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    62MZCalc
    in NC-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    911 Gordon Nielson
    Nielson Engineering
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    United States
    Legally binding document
    in CS 2009 IEQc6: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    36 Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo
    Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M
    Revitaliza Consultores
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    Land disturbed vs. land supporting normal building operation
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    210 michelle bombeck
    Project Associate
    O'Brien & Company
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    United States
    RE: What category is [some random adhesive?]
    in NC 2009 IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    444 Lawrence Lile
    Chief Engineer
    Lile Engineering LLC
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    RE: 1 year contract?
    in NC 2009 EAc6: Green Power
    165 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    How to deal with a multi-use college residence hall
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    257 Mike Stopka
    Director of Sustainability
    Solomon Cordwell Buenz
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    RE: Atrium entrances
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,860 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    RE: Eye Height above 42" for Standing Desks?
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views for Seated Spaces
    76 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Fri, May 29, 2015
    RE: Innovation Credit - Health & Safety of Occupants
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    560 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    RE: Compostable Trash Can Liners
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    149 Tracy Smith
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    RE: Elegible On-Site Energy Systems
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    209 PAULA HERNANDEZ
    MRS.
    INGENIERO MARIO PEDRO HERNANDEZ
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    Argentina
    RE: Appeal for denied credit
    in LEED Reviews: LEED Online, Appeals, Design/Construction Submittals, and more
    685 Marcus Sheffer
    LEED Fellow
    7group
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    RE: Rating System Path
    in ND-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    2 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    RE: DA, vs. sDA, and LM-83
    in Designing for Daylighting
    19 Todd Reed
    Daylight Designer
    7group
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    Off-site area counted for two LEED projects
    in EBOM 2009 SSc5: Site Development—Protect or Restore Open Habitat
    92 Jiri Dobias
    Thu, May 28, 2015
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    water use per instrument tray requirements table
    in Healthcare-v4: Indoor water use reduction
    1 Michael Burton
    SR Manager, Project Planning Design
    STERIS
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    RE: Equivalence of local standards for commissioning tests
    in CI 2009 EAc2: Enhanced Commissioning
    48 Scott Bowman
    LEED Fellow
    Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    RE: Strip out plan
    in CI 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    71 Graham Langton
    Building Services Engineer
    PM-Group
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    RE: SSc2 Activity log 20% of the time
    in EBOM 2009 SSc3: Integrated Pest Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Management Plan
    76 Mary Rose Anlacan
    Energy Engineer, LEED AP, Estidama PQP
    Middle East Center for Sustainable Development
    Wed, Dec 17, 2014
    RE: Is there any Credit Language for this
    in Schools-2009: Social equity within the project team
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    RE: Groundwater to achieve this credit
    in CS 2009 WEc2: Innovative Wastewater Technologies
    22 MKK LEED
    Tue, Dec 16, 2014
    RE: Residential building above
    in Retail-CI-v4: Environmental Tobacco Smoke Control
    3 Francisco Sanchez Arroyo
    hexxan
    Fri, Dec 12, 2014
    Spain
    Credit for EPDs in LEED 2009
    in NC-2009: MR Credit Category Pilot ACP
    1 Gunnar Baldwin
    Fri, Dec 12, 2014
    RE: Lighting control in office space
    in NC-v4: Interior lighting
    10 Lauren Sparandara
    Sustainability Manager
    Google
    Wed, Dec 10, 2014
    RE: DEC - EBOM
    in EBOM 2009 WEc4: Cooling Tower Water Management
    63 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    RE: Commercial Kitchen
    in EBOM 2009 MRc2: Sustainable Purchasing—Durable Goods
    81 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    Regional Priority credits worldwide
    in NC-v4: Regional priority
    6 Pooja Sannamni
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014
    RE: Survey Completion
    in CI 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    20 April Brown
    Projects Manager
    Institute for the Built Environment
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014
    RE: Can a LEED NC certified building pursue now a LEED EBOM?
