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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Green Cleaning in a Semiconductor Fab???
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning—High Performance Cleaning Program
    32 David Gibney
    Technical Director for Sustainable Design
    M+W Group
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    United States
    RE: Calculator from USGBC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - equipment
    5 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Open Space Accessibility
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    177 Justin Southwick
    Tri-Star Homes, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: ESC plan for major renovation of data center
    in NC-v4: Construction activity pollution prevention
    5 Karin Miller
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: LEED NC - v4 MRc3 Wood products
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    38 Karin Miller
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Existing and New Construction
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,982 Haojie Wang
    Energy Modeler
    KJWW Engineering
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Prescriptive: Differents visible light transmittances
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    112 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Emissivity Values are Unknown
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    282 ryan kremer
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    United States
    Emissivity Values are Unknown
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    77 ryan kremer
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    United States
    Standby Cooling
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    130 Lara Cogill
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    Saudi Arabia
    RE: SRI of wood?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    267 Ermal Dauti
    EGS-plan International GmbH
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    10 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: "Preserve from development activity 40% of the greenfield area"
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    4 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: How are individual guestroom VTACs calculated?
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    13 Joshua Radoff
    Principal, LEEDuser Primary Author
    YRG sustainability
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: Process Energy Savings - Exceptional Calculation - Dry Coolers
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,180 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Green Cleaning in a Semiconductor Fab???
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.1: Green Cleaning—High Performance Cleaning Program
    32 David Gibney
    Technical Director for Sustainable Design
    M+W Group
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    United States
    RE: Calculator from USGBC
    in EBOM-v4: Green cleaning - equipment
    5 Kimberly Schlaepfer
    Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Open Space Accessibility
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    177 Justin Southwick
    Tri-Star Homes, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: ESC plan for major renovation of data center
    in NC-v4: Construction activity pollution prevention
    5 Karin Miller
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: LEED NC - v4 MRc3 Wood products
    in NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - sourcing of raw materials
    38 Karin Miller
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Existing and New Construction
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,982 Haojie Wang
    Energy Modeler
    KJWW Engineering
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Prescriptive: Differents visible light transmittances
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    112 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Emissivity Values are Unknown
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    282 ryan kremer
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    United States
    Emissivity Values are Unknown
    in NC v2.2 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    77 ryan kremer
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    United States
    Standby Cooling
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    130 Lara Cogill
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    Saudi Arabia
    RE: SRI of wood?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    267 Ermal Dauti
    EGS-plan International GmbH
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: Do we include Non-certifiable structure in Building gross area?
    in MPR7: Must comply with a minimum building area to site area ratio
    10 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015
    RE: "Preserve from development activity 40% of the greenfield area"
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    4 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: How are individual guestroom VTACs calculated?
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    13 Joshua Radoff
    Principal, LEEDuser Primary Author
    YRG sustainability
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: Process Energy Savings - Exceptional Calculation - Dry Coolers
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,180 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: Commissioning Documents
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    293 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    RE: Aerosol Adhesives
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    451 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional, Guiding Principles Compliance Professional
    Energy Ace
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Open office with Displacement ventilation and Chilled beams
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    219 Zonda E. Team
    Zonda Engineering
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Professional Engineer
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    10 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Founder
    DCarbon
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015
    Desktop C02 Monitors
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    254 Diego Garcia
    Architect LEED AP
    Wed, Jul 29, 2015
    Mexico
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    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
    Rating system: NC, CI or EBOM?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    685 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Tue, Jul 28, 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
    note about this forum
    in Vestibules in 90.1-2007 and LEED 3.0 Projects
    12 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    RE: Regularly Occupied Spaces in Convention Centers (LEED NC v2009)
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    230 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Mon, Apr 8, 2013
    Rating system: NC, CI or EBOM?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    685 Melissa Merryweather
    Director
    Green Consult-Asia
    Sun, Apr 7, 2013
    New USGBC searchable database..
    in Key LEED Interpretations
    4 Lewis Hewton
    Cundall
    Sat, Apr 6, 2013
    RE: Bicycle network
    in Pilot Credit 13: Bicycle Network, Storage, and Changing Rooms
    35 Ann Lubbers
    Sat, Apr 6, 2013
    Is this Pilot credit closed?
