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    173 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Sun, Sep 14, 2014
    RE: VOC limits
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    72 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Sun, Sep 14, 2014
    RE: No public water and wastewater infrastructure in the City!!
    in ND-v2009: Smart location
    13 Eliot Allen
    AICP, LEED AP-ND, CNU-A
    Principal, Criterion Planners LEED Faculty, LP TAG
    Sun, Sep 14, 2014
    retail spaces in office building
    in CS 2009 IEQc2: Increased Ventlilation
    7 Agata Jarzynska
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    Sun, Sep 14, 2014
    RE: No car park or external areas
    in EBOM 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Reduction—Nonroof
    53 GBC Council CL
    Chile GBC
    Sat, Sep 13, 2014
    RE: What about buildings occupying the whole site?
    in NC 2009 SSc7.1: Heat Island Effect—Nonroof
    226 GBC Council CL
    Chile GBC
    Sat, Sep 13, 2014
    RE: CxA Experience and energy systems
    in NC 2009 EAp1: Fundamental Commissioning of Building Energy Systems
    246 André Harms
    Ecolution Consulting
    Sat, Sep 13, 2014
    Unconditioned Regularly Occupied Fermentation Room in Winery
    in NC 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    171 Kevin Gilleran
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014
    5% path
    in EBOM 2009 SSc5: Site Development—Protect or Restore Open Habitat
    88 Maximiliano Martinez
    Project Manager
    PowerSeal Pipeline Products Corporation
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014
    RE: NC 2009 or v4 Multifamily Midrise
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    608 Asa Foss
    LEED for Homes Techincal Development
    US Green Building Council
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014
    RE: Janitor's closet away from occupant work areas
    in CI 2009 IEQc5: Indoor Chemical and Pollutant Source Control
    81 Michelle Halle Stern
    LEED Fellow
    The Green Facilitator
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014
    RE: Equivalent standards for projects outside the USA
    in CS 2009 EAp2: Minimum Energy Performance
    833 Annette Kwee
    Witte Projektmanagement GmbH
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014
    Qualifying Products
    in NC-2009: Environmentally preferable interior finishes and furnishings
    13 Thomas Hellmann
    Director of Architecture
    Hixson
    Fri, Sep 12, 2014
    RE: Aluminum Flooring
    in CI 2009 IEQc4.3: Low-Emitting Materials—Flooring Systems
    106 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Thu, Sep 11, 2014
    RE: Providing Accurate Number of Bus Rides for Exemplary Performance
    in NC 2009 SSc4.1: Alternative Transportation—Public Transportation Access
    202 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Thu, Sep 11, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Option 2 - one time fee or annually
    in NC-v4: Site development - protect or restore habitat
    1 Lorne Mlotek
    LEED AP BD+C
    LeadingGREEN
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    Bamboo flooring materials
    in NC 2009 MRc6: Rapidly Renewable Materials
    49 Lilian Seow
    LEED Manager
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    RE: Vendor Invoice Rqmnts??
    in NC v2.2 MRc7: Certified Wood
    158 Jason Grant
    Principal
    Jason Grant Consulting
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    Confused about Perf periods and 2-yr contract for offsite REC's
    in EBOM 2009 EAc4: On-Site and Off-Site Renewable Energy
    91 Wendy Parker, LEED AP
    Manager of Safety & Environmental
    MetroNational
    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    SS c2 Building Exterior Cleaning
    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    101 Hadrian Vivek
    Mr
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    Thu, Aug 14, 2014
    RE: LEED EBOM application day
    in MPR5: Must comply with minimum occupancy rates
    2 David Eldridge
    Project Manager
    Grumman/Butkus Associates
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    Stand Alone Refrigerators and Freezers to be included in EAc4?
    in NC 2009 EAc4: Enhanced Refrigerant Management
    102 Vivien Fairlamb
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    RE: FSC MIX
    in CI 2009 MRc7: Certified Wood
    98 Viktor Reutherborg
    Trainee
    NCC Construction Sverige
    Wed, Aug 13, 2014
    RE: Net vs. Gross tonnage
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    326 Michelle Reott
    LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, O+M, Managing Principal
    Earthly Ideas LLC
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: ID point for Green Cleaning- need advice
    in NC 2009 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    525 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: Dimension of entryway systems
    in EBOM-v4: Enhanced indoor air quality strategies
    2 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: Retail tenant in a mall
    in Retail–CI-v2009: Development density and community connectivity
    4 Scott Adams
    Principal
    Sustainable Integration LLC
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: Energy-Star equivalent products
    in CI 2009 EAc1.4: Optimize Energy Performance—Equipment and Appliances
    260 R G
    Tue, Aug 12, 2014
    RE: SSc6 - Site Improvement Plan
    in EBOM-v4: Site improvement plan
    2 Levi Jimenez
    Project Manager
    BuildingWise
    Mon, Aug 11, 2014
    SS Credit 8 Lighting Pollution Reduction Non-Tradable Surfaces
    in NC 2009 SSc8: Light Pollution Reduction
    539 Allan Francis Manlapig
    Mon, Aug 11, 2014
    RE: No VOC information
    in CS 2009 IEQc4.2: Low-Emitting Materials—Paints and Coatings
    83 Jon Clifford
    LEED-AP BD+C
    GREENSQUARE ∙ Sustainability ∙ Construction ∙ Specifications
    Mon, Aug 11, 2014
    RE: Meaning of ABS in trip reduction calculations
    in ND-v2009: Transportation demand management
    5 Noriko Yasuhara
    CSR Design & Landscape Co., Ltd.
