MRc4: Sustainable Purchasing—Reduced Mercury in Lamps
    275 142 Jenny Carney
    Principal
    YR&G
    Tue, Dec 29, 2009
    Areas of question
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    275 63 Green Living LLC Elizabeth Gharib
    Fri, Jan 22, 2010
    Issue -
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    274 129 Green Living LLC Elizabeth Gharib
    Fri, Jan 22, 2010
    Using option (3) measuring lighting (%) percent
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    274 103 Reynaldo Castro
    Tue, Jan 19, 2010
    RE: Recycling
    in CI 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    274 57 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Jan 21, 2010
    RE: Existing bike storage and showers
    in CI 2009 SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    274 80 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Nov 20, 2009
    RE: Existing bike storage and showers
    in CI 2009 SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    274 80 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader
    HOK
    Tue, Dec 8, 2009
    RE: Dormitory that is No Smoking
    in NC 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    273 247 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    Flush monitoring requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    273 63 Mary Davidge
    Principal
    Mary Davidge Associates
    Wed, Jan 20, 2010
    New CIRs are not precedent setting
    in Upgrade to LEED 2009? How to Choose for Your Project
    273 16 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Tue, Oct 13, 2009
    RE: no smoking requirements for CA projects
    in CI 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    271 25 Seema Pandya
    Senior Sustainability Manager
    YR&G sustainability
    Mon, Nov 9, 2009
    CI IEQ p1 ASHRAE 62.1-2007 calculator
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    270 129 dave montgomery
    Wed, Oct 14, 2009
    On Site Renewable Energy
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    270 90 Ben Stanley
    Sustainability Manager
    YRG sustainability
    Mon, Jan 25, 2010
    M&V and metering
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    270 189 Emil Cuevas
    Wed, Nov 18, 2009
    What about leased products?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc2: Sustainable Purchasing—Durable Goods
    269 79 D. G.
    Thu, Jan 21, 2010
    Grabbing a non-contiguous park
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    268 202 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Feb 1, 2010
    RE: Off Site Renewable Energy
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    268 90 Dan Ackerstein
    Principal
    Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
    Tue, Jan 12, 2010
    RE: Option B and D
    in NC 2009 EAc5: Measurement and Verification
    268 189 Christopher Schaffner
    Principal & Founder
    The Green Engineer, LLP
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    Calculating FTE/Transients for Hospital environments
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    266 97 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Feb 1, 2010
    RE: When does the Performance Period Start?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc1: LEED Certified Design and Construction
    266 37 Dan Ackerstein
    Principal
    Ackerstein Sustainability, LLC
    Tue, Jan 19, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Definition of "Vegetated Roof"
    in CS 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    95 Tim Habraken
    Tue, Jun 24, 2014
    Timeline for periodic LEED version update
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    114 Lily Livingston
    Sustainable Design Project Manager
    HDR Architecture, Inc.
    Mon, Jun 23, 2014
    Confirmation of Agent's Authority
    in Required Signatories in LEED Online Forms
    66 Harry Flamm
    Project Architect
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
    Mon, Jun 23, 2014
    Fixture replacement authentication
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    252 Omar Delgado
    Mechanical Engineer
    EnerMech
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014
    no parking
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014
    How to define categories
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.2: Performance Measurement—System Level Metering
    42 Noriko Yasuhara
    CSR Design & Landscape Co., Ltd.
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014
    Final review appeal for credit EAc1, new energy model
    in Review Appeal
    30 Veronica Reed
    Founder
    SDSARCH CIA. LTDA.
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    Using a variety of waste recycling resources may be necessary
    in NC-2009: Construction and demolition waste management
    9 Joanna Switzer
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    SSc7.1 exemplary performance clarification
    in CS 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    48 FABIO VIERO
    Head of Sustainability
    Manens-Tifs s.p.a.
    Thu, Jun 19, 2014
    "Project boundaries that include other buildings"
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    189 Renaud Gay
    Shanghai Pacific Energy Center
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014
    Locker/Dressing Rooms Exhaust into Parking Garage spaces
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    125 Anderson Benite
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014
    Does a "no drugs" sign satisfy the intent of this prerequisite?
    in Schools 2009 IEQp2: Environmental Tobacco Smoke (ETS) Control
    7 Charles Stevenson
    Integrated EcoStrategy LLC
    Wed, Jun 18, 2014
    a deeper analysis
    in LEED Fellow Yudelson to Lead Rival Green Globes
    15 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    LEED Software
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    114 James Asprinio
    President
    Asprinio Sustainable Consulting
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Clarification
    in CI-v4: Quality views
    1 Charles Gatins
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Project Ownership within Boundary
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    3 Sadie Martin
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Bicycle paths for Kindergarten
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    36 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    Green Educational Program Format
    in CS 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    47 Flavia Marques
    Ramboll
    Tue, Jun 17, 2014
    LEED AP BD+C after LEED GREEN ASSOCIATE EXAMS
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    114 GOVINDACHARI SUNDARARAJAN
    Mon, Jun 16, 2014
    Have any projects earned this pilot credit 76 yet?
    in NC-2009: Material ingredient reporting
    1 Michel Dedeo
    Sun, Jun 15, 2014

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