    in EBOM-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    7 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Dec 8, 2014
    RE: 2-seat Reception Area in Middle School
    in Schools 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    27 Carrie Webster
    Moseley Architects
    Fri, Dec 5, 2014
    RE: FSC Invoice information for custom woodworking elements
    in NC v2.2 MRc7: Certified Wood
    162 Jason Grant
    Principal
    Jason Grant Consulting
    Fri, Dec 5, 2014
    RE: Public vs Staff Entries
    in Healthcare-v2009: Alternative transportation - public transportation access
    5 Mara Baum
    Healthcare Sustainable Design Leader, LEED Fellow
    HOK
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    RE: Air Purifiers? Dehumidifiers?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQp3: Green Cleaning Policy
    72 Trista Little
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Thu, Dec 4, 2014
    MERV 8 Filter
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.4: IAQ Best Management Practices—Reduce Particulates in Air Distribution
    34 Crosbey Archery
    Air Conditioner Air Filters
    Unitedfilter
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    Canada
    RE: NPDc11: are townhomes single dwelling or multiunit buildings
    in ND-v2009: Visitability and universal design
    2 Eliot Allen
    LEED AP-ND, Principal
    Criterion Planners
    Mon, Dec 1, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    ACP Process : BREEAM equivalency
    in LEED Now Recognizes Energy Credits from BREEAM
    1 CHRISTOPHE MATHIEU
    Sustainable Design And Construction Consultants, Paris, France
    greenaffair
    Mon, Jun 25, 2012
    RE: What should USGBC do with the extra time to ensure success?
    in LEED 2012 Postponed to 2013, Renamed LEED v4
    28 Larry Sims
    Principal
    Studio4, LLC
    Thu, Jun 14, 2012
    RE: LEED Specifications
    in Top Six Things LEED Consultants Do Wrong in Specs
    5 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Wed, Jun 20, 2012
    Dan,
    in LEED Submittal Forms, Beta to v3
    1 Emily Catacchio
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wight and Company
    Tue, Jun 12, 2012
    RE: LEED Online Access to Certified Projects
    in LEED Online Access to Certified Projects
    8 Matt Bartner
    Wed, May 30, 2012
    RE: 4th comment period open
    in LEED 2012 – 3rd Public Comment – Guide to Key Changes and Forum
    107 Barry Giles
    Founder & CEO, LEED Fellow
    BuildingWise LLC
    Tue, May 15, 2012
    RE: LEED certification in China
    in Hi from China LEED engineer
    3 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Sat, May 5, 2012
    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
    Title Comments Most Recent Post Location
    IEQc4 uploads
    in Schools IEQc4.1: Low-Emitting Materials—Adhesives and Sealants
    34 Shivani Langer
    Project Architect/LEED administrator
    Stantec
    Fri, Oct 31, 2014
    United States
    Flush Out Requirements
    in CI 2009 IEQc3.2: Construction IAQ Management Plan—Before Occupancy
    66 Lindsey Walaski
    Fri, Oct 31, 2014
    United States
    Is this Pilot credit closed?
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    59 Stella Stella
    Thu, Oct 30, 2014
    RE: International Projects
    in LEED 2009 Registration Extended to October 2016
    138 Andrew Carman
    Sustainability Consultant
    Sebesta
    Thu, Oct 30, 2014
    Using VAV box CFMs as measurement of outside airfow
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc1.2: IAQ Best Management Practices—Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    25 Sean Blaevoet
    Junior Designer
    Guttmann & Blaevoet Consulting Engineers
    Thu, Oct 30, 2014
    United States
    Minimum indoor AQ calculator
    in EBOM-v4: Minimum indoor air quality performance
    4 OSCAR DE LA RED
    LEED AP BD+C
    PROMEC
    Thu, Oct 30, 2014
    RE: Parking for Electric Buggies (golf carts)
    in NC 2009 SSc4.4: Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity
    305 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    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
    LEED-H Water Use
    in Homes-v2008: Indoor water use
    1 Robyn Vettraino
    President
    verde
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    United States
    Warehouse
    in CI-2009 IEQp1: Minimum IAQ Performance
    145 Anke Koch
    Architect LEED AP
    Ingenieurbüro Anke Koch
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    Germany
    RE: WAter fountain in buildings - exterior lumen ligthing
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    590 Bill Swanson
    PE, LEED AP
    Integrated Architecture
    Wed, Oct 29, 2014
    LEED for Neighborhood Development + Walkable Project Site
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    91 M+A Architects
    Sustainability Team Member
    M+A Architects
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    Determining Building Ocucpant
    in CI 2009 SSc3.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    84 Leslie DelleFave
    Architect
    Architectural Resources Cambridge
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    United States
    Facilities off-site alllowed but cannot be double counted
    in NC-v4: Must use reasonable LEED boundaries
    2 Nate Tsang
    Graduate Energy Engineer
    Arup
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    We are providing shared use
    in Schools 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    39 Anne Agan
    Breslin Ridyard Fadero Architects
    Tue, Oct 28, 2014
    Task Lights in Scope
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.1: Controllability of Systems—Lighting
    317 Jonathan Weiss
    Sun, Oct 26, 2014
    United States
    RE: LEED v4 rating systems being translated to Spanish
    in Latin America and the Caribbean
    17 Marge Barradas Machin
    Thu, Oct 23, 2014
    Data center floor area like an unoccupied space
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    186 Paola Moschini
    Architect LEED AP BD+C, ID+C
    MACRO DESIGN STUDIO
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    HVAC zone
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc2.3: Occupant Comfort—Thermal Comfort Monitoring
    28 Gabriel Frasson
    Project Manager
    OTEC
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    Brazil
    Is this Pilot credit closed?