    Sun, Aug 10, 2014
    Commercial Kitchen
    in EBOM 2009 MRc2: Sustainable Purchasing—Durable Goods
    80 Nate Gillette
    Director
    Natura Architectural Consulting LLC
    Sat, Aug 9, 2014
    RE: How long do you have to do surveys?
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.2: Thermal Comfort—Verification
    95 Cam Fitzgerald
    Energy Engineer
    7group
    Fri, Aug 8, 2014
    RE: Public Service Announcements and IDc1 Credit
    in NC v2.2 IDc1: Innovation in Design
    129 Jackie Kanyuk
    Thu, Aug 7, 2014
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    RE: Activity Date in CMP
    in GBCI now reviewing CMP hours within 48 hours of entry
    11 Kristina Bach
    Sustainability Specialist
    Wed, Aug 22, 2012
    RE: Thanks Andrew!
    in LEED Online and how to make it run FAST on Google Chrome
    4 Maura Adams
    Environmental Stewardship Manager
    Wed, Aug 15, 2012
    RE: LEED Certified or Certifiable?
    in LEED Certified or Certifiable? Architects Make the Case for Earning the Plaque
    9 Sandeep Goswami
    COO
    Fountain Head II
    Sat, Aug 11, 2012
    Thanks for the responses so
    in Student looking for LEED users to complete a questionnaire on the IgCC and LEED
    1 Michael Zagorski
    Thu, Aug 2, 2012
    RE: post-event Q&A
    in Video: Top-20 LEED-EBOM Documentation Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them
    2 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 27, 2012
    RE: suggestions
    in Breech of Protocol by GBCI and Project Administrator Changes
    6 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 27, 2012
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    in Chemical Industry Attacks LEED: We Check the Facts
    12 Hernando Miranda
    Owner
    Soltierra LLC
    Thu, Jul 26, 2012
    RE: The AHPBC
    in The New Anti-LEED?
    2 J Michael Pearson
    Director of Engineering
    Genelco, Inc
    Wed, Jul 25, 2012
    RE: change LPE info
    in Change LPE
    4 Peter Warren
    Principal
    Warren Architecture
    Tue, Jul 24, 2012
    RE: And the winning number is???
    in Tristan's thumbs up rating?
    8 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 23, 2012
    Green Globes Guiding Principles Certification
    in Government Hears Overwhelming Support for LEED
    1 John Chyz
    Commissioning Authority
    The Cross Creek Initiative, Inc.
    Fri, Jul 13, 2012
    RE: LEED EBOM: India
    in assistance for overseas projects
    6 sanjay vashishtha
    Dr.
    Firstgreen Consulting
    Thu, Jul 12, 2012
    First LEED-ND Platinum Certification for NYC at Columbia University - by Erin Weaver
    Wed, Jul 11, 2012
    LEED for Existing Homes
    in LEED for EB- O&M for Homes
    1 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Mon, Jul 2, 2012
    LEED “Certifiable” Specifications: 4 Approaches - by Tristan Roberts
    Wed, Jun 27, 2012
    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
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    RE: understanding the Daylight Factor method
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    217 124 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Jan 12, 2010
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    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    216 124 JP Rout
    Wed, Jan 13, 2010
    Exterior envelope reuse
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    215 81 Susan Robertson
    Interior Designer
    IBI Group
    Tue, Jan 12, 2010
    Documentation and Tabulation of Areas
    in CI-2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    215 60 Weston Blaney
    Project Manager
    Carson Design
    Thu, Sep 10, 2009
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    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    214 201 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Fri, Dec 11, 2009
    RE: Better option for going into a LEED-CS Gold Certified Building
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    213 201 Derek Fung
    Sun, Dec 6, 2009
    Cost comparison between green roofs and other roofing systems
    in Green Roofs
    212 20 Shriram Bhide
    Fri, Oct 30, 2009
    Green Roofs
    in Green Roofs
    208 20 Shriram Bhide
    Fri, Oct 30, 2009
    RE: USGBC provides additional guidance
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    207 211 Devon Bertram
    Sustainability Manager
    YR&G
    Tue, Jan 5, 2010
    RE: CI 2009 ID C2.0-LEED Accredited Professional
    in CI 2009 IEQc8.1: Daylight and Views—Daylight
    205 124 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 13, 2010
    Building additions
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    204 81 Michael Lueth
    Thu, Oct 8, 2009
    Common area toilets
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    204 211 William Stangeland
    President
    McGuire Engineers
    Wed, Oct 14, 2009
    Better option for going into a LEED-CS Gold Certified Building
