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    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: DOAS
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    1,047 Kathryn West
    LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Green Globes Professional
    JLL
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    appropriate zoning, solar exposure - apartment
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    442 Yuna Chen
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Engineered wood products
    in NC-v4: Low emitting materials
    203 Christine Richey
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Energy Model DHW peak flow vs WEp1 peak flow
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Metering Requirements
    in CS 2009 EAc5.2: Measurement and Verification—Tenant Submetering
    125 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    Dorm projects
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    123 Rita Haberman
    Brightworks
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Successful Option 4 with Zipcar?
    in NC 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    466 Patricia Lloyd
    Sustainability Manager
    Leopardo Companies, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: What defines complex occupancy?
    in PIf3: Occupant and Usage Data
    290 Jeannie Rueter
    Green Building Analyst
    Ausonio Incorporated
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    United States
    RE: SS Credit 8 Compliance
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    640 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    Calculating MRc4 - Recycable Material Credits
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    621 Richard Metts
    CPC, LEED AP BD+C
    Durotech, Inc.
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    United States
    Tri-gen
    in NC-v4: Minimum energy performance
    138 Victoria Watson
    Wed, Sep 28, 2016
    RE: Wood pellets as a Renewable energy source
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    305 Ward Miller
    Chief Environmental Officer
    Alpenglow Advisory
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    Different VOC Formats
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    547 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: n/a
    in NC 2009 SSc5.1: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    279 Daniel Hartsig
    Sustainability Analyst
    Transwestern
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    RE: Reduce Parking Footprint
    in NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    28 Hadar Farjo
    Tue, Sep 27, 2016
    United States
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Hospital beds
    in Healthcare-v2009: Furniture and medical furnishings
    39 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    WE Credit 4 requirement question
    in Healthcare-v4: Water metering
    1 Naten Maniktala
    M.E. GROUP
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016
    United States
    RE: LEED recertification process
    in PIf5: Building System Control
    7 VICTOR MORENO
    TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
    ISOLANA AHORRO ENERGÉTICO SL
    Sat, Jun 11, 2016
    Spain
    Trouble finding comparable projects for recycling rates
    in CS 2009 MRp1: Storage and Collection of Recyclables
    56 Jason Happe
    Director of Energy & Sustainability
    EBI Consulting
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    United States
    RE: v4 Demand Response - typical peak load reduction "systems".
    in NC-v4: Demand response
    12 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    Audio System
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Optimize energy performance - equipment and appliances
    1 Anna Cogo
    Nativa S.r.l SB
    Fri, Jun 10, 2016
    RE: Credit Still Open?
    in Pilot Credit 12: Reduced Automobile Dependence
    50 Fred Dock
    Director, Department of Transportation
    City of Pasadena, CA
    Thu, Jun 9, 2016
    RE: shuttle to public transportation
    in CS 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    29 Marilyn Specht
    Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Wed, Jun 8, 2016
    RE: Clarifying 20 different materials from 5 different manufacturers
    in Schools-NC-v4: Building product disclosure and optimization - environmental product declarations
    2 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 8, 2016
    VENTILATION WAREHOUSES
    in Warehouses-EBOM-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    1 Helena Garcia
    Bioconstruction
    Green Building Management
    Mon, Jun 6, 2016
    Spain
    RE: IPM in Place and No Pesticides Used
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    75 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Sun, Jun 5, 2016
    RE: LEED V3 Vs V4
    in EBOM 2009 EAc3.2: Performance Measurement—System Level Metering
    54 David Hubka
    Director - Operations
    Transwestern Sustainability Services
    Fri, Jun 3, 2016
    RE: Heat pump water heater
    in CS v4: Enhanced refrigerant management
    4 Melissa Kelly
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Jun 2, 2016
    RE: Occupant's training manual
    in Homes-v4: Education of homeowner, tenant, or building manager
    3 Phil Vanderloo
    President
    Hiline Builders Inc.
    Thu, Jun 2, 2016
    RE: Athletic Field Definition
    in NC-v4: Outdoor water use reduction
    23 Carlie Bullock-Jones, LEED Fellow, WELL AP
    Principal
    Ecoworks Studio
    Thu, Jun 2, 2016
    RE: EPA CGP 2003/2012
    in NC-v4: Construction activity pollution prevention
    13 Charalampos Giannikopoulos
    Senior Sustainability Consultant
    DCarbon
    Thu, Jun 2, 2016
    Has Homes v2008 Midrise already been phased out?
    in Homes-v2008: Integrated project planning
    5 Brian Salazar
    President, LEED AP, WELL AP
    Entegra Development & Investment, LLC
    Wed, Jun 1, 2016
    United States
    RE: High Rise Residential
    in NC-v4: Advanced energy metering
    23 Megan White
    Sr. Sustainability Consultant
    Integral Group
    Wed, Jun 1, 2016
    United States
    Occupancy Counts differ from workstation count significantly
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.2: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    54 Blair Seibert
    Principal, Architect
    Verde Concepts, Inc.
