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    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Qualification for Credit
    in EBOM 2009 SSc6: Stormwater Quantity Control
    61 Wendy Lao
    LEED Sustainability Intern
    County of Santa Clara
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    Reclaimed water
    in EBOM-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    1 Alexa Stone
    ecoPreserve - Building Sustainbility
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: Option 1 plus Option 2?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    308 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: GREENGUARD Gold (formerly Children & Schools), CA 01350, CARB II
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.4: Low-Emitting Materials—Composite Wood and Agrifiber Products
    171 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: What about buildings occupying the whole site?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    224 LEEDme STRATEGIE D'IMPRESA
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    reused water for cooling towers and process saving
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    99 Renaud Gay
    Shanghai Pacific Energy Center
    Fri, Aug 29, 2014
    RE: Energy Modeling for Casino
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,347 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Post occupancy installation of photovoltaics as an appeal
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    197 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Anticipated Tenant Fit Out
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    3 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Anticipated Tenant Fit Out
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    129 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: HVAC system's capability to accommodate CO2 sensors
    in CS 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    55 CT G
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Not enclosed meeting room
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    240 CT G
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Two options for compliance (pictures or signature)? IEQ cr3.1
    in NC 2009 IEQc3.1: Construction IAQ Management Plan—During Construction
    109 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Anticipated Tenant Fit Out and IEQ compliance
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    54 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    RE: Fixture replacement authentication
    in EBOM 2009 WEp1: Minimum Indoor Plumbing Fixture and Fitting Efficiency
    255 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, USGBC LEED Faculty, LEED AP O+M
    BuildingWise LLC
    Thu, Aug 28, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Contractor CoC
    in CS 2009 MRc6: Certified Wood
    30 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Square Footage is based on Gross or Net Area?
    in NC v2.2 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    6 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: no parking
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    2 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager, SS TAG member
    GBD Architects
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Is tempering discharged fluid with potable water OK?
    in Healthcare-v2009: Minimize potable water use for medical equipment cooling
    11 Eric Dixon
    Energy Performance Analyst
    HDR Architecture
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Rapid bus
    in CI 2009 SSc3.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    43 David Posada
    Sustainability Manager, SS TAG member
    GBD Architects
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    RE: Recycled content as regional material
    in Schools 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    34 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Mon, Jul 28, 2014
    Air quality testing for targeted chemicals
    in Homes-v4: Contaminant control
    1 Peter Doo
    President
    Doo Consulting, LLC
    Mon, Jul 28, 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: 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: 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: EP credit
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.4: Daylight and Views
    68 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: ACP for Europe regarding VOC limits and EMICODE classes?
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    82 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Manufacturer Declaration
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    70 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Tenant's Project Scope
    in CI-2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    65 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: How to document split system units
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    53 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Calculate Button on Form
    in CS 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    185 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Alternative Compliance Path Outside the US
    in CI 2009 MRc5: Regional Materials
    92 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Can reusing a parking garage count toward this credit?
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    80 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Sat, Jul 26, 2014
    RE: Systems Furniture
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    129 Michael Smithing
    Director - Green Building Advisory
    Colliers International
    Fri, Jul 25, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    retaining LEED certification
    in Loss of LEED Certification after renovating?
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, May 1, 2012
    Reference Guide E-Books need to be editable or updated by USGBC
    in LEED 2012 Behind the Scenes - follow up conversation
    4 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, May 1, 2012
    RE: Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – LT (Location and Transportation) Section
    16 Jean Marais
    b.i.g. Bechtold DesignBuilder Expert
    Fri, Apr 27, 2012
    RE: Fundamental Commissioning
    in LEED 2012 – 2nd Public Comment – Performance (PF) Section
    9 Daniel Forino
    Sustainability Engineering
    Horizon Engineering Associates
    Thu, Apr 19, 2012
    RE: GSF with demolition
    in Demolition of Existing Building
    4 Clint Newton
    Project Manager
    Spillman Farmer Architects
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012
    RE: Specific Forum
    in The Certification of an Institutional Building
    2 Marco Antonio
    Sustainability Manager
    Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus
    Wed, Apr 11, 2012
    RE: MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    in Retail Project
    6 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Apr 10, 2012
    Jasmin,
    in Addition (second construction phase) to LEED certified building
    1 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Apr 10, 2012
    Integrated Water Budget
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – WE (Water Efficiency) Section
    14 ROBIN KINERK
    Owner
    Kinerk Strategic Marketing
    Mon, Apr 9, 2012
    RE: Low-emitting materials – YIKES
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – IEQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) Section
    20 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    12,000th Commercial Project has Earned LEED Certification - by Marie Jessup
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: LEEDuser MR forum closed for official comments
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – MR (Materials and Resources) Section
    43 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: EA forum closed for official commenting
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – EA (Energy & Atmosphere) Section
    16 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    RE: official commenting closed here
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – SS (Sustainble Sites) Section
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Mar 27, 2012
    Ebie awards
    in Could Your Existing Building Win an EBie Award?