    in CI 2009 SSc1: Site Selection
    202 201 Dean Barone
    President
    Barone International
    Sun, Dec 6, 2009
    RE: Building additions
    in NC-2009 MRc1.1: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Walls, Floors and Roof
    196 81 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Tue, Oct 13, 2009
    RE: Documentation and Tabulation of Areas
    in CI-2009 MRc1.2: Building Reuse—Maintain Existing Interior Nonstructural Elements
    185 60 Nicolas Pacella
    Owner
    Nicolas M Pacella & Associates
    Wed, Sep 30, 2009
    No Cooling & Free Cooling
    in NC 2009 IEQc7.1: Thermal Comfort—Design
    181 194 Habitech Distretto Tecnologico Trentino
    LEED Services in Europe - Founding Member of GBC Italia
    Habitech-Distretto Tecnologico Trentino
    Tue, Jan 26, 2010
    RE: Recycling Insulation
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    180 326 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    RE: Where does Interior Plant Maintenance fit into IPM?
    in EBOM 2009 IEQc3.6: Green Cleaning—Indoor Integrated Pest Management
    180 71 Tristan Roberts
    LEED AP BD+C, Editorial Director – LEEDuser
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    RE: Recycling Insulation
    in NC 2009 MRc2: Construction Waste Management
    177 326 Nadav Malin
    USGBC LEED Faculty, President
    BuildingGreen, Inc.
    Wed, Jan 27, 2010
    Core fixtures included?
    in CI 2009 WEp1: Water Use Reduction—20% Reduction
    171 211 Jonathan Gritz
    Sat, Sep 5, 2009
    Title Comments Most Recent Post
    Which LEED Rating Category?
    in LEED Rating System Selection Q&A
    608 Jay Murray
    LEED Administrator
    Commercial Construction Consulting
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    No parking
    in CS v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 MM K
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    LEED site definition
    in PIf2: Project Summary Details
    4 Jie Xiong
    Mon, Aug 4, 2014
    Outdoor air monitoring through BMS
    in NC 2009 IEQc1: Outdoor Air Delivery Monitoring
    240 LEED Consultant
    Green Building and Alternative Energy
    Sat, Aug 2, 2014
    lansdcape water calculation montly/daily and rainwater
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    353 EBRU UNVER
    LEED AP BD+C
    Fri, Aug 1, 2014
    Rainwater reuse for irrigation and flush discharges
    in NC 2009 WEc1: Water Efficient Landscaping
    353 Pedro Ribeiro
    Director of Sustainability
    Edifícios Saudáveis Consultores
    Fri, Aug 1, 2014
    Green Roof Plant overhang
    in NC 2009 SSc7.2: Heat Island Effect—Roof
    261 John Covello
    LEED AP BD+C, EBOM, LEED and Sustainability Manager
    Development Management Group
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    Storage for "Peak Visitors"
    in NC 2009 SSc4.2: Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
    239 Ryan McEvoy
    Owner
    Gaia Development
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    University Campus Transit
    in NC-v4: Access to quality transit
    3 Rebecca Brown
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
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    in Retail–CI-v2009: Alternative transportation
    4 Erica Downs
    Sustainability & LEED Consultant
    Thu, Jul 31, 2014
    Batteries Required?
    in EBOM 2009 MRc6: Solid Waste Management—Waste Stream Audit
    80 Sara Zoumbaris
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    Streetside landscaped but not trees
    in Pilot Credit 14: Walkable Streets
    76 Trinidee Shelton
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
    .
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    1 Suhaas Mathur
    SGS India Private Limited
    Wed, Jul 30, 2014
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    239 Mary Kay
    Project Coordinator
    Gray Construction
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
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    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Transportation Planning Handbook NCv4 LTc7
    in Hospitality-NC-v4: Reduced parking footprint
    1 Tyra Sorensen
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Middle School Student Waiting Rooms
    in Schools 2009 IEQc6.2: Controllability of Systems—Thermal Comfort
    9 Sara Zoumbaris
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    ASHRAE 62.1
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    131 MM K
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
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    in EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and Hardscape Management Plan
    101 Elizabeth Felder
    Tue, Jul 29, 2014
    Air quality testing for targeted chemicals
    in Homes-v4: Contaminant control
    1 Peter Doo
    President
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    Mon, Jul 28, 2014

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