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    59 Stella Stella
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    RE: Process Energy Savings - Exceptional Calculation - Dry Coolers
    in NC 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    1,180 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    RE: If Purchasing Chilled Water from Campus Central Plant...
    in NC 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    52 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Coordinator
    YR&G
    Thu, Apr 4, 2013
    RE: Thanks Tristan!
    in GBCI Invites Direct Inquiries—But Do Your Homework First
    19 Megan Ritchie Saffitz
    Director of LEED Support
    U.S. Green Building Council
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013
    Workspace Pods
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.5: Low-Emitting Materials—Systems Furniture and Seating
    145 Akos Brandecker
    Sustainability Manager
    ISG
    Wed, Apr 3, 2013
    RE: Feedback for ACP Program
    in Pilot Credit 67: Pilot Alternative Compliance Path—EA Prerequisite 2
    9 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Apr 2, 2013
    RE: CARB and ECO-Certified
    in New Rules for Formaldehyde in IEQc4.4
    7 Nick _
    Architect, LEED AP
    Tue, Apr 2, 2013
    RE: Dual Showerheads
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    667 Michelle Robinson
    Re:Vision Architecture
    Tue, Apr 2, 2013
    RE: V4 implementation and '09 phase out
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Sun, Mar 31, 2013
    RE: V4 implementation and '09 phase out
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Sun, Mar 31, 2013
    RE: V4 implementation and '09 phase out
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Sun, Mar 31, 2013
    Vista Users Out of Luck
    in Living with LEED Online - quirks, bugs and hiccups
    137 Cynthia Kaplan
    Principal
    cmk LEED
    Fri, Mar 29, 2013
    United States
    RE: V4 implementation and '09 phase out
    in Sixth Comment Period for LEED v4 Won't Delay Member Ballot
    35 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Thu, Mar 28, 2013
    RE: A few comments...
    in LEED v4 Public Comment Forum - LEED Takes a New Direction
    98 Brian McCallister
    Thu, Mar 28, 2013
    Future Reclaimed Water Service
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    403 Annalise Reichert
    LEED Project Coordinator
    Environmental Building Strategies
    Wed, Mar 27, 2013
    United States
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    LEED: Homes eligibility?
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    144 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    2014-10-22 00:01 United States
    Making the Shipping Company Take the Packaging?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    96 Kimberlee Dobbins
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 15:21 United States
    LEED lease agreement for CS
    in CS 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventlilation
    11 Alfonzo Collins
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 11:43 United States
    WEc3 denial
    in NC 2009 WEc3: Water Use Reduction
    116 Therese Thompson
    Project Manager
    Cordogan, Clark & Associates
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 11:17 United States
    Exception for display lighting
    in EBOM 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    108 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Tue, Oct 21, 2014
    2014-10-21 11:11 Greece
    Well Building Standard
    in CI 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    149 Susan Coy
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 14:23 United States
    EBOM & the future
    in USGBC Rolls Out LEED Dynamic Plaque, Amid Debate
    36 Shevaun Barrie
    Inland Technical Services
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 14:09 Canada
    occupied area
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    416 ilkyaz ceren güçlü
    civil engineer
    SPC Solutions
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 13:27 Russian Federation
    LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Chinese
    in China
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:33 China
    Editing Form Values
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    416 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 12:25 United States
    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
    2014-10-20 12:22 Portugal
    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
    2014-10-20 12:22 Brazil
    Summary marked "N"
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    230 Ryan Kurlbaum
    CHARLES ROSE ARCHITECTS
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:54 United States
    Ventilation Effectiveness
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    932 Dustin Balton
    Project Engineer
    Holstein White, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:43 United States
    An unusual situation with Recycling Tickets
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    378 Christine Castellano
    LEED GA
    RC Andersen LLC
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 11:32 United States
    Ventilation Effectiveness
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    192 Dustin Balton
    Project Engineer
    Holstein White, Inc.
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 10:26 United States
    Hot desks as regularly occupied space?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    668 Paul Rogers
    Architect
    BAU Architects
    Mon, Oct 20, 2014
    2014-10-20 06:07 Sweden
    LEED Projecdt Boundary and SSc8
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    598 Dan Barton
    via Greengrade LEED Management Software
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 15:54 United States
    NC 2009 Retail IEQ7.2- humidistat needed in non-employee spaces?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    115 Laura Case
    Southface
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 15:29 United States
    Pot washing sink
    in NC 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    667 Christine Harvey
    Fri, Oct 17, 2014
    2014-10-17 15:21 United States

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