    Wed, Jun 1, 2016
    United States
    RE: Tracking energy consumption data and electrical demand data
    in CI-v4: Advanced energy metering
    7 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Wed, Jun 1, 2016
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: Split Submissions now and after 2015
    in How long does it take for USGBC to do the LEED design & construction review?
    11 John Neville
    President
    Sustainable Arizona
    Thu, Jan 23, 2014
    RE: Aren't Corrections only supposed to be published in Apr and Oct?
    in A Guide to the Key LEED BD&C v2009 Addenda - NC, CS, Schools
    51 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jul 2, 2014
    RE: Is it really the windows?
    in Poor Cell Phone Service in LEED buildings
    5 Travis Reed
    CellAntenna
    Mon, Jan 6, 2014
    RE: Key CIR for Registered non-certified LEED-CS v2.0 projects
    in Key CIR for Registered non-certified LEED-CS v2.0 projects
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Dec 23, 2013
    I agree Tristan!
    in Dear USGBC, Give Us Transparency on LEED Energy Data
    4 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Fri, Dec 13, 2013
    RE: LEED Data Set - Energy Use Way Too High!
    in Energy Star Score of 85 for 450 LEED Buildings in Biggest Data Release Yet
    2 Michele Helou
    Principal
    Sage Design & Consulting
    Thu, Dec 5, 2013
    RE: my experience
    in LEED core + shell vs. new construction
    8 Saju Varghese
    SUSTAINABILITY COORDINATOR
    JALRW Eng. Group Inc.
    Tue, Dec 3, 2013
    RE: The role of concensus in green rating systems
    in Chemical Industry Touts Anti-LEED Language in Appropriations Bill
    19 Paula Melton
    Senior Editor
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 3, 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, a LEED® Proven Provider™
    Sun, Dec 1, 2013
    RE: Excited to Meet Everyone!
    in See You in Philly! Greenbuild 2013
    5 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Tue, Nov 19, 2013
    Feds: Green Globes as Good as LEED - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    Congratulations 2013 LEED Fellows - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Nov 13, 2013
    RE: Any info that you'd be willing to share on Green Globes?
    in Getting to Know Green Globes
    7 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: All LEED sample forms
    in Sample LEED Online credit forms
    4 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: MPR 6 Compliance through a different Portfolio manager
    in Video: LEED Energy Reporting Made Easy
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: Sports Facility - 0 FTE's or 0 Transient Users
    in PI Form 3 - Occupant and Usage Data
    78 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    RE: "Confirmation of Agent's Authority" form for a CCD new bldg.
    in New, Friendlier Legal Forms Rolled Out on LEED Online
    9 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    PIf3 forum
    in Occupant and Usage Data
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    rating system selection forum
    in Military Barracks considered LEED for Homes or LEED NC?
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    rating system selection forum
    in Minor Renovation of an Existing LEED Certified Building
    5 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Nov 5, 2013
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    RE: EPA registered chemicals and new UL equivalent of CCD 146
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    155 Garrett Gerst
    Senior Marketing Manager
    Veritiv
    Thu, May 5, 2016
    ID+C - EQ Credit Interior Lighting - Lighting Sales areas
    in Retail-CI-v4: Interior lighting
    2 Valentin Grimaud
    Thermal Engineer
    TERAO Green Building Engineering
    Wed, May 4, 2016
    Germany
    LTc4- Long-term bicycle storage, Bicycle maintenance program
    in Retail-CI-v4: Bicycle facilities
    2 Valentin Grimaud
    Thermal Engineer
    TERAO Green Building Engineering
    Wed, May 4, 2016
    Germany
    Water Fountains in an Urban Setting
    in NC 2009 SSc5.2: Site Development—Maximize Open Space
    192 Douglas Snyder
    Principal
    DS Greenbuild LLC
    Tue, May 3, 2016
    Vietnam
    ID+C - EQ Credit Interior Lighting - Lighting Sales areas
    in Retail-CI-v4: Interior lighting
    2 Valentin Grimaud
    Thermal Engineer
    TERAO Green Building Engineering
    Mon, May 2, 2016
    Germany
    LTc4- Long-term bicycle storage, Bicycle maintenance program
    in Retail-CI-v4: Bicycle facilities
    2 Valentin Grimaud
    Thermal Engineer
    TERAO Green Building Engineering
    Mon, May 2, 2016
    Germany
    Open Plan office served by 4 AHUs
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    160 Michael Wahjudi
    ESD Consultant
    Kaer Pte Ltd
    Mon, May 2, 2016
    Singapore
    Meeting the credit intent
    in NC-2009: Social equity within the project team
    4 Jon Hall
    GGLO
    Fri, Apr 29, 2016
    Master's Research Survey
    in NC 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    483 Vibha Pai
    Student
    University of Cincinnati
    Fri, Apr 29, 2016
    United States
    LEED Basement Boundary
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    239 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Thu, Apr 28, 2016
    Ireland
    Compliance for Existing Site Features
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Vicki Rybl
    Energy Engineer
    RDK Engineers
    Thu, Apr 28, 2016
    United States
    RE: Preferred parking signage
    in CS 2009 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
    114 cathy keagle
    Thu, Apr 28, 2016
    substitution in v2009
    in CS v4: Light pollution reduction
    1 Hannah Silver
    Tue, Apr 26, 2016
    United States
    LEED Basement Boundary
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    239 Francis McNulty
    OCSC
    Tue, Apr 26, 2016
    Ireland
    Waste Stream Study: Address top 4 only, or any 4 out of the 5?