    4 Craig Bloomfield
    Mon, Mar 26, 2012
    RE: LEED certification for factories
    in Certified Industrial projects
    7 jorge torres coto
    Building Systems Commissioning Engineer
    Empirical Engineering, LLC
    Fri, Mar 23, 2012
    RE: Not that so
    in Worker Safety on LEED Projects Questioned
    2 Eric Shamp
    Principal
    Ecotype Consulting
    Tue, Mar 20, 2012
    No. The 1/2 mile radius
    in SS C2 density calculation for site area
    1 Susan Walter
    Sr Project Architect
    Wilmot/Sanz
    Wed, Mar 14, 2012
    Hi Luana
    in Domestic hot water
    1 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Mon, Mar 5, 2012
    Video – LEED 2012 3rd Public Comment Period and Beyond: The Future of LEED - by Tristan Roberts
    Thu, Mar 22, 2012
    Title Votes Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Rock Ballasting
    in EBOM 2009 MRc9: Solid Waste Management—Facility Alterations and Additions
    170 29 Jenny Carney
    Principal
    YR&G
    Mon, Dec 28, 2009
    Rock Ballasting
    in EBOM 2009 MRc9: Solid Waste Management—Facility Alterations and Additions
    169 29 Chris Munn
    Director, National Operations
    Chelsea Group, Ltd.
    Mon, Dec 28, 2009
    RE: Recycling Insulation
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    166 326 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Thu, Jan 28, 2010
    RE: Where does Interior Plant Maintenance fit into IPM?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    158 71 Drew Johnson
    LEED AP O+M
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    100% recycling rate claims
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    155 326 Yancy Wright
    Director
    Sellen Sustainability / Sellen Construction
    Wed, Jan 13, 2010
    RE: FSC Timber outside of the US
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    151 388 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    RE: Waste Hauler sorts off-site
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    147 80 Paul C
    Thu, Sep 23, 2010
    Recycling Insulation
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    147 326 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Mon, Jan 25, 2010
    RE: Where does Interior Plant Maintenance fit into IPM?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    147 71 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    Where does Interior Plant Maintenance fit into IPM?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    146 71 Drew Johnson
    LEED AP O+M
    Mon, Jan 25, 2010
    RE: Where does Interior Plant Maintenance fit into IPM?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    145 71 Shira Norman
    YRG sustainability
    Mon, Jan 25, 2010
    Exterior lighting - option 3
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    137 103 Tanmay Tathagat
    Environmental Design Solutions
    Tue, Sep 14, 2010
    RE: Core fixtures included?
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    136 211 Devon Bertram
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Sep 11, 2009
    I took both tests
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    133 57 María Fernanda Aguirre
    Architect LEED AP BD + C - LEED AP ID + C
    Renato Miranda and Associates
    Wed, Jun 12, 2013
    RE: Re: Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    in 10 Tips for Passing the LEED Green Associate Exam
    132 57 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Mar 14, 2013
    Registration a project under the LEED v4
    in LEED v4 Overwhelmingly Approved by USGBC Members
    131 39 Jiri Dobias
    Wed, Dec 4, 2013
    RE: Documents to Upload
    in NC v2.2 MRc4: Recycled Content
    131 148 Mohamed Ravuthar, LEED AP, BD+C
    LEED Engineer
    Contrack International Inc
    Tue, Dec 13, 2011
    Online Template Issue - Upload Time Required for IEQp1
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    130 131 Shannon Allison
    Project Engineer
    Integral Group
    Fri, Feb 25, 2011
    RE: Preferred Parking special parking lots
    in CS 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    130 79 Ryan Gaylord
    Director
    CTG Energetics, Inc.
    Mon, Jun 6, 2011
    RE: Cost of LEED report - Internationl projects
    in Understanding the Cost of LEED-NC Project Certification
    130 72 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Sep 21, 2010
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    LEED Membership Statistics Tool
    in LEED App Store Coming Soon – What's on Your Wish-List?
    4 Spencer Kim
    Mon, Jun 30, 2014
    Flow Restrictors
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    590 Malek Abualhaj
    Mon, Jun 30, 2014
    LEED v4 Required Standards list
    in Got Technical Questions on LEED v4?
    56 Andres Schwarz
    Principal
    NRG-AR
    Sun, Jun 29, 2014
    Carbon Offsets
    in NC-v4: Green power and carbon offsets
    1 Sebastian Braeuer
    Fri, Jun 27, 2014
    Factory Space Default value
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    129 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    Fri, Jun 27, 2014
    SS 7.1-4 LEED Online form issues?
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    52 Wendy Parker, LEED AP
    Manager of Safety & Environmental
    MetroNational
    Thu, Jun 26, 2014
    feedback comment
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    54 Mónika Egyed
    Thu, Jun 26, 2014
    Sewage Conveyance from the site
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    1 Lakshmikanth Kousik Toppe Jeyabalan
    ESD Consultant
    Aurecon
    Thu, Jun 26, 2014
    Alternative-fuel fueling stations for everyone?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    341 Jan Hesse
    Dipl.-Ing.(FH) | LEED AP ID+C
    ALPHA Energy & Environment
    Thu, Jun 26, 2014
    Base ratios for DC
    in Data Centers-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Thu, Jun 26, 2014
    Previously Developed and Greenfield Site
    in CS 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    35 Michelle Rosenberger
    Partner
    ArchEcology, LLC
    Wed, Jun 25, 2014
    Parking spaces provided to project building in another garage
    in CS 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    48 Eleftherios Zacharakis
    Environmental and Energy Consultant
    WSP Group Sweden
    Tue, Jun 24, 2014
    Default Daily Occupancy - Areas to use
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    3 Sadie Martin
    Tue, Jun 24, 2014
    Recilculation Class Air
    in CS-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    129 Luis Miguel Diazgranados
    Green Factory
    Tue, Jun 24, 2014
    Louvered Parking Cover
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    224 Jonathan Weiss
    Tue, Jun 24, 2014
    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
    125 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
    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

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