    in Pilot Credit 10: Sustainable Wastewater Management
    59 Stella Stella
    Wed, Oct 22, 2014
    Title Comments Post date Most Recent Postsort icon Location
    Ancillary site buildings
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    258 E H
    Sustainability Architect
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 18:32 Vietnam
    Annual Energy Cost
    in NC 2009 EAc2: On-Site Renewable Energy
    209 Sarah Thompson
    Sustainability Coordinator
    XL Construction
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 18:00 United States
    Mixed Use, Mid Rise Residential, CO2 in units?
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    250 Joanna Yaghooti
    Director of Sustainable Design
    PageSoutherlandPage
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 15:47 United States
    LEED Online V4 problems
    in NC 2009 IDc2: LEED Accredited Professional
    49 Susannah Goddard
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 13:02 United Kingdom
    Are windows on one side, at large hall, sufficient?
    in NC 2009 IEQc8.2: Daylight and Views—Views
    408 Jiri Dobias
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 12:26 Czech Republic
    Mechanical Boundary Differs from Overall Project Boundary
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    195 John Havenstrite
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 10:26 United States
    Exterior walk-off mats permitted?
    in NC-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    6 Vince Briones
    Sustainable Design Manager
    Atkins
    Wed, Feb 18, 2015
    2015-02-18 09:39 United States
    Application Guide for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    in Start a New LEED Discussion Topic
    186 Jeff Smitley
    Managing Principal
    Bold Rock Development Group
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 20:44 United States
    Glare control
    in CS 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    106 Belén Valladares López
    Mrs
    Valladares Ingenieria
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 18:45 Spain
    Local Food Production
    in NC-2009: Local food production
    28 OSLEIDE WALKER
    Associate
    IBI Group
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 17:53 United States
    Guidance on calculations with multiple inputs
    in Schools 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    28 Esther Kohout
    Kohout Woodwork, Inc
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 16:37 United States
    dealership building and a detached carwash
    in New LEED Guidance for Campuses and Multiple Buildings
    532 Art Kamm
    Kamm Consulting, Inc.
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 14:52 United States
    Excel spreadsheets
    in NC 2009 MRc4: Recycled Content
    548 Brian Harris
    Principal
    TcaArchitecture Planning
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 12:41 United States
    Tenant agreement to exclude PFP boxes
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    933 Rathnashree Bharadwaj
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 07:46 India
    Liquid hand soaps/body wash
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.3: Green Cleaning—Purchase of Sustainable Cleaning Products and Materials
    149 Jutta Berns-Mumbi
    principal
    ecocentric cc
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 07:33 South Africa
    Project boundary issues
    in MPR3: Must use a reasonable site boundary
    210 Muneeb Haider
    Architect
    SIDEworks
    Tue, Feb 17, 2015
    2015-02-17 01:14 Pakistan
    CPG - Efficiency Compliance
    in CI 2009 EAc1.3: Optimize Energy Performance—HVAC
    355 Jonathan Caisido
    Green Technologies
    Mon, Feb 16, 2015
    2015-02-16 03:32 United Arab Emirates
    LEED for Homes V4 International
    in LEED for Homes (LEED-H) Forum
    142 Emmanuel Pauwels
    Owner
    Green Living Projects s.l.
    Sat, Feb 14, 2015
    2015-02-14 14:51 Spain
    EA Credit 1 ACP (Alternative Compliance Path)
    in CS 2009 EAc1: Optimize Energy Performance
    265 Harry Flamm
    Project Architect and Sustainability Coordinator
    Elkus Manfredi Architects
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    2015-02-13 14:38 United States
    Baseline Lighting Power for a Major Renovation
    in NC 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    2,860 Curtis Clark
    Director of Sustainability Services
    GSBS Architects
    Fri, Feb 13, 2015
    2015-02-13 12:04 United States

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