    in Retail-NC-v4: Storage and collection of recyclables
    1 Faun Carlson
    Tue, Apr 26, 2016
    United States
    How to draw the 11 degree line to identify unobstructed view
    in Healthcare-v4: Quality Views
    1 P Hariharan
    Tue, Apr 26, 2016
    RE: Non-direct Purchase Item
    in EBOM 2009 MRc1: Sustainable Purchasing—Ongoing Consumables
    105 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Apr 26, 2016
    RE: EQc5 & Fume Hoods
    in NC 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    449 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Mon, Apr 25, 2016
    v4
    in Schools-NC-v4: Light pollution reduction
    1 Peter Doo
    President
    Doo Consulting, LLC
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016
    United States
    RE: advanced buildings doc
    in Where can I find a copy of "Advanced Buildings: Energy Benchmark for High Performance Buildings (E-Benchmark)”?
    15 Trevor Anderson
    Sustainability Consultant
    Steven Winter Associates
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Copy area in office - acoustical treatment
    in CI-v4: Acoustic performance
    1 Leticia SooHoo, AIA, LEED AP+
    Architect,Principal / Sustainability
    AlfaTech
    Mon, Jul 11, 2016
    2016-07-11 14:29 United States
    site fence
    in NC 2009 SSp1: Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
    296 Agata Mozer
    GO4IT SP Z OO SP K
    Mon, Jul 11, 2016
    2016-07-11 07:47 Poland
    LEED Retail CI EAc1.3 zoning and controls
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    442 Francisco Aguirre
    Senior Engineer
    Ove Arup and Partners, S.A.
    Mon, Jul 11, 2016
    2016-07-11 04:55 Spain
    Classroom Building on a Commuter College Campus
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    132 Allen Schaffer
    Director of Sustainable Design
    Moody Nolan
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016
    2016-07-08 15:13 United States
    College Campuses
    in Pilot Credit 78: Design for active occupants
    129 Allen Schaffer
    Director of Sustainable Design
    Moody Nolan
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016
    2016-07-08 14:27 United States
    Interpretation Problem
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    442 Maria Isabel Conde
    Owner
    Aqua Terra (Panama) S.A.
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016
    2016-07-08 12:46 Panama
    Existing Laboratory Equipment
    in CI 2009 EAp3: Fundamental Refrigerant Management
    40 Michele Helou
    Principal
    Sage Design & Consulting
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016
    2016-07-08 11:41 United States
    decorative glass film applies to EQc41?
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    517 Diego Fernandez
    Atmos Systems
    Fri, Jul 8, 2016
    2016-07-08 06:38 Spain
    KS and KD Values in Table 1 - Cannot find
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    457 Amal Iqbal
    Designer
    Callander Associates Landscape Architecture
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 14:54 United Kingdom
    decorative glass film applies to EQc41?
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    93 Diego Fernandez
    Atmos Systems
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 12:53 Spain
    Energy Metering for Multi-tenant building
    in EBOM-v4: Advanced energy metering
    7 Gabriela Crespo
    CxA, LEED AP BD+C, O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 11:59 Mexico
    EApc67 - Energy Jumpstart
    in Pilot Credit 67: Pilot Alternative Compliance Path—EA Prerequisite 2
    12 Janet Fick
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 11:27 United States
    Dining facility overall area with or without walk-in coolers
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Addisu Lemlem
    Project Engineer
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 10:13 United States
    LEED Development Density and community connectivity
    in NC 2009 SSc2: Development Density and Community Connectivity
    292 Sherrin Pulickal
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 08:13 United Arab Emirates
    Logistic Warehouse
    in NC-v4: Daylight
    50 Helena Garcia
    Bioconstruction
    Green Building Management
    Thu, Jul 7, 2016
    2016-07-07 04:12 Spain
    California Projects using Title 24-2013
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Cynthia Quinn
    Principal
    Ecological Environments, LLC
    Wed, Jul 6, 2016
    2016-07-06 19:31 United States
    Dining facility overall area with or without walk-in coolers
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    3,753 Addisu Lemlem
    Project Engineer
    Wed, Jul 6, 2016
    2016-07-06 17:48 United States
    Alternative Path for the Optimize Energry Performance
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum energy performance
    48 Meier Corporate Account
    Meijer
    Wed, Jul 6, 2016
    2016-07-06 16:15 United States
    Is it OK to use different units of measurement for MRc6 + MRc7?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    105 Melissa Schifman
    Principal
    Sustology
    Wed, Jul 6, 2016
    2016-07-06 11:54 United States
    White Membrane Roofs and Dirt
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    324 Carrie Webster
    Moseley Architects
    Wed, Jul 6, 2016
    2016-07-06 10:46 United States

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